Day Trips to Relieve Your Holiday Stress

Posted : December 19, 2016

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

With the holidays fast approaching, now it is the time to plan a trip to southern Ontario for some you time.  We have a couple of suggestions for relieving your holiday stress.  A day at the spa is an excellent way to catch some zen and reconnect with yourself. Also, if you are looking for a distraction, consider taking a trip for dinner and a theatre show. Either way, make sure to reserve some time for yourself and call ahead for reservations during this busy time of the year.

Photo by: Hockley Valley Resort Day Spa

Spa Day Trips

Take time out for yourself and venture out on a road trip to visit one of the top spas in the York, Durham, and Headwaters area.  Head to Hockley Valley Resort’s Day Spa to take advantage of their Holiday Spa Specials and indulge in a Pamper Me Holiday Facial or enjoy the Holiday Body Glow package.  The specials include lunch at their Oasis Cafe and run through December 31. Their full-service spa will melt your stress away with a range of massage choices and hand and feet treatments. They also offer hair removal and IPL Laser – Photo Rejuvenation. Hockley Valley is an excellent choice for day-trippers looking for a complete spa experience.
Creekside Wellness sits atop the Tin Mill Restaurant and overlooks the Uxbridge Brook. They are offering a Reiki special through December 31.  Bring your body back to optimal health and well-being with a hot stone, Thai hot stem or Thai yoga massage. Try a Bowen technique treatment or a consult with their Naturopathic Doctor. After your relaxation step into the Tin Mill for a casual fine dining experience.
The Sanctuary International Day Spa in Newmarket sits in a beautifully restored historic home in the downtown core. Enjoy a purifying or deep moisturizing facial or try their marine detoxifying body wrap or satin shimmer body scrub. They also offer hot stone, Indian head and relaxation massages. If you are looking to try a few of their services take a look at a Spa Unwind, Revital or Refresher Package.
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Photo by: Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts featuring The Leahy Family

Theatre Day Trips

December is an excellent time to explore new theatres and take the time to distract yourself from all the holiday happenings. Try a day trip for a Sunday noontime matinee show at the Herongate Barn Theatre in Pickering.  Run For Your Wife, a frolicking British farce about a taxi driver who lives a double life with two wives is now showing through December 31.  Herongate is dinner theatre experience where you can dine in in an old dairy barn and take a seat in the theatre’s seats from Toronto’s historic old Victory Burlesque Theatre.
The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (RHCPA) is a state of the art cultural facility located in the historic downtown core.  For the month of December, the Centre is showing the new Gershwin musical comedy Crazy for You, Thom Allison’s: Shut Up, It’s Christmas and a Comedy & Cabaret New Year’s Eve. In addition, if you would like to see some seasonal shows check out A Leahy Family Christmas, Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays, Victoria Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker or Ensemble Vivant’s Christmas Tidings.
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Most noteworthy, the Richmond Hill area is home to over 290 restaurants. While out, make the most of your theatre road trip and consider trying some of the cities best restaurants including That’s Italian Ristorante Express,  The Octagon, and Tomo Japanese Restaurant.
Make sure to treat yourself this holiday season with a relaxing Ontario day trip to the Spa.  Or, take a road trip for an evening out for an exceptional dinner and theatre experience.

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