Romantic Weekend Escapes

We know you need it—a few days to escape with your partner to a fantastic weekend getaway for change or relaxation, a break from the daily demands of parenting for a few days of thrills and entertainment, no more than a few hours’ drive from Ottawa.

Ottawa Parenting Times has compiled a short listing of some fabulous local romantic escapes. So parents: clear your schedule and plan some one-on-one time at one of these great getaway spots. Relax, rejuvenate and recapture that spark.

Rosemount Inn & Spa
46 Sydenham St. South, Kingston, Ontario

A visit to Kingston is all the more enchanting and relaxing when you stay in a 1850s Tuscany villa located in the heart of downtown’s ‘Old Stones’ district.

These inn rooms—all with private baths—are appointed with period antiques, ornate castings and arched, leaded windows. The on-site ‘Vinotherapy Spa’ provides a tantalizing menu of services with wine-inspired products.

Wakefield Mill Inn and Spa
60 Mill Road, Wakefield, Quebec

Originally an 1838 stone mill, the heritage-designated inn is a short drive from Ottawa, in the heart of Gatineau Park. The Wakefield Mill Inn and Spa is known for blending charm and comfort with history and scenic splendour.

Enjoy a relaxing 60-minute Swedish massage for two, soak in the outdoor hot tub and savour a romantic dinner for two in the dining room.

Montrose Inn & Tea Room
1725 Old HWY 2, Belleville, Ontario

The Montrose Inn, one of the best examples of southern U.S.-inspired ante bellum architecture in Ontario, was built in 1916 and has become a four-room luxury bed and breakfast on the Bay of Quinte.  The inn’s candlelight breakfasts are served in a magnificent oak-panelled dining room.

Montrose Inn’s Campbell Suite offers a great setting for romance. A dozen long-stemmed roses, a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit tray will await your arrival.

So dim the lights, relax in the two-person Ultra Thermo-masseur air bath, put on a comfy terrycloth robe and enjoy your roses, wine & tasty treats in front of the fire. Prices start at $100 per room.

Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel)
9530, rue de la Faune, Québec City, Québec

Only 10 minutes from downtown Québec City, the Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America made entirely of ice and snow, is a romantic winter adventure.

The Hôtel de Glace has seen more than half a million visitors from around the world since its opening in 2001. Boasting huge snow vaults and crystalline ice sculptures, the Hôtel de Glace impresses with its dazzling décor.  And with a Nordic area featuring hot tubs and sauna under the stars, and an ice bar with a capacity of 400 people, The Hôtel de Glace is a spectacular experience.

You may enter this magical icy universe untill March 25, 2012.