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Toronto for Two

Toronto for Two

Reconnect with a romantic getaway filled with tempting diversions geared to delight and inspire. Suggested Time 1 – 2 Days

Day 1

Morning
Sleep in, order room service and then head to some of Toronto’s most celebrated sites.

Casa Loma

Visit Casa Loma, Toronto’s 98-room castle, and step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendour. The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Canada’s foremost castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passageways, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables and five acres of beautiful estate gardens.

Location:
1 Austin Terrace (east of Spadina Road, south of St. Clair Avenue)

Getting there:
By car: click here for directions and a map.
By transit:Casa Loma can be reached from four subway stations: Dupont, Spadina, St. Clair and St. Clair West, click here for directions.

Hours:
Open daily
9:30am – 5:00pm (last admission: 4:00pm)
Closes at 1:00 pm on December 24, closed December 25

Have lunch at the castle or wait until the next stop on your itinerary: Bloor-Yorkville.

Afternoon

Bloor-Yorkville

For an intriguing afternoon of cozy cafés, celebrity-spotting and browsing at its best, head south to Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. This hot spot is strictly upper crust and one of the city’s more elegant shopping and dining areas. Yorkville’s designer boutiques, antique shops and galleries are absolutely first-class. The area features a gallery of small courtyards and alleyways, perfect for reflecting and connecting.

Location:
On and around Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Yonge Street, including Cumberland and Yorkville Avenues to the north

Getting there:
By car: From the Gardiner Expressway, take York Street north to University Avenue, which turns into Avenue Road after Queen’s Park, which is just south of Bloor. From the 401 take Avenue Road south to Yorkville Avenue. There are parking lots available as well as street parking in the area.
By transit: exit at the Bloor subway station and walk east or exit at the Bay subway station, which puts you right in the heart of this neighbourhood.

Evening

The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc

The Sultan’s Tent evokes the setting of a traditional “diffa” (lavish) banquet at which all are welcome and where the dining philosophy was one of abundance. Moroccan traditions of hospitality were born of the Berbers’ nomadic life. A Sultan (Prince or ruler) would have a beautifully decorated tent with intimate alcoves, and these were echoed when they built even more lavish royal palaces. The Sultan’s Tent is ideal for an evening of entertainment, good food, romance and fun in a traditional Moroccan experience.

Location:
49 Front Street East (between Yonge and Church streets)

Getting there:
By car: click here for directions and a map.
By transit: exit at Union Station and walk east on Front Street

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm to 1:00am
Sunday: 5:00 pm to 10:00pm

 

Day 2

Morning
Keep breakfast quick and simple and head out early for a day filled with fabulous finds and a decadent retreat for two.

Kensington Market

During the 1920’s, it was known as the Jewish Market. Today, you can sense the city’s rich multicultural mix, obvious in the shops packed with goods from Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia. A visit to Kensington is like a sensory trip around the world! It’s also peppered with vintage boutiques and second-hand clothing shops tucked in among eclectic restaurants and cafés.

Treat yourself to a leisurely lunch as you watch Kensington’s unique mosaic of shoppers, visitors and residents rush to their next stop.

Location:
Northwest of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue – on Baldwin, Augusta, St. Andrew and Kensington streets

Getting there:
By car: From the Gardiner Expressway, drive north on Spadina Avenue. From the 401, take the Allen Expressway south to Eglinton Avenue and then travel east to Spadina Avenue, then head south. There are several parking spots and lots available in the area.
By transit: exit at the Spadina subway station and walk or take the Spadina Streetcar south. You can also take a streetcar east along Dundas Street to Spadina Avenue from St. Patrick subway station.

Hours:
Generally, you can shop Kensington Market weekdays between 10:00am to 9:00pm, Saturdays from 8:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Clubs and restaurants stay open until 1:00am except on Sundays when most close up for the night at 11:00pm.

Afternoon

Elmwood Spa

Elmwood Spa, located within steps of the Toronto Eaton Centre, offers couples a tranquil escape from it all with a full roster of sumptuous options. Water therapies, hot stone and Swedish massages, exclusive treatments and soothing saunas can be enjoyed a la carte or as part of an indulgent couple’s package. Relax together in the double massage room as you both enjoy an experience to soothe your body, mind and soul.

Guests have the option to enjoy a 3-course lunch in the spa’s licensed 4th floor Terrace Restaurant, where your spa robe is the preferred attire.

Location:
18 Elm Street (west off Yonge Street, north of Dundas Street)

Getting there:
By car: click here for a map and directions.
By transit: exit at Dundas station and walk north on Yonge Street to Elm Street.

Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday 10:30am to 6:30pm