From a glass cabin to a former bank vault, discover these one-of-a-kind accommodations
Whether it’s wellness and nature you’re coveting or your keen eyes are fixed on design, where you lay your head at night can be a focal point of your stay. We did a roundup for you of unique places to stay the next time you’re in our region! From cozy boutique hotels to yurts and treehouses – South Eastern Ontario has something for everyone.
‘Feels like home and is hard to leave.’ That’s the sentiment from guests who experience this special space nestled along the shores of the Bay of Quinte in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Uniquely adorned with local nicknacks and antiques, LiL Crow Cabin has an adults-only retro vibe – and is the oasis you have been searching for when dreaming of relaxing. Complete with a hot tub and private gazebo, the cabin is an oasis of re-connection. No reason to leave anyone behind – the hands-off cabin experience is also home to a glamping bunkie which can be rented separately in the warmer months.
Experience a full, three-course high tea while staying at the Montrose Inn. This gorgeous example of ‘antebellum’ architecture offers four well-appointed rooms featuring original artwork, antiques, luxurious linens, and amenities. Take in the grand parlour, explore the library, relax on the verandah or stroll the beautifully manicured grounds. Delight in luxury and savour high tea on select afternoons!
Dating back to the late 1800s and renowned for its playful character and triple gabled tower, Merrill House is something to behold. It’s one of the best-known houses in Prince Edward County and features 14 individually-designed rooms and suites set in different time periods and places. This is one of the most interesting and memorable boutique hotel experiences around. Modern meets memorable here with French cuisine, fine art and antiques, conservatory bar, sauna, balconies, and even a virtual reality lounge.
Angeline’s Inn in Bloomfield is proud to offer a unique design boutique experience that pays tribute to the County’s heritage. From a stunning original 1860s log cabin to a rustic retreat with luxury amenities or a coach loft with the comfiest bed around, Angeline’s Inn has it all featuring lush gardens in warmer months and serenity as a quiet escape in winter. Rumour has it that the Trudeau’s even stayed here.
The Drake Motor Inn accomplishes the perfect mix of the traditional roadside motel we all know and love with modern touches that make it a place to remember. This is where retro design details segue into a trendy weekend escape from the city. Even better, this hip ode to mid-century motels is welcoming to pooches so you don’t have to leave Rover at home. Look here for mid-week packages, too.
And now for something completely different! If you’re aching to embody the country life and feel the stress melt away, find your calm at The Wilfrid Inn. This restored 1850s farmhouse boutique hotel, spa and vineyard is in the heart of Prince Edward County – and will soon find its way into your heart, too. Sit by the fire, relax in the sauna or stroll along the forest pathway. This is a farmhouse that meets luxury; designer interiors and chef-prepared breakfasts. You get the picture.
The Edward offers three luxury suites, but it’s also expanding to include The Edward Loft, which will have a separate bedroom for kids, a handy kitchenette and all the extras that visiting families love – a changing table, baby bath and pop-up crib. Look here also for the one-of-a-kind Skyward cabin nestled in a cozy corner of the grounds, with glass walls and ceiling so you can fall asleep under the stars. Breakfast at The Edward is made fresh daily with seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Do yourself a favour and try the maple cinnamon granola!
This mid-century inspired home is located in a peaceful setting away from the busy County roads. Enjoy easy living by the beach during the daytime and after dusk, head out to Wellington for great restaurants. Our favourite highlights include four bike rentals, North beach passes, and five beds (king, queen, two full, and futon)
This stunning 132-year-old church has been recently restored as a new accommodation for The County. Soaring ceilings, massive space, and unique modern bedrooms make this a designer’s dream! Bask in beautiful views of the Bay of Quinte and enjoy the three-acre property – all to yourself!
If agritourist is on your Insta profile, then Springfield Farm Organics in South Glengarry/SDG Counties region is your kind of destination. Go glamping in a beautiful off-grid yurt here and discover the freedom of this spacious step up from camping. Showcasing its century-old barn buildings, picturesque family farm and even heritage organic market garden produce, this farm is welcoming and memorable. New this season, Springfield Farm Organics is opening a new barn for a terroir experience!
The perfect home base for your luxury getaway is more than just a number at 48 King Street West. This restored bank in historic downtown Brockville dates back to 1922 and now features deluxe hotel suites accented by salvaged heritage detailing alongside modern aesthetic and contemporary amenities. That adds up to a boutique hotel full of character. We’re talking exposed stone walls, heated floors, curated art and calm-inducing fireplaces. Get the gals together for a night out, invite your wedding party to stay or whisk away your SO for the weekend!
