While we here at She Does the City are generally about, erm, doing the city, we’ll be the first to admit that an escape from the urban is necessary to maintain sanity. Consider the out-of-town wedding a getaway from the smoggy core without having to convince your wedding party to fly to Cancun.
Windermere House, Muskoka 705-769-3611
Recently updated and overlooking Lake Rosseau, this classic Muskoka resort provides you and your guests the perfect northern escape. It’s like the best parts of camp, all rolled in to one: lakefront setting, swimming, nature…only this time YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!!
The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards & Estate Winery, Prince Edward County 613-399-1048
Say your “I Do’s” in the Prince Edward County winery, knowing Dionysus is giving you the drunken thumbs up. This intimate country setting sits upon a working farm and six producing vineyards. Hold your ceremony overlooking an idyllic pond, and party the night away in the charming, rustic barn.
Riverbend Inn & Vineyard, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905-468-8866
This Georgian mansion from the 1860’s has country gentry written all over its quaint gazebo and neoclassical columns. They’ve got you covered with private dining areas for rehearsal dinners, a full-service event staff to coordinate details, afour-diamond restaurant and an in-house spa for pre-bridal pampering.
Langdon Hall Country House, Cambridge 519-740-2100
They had us at ‘Orchard Garden.’ This fairytale setting just west of the city has a handful of intimate and dreamy spots to say ‘I do.’ From the century-old mansion to afternoon teas, it’s the closest venue you’ll find to accommodate dreams of marrying Mr. Darcy in his country manor. All you need supply is Mr. Darcy.
Millcroft Inn & Spa, Caledon 519-941-8111
Ivy vines creeping up the historic building, tranquil ponds, Victorian gardens, a waterfall – the plentiful photo ops here make for a heaving wedding album. The five-course dinners, award-winning Chefs and spa packages ain’t bad either.
Arowhon Pines, Algonquin Park 416-483-4429 (winter) 705-633-5795 (summer)
How dashingly Canadian that this venue offers its nuptials the chance to– wait for it – canoe down the aisle. It’s the kind of place where the reception involves campfire singing, an ice-filled canoe for keeping the champers cool and a lakeside log dining room. Perfect for those who just want to get married in the forest, but must compromise with the soon-to-be-in laws. Oh Canada, indeed.