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Guide: 10 beautiful fall getaways near Toronto to check out this season

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As the leaves start to change and the air gets a little cooler, it can be nice to get out of the city to take it all in. Lucky for us in Toronto, there are a ton of nearby weekend getaways that are perfect for a little cozy, autumn R&R. Whether you want a unique stay surrounded by nature, a quick day trip out of the city, or a slowed-down adventure at a nearby spa, there’s something for all of us to enjoy this fall.

Here are 10 of the best weekend getaways near Toronto you should check out this fall.

Sitting a quick 90 minutes outside of Toronto, the stunning town of Elora is a wonderful place to venture to any time of year. But, with plenty of greenery surrounding the historic facades of the town’s most beautiful buildings, we think fall colours really brings out Elora’s beauty. Want to make the stay extra special? Then the Elora Mill Hotel and Spa is exactly what you’re looking for.

Where: 77 West Mill Street, Elora

SEE THE BEST FALL COLOURS

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Speaking of fall colours, there are tons of amazing places in Ontario to see breathtaking views this time of year. You can head to a national park for a hike and a day trip, or extend your stay with a little camping. There are even some spots within the city with amazing views if you don’t want to venture too far.

Where: Check out our favourite spots here.

EXPLORE ONTARIO’S SPOOKIEST GHOST TOWNS

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Let’s be honest, there is no better time to explore Ontario’s creepy side than when fall rolls around. Lucky for you, we’ve already highlighted some of our favourite ghost towns that you can venture to and check out. As always, make sure ahead of time that these places are open and safe to explore, and don’t let the spookiness get the best of you!

Where: Check out our favourites here

JUNE MOTEL

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We would love to recommend checking out the June Motel’s new Sauble Beach location, but when we think of fall getaways near Toronto, we really want to see some colours. That’s why the OG June Motel is on this list since there is just so much you can do in Prince Edward County. Make it happen, people!

Where: 12351 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton

DRAKE MOTOR INN

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Speaking of Prince Edward County, let’s not forget about the acclaimed Drake Motor Inn. As the only Canadian inclusion on the Conde Nast Hot List for 2020, this place is on the fast track to being one of the most sought after stays in the country. Sounds like this fall is a good time to check it out before the booking goes wild, folks!

Where: 43 Wharf St, Wellington

SPEND A DAY APPLE PICKING

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Who doesn’t love a day trip to an apple orchard? Perusing lanes of ripe fruit, collecting a batch for a home-baked apple pie, sampling an apple or two along the way… It’s an autumn-lovers paradise. Get out of the city and explore all these gorgeous orchards have got to offer when you take a trip to one of these apple-picking places today.

Where: Check out our favourite spots here.

SCANDINAVE SPA AT BLUE MOUNTAIN

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These past few months have been more stressful than anyone should have to deal with. So unwind and relax with a getaway to the gorgeous Scandinave Spa. This Blue Mountain location is only a short trip from the city and it’s got all the makings of an R&R paradise. Enjoy massages, hydrotherapy, and multiple pools when you pay this place a visit. You deserve it.

Where: 152 Grey County Rd 21, The Blue Mountain

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SECLUDED TREEHOUSE STAY

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Really be one with nature at this next getaway pick. Just an hour outside of Toronto, you can live amongst the trees in this gorgeous forest treehouse. The beautiful little house sits on 300 acres of private property (yes, 300 acres!!) There are multiple ponds for swimming, hiking trails, mountain bike areas, and more right at your fingertips! It’s definitely a great place to spend the weekend.

Where: Port Perry, Ontario

HIT UP A PUMPKIN PATCH

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Of course, we can’t talk about fall and not mention a few of our favourite pumpkin patches. It’s basically a right of passage for Torontonians to take a yearly Insta pic surrounded by bright orange pumpkins. Although a ton of usual spots are shut down cause of COVID-19 this year, there are still a few lovely little patches to explore. So get out there and take that fall picture. It wouldn’t be autumn without it.

Where: Our faves are Willowtree Farm, 975 Regional Rd, Port Perry and Downey’s Farm, 13682 Heart Lake Rd, Caledon

THE WOOD HOUSE IN MUSKOKA

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Head up to Muskoka for the ultimate cozy fall weekend near Toronto. This gorgeous pine cottage sits on a whopping 2 acres of surrounding nature. You can sip hot cocoa by the wood-burning fireplace or go exploring in the nearby forestry. You’ll find tons of gorgeous wildlife species on your hike, plus, you’ll get to fully immerse yourself in the colours of fall.

Where: Coldwater, Georgian Bay, Ontario

MUSKOKA HERITAGE TRAIN

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While you’re in Muskoka, be sure to take a trip on the Heritage Train. This beautiful antique railway will take you on a sprawling tour through all the best autumn sites in the area. Watch out your window at the gorgeous fall colours whipping by as you travel toward South Portage and Lake of Bays.

Where: Rotary Village Station, 100 Forbes Hill Dr, Huntsville

So get out of the city and relax for a few days. These gorgeous fall weekend getaways near Toronto are definitely worth exploring.