Elora Mill Hotel & Spa, Elora
Overview: Overlooking the Grand River 90 minutes west of Toronto, this five-star boutique inn in a historic early-19th-century building is a new destination weekend hot spot, thanks to a major multimillion-dollar renovation in 2018.
Essence: Twenty-seven Euro-style rooms exhibit rustic-chic appeal, with stone walls, fancy light fixtures, local art and handcrafted local furniture and terrific views of the Elora Gorge. Noted chef Jonathan Gushue goes the farm-to-table route with menus that change every week based on what local farmers are offering.
Curricula: Tour art studios, go hiking or head into the woods on snowshoes or cross-country skis. The truly adventurous give ice climbing a try, scaling the sleek walls of the gorge. Others drift through the spa or into the outdoor pool and hot tub.