Just north of Toronto on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe is The Briars Golf Club which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Originally designed as a 9-hole course in 1922 by Stanley Thompson, an internationally renowned Canadian golf course architect, the course was later expanded to 18-holes by Robbie Robinson, who mentored under Thompson, in 1972. While this beautiful, yet challenging, old-style walkable course in Jackson’s Point, Georgina, is for members-only, overnight guests at The Briars Resort and Spa also have access to the course during their stay. So, make it a spring getaway to ‘Stay and Play’ at The Briars for its 100th birthday! But, be sure to pre-order your golf vouchers and book your tee time in advance.
The Briars Resort itself originally dates back to 1840 and its Victorian era charm, coupled with modern amenities, still carries throughout the property to this day. This picturesque lakeside resort is the perfect setting for mini-break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Include some pampering at The Briars Spa to completely relax, recharge, and refresh while away!
Of course, getting out and about to explore the surrounding area is also in order. Spend some time immersed in nature with a hike along one of the trails at Sibbald Point Provincial Park, just a short drive away. Then head into Keswick to grab a drink at Turkey Shoot Brewing Co., Georgina’s first craft brewery. Sit back and relax with a cold brew in hand, or pick up a six pack to enjoy once back home. Alternatively, head to High Street in Sutton instead and stop in at Elaine’s Black River Coffee for a java fix and some homemade baked goodness. Take in the view of the Black River from their patio before heading up the street to the Georgina Centre for Arts and Culture which showcases works of art from local and emerging talent in all genres of the arts, along with its permanent collection of renowned Canadian Artists and Indigenous collections. Then make your way back to The Briars for a night in, dining at either the Manor House Dining Room or Drinkwater Lounge. Or, check out a local eatery instead. For a complete list of dining options, visit DiscoverGeorgina.ca.
And once you’re done, be sure to save your hotel receipt, as 2022 is the year of the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit. Ontario residents can claim 20% of their eligible 2022 accommodation expenses, to get back up to $400 as a family.