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October 21, 2017

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Top 5 places to get inn on the extras

Need a long weekend escape? You don’t need to go far. Here are five affordable inns across the country with a little something special on the side.

Wine country

By April, tasting rooms along the breezy shores of Lake Okanagan are lining up glasses for visitors. The lakeside Naramata Heritage Inn is a 15-minute drive to a dozen wine estates, and offers Napa style at BC prices. Weekend rates from $138. naramatainn.com; okanaganwines.ca.

Top chef

The big sky country of Kananaskis beckons. And what's better after a hike than a great meal? Canmore, Alberta's Paintbox Lodge offers cooking classes every other weekend with a UK-trained chef, and has cosy wood-beamed rooms in the heart of town. Rates from $159. paintboxlodge.com; canmorecatering.ca.

All the world's a stage

You don't have to brave the summer crowds to enjoy Stratford, Ontario's theatre season: plays open in March, and room rates are low until May. For a chic place to lay your head — with nary a flower pattern in sight — get thee to the Mercer Hall Inn. Weekend rates from $110. mercerhallinn.com; stratfordfestival.ca.

Ah at the spa

For a truly decadent weekend, just add a soak and a massage to an inn with one of the province’s best restaurants. The Manoir Hovey on Lake Massawippi in Quebec's Eastern Townships is a Relais & Châteaux property within minutes of two spas offering forest-fringed Nordic baths. Superior rooms from $125. manoirhovey.ca; nordicstation.ca; balnea.ca.

Putt it here

Cape Breton has Nova Scotia’s most enviable golf destinations, and the area's newest, The Lakes Golf Club at Ben Eoin offers sweeping views of the Bras d’Or Lakes to boot. Five minutes down the road, the Birches Country Inn has a much-lauded dining room and a cosy yet upscale vibe. Rates from $99. thebirchescountryinn.ca; thelakesgolfclub.ca.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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