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A Soothing Escape to Ste. Anne’s Spa, Grafton, ON

At Ste. Anne's, guests wear their white robes everywhere, even to dinner.

By Laura Kathleen Maize

The main spa building is an 19th-century stone farmhouse.

Less than two hours from Toronto, this luxurious spa on a historic 500-acre estate makes a perfect day trip or overnight escape from the city, especially in cold-weather months.

Tucked away in Ontario’s Northumberland Hills, Ste. Anne’s Spa is in an incredibly relaxing, rural setting east of Toronto near Cobourg. An Aveda-only spa, Ste. Anne’s has won numerous awards, including SpaFinder reader’s choice awards for best spa in Canada and best spa treatment.

The spa building is in a renovated 1800s, stone-walled farmhouse with walkways and tiny cottages surrounding the main building. Inside, luxury takes over, with big windows, fireplaces, cucumber-water coolers and deep couches with throws. Guests, all clad in white bathrobes, drift from one treatment to the next, and the scent of eucalyptus radiates throughout. The grounds, with their tailored gardens and gazebos, are stunning; in warm weather, enjoy them from a hammock or chaise lounge. (more…)