48
Hours

TIME TO BREATHE

by Jef Theysmeyer | Jun 26, 2016

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A HEALING MORNING

Begin your day in a hidden oasis of serenity. The Healing Salt Cave is a man-made recreation of a salt mine microclimate, originally found in Wieliczka, Poland. Treatments include halotherapy, an alternative form of healing involving, among other things, exposure to cool/humid salt air. Relaxation opportunities also include therapeutic massage, saltwater foot spas, infrared saunas, reiki, and the simple joy of lying beside the handcrafted salt lamps and letting your stresses melt away. 

DAY 1

Time To Breathe Day 1

TOP-RATED RELAXATION

At over 13,000 square feet, the 100 Fountain Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a can’t-miss opportunity to take R&R to a whole other level. Named the #1 spa in Canada by Spas of America in 2013, it’s easy to feel the stress start to melt away the moment you walk through the door.

Sink into the warmth of the fireside lounge as you review the enviable treatment menu.

That’s not all. A Vichy shower, outdoor hot springs, indoor saltwater pool, fitness centre and even the most delightfully fresh organic treats make every visit absolutely worth it.

DINE ABOVE IT ALL

A day of relaxation deserves to be followed by a tranquil evening out. The Skylon Tower Revolving Dining Room allows you to unwind…not just away from it all, but 775 feet above it all, too. Enjoy award-winning continental cuisine while slowly and silently rotating 360 degrees over a one-hour period – for a gorgeous, ever-changing panoramic view of Niagara Falls.

A PEACEFUL SLEEP

There are so many ways to have a restful overnight stay in Niagara. Why not end your evening somewhere that’s pamper-perfect, like the serene and luxurious setting at one of our boutique inns or hotels? You deserve the romance jacuzzis-for-two, soul-soothing in-room spa treatments, and fireplaces that take cozy to the next level. Not to mention waking up atop a plush, king-size mattress to the best-ever-breakfast-in-bed. The only thing more luxurious than your terrycloth bathrobe is the gracious and personalized hospitality of a smaller hotel. The only problem? You may never want to leave the Pillar and Post, Sterling Inn and Spa, White Oaks Resort & Spa, The Charles Hotel or 124 Queen Hotel & Spa.   

DAY 2

Time To Breathe Day 2

A SOAK IN THE SUN

After waking up refreshed from your day of tranquility, you’ll have plenty of energy… to keep on relaxing. Less than a half hour’s drive away, Lakeside Park calls, with its 1500 feet of sandy beach perfect for stretching out on a beach chair with a good book. You can even get in touch with your inner kid with a ride on the park’s 111-year-old, carved wooden carousel, that’s still only 5 cents a ride.

LUNCH IN A VINEYARD

Once your toes are out of the sand, hop back in the car and take a short cruise through wine country to Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. This cozy, family-run winery is full of history, and offers a full wine experience including tours, tastings and open-air casual dining. Take a seat on the patio of the Coach House Cafè and indulge in fresh, locally-inspired cuisine while taking in the beauty of the surrounding vineyards.  History buffs might also like Vineland Estates, the building of the winery dates back to the 1840s and offers picturesque views and award-winning wines you can enjoy in the century barn, and dine in the former farmhouse – now an excellent restaurant with panoramic views of the vineyards. The locally-inspired 80-seat restaurant at Redstone Winery is another wonderful midday option. Get a table by one of its many floor-to-ceiling glass windows and enjoy a bold glass of wine and a fresh, locally inspired meal.

There’s much to reflect on at the end of this 48 hours, from the breath-taking views to your surely-renewed appreciation for nature, serenity and time away from it all.