By Lauren MacDermid.
Looking to spice things up with a romantic getaway? Muskoka is often touted as Ontario’s ideal couples’ destination during the fall season for those looking to escape, relax and re-connect. With the hustle and bustle of summer gone, and an abundance of calming lakeside scenery and vivid fall colours of red, orange, and yellow, romance seems inevitable. To help set the mood for a memorable Muskoka weekend I’ve rounded up the top 10 fall date ideas sure to ignite a spark.
1. Experience the Fall Colours
Scenic views are plentiful in Muskoka as lush green forests transform into works of art with fiery canopies of red, yellow and orange. Need more proof? Muskoka was recently named by Huffinington Post as the best place in Canada to view fall colours. Take advantage of the fall scenery and get outside with your loved one during a fall drive, bike ride, picnic, hike or round of golf.
2. Cruise on a Steamship
What better way to reconnect than aboard a scenic cruise on one of Muskoka’s many lakes. Choose from a variety of steamships such as the RMS Segwun or Wenonah II, Lady Muskoka Cruises and Sunset Cruises to take you and your sweetheart on a memorable adventure as the colourful leaves reflect off the lake.
3. Flirt with Cranberry Season
Experience the cranberry harvest in full swing during the Bala Cranberry Festival or stop in at one of the local cranberry marshes, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh or Iroquois Cranberry Growers, for a daily wagon tour snuggled up to your beau. Spend the day hiking the colourful autumn trails, wading in cranberries for the perfect Instagram shot and stocking up on some of your favourite cranberry products. Johnson’s Cranberry Marsh also offers Muskoka Lakes Winery Tours daily at 11am, 1pm & 3pm featuring their award-winning cranberry wine, made on site.
4. Escape to the Spa
Sometimes all a couple needs is a little rest and relaxation. Escape the daily grind and focus on each other’s company. Spa Rosseau’s Ultimate Couple’s Retreat may be just what you need with a refreshing scrub, personalized aromatherapy bath and side-by-side couple’s massage. Mid-week getaways make for a relaxed adult atmosphere both will appreciate.
5. Go for a Craft Brewery tour
Incorporate your shared love for beer into a full day spent sampling at three well-known Muskoka microbreweries. The fall foliage makes for a pleasurable drive among winding back roads of valleys and lakes.
6. Get Playful at Santa’s Village Sportsland
Your inner child will be filled with non-stop laughter as you compete against your date in Go Karts, mini-putt, rock climbing, jumping on the bungee trampoline, laser tag and swinging at balls in the batting cage. If you still have energy left, you can try your hand at several video games in the Arcade Pavilion.
7. Stroll Through Local Museums and Art Galleries
With Muskoka’s vibrant history, many of the region’s museums offer a unique look into past cultural and social heritage. With so many things to look at, a lull in conversation is never a worry. The surrounding lakes and wilderness have been known to serve as a muse for many artists, including Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven. A visit to the many Muskoka art galleries is sure to be worthwhile.
8. Take a Sightseeing Airplane or Helicopter Tour
Take your romance to new heights as you soar above the many lakes and colourful fall leaves with a sightseeing plane or helicopter tour. The fall colours from this vantage point are perfect for any photography enthusiast.
9. Relax by the Bonfire
Nothing says fall like cozying up to your honey by the bonfire in your plaid flannels. Put your cellphone aside for some quality time. There is something to be said about sharing new thoughts and stories around the bonfire. Your partner may even surprise you with a story sure to deepen your bond.
10. Lie back and Stargaze
Be in the moment with your significant other as you bundle up in blankets and gaze up at the dark night sky. The lack of light pollution in Muskoka creates for an ideal evening under the stars identifying celestial wonders and distant planets. Looking for the perfect spot to view the stars? Try the Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve.
Escape to The Rosseau this fall with a mid-week getaway starting from $179-$295 September to December. One night package includes a luxurious accommodation in a studio room, two cocktails at Lakes per stay, $30 CAD in dining credit per stay and $20 CAD resort credit per stay.
Muskoka romance awaits you this fall!