A curated waterfront cabin retreat with a sauna that sleeps the whole squad? Yes, please! The Frontenac delivers on all the nature and cabin style that one would expect from a stay in Frontenac County, but is so much more. Nestled among the trees on a private bay, guests enjoy this step up from the traditional cottage. Hotel-style amenities like a contemporary kitchen and bathroom make the stay even sweeter, but the view from the dock and even from the outdoor sauna makes this one a keeper. You’ll never want to leave.
Find peace at Shanti Yoga Retreat on 11 serene acres on Wolfe Island. The spacious century inn and cabins are on the private shoreline of the St. Lawrence River – we hear the sunsets from the waterfront patio are gorgeous! The inn’s timbered ceilings and a wood stove provide a natural country charm so curl up with a book and connect with kindred spirits. Hosts here have been studying, practicing and living yoga for 25 years.
Lush accommodations and age-old splendour. The modern Victorian guestrooms at The Rosemont Inn in Kingston are rooted in tradition with amenities beyond expectation. A full gourmet breakfast is included with every stay while communal meals give way to friendships and indulging in a genuinely social hospitality experience. Look here for in-room spa services, too, so you can check your stress at the door.
The Whitney Manor is one of the oldest limestone structures in the Kingston area, being built in 1817 – but now draws on its unique history and character to be re-imagined for the 21st century. With heated marble floors, privately-furnished patios and spacious bathrooms, Whitney Manor combines timeless elegance with modern amenities and luxury. Essentially, each suite acts as its own first-class apartment, with a fully-equipped kitchen in each one- and two-bedroom suite and even in-suite laundry. Longer stays are also available here.
Each key unlocks a unique stay at the Frontenac Club. Opening soon (end of May), the 175-year old Frontenac Club is now restored as a boutique hotel, redefining luxury in the heart of Kingston. Each room is different: think private patios, water views, exposed stone and deep soaker tubs and more. Distinct and memorable!
The Raven House is a true off-grid cabin experience – the perfect place to unwind and escape hectic life. Set in the middle of the woods near Gananoque, but still close enough to town so not isolated, this cabin is the perfect place for restorative reflection. Say goodbye to the wired world and enjoy the simplicity of daylight streaming in a multitude of windows and skylights, peacefulness of the forest and entertaining squirrels.
Please note: The Raven is currently not accepting bookings. We recommend keeping your eyes out on their social media pages for announcements. Until then, add this place to your bucket list!
We’re big fans of the village of Westport, so naturally, we were excited to hear about The Victorian. This heritage home was originally built in the 1800s and has recently been refreshed with all of the right touches. The Loft sleeps four and comes with a full kitchen (with an oven and a dishwasher). This is a stand-out spot for staying!
Take part in an authentic farm-to-fork experience at Furnace Falls Farm near Lyndhurst. This century farm across the road from Wendy’s Country Market has been renovated and restored in anticipation of its next hundred years. Stay in one of three newly-updated private rooms each fully equipped with luxurious ensuites. A talented culinary team kicks the experience up a notch, and guests have the opportunity to dine on first-class, farm-fresh cuisine. It is also a working farm, growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers for market, preservation, sale to restaurants, and use at their own events.
Aching to get out on the water? Le Boat can make it happen seamlessly with boating holidays on the beautiful Rideau Canal. Captain your own boat and discover the first-hand one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: the stunning Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously-operated canal system in North America. Explore at your own pace on these luxury boats and marvel at the pristine wide-open lakes and historic, charming lock stations along the way.
The Opinicon has been delighting visitors for generations with stays in private cottages on the idyllic shores of Opinicon Lake. The tradition continues today as guests are welcomed to a revitalized resort with no detail spared. Don’t forget to indulge in fresh, local food at the restaurant, pub or ice cream parlour and hit the pool which overlooks the lake!
At Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast a hot breakfast and a warm welcome await with waterfront on Millhaven Creek Conservation Area. This 1880s farmhouse is restored to early century charm and lays out the red carpet for guests. Landscaped grounds, a waterfall feature and patio allow guests to enjoy the outdoors overlooking the river. Daisy Hill is known as a bridal party favourite (and in fact has a bridal suite!).
You won’t forget this stay – connect to the land in a yurt at Topsy Farms on Amherst Island. A cozy retreat in the heart of a family farm, this authentic Mongolian structure is nestled in a charming corner of the yard. Loads of land make way to waterfront and guests have access to walking trails and beaches. Watch the sunset from the dock, make memories around the private fire pit and greet the sheep on the way to breakfast!