Day one: Stay at the Touchstone
Check into the stunning Touchstone on Lake Muskoka resort in Bracebridge, Ont. If there’s a group of you, opt for one of the treetop villas, each of which offers a 270-degree view of the lake and private hot tub. Let vacation mode sink in while luxuriating on the beach, on the dock, in the infinity pool or at the spa.
Grab lunch at Marty's World Famous
For lunch, head to Marty’s World Famous, and don’t skip the sweets – chef Michael Smith once called owner Marty Curtis “the Michelangelo of butter tarts,” and when in Rome.... Once you’re fully fuelled, go for a hike along one of Bracebridge’s many sylvan trails. My favourites are Strawberry Point Trail, which culminates in a pretty picnic and swimming spot on Lake Muskoka, and Wilson’s Falls Trail, which takes you along the Muskoka River to a rushing waterfall.
Tour Muskoka Brewery
Treat yourself to an afternoon tour of Muskoka Brewery (and pick up a six-pack of its award-winning cream ale while you’re at it), then indulge in some retail therapy at Simply Cottage, which specializes in cottage-chic decor and is located in the historic Muskoka Foundry, built in 1904. Return to the resort’s Touchstone Grill for dinner, timing it to enjoy the sunset with dessert.