Canada’s most romantic hotels for Valentine’s Day

316 Anthony RedpathIt’s almost V-D time, folks. As in Valentine’s Day. Not the other kind of V.D.

We all could use a getaway round about this time of year. And it’s always good to impress your significant other. With that in mind, here’s one well-travelled guy’s list of some of the most romantic hotels in Canada.

Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, B.C.

A true sense of place, plus a wonderful restaurant steps from a long beach just made for strolling hand in hand. Try a couples massage just a few feet from the pounding surf.

Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Stroll the quiet streets downtown, take a horse and carriage ride and then repair to a stately and ultra-romantic hotel. The lobby has beautiful stained glass and the rooms and design feel like a Canadian version of Downton Abbey.

1-IMG_6776Le St. James, Montreal

Beautiful rooms and a wonderful library that makes you feel smart just by sitting there. Located in an old bank vault, XO Restaurant might be the most beautiful dining spot and bar in the country.

Blomidon Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

A beautiful old home just outside the downtown. Buy a bottle of wine from nearby Luckett’s Vineyard and sip it on the massive front porch before dinner. Or try the lovely garden out back.

Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

Winner of an award for best hotel spa in the world. Sleek design all around, plus terrific food at TOCA, where they can bring your lover cheeses from all over the world.

Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

A gorgeous location in the lower town of North America’s most romantic city. Spectacular cuisine at Panache, historical artefacts in every room and a real sense of style.

1-IMG_8177Post Hotel, Lake Louise, Alberta

A huge fireplace in a sunken bar area, a beautifully lit ice skating rink, exquisite food and snow-covered chalets surrounded by deep green evergreens. Try the veal. Seriously.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver

They’ve done a magnificent job restoring the old girl, with a vintage clock and the gorgeous Spanish Ballroom. Dine on some of the country’s hautest cuisine at Hawksworth Restaurant.

Le Germain, Toronto

I prefer the Mercer St. location  to Maple Leaf Square or a real sense of European style and design flair. The morning granola is exquisite and the attention to detail is marvelous. Sexy showers, too. Both Germain hotels in Toronto have Valentine’s packages available, by the way.

1-IMG_1051The Inn at Bay Fortune, Prince Edward Island

Sexy rooms, lovely landscaping and stunning food. My charcuterie plate last year was dressed with edible nasturtium flowers and paired with an onion jam with champagne vinaigrette.

Any thoughts? Drop me a line: jim@jimbyerstravel.com




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