It’s the beginning of the week, and you have 42 emails to catch up on and 5 more meetings – just for today. It is easy for your mind to wander and get distracted, especially when you can see the bright blue sky outside your window. With the weather warming up, it is hard to not let your mind wander to hanging out on your cottage deck with all your friends. So rather than daydreaming, we’ve gathered some long weekend getaway ideas that are close to home.

Airbnb-it at a cottage

Heading up north with friends and family to a cottage with the car packed to the brim is a must-do summer activity. To spend more time at the cottage than driving up way up north, you can enjoy Lake Ontario at a cottage rental! Gather a large group of friends and pack the coolers, and enjoy laying on a deck in a few hours.



Want to feel more immersed with nature? There are tons of camping spots you can check out in Toronto! Some of the campsites you can check out are Glen Rouge Camping Grounds, which is a super easy location being right beside the TTC Kingston Rd subway stop. Build a fire and roast some marshmallows for a yummy treat!


The Beach

There’s nothing better than the sand, the sound of the ocean waves and a server handing you your customized drink. We wish! However, we are lucky enough to have several beaches in Toronto that we can call our very own. Throw a pink umbrella in your cup and do a picnic day with your friends. It’ll feel like you’re far away in another country – just without the expenses! Just some of the beaches you can check out are Sugar Beach and Woodbine Beach. End the day at a hotel and order room service for dinner.


Elora Gorge

Need a break from the city life? Escape to Elora, Ontario that is only an hour away from Toronto! The town has plenty to do, from hiking to taking a hot air balloon for a picturesque view of the area. If you and your friends are up for the challenge, they have team building exercises such as rock climbing and zip lining activities! After a day full of activities, check in at one of the bed and breakfasts in the area.
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