Langdon Hall Hotel & Spa lies only an hour from Toronto. Anchored by its 19th century federal revival mansion (built by the Astor family) and flanked by Frederick Law Olmsted-designed gardens, towering trees and bucolic expanses, the rural 60-room hotel feels a world removed from urbanity. Book here for a relaxing spa weekend after a business meeting in busy Toronto. Weekend suite rates $419 per night
Room to Choose
Opt for one of the suites, which are found in the refurbished original stables, the Main House and the Cloister Wing. I had the Sheep’s Room, with forest views, an outdoor terrace, a wood-burning fireplace and a soaking tub that signaled ultimate repose.
Chef Jason Bangerter’s seasonal cuisine is influenced by the estate’s 75 acres, where kitchen staff maintain a garden, forage for plants and tend to bees making honey. Expect bountiful breakfasts, afternoon teas and creative menus at night (think: sugar-cured local trout, hay-baked lamb and toasted-walnut ice cream). For a casual meal, cozy up in Wilk’s Bar for East Coast oysters or wood-roasted sunchoke mac ’n’ cheese.
Give it a Try
Enjoy interactive cooking demonstrations, the spa, the billiard room, wine tastings with the hotel’s sommelier and walks in the woods or on the croquet lawn, as well as an outdoor heated salt pool, a tennis court and a full exercise room.