5 Road Trip Ideas for the Best Girls Getaways from Toronto
With summer already feeling like a distant memory (aside from temperatures in the high 20s), we can’t help but daydream about our next getaway. And what could be better than rounding up a group of friends and hitting the road for a weekend filled with food, drinks and memorable adventures?
If you and your besties are planning for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city, these 5 spots are just what you need.
Here are 5 of the best girls road trips only hours from Toronto.
Prince Edward County
Distance from Toronto: 205.1 km
Over the past few years Prince Edward County has gained popularity as one of the trendiest spots a quick jaunt from Toronto. With motels like The June, brunch spots like The Vic Café, and vineyards and breweries almost everywhere you turn, Prince Edward County is a no-brainer for a girls weekend getaway. Rent bikes from The County Wine Tours to mosey along the county road, stopping to sip rosé along the way. Make your way to the Drake Devonshire for seasonal cuisine and cocktails, and don’t forget to bring your cowboy boots for a night at The Hayloft Dance Hall.
Distance from Toronto: 371.9 km
While Detroit has gotten a bad rap in the past, it’s now one North America’s most up and coming cities, especially for millennials. Abandoned buildings are opening their doors revived as cafés, museums, bars and restaurants, which means there’s tons to do there for a girl’s weekend across the border. Just over a 4-hour drive from Toronto, take a half day on Friday and get there in time to have dinner and drinks before a night out on the town. Check out Airbnb for a pick of the city’s gorgeous downtown lofts and hit up a speakeasy like The Keep. And if you’ve got extra time, be sure to check out The Heidelberg Project, a big outdoor art project that features homes, recycled and found products in the east side of the city.
Distance from Toronto: 157.1 km
There’s nothing quite as rejuvenating as spending the weekend getting pampered and primped. Situated in the heart of Blue Mountain, the Scandinave Spa is renowned for its Scandinavian baths and relaxing massages. Start the morning hiking along the Bruce Trail or biking across Grey County roads, and spend the rest of the day doing nothing but unwinding with the girls. Blue Mountain is also host to a number of restaurants and bars so you’ll have no problem finding something to do at night.
Distance from Toronto: 295.8 km
If your group of friends is the outdoorsy type, rent a cabin in Tobermory for a weekend at one with nature. Hike the beautiful trails of Bruce Peninsula National Park. Walk along the Cyrpus Lake Trail to the grotto, overlooking the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay. Take a boat cruise to Flower Pot island before they close up for the winter. All this is sure to make you hungry, so stop by Della Rocca Pizzeria for a wood oven pizza, and visit Little Tub Bakery, a quick walk from the grotto.
Distance from Toronto: 132.3 km
Good food and wine never stop flowing when you’re visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake, which makes it ideal for a trip with your besties. Winery hop from vineyard to vineyard, making sure to have a bite at Ravine Winery (the charcuterie is to die for) and Two Sisters Vineyards. Shop along Niagara’s well-known Queen street and head to the casino if gambling’s your thing. Don’t miss Sunday brunch at Treadwell, a farm-to-table restaurant with offerings like eggs benny with duck sausage and chardonnay steamed mussels.
Are you planning a girls getaway? Which of these places would you and your friends love most?
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Kate is a Toronto-based freelance writer and founder of lifestyle blog, www.layeredindulgence.com. When her head isn’t buried in her laptop, you can find her taking a hot yoga class, curled up with a good book, or sipping a chai latte at one of Toronto’s various cafés. Follow her adventures @katebialowas.