I had a birthday recently in the midst of an extremely busy time. I wasn’t particularly interested in parties or presents and my boyfriend came through in the most perfect of ways: with a surprise weekend escape to one of Toronto’s hidden oases, the Old Mill Inn.
The Old Mill is a heritage boutique hotel with 57 deluxe rooms, a luxurious on-site spa, an old world style pub & jazz bar and a 300-seat fine dining restaurant surrounded by 6 acres of parkland. Situated along the picturesque Humber River the Old Mill feels like an idyllic country retreat despite being a short subway ride from Toronto’s downtown core.
After checking in, we took a stroll along the cobblestone pathways and bubbling stream before changing into plush robes for a romantic fireside couples massage in the spa and ultimately retreating to our room to enjoy a bottle of wine and a movie in our gargantuan bubble filled whirlpool tub.
Feeling slothful (in the best possible way), we opted for dinner in the cozy candlelit Home Smith Jazz Bar instead of the large formal dining room and snacked on truffle covered sliders, a cheese plate and other gastronomic delights before being surprised by our waitress with two glasses of my new favourite bubbly (a VQA named Lily which we have yet to find at the LCBO), which later became the perfect accompaniment to the full size gourmet chocolate treats left on our pillows.
Included in our stay was an impressive continental breakfast complete with smoked salmon, chocolate croissants and, in our case, more champagne. Reluctant to change out of my plush robe and rejoin civilization, Jason was kind enough to bring breakfast back to our room, which we enjoyed in our insanely comfortable over-stuffed king size bed. When check out time came I attempted to hide out in yet another bubble bath, but was eventually coaxed out with a promise to return again next year.
Even if an overnight stay isn’t in the budget, it’s worth the trip to the Old Mill for afternoon tea, a walk along the river and a drive through the charming surrounding neighbourhood.