Hibernating in York

Take a break from the winter blahs and head to Markham to indulge in some of the finer things – soak up some culture, make time for self-pampering, and treat yourself to some fine dining.

UnionvilleStart off in the heart of Unionville on Main Street to experience the quaint small-town feel of this historic village. Grab a coffee and spend some time exploring the unique shops lining Main Street. Stop in at Too Good General Store  and browse their selection of hand-crafted Canadian goods and gifts. Pause for a moment at Old Firehall Confectionery for some good old-fashioned handmade sweets and treats. Their dark chocolate covered orange peel is my guilty pleasure! Continue along Main Street to the Varley Art Gallery, named after Fredrick Horsman Varley, one of the Group of Seven members, who lived in Unionville in his later years. In fact, his heritage home, which included a studio in the basement, is now known as the McKay Art Centre and used for local art exhibitions.

VarleyNext, head back down along Main Street for a bite to eat. With its diverse selection of  restaurants, Unionville will be sure to please even the most discerning taste buds!  Further down the road in another century home is Ashgrove Spa. This is where you will want to have pre-booked your spa treatment! Escape from reality with a relaxing massage or perhaps, a facial treatment is what you’re after. Either way, kick up your feet and shut out the world for a little while.

woman relaxing in spa salonNot ready to call it a day, take the short drive to Downtown Markham, GTA’s newest downtown where fine dining, cafés, local shops, and public art await – and if you feel like turning the day into an overnight stay,  the luxurious Toronto Marriott Markham will be your home for the night.

Be sure to check out The Pride of Canada Carousel, the signature piece of Downtown Markham,  featuring 44 uniquely Canadian (and rideable!) sculptures lovingly crafted from recycled objects.

The Pride of Canada Carousel