World MasterCard Fashion Week (aka: Toronto Fashion Week), one of the biggest fashion events in the city’s calendar recently wrapped up. And while attending it is fun – from dressing up to rushing to the tents, to seeing what designers have in store for the upcoming season – it can be draining. Add in my regular nine to five job and you can understand why I never make it to day five – the final day – of fashion week. Exhaustion quickly sets in and on more than one occasion I’ve even caught the notorious fashion week flu, so not cute.
Seeing how much work goes into covering the shows at fashion week, the good folks at Deerhurst Resort invited Nelia (Style Blog), Anita (I Want – I Got) and I up to the resort for a post-fashion week girls getaway, complete with spa treatments. Needless to say we jumped at the opportunity.
Founded in 1896, Deerhurst is a fixture in the Muskoka region. It has a reputation for being one of the most sought after vacation spots north of the city and also happens to be famously known as the place which helped kick-start Shania Twain’s music career.
We stayed in a lovely three bedroom condo that came with a full kitchen, living and dining room, gas fireplace and a balcony with a view to kill for, which overlooked the golf course and the forest. The rooms came with either a king or queen size bed – all super comfortable – three ensuite bathrooms and flat screen TVs. The entire unit must have been around 1,200 sq. ft. and the chance to enjoy this roomy and quite space away from the city was absolutely glorious.
After checking into our home away from home for the weekend, we headed to one of the most anticipated events on our itinerary, the spa. Deerhurst kindly booked two – yes two – treatments at its Shizen Spa on Saturday and Sunday for us. Our first treatment was the monthly special for October which included express facials, paraffin foot waxes and back massages which put us to sleep. On Sunday, our second spa service was ladies’ choice and we all picked massages; the three of us emerged from this 50 minute treatment completely relaxed with glazed and very happy looks on our faces.
The other most anticipated item on our itinerary was sampling the local fare at the resort. We ate at the quaint and casual Maple Pub & Patio for lunch on Saturday. Dinner that same evening was at the resort’s upper scale Eclipse restaurant; it was here that we feasted on a delicious platter of Montreal cheeses, steaks and celebrated with a big old bottle of Prosecco.
The following morning we again found ourselves at Eclipse and the food only got better. On Sundays they offer a brunch buffet, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., which will make your jaw drop to the floor. The cold buffet included an array of breads, pastries, cereals and fruits. While the hot buffet featured a made to order omelette station, pancakes, home fries, glorious bacon and much more. Oh and I can’t forget to mention the dessert station… epic is the only way to can describe it; if you followed me on Snap Chat (soulsofmyshoes) you would have seen the fabulous food feast first hand. Three courses later and we nearly had to be rolled out of the restaurant.
The great dining and spa services experienced inside the resort’s walls complemented the stunning scenery which surrounds it. Deerhurst is situated on prime Muskoka land and right on Peninsula Lake. On our last day – the Sunday – we were lucky to have sunny weather which allowed us to venture outdoors to catch the last of the fall colours, walk around the property and just soak up the tranquility of being close to nature.
All too soon we had to pack up our bags to head home to the city, but before leaving we already came to a consensus that we have to return soon.