Airports, lineups, currency exchange…this Family Day Long Weekend, we are opting for less aggravation and more staycation. Ontario is built to explore, no matter what you’re in the mood for. These properties are perfect for a quick last-minute getaway with the girls, your partner or the fam.

Family Day Long Weekend Stays in and around Toronto

The Beach Motel is a bit of a stretch from the city so aim to stay a few days to maximize the mood. Lake Huron will take your breath away, and this beauty spot is on its doorstep. Rooms are thoughtfully well-equipped, and quiet. A rooftop firepit offers s’mores by the lake, we can’t think of a better winter warmup. Book now- https://thebeachmotel.ca/

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Steps from Lake Huron and the town of Southampton

A short distance from the stunning Sandbanks Provincial Park, The Royal exudes a warm county-friendly feel in downtown Picton. Situated right on the main strip, this decadent property also features a full onsite restaurant, cafe and tuck shop for a full-service stay. Visit nearby shops and soak up all the small-town scenery. Learn more about this historic property here- https://www.theroyalhotel.ca/

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The onsite restaurant is a grand space helmed by Albert Ponzo 

Another good county option is the nearby Drake Devonshire. Known as the cool city kid’s unofficial cottage, this creative cabin may be a summertime destination but don’t count it out for winter escapades. This month, they’re celebrating 20 years of Drake with a throwback menu from its most famous culinary leaders, like Anthony Rose and Ted Corrado. Book here- https://www.thedrake.ca/drakedevonshire/

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Catch Staying Inn: Hotel Julie is a Crave TV 10 series show

Heading to the theatre? Make a stop at the beautiful Hotel Julie in Stratford. This boutique property boasts charming rooms that feel like a set of a Shakespearean novel. Nine “flats” comprise the dramatic decor of the regal guest suites, some with double queens for family stays. Find a flat here https://hoteljulie.com/

City Staycations for the Family Day Long Weekend

Yorkville adjacent, The Kimpton St George is full of surprises. Located near museums, including the ROM and Bata Shoe Museum, Kimpton aims to make a memorable impression beyond just the basics. The convivial lobby area regularly is home and host to events and engaging experiences. It’s a unique and fun find for Toronto stays.We love the inclusive pet policy too. https://www.kimptonsaintgeorge.com/

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More of an experience than just a stay- The Kimpton St George is doing things differently

If you want to be close to all the action, like The Hockey Hall of Fame, Scotiabank Arena or the Eaton Centre, then the St. Regis is your starting point. Smack dab in the middle of downtown, this refined establishment boasts fantastic restaurants, like Louix Louis and daily champagne sabering ceremonies in the luxe lobby bar. Grand suites with living rooms are a departure from the norm. Investigate the options- https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/yyzxr-the-st-regis-toronto/overview/

Hotel X and the Retro Arcade make this a top place to stay for families, especially over March Break. With over 20 games to play, including Mario Kart competitions, book in for a weekend to make time to play them all. Also includes Retro movies located in the massive on-site movie theatre. Get day passes here or treat the fam to a stay with views of the city and lakeside.

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Hotel X Toronto Screening Room

All images by Libby Roach.