While most people associate Collingwood, Ontario with skiing and snowboarding, the town and its surrounding area have a lot more to offer than just winter activities. Come along with us as we reveal the most exciting and uniquely special places to stay when visiting the southern tip of Georgian Bay.


1. The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain

If you're looking to stay close to all the action at Blue Mountain, then The Westin Trillium House is your best bet.  It's located in the heart of the Village at Blue Mountain and boasts incredible views of the adjacent mountain and picturesque Mill Pond (pictured above).

The hotel itself is built in the architectural style of grand Georgian Bay lodges, and yet despite its large size, is surprisingly welcoming and dare we say cozy. Rooms feature luxuriously large beds, gas fireplaces and either a kitchenette or full kitchen. The renowned Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill is also located within the hotel, so there's no need to venture too far away for delicious Canadian comfort food.


In terms of activities, The Westin offers visitors a number of on-site amenities including an outdoor heated swimming pool that's open year-round, two hot tubs, a sauna, a games room, and a 24-hour exercise room.  There's also plenty of things to do off the resort including hiking, biking, a gondola ride or a visit to the famed nearby Scandinave Spa.


2. Pretty River Valley Country Inn

Twenty minutes away from the bustling Village is Pretty River Valley Country Inn, an authentic agrotourism spot that's reminiscent of a European lodge.  The inn is situated on 125 acres of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and overlooks the stunning 3,050-acre Pretty River Provincial Park.


The 38-year-old country inn is quite small in size (only 11 rooms) so it's perfect for those looking for an escape from the city. All of the rooms at the inn boast King or Queen-sized beds and wood-burning fireplaces, while some even come with a two-person Jacuzzi.  Because the inn doubles as an organic farm, guests are treated to a full country breakfast every morning made with bacon, sausage, maple syrup and lavender jelly all produced in-house.


The inn is home to a wide variety of animals including Icelandic and mini-horses and even reindeer.  From late Spring to early Fall, guests can go horseback riding on the Icelandic horses in order to explore the property. Other amenities at this intimate spot include a seasonal salt water swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a fitness centre, a bonfire pit, BBQ's and plenty of hiking trails.


3. The Falls Inn & Spa

The Falls Inn & Spa is the furthest away from Collingwood itself (about a 40-minute drive), but boy is it ever worth the trek there.  The inn sits directly above Walter's Falls on The Bruce Trail (pictured above) and all 14 rooms feature a falls-facing balcony so all guests are treated with a truly spectacular view.  All rooms also come equipped with cushion-top mattresses, mini-fridges, satellite TV, a bar sink and complimentary long distance calls.


In terms of food, there's a delicious restaurant on-site that overlooks the Falls and specializes in rustic country dining.  The chef opts for locally-sourced ingredients from Meaford's 100 mile market and other Ontario suppliers resulting in dishes like free range chicken supreme and slow-braised lamb.

Because this country retreat is situated right beside the world-famous Bruce Trail, it's an excellent choice for those who enjoy hiking. The infamous Bruce Trail actually wraps around the inn in a loop formation which results in a 4.3 kilometre hike or two hours of brisk walking.  In addition to hiking, there's also golf, a unique waterfall tour, and wine-tasting tours nearby.



For more on Collingwood, be sure to check out The 10 Best Things to Do at Blue Mountain. And if you're looking for more information on the accommodations listed above, visit: The Westin Trillium House, Blue MountainOntario's Finest Hotels, Inns & Spas.


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