One of the best parts of summer is the prospect of the long weekends ahead of us. Staycations aren’t for everybody, so if you’re anything like us you’ve already started dreaming about places to explore. Whether you’re interested in checking out what another city has to offer or getting off the beaten path, we’ve rounded up the best of both worlds. All of these are within driving distance of Toronto and we can guarantee that you won’t be bored at any of these spots.
Let’s hit the road!
Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County has established itself as the latest hot spot for Torontonians to spend their weekend. The county features some award-winning wineries that give Niagara a run for its money and you’ve probably heard about The Drake Hotel’s outpost, Drake Devonshire. Enjoy some food prepared by talented chefs, drinks by their mixologists, their rotating art exhibitions, or just relax by the lake. If you want to hit the beach, you need to check out the beaches over at Sandbanks – they’re some of the best in Ontario.
Buffalo may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a weekend away, but there’s plenty to explore across the border! It’s just a few hours away from Toronto and offers some interesting architecture (of course, since it was once one of the wealthiest cities in the world) and isn’t just outlet malls. Art lovers will want to pay a visit to the Albright-Knox, one of the finest modern art museums that America has to offer. Hit up one of their popular brunch spots such as Betty’s and see what local beer you can try at Allen Street Hardware. There’s lots to eat, drink, and explore!
There’s a lot of change going on in Detroit and if you’re looking for something that you can do on the cheap (even if it’s on the other side of the border), Detroit’s good for that. You may not expect it, but their food scene is on the rise. Love some good whiskey? You’ll want to hit up one of the great whiskey bars around town. There are plenty of old museums, theatres, and abandoned buildings to explore if that’s your thing. Bonus: when it comes to places to stay, there’s plenty of Airbnbs available.
Looking to do the classic cottage weekend? Muskoka is one of the best spots to do it. Well, obviously, since even celebrities are frequently spotted in that area as well. Rent a cottage for you and your friends where you can enjoy plenty of drinks on the lake. There’s also Muskoka Brewery that’s worth a visit for the local beer lovers out there. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous then you can head canoeing or, even better, trekking through the treetops!
Of course we have to include Montreal. There’s so much to do there, especially in the summer. Do a local bar crawl and experience all of the local brews that they have to offer or hit up one of their local festivals. Osheaga is on every year during the long weekend in the middle of the summer and it attracts some of the biggest names in music to Parc Jean-Drapeau. Or head to Montreal around the time when their jazz festival is on and you can catch some great talents in various venues around the city. If you love craft beer, you’ll want to take time to visit Dieu du Ciel’s brewpub and try out some of their latest brews. Music, culture, and beer – what more could we ask for?
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