How to enjoy a staycation in Oakville, Milton and Burlington this summer

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Published July 26, 2021 at 7:39 pm

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Despite high vaccination rates across Halton Region and the province of Ontario, international travel is still proving to be difficult this summer due to travel restrictions and COVID-19 cases trending upwards in other countries.

However, there are still ways that Halton residents can enjoy themselves without having to travel too far.

We’ve put together a 2021 staycation guide to make you feel like a tourist, even if it means experiencing local vacation-like activities this summer.

 

Weekend Getaways

1. Waterfront Hotel Burlington

Located at 2020 Lakeshore Rd in Burlington, this hotel overlooks Lake Ontario and is only 9km from the Royal Botanical Gardens. It features a complimentary breakfast and other amenities such as a heated indoor pool, hot tub, casual bar and more.

2. Walnut House B&B

Located at 134 Forsythe St in Oakville, this beautiful and cozy cottage-like bed-and-breakfast that is close to the lake, is the perfect escape for couples, singles or friends.

3. Watercraft Inn

Located at 2340 Ontario St in Oakville, this hotel is situated on a yacht in Hamilton Harbour. This simple bed-and-breakfast is 5km from Bronte GO train station and is adjacent to Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park.

4. Stone Edge Estate Bed & Breakfast

Located at 13951 9 Line in Georgetown, this hotel sits on 96 acres on the Niagara Escarpment. This bed-and-breakfast is less than 10km from the Cheltenham Badlands and features elegant rooms and cooked-to-order breakfast.
 

5. Melfort Cottage

Located at 155 Douglas Ave in Oakville, this cozy 1930s cottage-like bed-and-breakfast features cozy rooms, homemade breakfast and is a six-minute walk from Lake Ontario.

 

Bars and Restaurants

1. Pasqualino – Fine Food. Fine Wine.

This family-owned restaurant located at 248 Main Street East in Milton, is best known for its homemade Italian cuisine and award-winning wine list. Their outdoor patio experience features friendly and attentive staff, upbeat music and beautiful décor.

2. Spencer’s at the Waterfront

Located at 1340 Lakeshore Rd in Burlington, this restaurant offers beautiful views of the water and an eclectic menu with various specialties that are perfect for seafood lovers.

3. Copper Kettle Pub

This historic landmark that was brought back to its original form, is located at 517 Main St in Georgetown. Their pub experience features local brews including a selection of local craft beer and cider offerings on tap, various food options and a beautiful patio. 

4. The Bronte Boathouse

Located at 2340 Ontario St in Oakville, this restaurant offers casual lakefront dining in the heart of Bronte. From an assortment of cocktails to various seafood options, this dining experience will give residents total vacation vibes.

5. Piano Piano

A trendy restaurant with two existing locations in Toronto has recently opened its third location at Thomas St. and Church St. in Oakville. Piano Piano takes pride in its Italian cuisine and features an iconic floral mural on the exterior that’s perfect for summer photo ops.

Breweries 


 

1. Furnace Room Brewery

This brewery, located at 1A Elgin St. in Georgetown, has been open since 2018 and is best known for producing premium quality craft beers. Its cozy and casual atmosphere features a selection of beer with smooth finishes attributed to its fermentation practices.

2. Orange Snail Brewers

This brewery is owned by two Milton friends and beer connoisseurs named Damion and Kevin. It is located at 32 Steeles Ave E #1 in Milton and prides itself on crafting beer in small batches. The duo has 16 years of combined brewing experience.
 

3. CAMERON’s Brewing Company

This family-run craft brewery is located at 1165 Invicta Dr in Oakville and has been introducing craft beer to the Ontario marketplace since 1997. Today, it is an award-winning brewery with a dedicated team of beer experts.
 

4. Third Moon Brewing

This brewery, located at 295 Alliance Rd Unit 3 in Milton, focuses on modern beer styles with their goal being to turn each of their beers into a memorable experience. Their list includes juicy hop-forward IPAs and big pastry stouts with dessert-like flavours.
 

5. Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

This Burlington brewery, located at 864 Drury Ln, features a hefty beverage list including sour, hoppy, barrel-aged, light and dark beers along with sodas, making it a great location for anyone interested in trying something new.

 

Shopping, Activities and Events 


1. Oakville Farmer’s Market

The Town of Oakville’s Civitan Farmers’ Market, which is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year, is now open for the season. It is located at Dorval Crossing East and will operate every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from now until November 28, 2021.

2. Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm

Located at 9528 Regional Rd 25 in Milton, this farm features fun for the whole family. Plus, for those who love apples and baked goods, Chudleigh’s features a variety of desserts including freshly baked apple pies.

3. Terre Bleu Lavender Farm 

Calling all lavender lovers! This farm, located in Campbellville (a compact rural community in the geographic township of Nassagaweya in the Town of Milton), features beautiful photo ops, a chance to try lavender-flavoured food and drink items and an opportunity to purchase all things lavender.

4. OVINO

This new venture just opened at 7323 25 Sideroad in Acton (a community in Halton Hills) and will house over 2,000 sheep, making it a perfect opportunity for animal lovers to pet and interact with lambs this summer.
 

5. Sound of Music Festival

This festival usually takes place in Burlington every year in June, but this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, things will look a little different. Throughout the summer months, events have been scattered, but music lovers can look forward to an exciting performance by Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians on August 28. This includes two shows plus a live stream.

Photo credits: Bronte Boathouse Instagram, Nickel Brook Brewing Instagram, Terre Bleu Lavender Farm Instagram 

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