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October 20, 2021
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Great winter stays for couples

QUEBEC CITY, QC  The holidays are over and you’re pooped. You’ve had enough family gatherings and gift giving to last you the rest of the year. A getaway would be great, but your budget is tight and your schedule even tighter. City slickers might consider a weekend at the Auberge Le Vincent in Saint-Roch, an area that’s become one of the city’s trendiest, complete with bars, restaurants and shops. Housed in a structure from the late 1880s, the auberge (French for “inn”) opened in 2006. Industrial in style (brick walls, contemporary furniture and metalwork), the inn’s theme is Van Gogh. There’s a huge sunflower that curves along one of the exterior walls and the floor of the lobby is a rendering of Starry Night. There are 10 rooms, each with an open shower. Doubles start at $109 between November and April, except during carnival (February 1 to 17 this year). Breakfast is included. (888) 523-5005.

COBOURG, ON  If the country is what you’re craving, check in at the Woodlawn Inn, located 90 minutes from Toronto in a city that describes itself as the Gem of Lake Ontario. Built in 1835, the inn opened as the Woodlawn in 1988. Guests have described the regency-style residence as European in feel, and no wonder. The owners are German and Italian and they bring this aesthetic to the property. The inn has 20 rooms (18 in the main building, two in the cottage nearby), all of which have antiques and reproductions throughout. The dining room serves breakfast (for guests only), lunch and supper, and the cellar (capacity 5000) is certain to have the perfect wine to accompany your meal. In need of pampering? There are nearby spas that’ll kneed, polish or wrap you back into fighting form. Rates start at $129 Sunday to Thursday, single or double including breakfast, $149 Friday and Saturday. (905) 372-2235.

GOLDEN, BC  Adrenaline junkies will prefer a weekend at Copper Horse Lodge, located slope side at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, known for its “champagne powder” and proximity to six national parks. Built in 2004, it was named Best New Lodge in 2007 by Ski Canada magazine. The boutique property has 10 large rooms, which are contemporary yet cosy in style. All of the beds (either king or twins) are blanketed in down duvets and featherbeds for the best night’s sleep before hitting the slopes. The guest lounge has comfy couches and a fireplace, but for those who favour another kind of heat, there’s a hot tub outside. The Corks Restaurant is a favourite with guests. Rates start at $195 until January 31 and between March 10 and 31, double occupancy including breakfast; $275 between February 1 and March 9. 877) 544-7644.

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