Escape to Toronto for a Girls’ Weekend Getaway

Whether you’re planning a weekend away with your gal pals or a little mother-daughter time, a weekend in Toronto can be an ideal mini vacation. With our diverse shopping districts, dining options and unique galleries (Bata Shoe Museum anyone?), Toronto sets the stage for all kinds of fun weekend getaways.

Here are three weekend itineraries for a variety of tastes. ShareThis

Ultimate R&R Weekend Retreat

If a weekend of decadence is what you crave, let Toronto’s luxurious spas, wine bars and evening entertainment options be your lap of luxury.

Day 1

Make reservations at the Ritz-Carlton, which boasts dramatic views of the CN Tower, Lake Ontario and the downtown Toronto skyline. Take advantage of the Spa My Blend package, which you can customize to your liking.

After you’ve feasted on a full day of your favourite spa services, stop by the nearby SOMA chocolate-maker for dessert and hotel room provisions. (Check out other gourmet chocolatiers in Toronto.) Or head west on Wellington to Brookfield Place with its soaring glass atrium, for a modern take on Japanese cuisine at Ki.

Day 2

Those who are up for greeting the morning with a set of sun salutations can head to a yoga class at Tula Yoga, a hot yoga studio and spa in the heart of the Entertainment District. Or, wake up with a double espresso instead and stroll down to the Distillery Historic District, an eclectic cobblestone shopping and arts enclave in Old Town, nearby the bustling St. Lawrence Market and King Street Design District with such stylish furniture stores as EQ3 and Design Within Reach. Later, get your giggle on at Second City where each night features cutting edge comedy sketches and audience-inspired improv.

Shoppers Delight Weekend

Take on the city with a mission! Whether you’re searching for the perfect outfit for an upcoming event or you’re just joining a crew to window shop, Toronto’s wide range of shopping venues fits every shopper’s style and budget.

Day 1

Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel and situate yourself right in the heart of Bloor-Yorkville, where designer boutiques (think: Betsy Johnson, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co.) have earned this neighbourhood the moniker of the Mink Mile.

Devote the morning to exploring the strip, then stop into the newly refurbished Yorkville Village shopping centre (formerly Hazelton Lanes) for more high-end boutique finds. Savour lunch and a glass of wine at Sassafraz, set in an array of converted Victorian rowhouses. End the afternoon with a visit to the Gardiner Museum with its eclectic collection of ceramics from a range of eras.

Day 2

Set aside a full day to trawl one of our world-renowned malls. Make it the iconic Toronto Eaton Centre, and end up in central territory from which you can easily explore. From there, you can take in Nathan Phillips Square with the newly-installed and popular TORONTO sign. Lunch at the Queen Mother Café (known as the Queen Mum to its loyal followers) or the more upscale Nota Bene before taking in the boutiques along Queen Street West. Wander back to your hotel for a toast in your room overlooking the city lights at dusk.

Dive Bars and Dancing ‘Til Dawn

Come hide away for a weekend in some of Toronto’s well-loved haunts and holes-in-the-wall. Unique pockets of subculture throughout the city are as fun to explore as they are welcoming to newcomers.

Day 1

Make the Drake Hotel, Toronto’s hotbed for culture, your home away from home. Start day one with a trawl of Queen West for vintage finds at Black Market or Kensington Market, where eclectic secondhand shops are sure to pique the interest of those who think outside the box. Refuel with an authentic South American bite at Jumbo Empanadas.

As the sun sets, head back over to Queen Street to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern or any of the dozens of bars for live music in the area. Grab a nightcap at The Hideout where the friendly vibe and games galore might tempt you to linger long into the night.

Day 2

After a leisurely lie-in, refuel with brunch at the Drake Hotel restaurant (famous for its Bloody Caesars). Then head east to explore Riverside and Leslieville neighbourhoods including the Leslieville Flea, which hosts a curated selection of vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture and collectibles. (Check out other flea markets in Toronto.) Stop in at the quirky Ceilie Cottage for some Irish courage. You’ll recognize it by its white picket fence with the red gate. When the night beckons, strap on the dancing shoes and hit some of the trendy nightclubs in the Entertainment District where partiers flock from all over.

There’s always something exciting happening in Toronto, no matter what the season. Plan your weekend around one of the city’s upcoming featured events and swap in your event of choice with any of our itinerary items.

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