Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of WestJet Magazine.
Sometimes, there’s nothing more lovely than cozying up by a roaring fireplace while the snow falls outside. For you and your love, here are three spots offering warmth, good food, great comfort—and plenty of idyllic winter scenery.
Leafless hardwoods laden with snow, frozen lakes, cross-country ski trails snaking through the trees—this is winter in Ontario’s Haliburton County. Sir Sam’s Inn & WaterSpa is a quiet, couples-only evening refuge, a stone-and-timber mansion filled with candlelight, in-room wood-burning fireplaces and a Euro-style water spa that’s sultry and romantic.
Secluded in Lake Louise’s lower village only minutes from the ski runs in Banff National Park is the Relais & Châteaux Post Hotel & Spa. This is sumptuousness at its best: timber walls, stone fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, fluffy pillows, duvets and throws, plus a 25,000-bottle wine cellar and Chateaubriand for two on the menu.
Winter-perfect Charlevoix, only 95 kilometres from Quebec City, is scattered with pretty stone cottages, roofs of red and blue, and the vibrant, art-filled streets of Baie-Saint-Paul. Le Germain Hotel Charlevoix is city-meets-country with clean lines, wall-to-wall art and a steamy outdoor thermal spa.