Photo courtesy Vandermarck Boutique Hotel
Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, we know you’ll enjoy Contributor Chris Occhiuzzi’s list of the Top Hotels in Blue Mountains and Collingwood
One of the most amazing places to visit in Ontario sits near the shores of Southern Georgian Bay, an easy two and a half-hour jaunt northwest from downtown Toronto. And while Collingwood and the Blue Mountains may be slightly separated by name and land, they are forever intertwined in the minds of many travellers.
Whether it’s visitors to bustling Blue Mountain Village wanting to spend time taking in the sights and sounds of Collingwood’s downtown core or those staying in Collingwood heading to the Blue Mountains for skiing and nature adventures, they’re the perfect union.
The two entities provide the world access to the Niagara Escarpment – one of Canada’s 12 World UNESCO Bio Reserves – as well as to the Bruce Trail, the Scenic Caves, hiking, dogsledding, unforgettable spas, and much, much more.
There are plenty of reasons to visit the area, so we’ve come up with a list of the top hotels in Blue Mountains and Collingwood to make planning your visit a tad bit easier.
The Best Luxury Hotels in Blue Mountains and Collingwood
VanderMarck Boutique Hotel, Collingwood
An interesting history combined with a prime location make the VanderMarck Boutique Hotel in the heart of Collingwood’s hopping downtown an excellent choice for visitors. The house turned hotel was designed by Toronto architect Eden Smith and built in 1912 for Joseph Arthur, the town doctor and eventual Mayor.
Within walking distance to the town’s lovely waterfront and trails, the hotel is close to shopping, pubs, restaurants, festivals, and other activities. Meanwhile, attractions such as the Blue Mountain ski hills, the Scenic Caves, Wasaga Beach, the Bruce Trail, golf courses and more are only a short drive away.
The hotel has just nine suites – including studio and one- and two-bedroom options – and the owners have gone the extra mile to provide their guests with luxury linens and handcrafted bath products. Suites for extended stays with kitchens and washer/dryers are available for those planning to stay awhile due to business or pleasure.
Their dedication to providing a boutique experience in the downtown core easily puts the VanderMarck Boutique Hotel at the top of any list of the best Collingwood and Blue Mountains Hotels.
Learn more or book your stay at https://thevandermarck.com.
The Westin Trillium House, The Blue Mountains
Long known for a dedication to exceptional service and accommodations, the name Westin is renowned the world over. So, it’s no surprise The Westin Trillium House stands with the very best Blue Mountains resorts. This fantastic four-season property is located in the energetic pedestrians-only Blue Mountain Village.
A place for relaxation and wellness, The Westin Trillium House is the place to be after a day of skiing or snowboarding, or exploring one of the many other natural adventures the area provides. In the summer, visit the resort’s private beach, while winter visitors will delight at the heated pool.
The village itself is home to artisans of all kinds and provides the opportunity to find bespoke gifts for yourself or your loved ones. At the end of an exciting day, sit back with a nightcap and enjoy the exceptional views of Georgian Bay or the Niagara Escarpment.
For further information on what is undoubtedly one of the best resorts in Blue Mountains, visit the Westin Trillium House website.
The Lodges at Blue Mountains
Although visiting a resort or hotel is a wonderful experience for some, others prefer renting a quality cottage, chalet or condo for their stay. For those who prefer to vacation on their own without the crowds, The Lodges at Blue Mountainshave plenty of options. Privately owned but under the management of Vacasa, you can be sure to get a full-service experience without the hassle.
They feature 3D tours of the property so you know what you’re getting before you book, a professional cleaning team who also provides the toiletries you would find in a hotel room, and 24-hour a day guest support while you stay. Visitors looking for the spaciousness of a rental property will love Arlberg 181, a four-bedroom, two-bathroom chalet with touches of mountain décor blended with some contemporary style.
The unit is dog-friendly (although they indicate only one furry family member at a time) and has a private gas grill to go with a full kitchen where the chef or chefs among you can get deliciously creative. It’s also walking distance to skiing, hiking, biking, and local restaurants. Plus, the Bruce Trail and Georgian Bay are short drives away.
Check out Arlberg 181 and other properties on the Vacasa website.
Weider Lodge, The Blue Mountains
A skier’s paradise, Weider Lodge looks and feels like a classic mountain ski lodge should. From the rustic décor and historically themed accents, to the slope-side access to the hills, Weider Lodge stands out as on of the best hotels in Blue Mountain Village. Another property operated by Blue Mountain Resorts, the lodge provides complimentary ski valet service to its guests.
With extensive suites ranging from studios (two to four-person occupancy) to a village three-bedroom (up to eight people), there is space for mom and dad plus the children – and maybe a cousin or two. Families can also leave their high chairs and playpens at home – Weider Lodge has them available free of charge.
