Saturday, January 1, 2011

10 Reasons to Leave the House this Winter

Experience Ontario's Winter Wonderlands from Barrie to the Bruce Peninsula

TORONTO, December 29, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - With snow on the ground and the kids home for the holidays, Ontario's winter wonderlands from Barrie to the Bruce Peninsula are finding new ways to keep you entertained this winter. Whether you're skiing in Blue Mountain, taking in a spa in Collingwood, or antiquing in Bruce, there are so many great reasons for you to leave the house this season.

Here are 10 worth experiencing this winter:

E'Terra - Tobermory, Bruce County
Nestled amongst the cedars of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, this ultra-exclusive, award-winning luxury nature estate offers personal privacy and luxury like no other. With a focus on holistic health, your mental, physical and spiritual wellness will be well taken care of and renewed in time for 2011.

Rainbow View Farms - 1274 Rainbow Valley Rd W., Phelpston
Cuddle up to the one you love on an old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh ride or wagon ride. Experience Mother Nature's snowy wonderland from under a blanket - something the kids will surely love as well.

Princely Pear Tea Room & Guest House - 9 Queen Street, Cookstown.
Come in from the cold and warm up to a cup of tea while in downtown Cookstown. Less than an hour away from Toronto, this cozy, yet traditional Victorian tea house offers full tea services and home-cooked, gourmet lunches. The shop's boutique next to the tea room offers a selection of home décor and personal accessories, as well as a bake shop.

Mariposa Market - 109 Mississaga St. E, Orillia.
This is the season to indulge! See, touch and taste the charm of years gone by, while strolling through the five historic shops that make up this locally celebrated bakeshop: a quaint café, a fudge & candy shop, a home decorating store, and a shop for handmade soaps and candles.

MacGregor Point Provincial Park - RR 1, Saugeen Shores
For adventure lovers and families looking for a unique holiday, nothing beats winter camping in Bruce's MacGregor Point Provincial Park, a winter wonderland located within a natural forested corridor on a seven-kilometre stretch of Lake Huron. Campers sleep in tent-like Yurts with electric heat, bunk beds for six and a kitchen. This all-weather paradise offers spectacular scenery, exploring, adventure, exercise and renewal.

Nature's MillWorks - 4575 Bruce Rd 1, RR 2, Paisley.
Antique hunters will love exploring this one-off shop set in an authentic 1800s-type backdrop. A great spot to treat yourself this season, featured items include: antiques, crafts and children's books.

The Philosopher's Wool Company - 2 Alma St., Inverhuron.
A sheep farmer and owner Eugene, along with wife Ann began The Philosopher's Wool Company in 1986. Specializing in hand knitting kits for Fair Isle sweaters, shawls and cardigans, the company also sells queen size blankets, milled in PEI; hats; scarves; socks; mitts; sheepskins; perfect for cozy winter days and nights.

Bruce Peninsula Helicopter Tours -
Give the gift of flight this holiday season with a sightseeing tour over the world famous Bruce Peninsula. Stay warm as you and Grey County-born chief pilot and owner, George Burnside discover the beauty and history of Bruce in a helicopter built for two.

Café Chartreuse - 70 Hurontario St., Collingwood
Warm up to a little Parisian passion courtesy of French-trained chef Patrick Bourachot. After years of dreaming about opening their own café, Patrick and wife Ruth packed up their young family in 2005 and shortly after, Café Chartreuse opened for business.

Le Scandinave Spa - 152 Grey Road 21, Blue Mountains
The second of its kind in Canada (the first is in Mont Tremblant), Le Scandinave offers winter weary patrons outdoor Scandinavian baths, Finnish saunas and massages. Just minutes from downtown Collingwood and surrounded by 25 acres of lush forest, this retreat is paradise within a winter wonderland.

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