Grandma. Grandpa. Granny. Pops. Whatever term of endearment your kids use, chances are their grandparents never get sick of hearing it. 

For many families, organizing a staycation that allows grandparents and grandkids to have the comforts of home may be easiest. If that’s the case, it’s the parent’s job to get out of town, and there are endless options in Ontario’s Southwest!

Parental Escape Perfection: Press Pause at the Spa

For parents who are eager to unwind, booking a stay where there is an on-site spa for a relaxing massage or other spa treatment is a great idea. Elm Hurst Inn and Spa in Ingersoll and Idlewyld Inn and Spa in London are both excellent choices.


Elm Hurst Spa Dining


Parental Escape Perfection: Tee Up Some Time On The Links

Parents who love golf can pack their clubs and book a stay somewhere that makes it easy to hit the greens. Grand Bend’s Oakwood Resort has a beautiful 18-hole course on site. Guests at Port Stanley’s charming Kettle Creek Inn are located near the Kettle Creek Golf and Country Club and The Bluffs Golf Club.


kettle creek front


Parental Escape Perfection: Say Cheers to Craft Beer

Craft beer-loving parents can pair a one-of-a-kind room at Chatham’s upscale Retro Suites Hotel with an afternoon of exploring the area’s many eclectic craft breweries, including Glasstown Brewing CompanyBayside Brewing CompanySons of Kent, and Red Barn Brewing Co.


Bayside being poured


Parental Escape Perfection: Savour the Lux Life

Parents who enjoy the finer things in life will love the modern suites filled with little luxuries like Frette robes, L’Occitane skin products and Nespresso coffee at Sarnia’s Insignia Hotel.


Insignia Hotel Room


Parental Escape Perfection: Wine Country Wandering

Parents who want to escape to wine country for a weekend can use the charming lakeside town of Kingsville as a home base and book a cozy room at The Grove Hotel. With 15 wineries located just a short drive from the hotel, there’s no shortage of great options for sipping the day away.


Couple at the Grove


If it’s the grandparents and grandkids who choose to leave the parents at home, finding activities that both the kids and the kids-at-heart will enjoy during their time away together is key. The following trip ideas will help narrow down your options for a few days away that all generations involved will remember forever.

Grandparents Getaway Itinerary Inspiration: Camping and Fishing With A Few Extra Perks

If traditional camping seems a little too ambitious to organize, consider some glamping at Homegrown Hideaway in Norfolk County. Spend the day fishing and swimming in the on-site Lynn River and tuck in for the night in a luxurious safari tent, the perfect mix of camping and cottage.


Homegrown Hideaway


Grandparents Getaway Itinerary Inspiration: Farmyard Fun

Give grandkids a taste of the country life with an overnight getaway to Elgin County. Using Nature’s Oasis as a home base, you’re just 15 minutes from Horseshoe J Dude Ranch, where you can enjoy a group horseback trail ride. Clovermead Adventure Farm is also nearby. After meeting the farm’s friendly goats, chickens and rabbits, kids can conquer the corn maze and cool off at the splash pad. Sydenham Valley Cottage is another great vacation rental option for families looking for some rural relaxation.


Dude Ranch


Grandparents Getaway Itinerary Inspiration: Budding Birdwatchers

Have some fun of the feathered variety with a visit to one of Ontario’s globally recognized important bird areas, Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Wander the walking trails, check out the view from the 40-foot observation tower that overlooks the Big Creek wetland and cool off on Lake Erie’s sandy shores. For accommodation in the heart of it all, book the Holiday Beach Cottage vacation rental, the only cottage located within the Conservation Area. Magnolia Ranch in Harrow and HoriZen Bnb in Leamington, are also great options for easy access to birding hotspots in the Windsor area, including Ojibway Park.


Ojibway Marsh


Grandparents Getaway Itinerary Inspiration: Pack Up The Pooch

To give parents the ultimate break from taking care of others, bring the family dog along for some fun too. London’s The Park Hotel welcomes pets. The Park’s two-room suites feature sliding barn doors that separate the living and sleeping areas, which is convenient when putting younger children to bed before the rest of the group.


The Park Hotel


Are you a parent looking for a much-needed escape or a grandparent who can’t wait to spend some quality time with your grandkids? Share your getaway photos with us on Instagram by tagging your posts with @OntSouthwest.