A Great Luxury Escape To Lake Rosseau In Muskoka
It was a long summer of isolation during Covid-19. So we were happy when we booked a luxury escape to Lake Rosseau in Muskoka for a few days. The resort had much to offer for a getaway. And throughout our mid-week visit we felt safe and relaxed.
We got a bonus with beautiful fall colours for our visit. Each day the colours deepened. When the weather stayed nice, we headed even further north to Sault Ste Marie.
Planning A Luxury Escape During Covid-19
During the summer of Covid-19, we carefully assessed the risk of local travel and ventured out for several local day trips in Ontario. Once we even planned one overnight stay. But when September came, we looked for a longer escape before winter set in.
We maintained a very small social circle (our Covid “bubble”) through the pandemic. In that bubble were two of my cousins and their husbands. We all operated with the same stringent rules.
When restrictions on social gatherings lessened and children went back to school, the Covid-19 numbers in Ontario started to rise again. So we planned this one trip for the 6 of us to celebrate a number of key events. We felt our luxury escape to Lake Rosseau in Muskoka might be the last chance we had for awhile to enjoy some time together.
David and I visited the JW Marriott Rosseau Resort on one of our drives in the summer and checked out their Covid-19 processes. Our visit was booked for 3 nights mid-week. And we were happy the resort was only at about 30% capacity. Everyone was mindful of the Covid-19 requirements and we felt totally safe during our stay. It was a small break that we all desperately needed.
Travelling North To Muskoka
The drive north from our home in Toronto to Lake Rosseau was about 3 hours. We took separate cars since we headed further north to Sault Ste Marie after this first stay.
The more direct route was straight north on Hwy 400. But we took the longer route up Hwy 11 with a stop in Gravenhurst. We needed to stop at our favourite bakery (The Bakery) to order a birthday cake for a celebration during our stay. We picked the cake up later in the week and it was a chocolate delight!
David eyed the donut treats. But we picked up my favourite butter tarts to share with the cousins. If you followed our travels in Ontario this summer, you know we followed the butter tart route in the Kawartha Lakes Region this summer.
We stopped in Bala at Windsor Park for our picnic lunch. The park was empty and had a great view out over the lake. And when we passed through Bala, we did not miss the detour for the Bala Falls. That was the first but not last waterfall detour we did on our travels north on this trip.
Fall Colours During Our Stay
The temperatures dipped overnight in the week before we headed north. We knew that was great to hasten the fall colours in Muskoka. As we drove north, more and more of the trees were coloured. And over the week we explored north of Toronto, each day brought more colour.
We stopped often as we drove and got a closer look at the fall colours. The florescent reds and oranges always caused us to gasp. Even the shrubs at the ground level turned red.
Whenever we passed by a lake, we slowed and checked for reflections. And often we were rewarded with a perfect double view.
In the Muskoka region, the Canadian Shield rock mass was never far from sight. We saw the fall colours on the rocks as we moved north.
Even if we did nothing else on our luxury escape to Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, the fall colours made the trip magical.
A Luxury Stay At The JW Marriott Rosseau
The JW Marriott Rosseau peeked out at us high on the hill as we approached. We pulled up to the hotel and unloaded our bags. Valet service was suspended with Covid-19. But I went in with our bags while David parked the car.
Even with little travel this year, we maintained our Ambassador Elite Marriott status. And we were delighted when we were upgraded to a one bedroom suite. This ensured we had lots of room to spread out during our stay.
From our suite we had a view out over the pool and down to the lower level by the beach. My cousins were in the lower building so we got lots of exercise going up and down the hill to the beach area. It was always a surprise when we checked out the view from our large patio each day. Once we got a lovely sunrise glow. But the next morning the resort was blanketed in thick fog.
Enjoying The Resort Facilities
A large outdoor patio was the perfect spot for a view out over the lake. There were enough Muskoka chairs spread out for everyone.
During the day, it was hot so we spent time outside on the lounge chairs. And even got in one of the pools. The upper pool was an inside / outside pool and was quite warm. The spa was open and had its own private pool. And the lower pool was empty so we chose that spot for our swim.
There was a small beach and dock on Lake Rosseau. Kayaks and canoes were available as part of our resort fee. We were told in advance that the lake water was very cold so we wimped out. But my cousins canoed one afternoon when we headed back to Gravenhurst for the birthday cake.
There were several fire pits on the property. But only the one at the front of the resort was open during our stay. There were marshmallows roasting when we checked it out!
Although some amenities were closed for the season or for Covid-19, the JW Marriott Rosseau had lots of activities available and they kept us busy for a few days. It was clear that Covid-19 restrictions were in place. But it was nice to be out for a few days and still feel safe.
Celebrating With Our Family Bubble
Breakfast was included for us with our elite status. The breakfast room was widely spaced out and there were some great options on the menu. We also had dinner two nights with our family bubble at different hotel restaurants. These were the first indoor dining experiences we had since the beginning of Covid-19. And we felt perfectly safe.
We celebrated a special birthday and a milestone anniversary. Although we wondered how some of the other guests felt about our noisy group of 6 dining and celebrating!
One night we went off the resort to the Crossroads in Rosseau for dinner. This was a little more crowded. But we were happy we called in advance and booked a corner. All of the meals were great. But David’s seafood “salad” was enough for two meals!
We managed to safely celebrate at the hotel and in the local area on our luxury escape to Lake Rosseau in Muskoka.
Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous On Lake Rosseau
One afternoon we went on the pontoon boat for a trip around Lake Rosseau. The six of us rented the full boat so we did not have to worry about other guests during our ride. And the attentive boat driver Kyla answered all of our questions.
We drove around the lake and saw the massive houses built on the lake. The boat houses were bigger than many people’s houses. Throughout our trip Kyla pointed out the distinctive Muskoka design elements. And some of the owners of houses on this lake. Muskoka was known to attract the rich and famous.
As we headed back to the JW Marriott Rosseau, we got a perfect view of the resort from the water. It gave us a better sense of how big the property actually was!
It was a lovely trip around Lake Rosseau on a perfect day.
Cranberry Harvest Season
When we drove through Bala on our way to the resort, we saw signs that indicated that Bala was the cranberry capital of Ontario. And we would just miss the start of the Cranberry harvest. But on our trip to Gravenhurst for the birthday cake, we made a detour and checked out the Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Farm and Winery.
We saw the large bogs where the cranberries were harvested. But it was still a little early so we missed the people as they waded in the bogs.
We definitely wanted to plan a trip back for the cranberry harvest. We enjoyed a cranberry martini on our stay. But we knew there were other cranberry treats in the area for a return trip.
Such A Great Luxury Escape To Lake Rosseau In Muskoka
Every travel decision we made during the Covid-19 pandemic balanced risk and reward. We really needed a break before the winter came and the infection numbers increased. And we wanted to share our luxury escape to Lake Rosseau in Muskoka with the small group of family we trusted.
When we arrived back home in Toronto, we heard that Covid-19 infection rates had increased. And new restrictions were put in place. It made our family celebration that much more special. Since we knew it would not happen again anytime soon.
Every part of our trip worked out well. The resort was not busy and offered many things for us to do. It almost felt normal for a few days. Even though infection rates north of Toronto were very low, the resort and local businesses followed the Covid-19 requirements. That made every interaction feel safe.
We were so glad we planned our break to Muskoka. From Lake Rosseau we headed further north towards Sault Ste Marie. We caught the fall colours before the colder weather set in.
Have you done a luxury escape to Lake Rosseau in Muskoka? Did you go in the fall with the colours ablaze?
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