A Toronto Escape: Spring in Grey County

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There are some incredible regions just a few hours outside Toronto.

While most people head west for the Niagara Region or east for Prince Edward County they forget that Grey County is just north of the city and has so many great things to do.

I haven’t been traveling much  but I miss the thrill of the unfamiliar and I was able to sneak away for a couple days on my own. 

I’ve been here a few times but these are my latest picks for Grey County:

Grey County Eats

Caseros in Grey County is a fantastic place to eat, once a taco bus at Sauble Beach it's expanded to a bricks and mortar restaurant.

Fresh food straight from the farms, Grey County has so much to eat and drink.

I’ve previously written about where to eat and drink in Grey County and I have to update the list to include Casero, which was once a taco bus at Sauble Beach and has now expanded to include a bricks and mortar restaurant in Owen Sound.

I love that they know enough to double stack the taco shell but also innovate with awesome flavours like roasted beets.

If you’re looking for more fine dining Andrew’s Roots in Meaford is great and part of the Apple Pie Trail.

Country Fresh Air

There are 10 waterfalls in Grey County that are easily accessible even in the winter. Grey County is an easy 2 hour drive from Toronto.

The Home of Waterfalls

There are 10 great waterfalls in Grey County that are quite accessible – seven are still available to visit in the winter.

I wasn’t totally keen for a spring hike as I’m a pansy and I didn’t know how much mud there would be but Jones Falls has a partial boardwalk and Inglis Falls at the Georgian Bluffs was a five minute hike in.

Maybe I shouldn’t be such a hiking hater as these were both worth the walk.

Waterfall Bonus I stayed the night at The Falls Inn where my room overlooked Walter’s Falls, it’s very romantic and so relaxing to fall asleep to the sound of a waterfall.

Digital Detox in Grey County

Yoga on hot rocks in at Blue Mountain in Grey County.

Restorative Hot Rock Yoga at IWA Spa in Blue Mountain
I’ve done a lot of yoga around the world but never on volcanic rock.

This is not an extreme form of yoga, quite the opposite and more like what other studios call a yin practice. 

Never standing, you sit or lay on the warm rock and is not too strenuous, which is great for people at different activity levels.

Located in Blue Mountains Village, it was a great start to the day in a beautiful setting.

Scandinave Spa in Grey County is a Nordic spa well worth a trip to Grey County.

Scandinave Spa

Scandinave is a Nordic spa located in the forest overlooking the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment.

Talking above a whisper is not permitted and the experience includes a Finnish sauna, Eucalyptus steam room and a series of pools that are hot to freezing cold. Although in a finnish sauna in Finland is nude, clothing is required here.

Go during a weekday to avoid the crowds. You can plan a day here as there is food and drink but bring your own flip flops and bathrobe to spa like a pro.

I went after the volcanic rocks yoga and it was a perfect day of just relaxing and letting go of technology as neither spa allows phones.

If you want more pampering consider the Hockley Valley Spa, which is only a couple hours away.

Two nights was not long enough but Grey County is also home to so many great farmers I know Dave and I will be up over the summer to check out more food.

Disclosure: This post was a partnership with Grey County, I am such a huge proponent of the region I feel like I am an unofficial ambassador. 

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  1. Thanks for this. I’ve been meaning to get out there – now I have this as a resource!

  2. Samantha | My Kitchen Love says:

    Sounds like a lovely place to visit! We have a Scandinave Spa in Whsitler and I love it! I just went a couple of weeks ago as a day trip 🙂

  3. Honestly, didn’t know what Grey County was until I read your post (not my fault, I swear!). I’d love to check it out, especially for that volcanic hot rot yoga. I need to unplug AND it sounds pretty cool! Also, nice to know there’s more than just Niagara Falls to see out there 😉

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