The hopeless romantics
If you’re a couple who loves roses and poetry, a romantic honeymoon is what you’re after, and the King Eddie hotel on King Street East in downtown Toronto is the perfect place to stay. Its historic façade and liveried doormen will make you feel like Audrey Hepburn. Head over to the Spa at the Elmwood for manicures, pedicures, and a sensual massage in a room just for two. It’s a quick cab ride from there to the Ritz Carlton for dinner at Toca (a mash-up of “Toronto” and “Canada”) to indulge yourself with pan-seared foie gras complete with “fairy floss,” which you’ll probably recognize as cotton candy. For dessert, the delectable double chocolate, Grand Marnier, or maple walnut soufflés are made to order. But the most romantic room at Toca is the cheese cave, where a consultant will serve you paper-thin curls of manchego while your sommelier pairs it with the perfect wine.
For the artsy couple
If your tastes run a little more boho, Toronto has a number of neighbourhoods that are destinations unto themselves. Start at the Distillery District for fresh pastries and espresso before wandering the cobblestones to check out chic art galleries and boutique stores (or take a Segway tour and find out about the neighbourhood’s Al Capone connection). Head over to Queen Street West, where you can check out the city’s most eclectic mix of vintage clothing stores, street vendors, and music venues, then walk another couple of blocks to grab lunch on Baldwin Street near the Art Gallery of Ontario, where your choice of ethnic and specialty cuisines include Ethiopian (the coffee is to die for), Japanese, Italian, Mexican, and Caribbean. Next, wander to nearby Kensington Market to visit one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in the country, let alone the city. For an exquisite dinner, visit Canoe on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Centre – they have amazing views and even more amazing cuisine. The “Taste Campfire” menu is as charming as it is delicious – where else will you get the chance to top off a gourmet meal with white chocolate s’mores? Finally, retire to your room at Le Germain, a boutique hotel in the heart of the Entertainment District.
The adrenaline junkies
If your perfect honeymoon means barely setting foot indoors, Southern Ontario offers some of the best adventures around. Go caving or mountain biking in the Niagara Escarpment, or zip-lining in the Elora Gorge. Take a five-day bicycle tour from the shores of Lake Ontario east of Toronto to the Trent Canal. The gorgeous hues of fall add a romantic touch to canoeing, botany, bird watching, hiking, and kayaking. Check out ontarioutdoor.com for excursions as well as a variety of accommodations from charming B & B’s to true roughing-it camp sites.
Not only are these adventures surprisingly affordable, but many are within a couple of hours of the city, so if you’re a multi-faceted couple who love a little romance, a little urban adventure, and the great outdoors, you can do it all and be back at work next Monday.