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ddelicious May 18, 2007 07:31 AM

I'm looking for a weekend getaway, max 2 hours from Toronto in a romantic, relaxing, and foodie location, in early June. A winery is not a great option since I can't drink. Any suggestions?

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    alisonb RE: ddelicious May 18, 2007 07:56 AM

    Hi there,
    we went to Langdon Hall a year or so ago, and the food was fabulous, plus there's all sorts of spa services, great walking and biking trails, etc. LH is part of the Relais Chateau chain, which offer fabulous food anywhere you go, so you can search where else they might have restaurants/hotels. Also, check out the Toronto Life Getaway Guide, not that I can personally attest to any there, but it might be a good starting place. Good luck!

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      ddelicious RE: alisonb May 18, 2007 10:50 AM

      Looks beautiful and the menu looks great, would you say its worth the money?

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        alisonb RE: ddelicious Jun 12, 2007 06:39 AM

        i thought it was fabulous, and we were splurging for an anniversary, so in that sense it was definitely worth it.

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      Snarf RE: ddelicious May 18, 2007 08:11 AM

      Second on Langdon Hall. Great rooms with real fireplaces, fantastic service, good wine list (delivered to room, as well). Lounge menu has a burger with a slice of foie gras on it.

      Another good place is Millcroft Inn, with similar amenities, near Caledon

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        Phoenix RE: ddelicious May 18, 2007 12:50 PM

        Try Picton, Ontario. The Claramont Inn is beautiful, and Harvest restaurant is getting fantastic reviews.

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          sleepymiffy RE: Phoenix May 19, 2007 08:22 AM

          I second Picton - the latest (June) issue of Toronto Life has a mini guide to Picton it in, including a glowing review of Harvest.

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            pearlD RE: sleepymiffy May 21, 2007 02:20 PM

            The Waring House in Picton has wonderful food and there are rooms/suites as well, a little 'precious' in decor for my taste but certainly is 'du jour' for the County. There are lots of B&B's in Prince Edward County besides Picton. (Wellington. Ameliasburg, Milford, Bloomfield ). Have also stayed at The Isaih Tubbs Resort. ..and can safely say to give it a pass....big and impersonal. Have you thought about "The Briars" at Lake Simcoe?
            They have Motel type rooms which are quite nice but you can stay in the Main house which is nice and not too frou-frou. It's a lovely setting..good walking....good golf...lots of amenities and best of all, it is a very close drive from Toronto (also has a swimming pool open in the summer months.) If you have money to spare check out The Inn at Manitou or Arohowhon (sp?) Pines..much further to drive and very costly for both.

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            Higgette RE: Phoenix Jun 13, 2007 04:30 AM

            I second it too, or third it, as the case may be. We loved the food at the Claramont in and the pool was gorgeous. I hear good things about the Merrill Inn too. We liked Harvest - wasn't the best food I've had - must have been an off night, but we will be back for another try. The service was delightful.

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              koknia RE: Higgette Jun 13, 2007 05:01 AM

              I'm from Picton. (Our family home is beside Claramount, opposite Harvest.) While Harvest seems to be the busiest after all the great press they've received, a lot of people rate Merrill Inn right up there. And Louie is doing some good work at Claramount. I had a little restaurant down there in the 80's and I sourced almost everything from local growers in the County. I was just 20 years too early.

          3. Full tummy RE: ddelicious May 18, 2007 04:04 PM

            Are you looking for an inn or would an upscale B&B suffice? I've been to Langdon; the rooms are plush, the food is great, but your wallet will be a lot lighter...

            1. purrbollina RE: ddelicious May 18, 2007 04:57 PM

              Hillcrest Victorian Inn & Spa (in Port Hope) has a reallynice restaurant on site, delicious menu of excellent organic & seasonal foods, for their guests. Lovely rooms, full spa services, beautiful grounds with pool, indoor & outdoor hot tubs, walking trails, close to golf club, list goes on. Website is http://www.thehillcrest.ca/ Sample menus under "dining"
              Enjoyed my stay there in mid September last year

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                k8supergrover RE: purrbollina May 20, 2007 03:06 PM

                Thirded for picton. Harvest is super expensive (entrees are 30$ + if I remember correctly) but if you do decide to go, please let me know, I can give you the insider's scoop (I have a cottage there and can tell you where to stay and not stay, etc etc).

                This of course goes for anyone who wants info on prince edward county :)

              2. The Boss RE: ddelicious May 21, 2007 03:53 PM

                Check out www.ontariosfinestinns.com, you will get tons of Inns with food, spa etc!

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                  ddelicious RE: ddelicious Jun 11, 2007 12:08 PM

                  Thanks for all the recommendations. We chose Langdon Hall and it was fantastic. Beautiful spot, food was incredible. Not cheap, but well worth it for a special occasion.

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                    Finnegan RE: ddelicious Jun 11, 2007 12:19 PM

                    Gananoque Inn...historic Inn, with a few waterfront cottages. Beautiful, historic ittle town with some nice restaurants. Pack a picnic and take the 1000 island cruise...the dock is about a 4 minute walk from the inn

                    http://www.gananoqueinn.com/index.cfm...

                    The Trinity House Inn, in a century home, about a 3 minute walk from the Gananoque Inn is a very nice restaurant with the usual fare...steak, fish, etc., very nice.

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                    Foodright RE: ddelicious Jun 12, 2007 04:46 AM

                    Try the Beild House in Collingwood. (www.beildhouse.com). It has a special on until late June for Bed & Breakfast with a 6 course dinner for $200/ couple.
                    The food was excellent and the hospitality was great. It is licenced but they prefer that you BYOB.

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                      cinnamon_girl RE: ddelicious Jun 12, 2007 09:28 PM

                      I am also ALL over Picton. It was really a delicious place to be. We went there last Labour Day weekend for a foodie-lover fest - and thoroughly enjoyed every meal. We also loved the roadside fresh local produce that we trucked on home back with us to Toronto. We didn't go to Harvest - we heard around town that it was overpriced and undeserving of its fame (just that James Chatto loved it - so it's fate was sealed with Toronto Life readers). We did hear that if you must go to Harvest it a better idea to go there for lunch - it's a much better deal. But we did go to the Merrill Inn where I seriously had one of the best meals of my life. (And I do dedicate a lot of my life to the pursuit of delicious and especially fresh food.) http://www.merrillinn.com/
                      The service was really nice - we started off with some delicious local cider - then a bottle of local wine, we had appetizers, mains and deserts - the marscapone cheesecake was so good that my husband ordered 2! I still think that the bill came to less than $150. We didn't stay in the Inn, but a local bed and breakfast. The Inn looked beautiful, though.

                      Even if you don't drink wine, it is really nice to go around to the wineries just even for lunch or to take in the scenery. I also really enjoyed going to the place where they made the cider - after drinking it for dinner the night before I had to go and see where they made it!

                      Picton has recently become a smaller, more innovative (in terms of food) less American-touristy Niagara on the Lake type of scene. A lot of foodies come here for the weekend. So people make it their business to know where to send the foodie-tourists. The owners of our B & B (former Torontonians) knew every restaurant worth going to - and there were quite a few - the Merrill Inn being the definite standout. (My mouth is watering now - gotta wipe the keyboard off...)

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