The hamlet of Alton is the perfect weekend home-base. With luxury accommodations, winter activities to enjoy and minutes away some of the finest stops in Headwaters.
Drop your bags and check-in to the Millcroft Inn and Spa. The historic buildings of The Mill offer a true sense of the region’s history. Each with its own unique feel, book a room in the main building for an old-time cozy feel or stay in the Croft, with its chalet-style rooms including a fireplace and outdoor hot tub, just steps away from the new outdoor hot springs.
Alton Mill Arts Centre heats up winter with its annual Fire and Ice Festival. Taking place during the weekend of January 21 – 22, the festival includes spectacular ice carvings, a super snow slide, skating on the millpond rink, and a spellbinding fire sculpture. Inside Alton Mill Arts Centre you’ll find the studios of more than 25 artists open to the public, along with art events, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
Take a short drive for a tasty bite at the Ciderhouse Bistro, located at Spirit Tree Cidery. Or make a stop in Belfountain for a winter warmer at Higher Ground Coffee. The rustic café is a local favourite for its rich coffee roasts and tasty treats.
For a unique perspective on the Headwaters, landscape take a ride on The Credit Valley Explorer, southern Ontario’s premiere tour train experience. Enjoy stunning winter views of the Credit Valley and Hills of Headwaters.
The train travels over a 74-km rail route established 138 years ago along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. Tours include interpretive commentary and a souvenir mile-by-mile printed tour guide, as well as food and beverages. Tours can fill up quickly, so it’s best to make reservations well in advance.
Arts, Culture and Cuisine
In the north-west reaches of Headwaters, you will discover small towns that are rich in history, culture and winter beauty. Enjoy the drive though the snow-clad hills of Mulmur en route to exploring the culture, shopping and culinary gems of Rosemont, Mulmur, Violet Hill and Shelburne. The Dufferin County Museum & Archives offers an engaging look into the area’s rural past through beautifully curated exhibits, programs, and tours.
Make the short drive to Violet Hill for a meal at Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant. The charming eatery is a historic schoolhouse and offers brunch, lunch and dinner with delicious dishes including Smoked Wild Mushroom Soup, Shrimp Curry and their famous Ruben Sandwich. Across the way is Granny Taught Us How and Heidi’s Room where you can browse a beautiful selection of home décor, unique fashions and one-of-kind gifts.
Hockley Valley Resort is the perfect place to lay your head after a day of Headwaters discovery. Unwind at the hotel lobby bar with a glass of award-winning wine from the resort’s own Adamo Estate Winery. The next morning, wake up to a gourmet breakfast or make your way into Orangeville for a day of fine food and shopping. Enjoy lunch or stop for a freshly brewed coffee and homemade treats from Mochaberry Coffee, then take some time to discover Downtown Orangeville, where charming boutiques, unique galleries and specialty shops are sure to delight.