This year, it pays to book an Ontario getaway. Literally! Ontario residents can receive up to 20% of their leisure accommodation fees back as a tax credit on their 2022 tax return. In addition to traditional accommodations providers, like hotels and motels, the credit can also be applied toward bed and breakfasts, cottages and other vacation rentals. Here are just a few of the great vacation rentals you’ll find in our region, paired with nearby restaurants and activities to enjoy during your escape.
Green Acres Cabin
Get away from it all in an off-grid cabin in the woods, complete with horses grazing in the neighbouring pasture. With a bedroom, full bathroom and kitchen, you’ll have everything you need, but if cooking doesn’t appeal, Uber delivers right to the cabin’s front steps! There’s also a spacious outdoor hot tub and optional ATV rentals to tour the forest trails. Get all the details.
Explore A Little More … Green Acres Cabin is just a short drive from the cute little towns of Dundas and Ancaster, so be sure to make time for a bit of strolling, shopping and sipping. Brewers Blackbird, in Ancaster, is a newer addition to Hamilton Halton Brant’s thriving craft beer scene and definitely worth checking out. In Dundas, Shawn and Ed Brewing Company serves up one-of-a-kind brews in a lovingly restored curling rink!
Hip Downtown Hamilton Loft
This beautifully renovated two-bedroom loft will make you feel like you’re on a New York City adventure. There’s a full kitchen for cooking up a fabulous meal and a pool table in the lounge area. Get all the details.
Somerset Cottage at West Avenue Cider House
This airy three-bedroom cottage is a perfect home base for a weekend of cider and wine tasting and touring! Take in orchard views, enjoy 25 acres of hiking trails, and stroll over to the Cider House for a tasting at your leisure! Get all the details.
Explore A Little More … Nominate a designated driver and do some touring to the other cideries, wineries and craft breweries that are nearby. Carlisle Cider Co., Orange Snail Brewers, and Andrews Winery are all great options.
Hidden Valley Hideaway
Forest views, a sauna, Grindstone Creek babbling in the background, easy access to Bruce Trail hiking and all the comforts of a beautifully designed modern home will make you feel like you’re a million miles away at this hidden escape that’s just minutes outside Burlington. Get all the details.
Explore A Little More: If the verdant views of this cottage leave you hungry for more, make the short trip to Royal Botanical Gardens and explore 27 kilometres of trails at Canada’s largest botanical garden.
Mulberry House By The Lake
Room for eight guests and a stellar location within walking distance of the restaurants, shopping and entertainment of downtown Burlington make this historic home a perfect place to gather with friends. Get all the details.
Explore A Little More: Music lovers will want to time their trip to coincide with one of the many stellar performances at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre or the annual Sound of Music Festival. Cyclists should bring their bikes along and do some two-wheeled touring along Burlington’s Waterfront Trail.
An overnight at The Walnut will make you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a home décor magazine. This beautifully decorated home sleeps six and is just a five-minute walk to downtown Paris. Get all the details.
Explore A Little More: Take advantage of the fact that you’re just steps away from a canoe launch and spend some time exploring the Grand River by canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. No boat? No problem! Local outfitters like Grand Experiences and Grand River Rafting Company will be happy to get you all geared up!
Historic Carriage House Loft
A stay at this lovely loft offers so much more than a place to rest your head. Take in gorgeous Grand River views, watch deer in the garden, enjoy afternoon tea in the historic cabin by the river’s edge and learn about the fascinating history of Paris at this heritage property. Get all the details.
Explore A Little More: Go home with a better understanding of Aboriginal culture by taking some time to #SeeSixNations. This digital map and tour guide makes it easy to find fascinating local landmarks, including Chiefswood National Historic Site, Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Woodland Cultural Centre and the Six Nations Nature Trail.
Are you looking for additional getaway ideas for spring? Check out our Pick, Pick, Go article for helpful tips and tricks for pairing your ideal escape with special savings and fantastic spring events.