Article by Caitlin Carpenter, with the scoop on two girls’ weekend getaway options via mass transit.
A excursion on Queen West or a laid-back brunch are classic girls’ only outings. However, to really amp up the bonding and fun, try a girls’ weekend getaway outside the city. Charming theatre towns Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake seem a whole lot closer when you realize they are very accessible by mass transit. So put away the GPS and hop aboard a bus or train for a multi-day adventure.
Girls’ Weekend Getaway Choices on Mass Transit
Ontarians are fortunate to have one of the world’s premier theatre festivals in our backyard at the Stratford Festival, which runs a dozen shows from April to November. While the theatre itself is reason enough to visit, Stratford offers visitors a chance to experience a weekend getaway full of the finer things in life.
With several streets of great clothing, art, and chocolate (yes, there are two gourmet chocolate shops), Stratford also boasts an assortment of fine dining options. Try Rundles or Bijou for great service and high-end fare or go for a picnic along the swan-filled Avon River (pick up a lunch at the Festival Theatre café or a burger and poutine at the famous Boomer’s Burgers). For an elegant stay overnight, try the White House B&B or the Stewart House Inn.
Take the $20 round trip Stratford bus in front of the InterContinental Hotel on Simcoe south of Front. Book early online to ensure yourself a seat on this popular bus, which runs twice daily during peak season and once a day in May and October.
With one of Canada’s premier playhouses, period architecture, and one of the best ghost tours around, Niagara-on-the-Lake is perfect for any occasion. There are plenty of special events throughout the year: the Niagara Foundation House Tour is held in mid-September, and special Hallowe’en Ghost Walks are held at Fort George during October.
There’s so much to do on your weekend getaway to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Take in high tea at the Prince of Wales Inn, shop the gourmet food and specialty shops (there’s a store just dedicated to fabulous hats) on Picton Street, see a play at the Shaw Festival April through October, get a wine-based pedicure at Pillar and Post Spa, and have a memorable dinner at Tiara Restaurant at Queen’s Landing.
GO Transit offers a roundtrip GO Bus shuttle between St. Catharines’ Go station and Niagara-on-the-Lake.