While Niagara on the Lake, ON isn’t far from Toronto at all, it feels like you’re in a totally different world. The small-town feel is contrasted by the trendy things to do and places to stay like the world-class White Oaks Resort and Spa.
The hotel and spa is located right off the QEW and it’s pretty impossible to miss, situated right beside the Niagara Premium Outlets and just 10 minutes to a number of wineries in the area, restaurants, and Niagara Falls.
The first thing you notice when walking in is the lobby with a staircase leading to the second floor where the restaurants are located, and a hallway leading to the famous spa; apparently this is where Justin Trudeau stays when he’s in the area.
The guest rooms are roomy and comfortable with a bunch of natural light and white bedding, with decor accents that make you feel immediately comfortable. Every part of the room is clean and updated (we’re a sucker for pretty, modern bathrooms).
The details and care that the White Oaks puts into their guest experience and customer service makes it extra special. Whether it’s in-room service, suggesting things in the area to do, and getting info about the best spa and dining options, it feels like you’re talking to a well-educated travel agent rather than worrying you’re bothering someone while they’re working.
Dining there is no different. We ate at the LIV Restaurant for dinner which exceeded all our expectations. It’s the kind of place you want to go to even if you’re not staying at the hotel. It’s definitely on the high-end, fine-dining side of things, and the dishes included local ingredients where they could, served with local wines (of course), and were insanely fresh, from the charcuterie to the scallops.
This is exactly the type of place you want to come back to after a full day of whatever you’re doing: work, conferences, winery-visiting, shopping, driving, anything – and the type of place you want to wake up to.
There’s so many reasons to go to Niagara on the Lake and check out Ontario’s most famous wine region, and there’s no better date idea than making a weekend out of it, and feeling like you’re in the lap of luxury when you do.
Location: 253 Taylor Road, NOTL