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Girls’ Getaway in Burlington

by Pam Belgrade

Girls (just wanna have fun) Getaway

Being the only female in the house I must say I always look forward to a little getaway with my friends to catch up, rejuvenate and enjoy some girl-time.  There are many appealing girls’ getaway activities here in the Burlington area whether you are a visitor or a local, looking for a staycation.  If you are looking for inspiration, here is an itinerary that we’d be happy to share with our girlfriends!  If you need more information to tailor your girls getaway in Burlington just call us at 1.877.499.9989 or 905.634.5594.

Pamper Me Getaway


Morning –SPA TIME

Spa TreatmentsGoing to a spa is an indulgence that many of us don’t treat ourselves to often and is a perfect outing for a girls getaway whether for a special occasion (wedding, post-baby, birthday) or just because.  Being pampered -having a relaxing massage, enjoying a glass of wine or specialty tea, and chatting with your BFF is one of those small luxuries that help reduce stress and rejuvenates you.  In Burlington we have some wonderful day spas that you can enjoy including Rosewater Day Spa and Sanctuary Day Spa (both Leading Spas of Canada).  Our office staff visited the Rosewater Spa for a little R&R and we can tell you that the décor is elegant and relaxing, the staff is welcoming and professional and the pedicure I had was a wonderful treat on a cold winter day.  I have also had a massage recently at Rosewater and I found it immediately relieved my pain and I came away feeling refreshed and destressed!  For a full list of spas visit our website.

Follow up your spa visit with lunch at one of the many eatries located in downtown Burlington.  With so many amazing restaurants and a taste to please every palate it will be hard to choose but we suggest some of our favourite locations.

Cooking at Paradiso RestaurantFor something mediterranean consider Paradiso; for gluten free and vegan chose Lettuce Love Café for an intimate lunch head to Martini House.  If you want spectacular waterfront views then, Spencer’s at the Waterfront (Local Food) or Emmas Back Porch (International) are for you.  Last but not least for an elevated pub experience consider Beaver & Bulldog or Queen’s Head Pub.  For a full list of restaurants in the area by cuisine, visit our website.


I must confess that desserts are my weakness and I think that chocolate should be its own food group.  Fortunately for me (but not my waistline) Burlington has numerous bakeries, chocolatiers, restaurants featuring decadent desserts; artisan food producers with a wide variety of delectable treats.  I can say that I have tried most of the indulgences (the sacrifices I make for the job!) and they are absolutely to die for!  Highlights include award-winning handcrafted melt-aways (my fav), cookies, and chocolate creations at Walker’s Chocolates and delectable all natural, made one batch at a time biscotti from our friend Angelo at Mrs. B’s Gifthouse and Christy’s Crunch, a butter crunch toffee biscuit a recipe from Christy’s 99 year old grandmother and Nothing Bundt cakes who have delicious cakes of all sizes (red velvet is my fav).  At Tourism we give these items as gifts to visiting dignitaries, so you know they must be fabulous. Check out our website for more details.

Check into Burlington Hotel Association (BHA) member hotels or a local B&B and relax before dinner.


After a full day of spa treatments and chocolate delights you might want to opt for small plate dining downtown at The Alex, where sharing is encouraged and or the luxurious 4 diamond rated Carriage House.  Both venues are the perfect spot for some girl talk over a glass of wine – a great way to end the day.

Girls Getaway - Burlington Performing Arts CentreHowever, if all that chocolate left you with energy to burn and you are looking for something fun to do once the sun goes down, the entertainment scene has live music, dancing and comedy.   Downtown Burlington is hopping with lots of historic pubs and night spots to enjoy a drink, dance or catch a band.  Also be sure to check out what is happening at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre which hosts international and local performances.  I have attended several concerts at this lovely theatre located right next to our visitor information centre and trust me there is not a bad seat in the house and the sound is amazing!  If you head further uptown, you can share some laughs at Club 54 and stay for the dance party or hit one of the nightclubs where it is always party time!


Morning – Destination Downtown

Most of hotels offer a delicious breakfast with your overnight stay.  If not you can enjoy a lovely breakfast at places like Cora’s, Sunset Grill or Russell Williams a family style restaurant which serves breakfast all day (love their pancakes!).  Spend your second day indulging in some retail therapy with lunch along the way depending on how much of a break you want from shopping.  We suggest you visit the downtown shops in the morning and then head to west Burlington known as Aldershot for lunch and a visit to the RBG.

Shopping in downtown BurlingtonOne of my personal favorites, shopping!  No matter what the season, a perfect day for me is meeting a friend downtown where we browse the fabulous fashion and home furnishing stores.   We make sure to take break to enjoy a leisurely coffee or gelato at one of the quaint cafes.  For a city of its’ size Burlington is very fortunate to have a thriving local arts scene with various galleries featuring talented area and Canadian artists, plus some cool public art installations.  We often purchase gifts from the shops at Art Gallery of Burlington Art Etc. Gallery Shop as they are often one of a kind, and a great momento from Burlington.

(NOTE:  Check Sunday hours for shops as some have reduced hours or are closed in quieter seasons.)

Afternoon – Let the shopping continue

By now you are probably starving so we suggest stopping for lunch at West Plains Bistro (closed Sundays) or Stone House Restaurant and then continuing on to the RBG to visit the gardens and wonderful gift shop.  If you want to make it a marathon here are some other options. With two shopping centres, Mapleview Centre for the fashionista and Burlington Mall (Home Sense, Winners) plus numerous other popular and unique retail destinations you can spend all weekend and not see the same old, same old.  Below is a short list of some of the shops in the city – check out our website for more!

 After two days of “girl time” we hope you arrive home feeling refreshed and with treats and treasures you found during your stay in beautiful Burlington.

So after writing this blog I am now inspired to make a few calls and plan a little getaway – a staycation in Burlington.



P.S.  On our website visit Girls Getaways where we have featured numerous ideas which you can mix and match to suit the time you have, your budget, the season and your gal-pals interests.  To help you determine the best time to visit we have also highlighted some prime weekends where more things are happening in the city.  We hope you enjoy your visit and return again soon.


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