Just 2 hours North of Toronto lies one of Ontario's hottest getaway spots in Collingwood and the Blue Mountain. Made popular as a ski destination, and home to the world's largest Elvis Festival, Collingwood and Blue Mountain have developed into a hotbed for weekend warriors, offering a culture that boasts healthy and active recreational activities by day, and all the fixings for a lively social scene by night.
The next time you pack up your weekender, head to Southern Georgian Bay and make sure to hit some of our favourite spots. Check them out below!
The Wild Stand General Store
At monte & coe we are all about supporting local businesses and that's why The Wild Stand General Store is at the top of our list. Located on the way into Collingwood on Highway 124, this quaint and convenient trading post offers seasonal produce, in-house prepared foods, as well as local meat, poultry, and dairy. Oh, and if you need a pick me up, the coffee is superb.
We're not sure what hipster means anymore, but if someone googled "Best Hipster Restaurants in Collingwood" this place would pop-up. Established in 2016, Bent embraces a modern twist on classic Mexican-fare, including the Baja fish taco, along with my personal favourite the Kalbi Short Beef Taco, a Korean short rib served on a steamed bun. It goes without saying that tequila is a fan-favourite here, along with the Bent lager by Sawdust City and the super popular Bellwood’s Jelly King, both on tap.
This is a must visit in our opinion. Burgers are made in-house daily from fresh ground beef, served on a brioche bun. Don't miss out on the fries, they are truly amazing. The menu is small, but they have great vegetarian options including a falaffel burger, fish and chips, and a veggie samosoas.
Brgrz is a must visit in our opinion. Burgers are made in-house daily from fresh ground beef, served on a brioche bun. Don't miss out on the fries, they are truly amazing. The menu is small, but they have great vegetarian options including a falafel burger, fish and chips, and veggie samosas. Treat yourself to Kawartha ice cream for dessert.
Gibson & Company
If you are looking for a more sophisticated spot for drinks outside of the usual suspects in the village, than look no further than Gibson & Company. Tucked away down a narrow alley off Hurontario St., this is a great spot to gather with friends for a cold draft beer, a glass of wine, a tumbler of aged whiskey and some live music. For the non-drinkers, tea and coffee is also served, along with light fare, sandwiches, cheese boards and Spanish conservas to snack on.
The Scandinave Spa
Whether you're headed North for a boy’s trip, a bachelorette, or a romantic getaway with bae, the Scandinave Spa is the perfect ending to all the above. Rejuvenate yourself with hydrotherapy in the heart of Ontario's natural setting using eucalyptus steam baths, Finnish sauna's, cold plunges, and outdoor fireplaces. Not enough? We recommend getting a massage to get you in tip-top shape for Monday.