Your best friend has just asked you to be her ‘Maid of Honour’ and you obviously accept the task with glee! But one week in, you realize there’s so much to do! You’ll help your best friend pick out that perfect white dress, and you’ll have to organize her bridal shower. But most importantly, don’t forget all the planning that’ll go into the highly-anticipated bachelorette. No doubt your best friend will have a cherished group of bridesmaids, all relying on the Maid of Honour to throw a good bash.
Although many bachelorettes feature party buses and bar-hopping through the city, nothing is more elegant than a luxurious weekend getaway. A short and pleasant drive west of Toronto will bring you to beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you want to plan a trip your ladies won’t soon forget, read on for some amazing tips.
Half the Fun is Getting Here
Escaping the noise of the city is always a treat, especially after a rough week at work. Picture yourselves piling into a car for a girls road trip. It’ll be packed with fun rest stops, and even some shopping and brunch along the way. Niagara-on-the-Lake is about an hour-and-a-half from Toronto. During the drive, you can pop in at the many shopping outlets and grab a bite on a sunny patio. The new Outlet Collection at Niagara is always a favourite. You can easily spend a couple of hours there, before heading into NOTL for a weekend of fun.
Embracing the Beauty of the Region
If the lucky bride enjoys pretty scenery and classy settings, NOTL is a dream. Considered one of Ontario’s prettiest towns, the landscape here features stunning vineyards, pristine lakes and picturesque trails. During your stay, be sure your itinerary includes a stroll along the town’s Heritage District. The boutiques here feature goods from local artisans, and the delightful cafes are perfect for people-watching. This handy little trip-planning guide is a fantastic resource for planning your afternoon. Meanwhile, dinner is always a splendid affair in NOTL. The region’s tourism website also has a list of venues with price indicators to help you stay on budget.
Relax & Rejuvenate
The bride (and her bridesmaids!) will thank you for months to come if a trip to the spa is on the agenda. No other region offers world-class facilities like Niagara-on-the-Lake. The spas here are very accommodating and will be more than happy to come up with an itinerary that works for the group. A bridesmaids manicure session is a fun way for the girls to get to know each other before the big wedding day. Afterwards, get pampered with a Swedish massage that’ll melt away the stresses of life. Many spas offer steam rooms and saunas for their guests. And be sure to inquire about tea/snack packages to cap off your spa itinerary.
Book an Intimate B&B
At Niagara-on-the-Lake, Bed & Breakfasts are the popular choice. Although hotels offer comfort, the personalized service of a B&B may be better suited for a bridesmaids getaway. At Lakelands, we’re thrilled to accommodate small groups and can even offer customized experiences to suit your tastes. With some advanced notice, we can help you book tours and other experiences through our Packages page. All our room rates include a gourmet breakfast the bridesmaids are sure to love. So when planning a trip to NOTL, consider a B&B over the standard hotel. Your bridal party is special and unique, so it certainly should be treated as such!