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Spring is perfect for a “ladies only” weekend getaway – before the kids are out for the summer and ahead of the peak season crowds. No matter what your girlfriends are looking for, they'll feel like a VIP getting a preview of fresh menus, bright new fashions and hot events. Local travel writer and mommy blogger, Yashy Murphy, offers the inside scoop on how to have a memorable girls’ weekend in the city.

Toronto is an all-season destination but the city is at its peak between spring and autumn. It’s an ideal time for visitors to explore our city before the hustle and bustle of the summer months when families tend to visit. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway with your gal pals, Toronto has something to offer for everyone in your group.

After brunchin at @cacao70 ! We love photo shoots at graffiti alley 😎 . . . . #brunch #ladieswhobrunch #graffatialley #art #toronto #brunchtoronto

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My girlfriends and I love to check into a suite at a hotel and use that as our home base for the weekend, preferably in Yorkville where bumping into a celebrity or two is totally possible! Perfect for those who love to shop and peruse the latest lines from Hermès to H&M, while those who like to unwind can do so at the nearby and award-winning, Stillwater Spa. Kick off the evening with a glass of sparkling wine at sunset on the 51st floor at One Eighty before enjoying dinner at Bar Reyna, where you’ll feel like you’re in the Mediterranean as you sip cocktails and enjoy tapas style platters on the patio. If you’ve got your dancing shoes on, ending the night at Posh Supper Club or Apt 200 is a great way to complete the day.

Lunch dates with my 👸🏼on the prettiest patio. . . . #lunch #toronto #love #interiors

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Toronto is also home to many award-winning live theatre performances and always features great musical acts, not to mention some amazing street art and festivals. With so many different things to do in Toronto, I asked a few of my favourite Toronto gals what they like to do in the spring!

“I love bike riding in the spring. It’s a great way to get from one place to another or go exploring with a friend. You can rent bikes all over the city for an hour or an afternoon. Some of my favourite spots include Toronto’s Harbourfront in the morning and Trinity Bellwoods Park at sunset.”

Casie Stewart is a Toronto-based writer and director who has been publishing a diary blog called THIS IS MY LIFE for the last 12 years.

“As soon as the weather warms up, I love to get outside. One of my go-to long walks has me starting at the top of the Rosedale Ravine (Yonge & St. Clair), and hiking south, ending up in Bloor-Yorkville where I continue my “walk”, right into some of my favourite boutiques including Corbo and TNT both featuring an impressive mix of incredible designers with pieces that are hard to find anywhere else.

Natasha Koifman is the President of NKPR, a highly regarded full-service public relations, artist management and digital agency.

No complaints about this view 💙

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“Catching a Blue Jays game live and in person is something else – the energy in the Rogers Centre is almost electric. Grab your best gal pals, pack a picnic, and spend the day cheering our boys in blue on! Or, head to the restaurant, Arriba, where you can dine on “the freshest foods of the season” all with an Instagram-worthy view of inside the Rogers Centre!”

—Find Jenn and the City on Twitter where she “adorkably” shares her (mis)adventures in life and love and all things Toronto – with a healthy dose of wine and chicken wings.

An indulgent weekend comes to an end… can’t believe I went out there nights in a row without the kids! Finally swung by this very cool speak easy style spot in Toronto and can’t wait to go back!

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“Toronto in the spring is always exciting! I love to have a new and fresh cocktail at a couple secret bars in Toronto. Finding them makes you feel like a VIP every time. The Cloak Bar under Marben is a good place to start for an award-winning Espresso Martini. Then head over to The Gift Shop hidden behind Barber and Co for a cocktail adventure! Barman H will amaze with creative seasonal drinks.  If you have one more in you, slip into Lopan above Dailo for something refreshing like a shaken Pina Colada maybe?”

Stephanie Brownridge is the Canadian Malibu and Kahlua Ambassador. A lover of all things fun and happening, this Espresso Martini aficionado can be found sharing Toronto’s best cocktails on Instagram.

“Spring is a surprisingly short but incredibly beautiful season in Toronto, so I like to make the most of it by getting outside and staying there. We have a tradition of doing a spring flower walk by exploring the older neighbourhoods of Toronto like Cabbagetown, the Annex and the Beaches which are filled with flowering trees like forsythia, lilacs, apple blossoms and magnolias. We usually find great hidden lunch spots and cafes with patios like Winchester Café along our way. If it’s raining, visit Allan Gardens.”

Alexa Clark is an entrepreneur, author and food blogger who has lived in the Garden District of Toronto for over 20 years. Alexa writes about food, travel and getting outside on Unsweetened.

About the Author

Yashy Murphy is a Digital Marketing Professional who has called downtown Toronto home for the last 12 years. A girl about town, she refuses to let go of her pre-baby lifestyle and continues to travel the globe and to explore everything there is to do in Toronto with kids. Follow her adventures and misadventures on Baby & Life, where you’ll also find inspiration on where to eat, drink and have fun in Toronto!