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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 of downtown Toronto: The Blue Mountains.

Whether you’re a visitor to bustling alpine-themed Blue Mountain Village wanting to spend time skiing the slopes at Blue, or maybe here in summer to enjoy exploring nearby places like Thornbury or Creemore, you’ll find no end of great accommodations options in this scenic area. And while not uber-luxurious, the best places to stay here do offer a modest amount of luxury in terms of spaciousness, cleanliness, and comfort.

Whatever the reason for your visit, we’ve come up with a list of the best hotels in The Blue Mountains for a fun Ontario getaway.

 

The Best Hotels in The Blue Mountains

  

The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain
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You can’t get much closer to the ski hills at Blue than the Westin Trillium House(Photo courtesy Westin Trillium House)

 Long known for its 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-star, four-season property is located in the energetic pedestrians-only Blue Mountain Village within walking distance of some of the best restaurants and shops in the area.

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 enjoy 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.

LuxuryOntario Recommends: For further information on what is undoubtedly one of the best resorts in The Blue Mountains, visit Westin Trillium House

 

MosaicBoutique Suites by Blue Mountain Resorts
Best hotels in blue mountains-Taking a plunge in Mosaic's heated outdoor swimming pool is a must when the snow flies (Photo courtesy Mosaic Boutique Suites)
Taking a plunge in Mosaic’s heated outdoor swimming pool is a must when the snow flies (Photo courtesy Mosaic Boutique Suites)

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 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 centrepiece 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 the on-site spa mean there’s something everyone in the family. The award-winning spa itself is a great excuse to stay.

LuxuryOntario Recommends: For further details, visit Mosaic – Boutique Suites by Blue Mountain Resorts

 

The Lodges at Blue Mountains: Rentals by Vacasa
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The luxurious White Rose Chalet can sleep up to 20 guests (Photo courtesy Vacasa)

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 Mountains have 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 kind of toiletries you’d find in a hotel room, and 24-hour-a-day guest support while you stay. Visitors looking for the spaciousness of a rental property capable of sleeping up to 20 people should check out the eight-bedroom White Rose Chalet, while the aptly named Blue Mountain Magic sleeps 14 in its five bedrooms.

Both feature full kitchens where the chef (or chefs) among you can get deliciously creative. They’re close to fun things to do such as skiing, hiking, biking, and local restaurants. Plus, the Bruce Trail and Georgian Bay are short drives away.

 

Weider Lodge: Village Suites by Blue Mountain Resort
Weider Lodges at Blue Mountain luxury living room
Weider Lodge boasts luxury suites with plenty of living space (Photo courtesy Weider Lodge: Village Suites

A paradise for skiers, 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 one 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 large suites ranging from studios (two to four-person occupancy) to a village three-bedroom (up to eight people), there’s 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 as 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.

LuxuryOntario Recommends: Explore Weider Lodge: Village Suites by Blue Mountain Resort for more details about this hotel

 

Hilton Grand Vacations Club Blue Mountain
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Rustic decor maked for comfortable stays at HGVC Blue Mountain(Photo courtesy Hilton Grand Vacations Club Blue Mountain)

Located just a short stroll away from the Village, Hilton Grand Vacations Club Blue Mountain is part of one of the world’s largest timeshare ownership programs that offers members exclusive access to a network of high-end properties around the world. HGVC’s Blue Mountain property features stylishly rustic studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites designed to provide you with all the comforts of home.

Each of the larger units comes equipped with a full kitchen, a spacious living area, and a private balcony or patio that provides views over the property. The resort also features a variety of amenities including two outdoor swimming pools (one for adults), two hot tubs, a fitness center, and a games room featuring classic arcade games and foosball.

The Boathouse lounge area is also nice and features a wet bar. Travelling with kids? The resort has a small playground to keep them entertained.

LuxuryOntario Recommends: For more details, visit Hilton Grand Vacations Club Blue Mountain

 

Blue Mountain Inn by Blue Mountain Hotels
Bluemountain inn room in one of the best hotels in Bllue Mountains Clean and comfortable lodgings come as standard at Blue Mountain Inn (Photo courtesy Blue Mountain Inn
Clean and comfortable lodgings come as standard at Blue Mountain Inn (Photo courtesy Blue Mountain Inn

Tucked away 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 its 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 sq ft of conference space and meeting rooms. With the option of having an equipped business centre.

LuxuryOntario Recommends: Learn more at Blue Mountain Inn by Blue Mountain Hotels

 

Royal Harbour Resort, Thornbury

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Royal Harbour offers lodgings just steps away from the shores of Georgian Bay (Photo courtesy Royal Harbour Resort)

Located in the quaint town of Thornbury, Royal Harbour Resort is a great 3-star property situated on the shores of Georgian Bay. In addition to boasting great views over the water and surrounding mountains, the resort features elegant accommodations, excellent amenities, and proximity to a range of outdoor activities.

The resort features spacious and beautifully appointed studios and two-bedroom units, some of the larger of which are even equipped with full kitchens, living rooms with fireplaces, and a private balcony or terrace with stunning views of the bay. The décor is elegant and tasteful, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The amenities at Royal Harbour Resort include a heated indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna, and a fitness center. Families with children will be pleased to learn there’s a playroom and a games room, as well as outdoor activities such as tennis, basketball, and shuffleboard.

Be sure to spend at least a little time exploring downtown Thornbury. The town is home to several art galleries, shops, and restaurants, providing a charming and unique shopping and dining experience. Guests can also take a stroll along the harbour or visit nearby parks for hiking, biking, and picnicking.

LuxuryOntario Recommends: For more details, visit Royal Harbour Resort

 

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Contributor Chris Occhiuzzi is a staff writer at Dockside Publishing and founder of Muskoka Unlimited


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