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A Weekend in Stratford and Cambridge

From sleigh rides to ice slides and sipping cocoa by the bonfire, here’s how to keep the whole family happy during a winter getaway to Ontario’s countryside.

Langdon hall country house inn and spaPhoto courtesy of Langdon Hall 

Langdon Hall Country House Inn and Spa
Whether you’re keeping toasty with a convivial game of chess in the parlour or bundling up for an easy hike within the network of surrounding trails, this historic inn makes for a picturesque winter home away from home. Wind down with afternoon high tea – kids are treated to cinnamon scones, miniature ham sandwiches and chocolate profiteroles – or hop aboard a sleigh ride for a leisurely tour through farm fields and dense woods. Come sundown, join other guests around a bonfire at the inn to roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa. As co-owner Mary Beaton puts it, “It’s very much a country house party.”

1 Langdon Dr., Cambridge, 866-268-1898
Langdon hall hiking trailsPhoto courtesy of Langdon Hall

Stratford Winterfest
Lace up your skates and wind your way along the Avon River or take spins around the glassy man-made rink at this mid-January festival in Lower Queens Park. Little ones will love taking turns on the 12-metre ice slide, exploring the grounds aboard the makeshift train or strolling down Snowman Row (a display of snow figures made by volunteers). Budding ice artists can even build their own towering – or tumbling – structures with five-pound ice blocks.

Lower Queens Park, Stratford, 519-271-0250, ext. 287

Stratford Slow Food Market
Fresh, local ingredients are available year-round at this Sunday market, which takes place at community food centre the Local. Tour the greenhouse and sample fresh herbs and kale; then sidle over to the café for a hearty dish of winter stew and a slice of warm bread. If you’re lucky, farmer and performer Anthony John of Manic Organic will be on hand to entertain the little ones with singalongs while grown-ups peruse the stalls for artisan pottery and other treats. (Mulled cider is a favourite at the December Christmas market.)

612 Erie St., Stratford, 519-508-3663
Monforte on Wellington restaurantPhoto courtesy of Monforte on Wellington

Monforte on Wellington
An offshoot of the award-winning Monforte Dairy, owned by beloved cheese maker Ruth Klahsen, this relaxed eatery is known for its welcoming atmosphere, live music and seasonal menu. (Think roast lamb tagine, seared trout with lardons and impossibly silky mac ’n’ cheese.) Open for lunch and dinner, Monforte doubles as a cozy spot for a midday warm-up; board games, cider, local wines and small plates are on offer from 3 to 6 p.m.

80 Wellington St., Stratford, 519-301-7256
 Dunfield TheatrePhoto courtesy of Dunfield Theatre

Dunfield Theatre, the Drayton Theatre Company
This recently opened theatre rings in the holiday season with British-style pantomime, an interactive musical comedy that encourages audiences to cheer the heroes and heckle the villains. This year, it’s a slapstick take on Peter Pan with surprise additions like Captain Hook’s cook, Delilah (in drag), and a few dozen local youth who join the cast for song and dance.

46 Grand Ave. S., Cambridge, 855-372-9866



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Comments… or add another

Bernd D Schmidt

Friday, December 13th 2013 22:26
This would be a fantastic winter escape.
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