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5 Relaxing Retreats
Escape for a weekend getaway to one of these gorgeous retreats.
By Anna Cipollone
WHAT A 300-year-old inn with original stone walls – but modern amenities.
WHERE Quebec City, Quebec.
WHY Archeological artifacts adorn themed rooms, including “Victorian” and “19th Century Merchant.”
SIZE 94 rooms.
WHAT TO DO Bliss out in the massage room, have breakfast in bed delivered from the inn’s restaurant, Panache, take a private tour of Quebec City, or visit the nearby Musée National des Beaux Arts or Musée de la Civilization.
GO IF You want to emerge yourself in the city’s culture and history.
COST From $169.
DETAILS 8 Rue St. Antoine, Quebec City, QC, 888-692-2211, www.saint-antoine.com.
Storm Mountain Lodge
WHAT Rustic mountain lodge built in 1922, with neighbouring private cabins.
WHERE Banff, Alberta.
WHY Set at 1700 metres elevation amidst the Canadian rockies, the lodge offers delicious cuisine and a stunning mountain view
SIZE 16 cabins.
WHAT TO DO Warm yourself by the wood-burning fireplace after a day of downhill skiing at nearby Lake Louise.
GO IF You want to immerse yourself in the Canadian wilderness.
COST From $150.
DETAILS Vermillion Pass on the Banff-Windermere Highway #93 South, Banff, AB, 403-762-4155, www.stormmountainlodge.com.
Strawberry Hill Resort
WHAT A 1950s country house set on a 22-acre heritage property on the Humber river.
WHERE Little Rapids, Newfoundland and Labrador.
WHY Past guests include Pierre Trudeau and the Queen of England.
SIZE Original manor house has 6 rooms and all 8 chalets have 3 bedrooms.
WHAT TO DO Alpine skiing, snowmobiling, tobogganing.
GO IF You’re planning a family reunion or wedding.
COST From $120 for manor and from $230 for chalet.
DETAILS Exit 10 on Lower Humber River, Little Rapids, NL, 709-634-0066, www.strawberryhill.net.
Charles C. Richards House Historic Bed & Breakfast
WHAT Century-old brownstone bed & breakfast retreat.
WHERE Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
WHY To enjoy the beauty of Canada’s East Coast with its trademark lighthouses and Acadian culture.
SIZE 3 rooms.
WHAT TO DO Relax amidst the grandeur of the mansion, listen to tales of local history from the owners and escape from modern stresses.
GO IF You’re looking for a low-intensity vacation to recharge your batteries.
COST From $100.
DETAILS 17 Collins St., Yarmouth, N.S., 902-742-0042, www.charlesrichardshouse.com.