We’ve always been big fans of nature and the wild side. But as Queen West city dwellers sometimes we just want to pass on the bug bites, sore backs and sweat factor that can come with roughing it in the woods.
Now that the Gladstone Hotel’s management co., Sequel Hotels and Resorts, has added Muskoka’s Touchstone Resort (stays from $149 per room/ night + tax) to their roster, we can satisfy our adventurous side without sacrificing any of our getaway indulgences.
Set smack on the shore of Lake Muskoka, a very quick vroom from Bracebridge and Port Carling, this rustic-meets-refined oasis had us at hello, from the sleek Canadiana décor to the gorgeous condo suites complete with lavish baths and a fireplace in every bedroom.
While the indoors are almost as great as the outdoors, we couldn’t wait to get outside for the stretch of white sand beach (the other side of Touchstone’s secluded peninsula is ideal for boating) and Muskoka’s only infinity pool. When we dragged ourselves out of our chaises, there was canoeing and kayaking, tennis, beach volleyball, bocce and croquet to play. Not to mention brewery tours, a boat museum and a treetop aerial course nearby.
Complement your hike or swim with a tropical fruit wrap or tension-melting massage at the resort’s polished Touch Spa (open 7-days-a-week.) Post pampering, we continued relaxing at Taste Restaurant, where real farm-to-fork menu choices from the Savour Muskoka culinary trail are enhanced by a lakeside patio and rich interior that pays homage to Muskoka’s heritage of wooden boat building. Taste’s fun and funky dock hut outpost also serves up juicy burgers and local fave Kawartha Dairy ice cream.
Happen to be planning a wedding or meeting? Be sure to also take a peek at the Boathouse, Muskoka’s only year-round event venue located just a few feet from the water’s edge. (Great group rates are available on request.)
Simply book a stay for yourself this summer. We promise you’ll leave Touchstone Resort relaxed, refreshed and a happy camper.