If you’re craving that intimate connection with your partner, the great outdoors, the city life, or simply with yourself, stoke the fire at one of these one-of-a-kind accommodations that inspire passion on all levels.
Fogo Island Inn
Joe Batt's Arm, Nfld.
Designed by Newfoundland-born architect Todd Saunders, this award-winning inn juts out to meet the Atlantic. A portion of contemporary building rests atop of the jagged rocks on spindly wooden legs, inspired by the island’s fishermen ancestors who built temporary wooden homes posted up on stilts (called shores). Seasonal activities, like autumn berry foraging, provide a cultural connection and leave your evening open for tender, personal moments by the edge of the ocean.
The Drake Devonshire
This country inn located in Ontario’s Prince Edward County, one of the hippest wine and culinary regions, sits on the shores of Lake Ontario. Best known for its gourmet rotating art exhibits, modern Canadiana décor, gourmet restaurant and bar and individually decorated suites feature vintage mod furniture, soft woolen blankets, and carefully mismatched patterned carpets. A refurbished photo booth off the lobby and a floor-to-ceiling mural by Brooklyn-based artist duo Faile only add to the aura of cool. Spend your days lounging lakeside or touring local wineries.
The Broadview Hotel
Nothing says sexy like a former strip club. This 127-year-old landmark at Broadview and Queen is now a gorgeous 58-room hotel. Decor includes rich red leather, dark wood flooring and lush velvet blackout curtains (great if you want to sleep in following a night of love and lust). Spend your days exploring the area’s lush Don Valley and tasty local restaurants, or hop on a streetcar and head to the city’s downtown core. Back at the hotel, enjoy a meal or cocktail at one of three on-site restaurants, including The Rooftop, which features a vast pyramidal skylight and rooftop patio.
Le Germain Charlevoix
The award-winning farmhouse hotel sits against rolling hills and wandering herds of sheep. Rooms are bright and airy, a mix of rustic and industrial, with warm woods, clean lines, and metal detailing. Two on-site restaurants and the spa make it easy to spend time caring for yourself and your lover after a day spent hiking through Parc des Grands Jardins or exploring the Museum of Contemporary art in town.
The Hew and Draw Hotel
Corner Brook, Nfld.
A brand new boutique space opening late autumn 2019. The 36-room hotel is located in a former bargain shop building. It’s name harkens back to a history of hardworking families: Hewers of wood and drawers of water, the “hew and draw” phrase was once meant as an insult. But these western Newfoundland owners are proud of their local history. Design and features of the yet-to-be-opened hotel will pay homage to area’s great abundance of natural resources, and the industry and hard-working Newfoundlanders who come along with that.
The Wickaninnish Inn
An immersive and captivating boutique experience awaits you on Vancouver Island. Everyone is sure to find something they are deeply passionate about, whether that’s a couples massages with views of the Pacific, hiking lush West Coast rainforest paths, or horseback riding along the beach. Besides the breathtaking natural world, the inn itself is a beauty to behold. Rooms are rustic and elegant, providing a soft, serene place for you to land. The on-site restaurant and bar offer seasonal harvest and local ingredients, and their wine cellar is one of the best on the coast.
Hotel de Glace
This seasonal hotel has themed rooms featuring intricately ice-sculpted furniture and artistic snowy murals. Get cozy in your arctic sleeping bags for tender, sweet snuggles atop your bed of ice. (Don’t worry, there’s a mattress and insulated sheet between you and the frozen frame.) The unusual accommodations include a pass to the Nordic area with open-air hot tubs and sauna when you need to warm up.
Free Spirit Spheres
Qualicum Beach, B.C.
A completely one-of-a-kind getaway. You can get back to nature—in fact, you can be suspended it in—with an overnight stay in this quirky, cool spherical treehouse. There is no on-site restaurant, though you aren’t far from town (and you’re less than an hour’s drive from Nanaimo should you be hit with a sweet craving for iconic baked goods). But don’t worry, you won’t be roughing it. These hand-crafted spheres feature beds with down comforters, skylights and electricity, though bathrooms are located down on solid ground.
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