A premier ski resort enclosed by Ontario’s dazzling beaches makes one irresistible perennial vacation. Experience some winter fun by skiing all the way down Grey County’s slopes or savor the rest of the year by soaking at the town’s beaches and hiking trails.
Southwestern Ontario’s Blue Mountains village offers the ultimate retreat. It is by far the region’s largest ski and snowboard resort, with an escarpment rising 300 meters above Georgian Bay and the Wasaga Beaches. Though the resort is its main bait, the village itself is a wondrous hub of century-old architecture, seasonal attractions, and of course, the legendary blue clay.
Things to Do
The village has more than 25 restaurants, bars, and shops. The ski resort has 36 trails, 2 terrain parks, and a half pipe. The numbers provided are proof of the incalculable activities one can do given the location. The summer calls for a cruise along the Northwinds, Peasemarsh, and Thornbury beaches, while the latter’s harbor provides a boat mooring alternative.
The Georgian and Bruce trails are excellent grounds for mountain biking and hiking. The Monterra Golf’s public resort course offers a formidable challenge for most of its patrons. The mounding boasts of lakes, elevated tees, creeks, and ravines for the practice area. See the Beaver Valley and Niagara Escarpment’s splendor during the fall, or sample hundreds of kilometers dedicated for cross-country ski trails during the winter. Guests can also try the rope swings, slides, indoor and outdoor water playgrounds of Plunge!, which has water activities that will suit everyone’s tastes.
Best Hotel Accommodations
The Lodges at Blue Mountain challenge the images of paradise. Beautifully built houses are set in front of gleaming lakes and marshes. Lounging chairs are set atop sculpted rocks to give a better view of Blue Mountain’s charming surrounds. Best of all, these are all for rent. The Blue Mountain Lodges have at least three chalets for tourist’s use. Tyrolean Village Resorts have ski chalets and cottage that are easily twice or thrice the size of normal hotel accommodations.
For less the price, resort-goers can avail of saunas, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and fully-equipped kitchens with decks that offer unrestricted views of the beautiful valley. The Westin Trillium House has the neck of the Georgian Bay at its outskirts. The expanse does not resemble typical hotels, as it resembles a neighborhood of huge chalets. Aside from the usual amenities that keep guests warm during the winter, the Westin has more than 10,000 square feet dedicated mainly for business meetings and conferences. Book your Blue Mountains Hotels at Reservations.com.
The village of Blue Mountains offers something for everyone. The attractions that dot Blue Mountain’s base and peak have been given a Canadian Tourism Excellence Award. The glacial ice that has carved Scenic Caves for millions of years enthralls millions of visitors yearly.
Treetop canopy walks and zip lines of Eco Adventure Tour provide an alternative way to see Blue Mountain’s unspoiled natural sceneries. The equally enchanting Nordic Adventure offers groomed trails for safe skiing or snowshoeing. Ontario’s longest suspension bridge is just nearby, which connects the best of the village’s attractions.
Restaurants and Dining
Blue Mountains’ restaurants run the gamut from nachos to steaks, and there surely be an atmosphere that will fit anyone’s mood. The Avalanche @ Blue effectively combines both nightlife and dining, with a state-of-the-art lighting and sounding system. The top party place in the village offers the nightly services of DJs, theme nights, and varying drink specials. BeaverTails offer a delectable array of Canada’s most loved pastry treats.
Try the Pottery Restaurant’s award-winning steaks and lunches. The casual dining restaurant offers specials such as braised lamb, squash risotto, and pumpkin crème brulee.