Jul 26, 2005

A couple's getaway

York Region features day and weekend travel for adults

NEWMARKET –Planning a mini-vacation for you and a loved one this summer in York Region offers a variety of options for you to consider. For example, a day spent on the golf course followed by wine and cheese testing, first-rate dining and a night at charming Bed and Breakfast, can be combined to create a very memorable weekend in York Region.
York Region is Ontario's golfing playground
Visitors and residents can play any of the 68 public courses in York Region and discover some of the best courses Ontario has to offer. "York Region is a hot bed for golf. The courses around here are awesome," according to Scott Reid, vice-president of sales and marketing for Callaway.
• Copper Creek Golf Club is one of York Region's newest and most popular destinations for golfers across Ontario.
• Silver Lakes Golf and Country Club, St. Andrew's Valley Golf Club and Eagle's Nest are ranked among the best in the country.
• Bloomington Downs, Cardinal Golf Club, Westview Golf Club and Pheasant Run offer 27-holes of rolling hills, tree-lined fairways and contoured greens.
• Don't miss out on the natural beauty found at the Pines of Georgina, described by Ontario Golf Magazine as one of Ontario's finest hidden gems.
• Have you ever dreamed of being a professional golfer? Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham has seen the likes of Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and David Duval. The award-winning Angus Glen is ranked in the top 80 golf courses in the world by Golf Digest and will once again host the Bell Canadian Open in 2007.
Savour the fruit of the vine in York Region 
• Sample the award-winning triomphe cabernet merlot or taste the delicious framboise fruit wine offered at Southbrook Winery in Vaughan.
• You can take a wine tour and choose from a variety of specialty fruit wines at Applewood Farm and Winery in Stouffville, Willow Springs Winery in Stouffville and Vintoeca Winery in Vaughan. "Vino" (wine) and "Teca" (a chest for special treasures) produces VQA wines that have garnered medals around the world.
• You will feel as though you are visiting a vineyard in the middle of Italy as you stroll through the vine-covered trellises and visit the temperature-controlled wine cellar at Magnotta Winery, in Vaughan. Magnotta has won more than 1,600 medals and offers over 150 products in its retail store. Take a day or a weekend and experience award-winning wine across York Region.
After a day of golf and wine tasting…..Get a Little R&R at a B&B in York Region
• Waking up to birds chirping and the smell of fresh baked bread is a wonderful way to start a relaxing day or weekend at Valley View House Bed and Breakfast, Island Bed and Breakfast or one of the many other beautiful B&B's throughout York Region.
• Jackson's Landing Bed and Breakfast is like a scene right out of the Great Gatsby. "Weary Torontonians in need of respite need only wend their way northward for an hour to Jackson's Point," wrote Janette Higgins, author of The Best Places to B&B in Ontario: A Selective Guide. John and Lynn Gilbank will make you feel right at home in the restored 1927 house that was originally built for the owner and editor of the Toronto Telegram, Canada's largest newspaper at that time.
• The Mysthaven Workshop Retreat Centre in Whitchurch-Stouffville is the perfect place to rejuvenate and revitalize. The 55-acre property has several private lakes, streams, ponds and miles of private forest trails. It's a tranquil countryside that needs to be absorbed, with a soothing massage, foot, hand or facial therapy.
• Any season is a good time to enjoy a romantic getaway at Daniel's of Nobleton. Stay at the Waller House or the Goodfellow House, both renovated heritage homes. You can savour the dining experience in the restaurant, which was featured in the 1999 edition of Toronto's Fifty Best Restaurants. The guide said "Daniel's quaint restaurant is rustic, rural Ontario charm and the eclectic menu takes advantage of seasonal locally-grown organic produce as well as game."
For more information on things to see and do with a loved one in York Region, check out York Region's Visitor's Guide or contact York Tourism by calling 1-888-448-0000, or by e-mailing tourism@york.ca or by visiting www.yorktourism.com.
Contact:  Megan Bomberry, Corporate Communications Services, York Region
(905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1234
Email: megan.bomberry@york.ca

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