Every suite above a studio bachelor features a full kitchen as well as living areas to enjoy a comforting vacation with whomever you choose. It’s perfect for those nights when hanging around your suite is the best option. Open a bottle of wine, cook a nice dinner, and get cozy by the gas fireplace.
Explore more about this hotel on the Weider Lodge website.
Mosaic, The Blue Mountains
Whether taking off for a weekend with your favourite person or getting away for a family vacation, Mosaic - Boutique Suites by Blue Mountain Resorts has an option for you. A standout among Blue Mountain Village hotels, Mosaic is features the kind of stylish contemporary interior design you want in a boutique suite, along with the amenities required for a memorable trip.
The hotel features 163 suites along with two-story townhomes that have a private courtyard and barbecues to make it a home away from home. The heated, year-round outdoor pool is a centre piece of the property, while the hot tub and sauna make it easy to slip away after a busy day.
Full kitchens are available in suites with two-bedrooms or more, while the Kid's Activity Room, summer access to a private beach, and indoor access to iwa Spa means there is something everyone in the family. The spa itself is a great excuse to stay: it won the 2019 World Luxury Spa Award in the Luxury Yoga Experience Category, as well as winner of the 2019 Canadian Spa & Wellness Award - Top 25 Spas in Canada.
For further details, visit www.bluemountain.ca/plan-your-trip/lodging/mosaic
Blue Mountain Inn, The Blue Mountains
Nestled beautifully at the base of the ski hill, the Blue Mountain Inn is the place to stay when hitting the slopes for a few days. Run by Blue Mountain Resorts like it’s sister properties Mosaic and Weider Lodge, the Inn has what you need for a great getaway.
With a retro cottage charm throughout the building – from the reception to the amenities and the suites – the Blue Mountain Inn provides its guests with the main thing they need: easy access to the hill in the winter and being close to the area’s other fun activities all year-round.
While skiing and snowboarding are the main reasons to visit this hotel, they do have plenty of facilities to feed your entertainment and leisure needs. The Pottery Restaurant, Jozo’s Bar, and the Kalola Boutique and Spa are all onsite, so you don’t have to venture far for good food, beverages or treatments. The landscaped courtyard overlooking the mountain features four outdoor hot tubs to melt away with a stunning view.
Businesses and meeting planners looking for a place to host an event or a company getaway will be happy to know the Blue Mountain Inn has 13,000 square-feet of conference space and meeting rooms. With the option of having an equipped business centre.
Learn more about this hotel here.
Georgian Bay Hotel, Wyndham, Collingwood
Centrally nestled on a private property between Collingwood and Blue Mountain, Georgian Bay Hotel, Wyndhamprovides its guests the best of all worlds. A quick two-minute drive to the plethora of shops and restaurants in downtown Collingwood, while being only a seven-minute trip in your vehicle to the Village at Blue Mountain, allows guests to be close enough to the area’s amazing attractions without having to stay in the middle of it all.
Venture out to visit the Scenic Caves, hiking trails and Georgian Bay waterfront areas, or take a Southern Georgian Bay wine tour, before returning to the privacy and relaxing atmosphere of the hotel.
With its an on-site spa, restaurant, outdoor and indoor pools, children’s playground, horseshoes, a family putting course and many other activities, Georgian Bay Hotel has plenty to do at the secluded, picturesque property to feed your vacation needs.
Feeling like enjoying an extra glass of wine and not driving? Then dine at the award-winning Gustav Chophouse & Bar at the hotel to enjoy a tasty menu created with ingredients provided by local farmers and community food suppliers.
Learn more what this hotel has to offer at https://georgianbayhotel.com/
Living Water Resort & Spa, Collingwood
Sometimes taking a break from the action and staying on a resort is just what the doctor ordered. In this respect, Living Water Resort & Spa has everything you need on its over 700 acres of property overlooking Georgian Bay. The area’s only waterfront hotel is just a short drive from its sister property, Living Stone Golf Resort, and is the place to go to for spiritual, mental and physical rejuvenation.
The four-season vacation resort’s Living Shore Spa is a full-service spa offering massage and aesthetic treatments as well as Aquapath hydrotherapy. Aquapath is a memorable wellness experience as the treatment unites the use of mineralized pools, waterfall massage grottos, aroma steam caves and sea salt exfoliators.
The spa is only one part of getting away from it all: rent a boat and enjoy the feeling of being on the water, or simply stroll along to the marina to take it all in. An exceptional restaurant, beautiful suites and all the amenities you need are all on site, ensuring that venturing out is a choice, not a must.
For more details, visit https://livingwaterresortandspa.com
Contributor Occhiuzzi is a staff writer at Dockside Publishing and founder of Muskoka Unlimited.