Slip away to Stratford for a romantic escape with your special someone this February. Recently named one of Canada’s top 5 romantic destinations, you’ll want to turn off your smart phones, for just a short while, and indulge in some mid-winter romance in Stratford.
Only 90 minutes west of Toronto, Stratford is a perfect place to nest for a few days in a heritage bed and breakfast, a boutique inn or full-service contemporary hotel where you can treat yourselves to a relaxing couple’s massage and some over-due pampering. Cuddle up next to the fireplace or in a cozy coffee house with your favourite brew and fresh baked pastries.
Stratford is a favourite with foodies too. Embark on our fun Chocolate Trail visiting food shops and pubs to sample chocolate martinis, café mochas and hand-made truffles. Reserve a place at Savour Stratford Tastings and explore delicious new flavours and innovative pairings on Saturday afternoons. Top-up your culinary skills in a cooking and wine class with chefs Aaron and Bronwyn Linley at Stratford’s newest restaurant, The Restaurant at The Bruce. In the evening enjoy dinner crafted by students and inspired by renowned Canadian celebrity chefs at the exclusive Stratford Chefs School dinners.
Stratford’s sparkling landscape is perfect for crisp walks along the Avon River, and through Stratford’s heritage district admiring the ornate 19th century buildings among dozens of interesting shops and restaurants. A treasure-trove of works by local artists and artisans, hard-to-find books and antiques are among the exciting finds. Discover elegant Victorian and Edwardian homes, many of which are now bed and breakfast inns, beautifully dusted in snow.
Stratford also has great ways to work up an appetite for those delicious meals. Just a few minutes’ drive away is the protected wilderness of Wildwood Conservation Area with trails for hiking, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and bird-watching. Bring your skates for a twirl under the stars, perfect for just the two of you. After an afternoon in the out-of-doors, stop into St. Marys and wander the charming 19th century limestone buildings, one of Ontario’s top 10 historic towns.
So turn off the smartphone, find someone to take care of the kids for a day or two and unplug. It’s time to romance that special someone in charming Stratford.