This past long weekend we made the 2 hours drive to Blue Mountain to immerse ourselves in nature. For three glorious days we woke up to birds cheerfully chirping instead of the typical city construction.
Blue Mountain has become our favourite family getaway for the last three years. We usually visit during the winter so it was definitely odd seeing bikes on the grassy hills instead of the snowcapped peaks, but honestly, I enjoyed it more this time with the warmer weather.
Check-in: Westin Trillium House.
I’m part of SPG but had forgotten that I was a Gold Member so our standard room was upgraded to a Preferred Guest Suite on the fourth floor. Yasss, I love surprise perks!!! There was a balcony, kitchenette, dining area, living room and even a den (that could easily be used as a second bedroom with a pull out couch). The highlight of the suite though was the magnificent giant 20 ft windows over-looking the hills.
The Westin Trillium offers resort style accommodations so you actually WANT to vacation here with a toddler!
Since our suite was quite spacious, CJ entertained himself by building a fort with the sofa pillows. Otherwise the Kids Club Room is the go-to place to keep little hands busy. And of course, the Plunge! Pool is always a good time for rainy days. ($16 adults / $13 kids).
Oliver & Bonaccini Cafe Grill is the fine dining restaurant inside the hotel. They offer a delicious menu for foodies big and small. We opted for crunchy salads for lunch! The Falafel Quinoa ($19) came with creamy garlic hummus and the Asian Crispy Noodle Salad ($13) was dressed with spicy wasabi vinaigrette. Yummy and guilt-free!
Parenting in the comforts of our home is already exhausting but throw in a new environment with so many cool things to see and do, and CJ was bouncing off the walls! There were a few times when I had to peel myself away and hide in the second floor lounge for some alone (Facebook) time. They have great communal work stations and cozy reading chairs. Or you can escape and relax in their outdoor hot tubs.
In the evening, while CJ slept, we popped him in his stroller and had drinks while watching the Jays game in the lobby bar. I highly recommend ordering the refreshing Jalapeño Margarita and Sparkling Reef Sangria! ($13)
On Saturday, we visited the Scenic Caves Nature Adventure in Collingwood. CJ has never been in a cave but he is fascinated with them after reading The Berenstein Bears ‘In The Dark’ (which we’ve read 7 nights in a row now)! Admission packages vary but if you just want to visit the caves and bridge it’s $23 for adults and $19 for kids 3+.
It truly is like another world down here! It was so peaceful hiking the trails and exploring the labyrinth of caves and caverns. The air was incredibly crisp and refreshing and we even spotted some spring flaw. At certain points the slopes were quite steep and we had to climb some huge boulders, yet CJ managed to keep up and tugged us forward to see more!
I’m embarrassed now for thinking that this place was all about boring dusty caves because to my surprise, I discovered a suspension bridge, a treetop canopy walk and oh yes, a 1000 ft. zipline across escarpment! <– Saving this for our next visit when he is older.
After the caves, we ventured into the town of Collingwood. Hurontario Street has beautiful heritage buildings and is the cute main strip full of eateries and boutique shops. We had lunch at Sushi Hon. Then we grabbed Iced Milky Ways (chocolate + butterscotch) at The Lethal Buzz Cafe before heading back to Blue Mountain Village for Victoria Day celebrations and fireworks.
Our city escape was three days over the May long weekend but we could have easily stayed longer. CJ asked if we could come back next week with the grandparents!
Summer is going to start flying by, so make sure you squeeze in a weekend to somewhere fabulous!