A good night’s sleep is just the beginning….
Curate your stay from a range of accommodations that are as unique as you are! By Lauren Ihrig
Immersing yourself in all that this area has to offer begins with finding the perfect place to call your home away from home. Be it for an overnight stay, a weeklong excursion or a vacation free of calendar constraints, Lake Huron’s shoreline boasts an impressive assortment of accommodations built on the unique stories of the families who own and operate them. Here, hosts-with-the-most pride themselves on offering exquisitely local guest experiences. Rest, recharge and ready yourselves for exploring a variety of the area’s stay gems, which are, by no means, exhaustive.
LAKEFRONT & RIVER FRONT VIEWS
Far from simply serving up a room with a view, accommodation providers such as Bonnie Doone Manor-on-the-Beach (Grand Bend) and Samuel’s Hotel (Goderich) offer a variety of décor styles from the quaint to boutique and luxurious with water views and a variety of amenities. A romantic getaway or intimate family vacation are elevated and simplified with a stay at one of these beautiful, specialty lodgings.
RECIPE FOR RELAXATION AND RECREATION
For those craving diversity of experience without sacrificing on proximity to the liveliness of the boardwalk, consider the range of family-friendly activities available at the resort hotels and amenity-rich motels in the area. Huron County’s largest accommodation provider, Oakwood Resort, offers a menu of relaxation ingredients, including a full service spa and recreation facilities suited for more than just the immediate family! An 18-hole golf course and games room are but two this establishment’s leisure options.
AROUND TOWN AMENITIES
The same is true for those destinations within a 10-minute walk to boardwalk and beach, and which are right next to a range of neighbourhood amenities inclusive of grocers, shopping and restaurants. Pine Dale Motor Inn, with an indoor saltwater pool, and Blue Water Motel, with an outdoor heated pool, are two such spaces boasting local, family-friendly charm (fire pits, picnic areas and more!) within walking distance of scenic Old Ausable Channel. With ample onsite parking, newly established Amber Hotel’s boutique-style decor meets the convenience of apartment-style living while also being situated within a short walk to Grand Bend’s Blue Flag beach and marina.
Dreamz Inn, located en route to Goderich, takes accessibly-appointed stays to the next level. Accommodations fuse beautiful suite design with accessible layouts and amenities in this contemporary designer hotel.
If you’re looking to trade in on the hustle and bustle in favour of nestling in for the night, consider destinations along the restorative Highway 21 corridor. Unwind in a space where mature trees stand alongside budding vines and burgeoning vintages, as is the case at Hessenland Country Inn. Why not plan your stay when Hessenland hosts their unique Long Table Vineyard Dining event! The same is true of Bayfield’s The Ashwood Inn, which fuses an eclectically modern layout with the vibe of a mid-century relaxation destination – acreage of forest, newly renovated rooms, saltwater pool and locally sourced cuisine included!
DIY DREAM DESTINATIONS
For those DIY-travellers seeking to bring their vacation homes along for the ride, consider the range of trailer parks and campgrounds the area has to offer. If you are looking to make your home away from home within the catchment of Grand Bend central, Green Haven Trailer Park is a short walk to Grand Bend’s Main Street and beach while family-friendly Klondyke Trailer Park, Rus-Ton Family Campground, Oakridge Resort and others are a short drive to town. Area trailer parks and campgrounds offer a variety of amenities and children’s programs, ensuring you get to rest on your vacation as well! Parkhill’s Great Canadian Hideaway even has a small animal petting corner.
In addition to seasonal and transient tent and trailer sites, a number of parks offer cabins and trailers for rent.
FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS WELCOME
Travelling with the family pet can be a challenge, as a number of accommodation providers aim to be allergen-free, however we know welcoming families often means welcoming fido too. Consider Bonnie Doone Manor-on-the-Beach, Oakwood Resort, Pine Dale Motor Inn, Pinewood Motel or Bayfield South Suites to name only a few. And if you’re looking for a doggy daycare or overnight facility Play ‘N Stay K-9 Daycare and Boarding is located just 15 km outside of Grand Bend.
SHORELINE & SUNSETS ARE CALLING
Along Lake Huron’s shoreline, you can enjoy a morning walk along a privately accessed sandy beach, taste the freshness afforded by clean lake air, luxuriate in landscaped terraces, saltwater pools and the cozy comforts created by in-room fireplaces across the seasons, and take in a program of premier theatre with a short jaunt to Huron Country Playhouse or Blyth Festival Theatre. Budgets of all shapes and sizes are rewarded in a region where fabulous sunrises and world-class sunsets will put you to bed and, if desired, offer a pretty compelling wake up call.