Take a ride on Toronto's Spa Train for a relaxing, pampering tour of the Canadian countryside. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
City life doesn't have to be so stressful, especially if you take a particularly relaxing excursion from Toronto. Canada's largest city is like the Big Apple on Prozac, as every day in Toronto feels like New York on the weekend -- relatively quiet, civilized, and manageable.
It's no wonder Toronto offers a getaway that can help mellow you out even more, on a fast track to total relaxation onboard Via Rail's Spa Train.
The Spa Train is an escape within a couple hours' ride that takes you to any of a number of Ontario train stations where a shuttle whisks you off to your choice of 15 spas in the area.
One of the areas with a high density of spas is the Niagara Falls region. It is very close to beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, a town designated as a National Historic Site. These spa in the vicinity of several wineries feature vinotherapy.
The 100 Fountain Spa, at Vintage Hotel's historic Pillar and Post, offers an 80-minute "Purple Feet Pedicure," using locally-harvested wine-based products that might put your tootsies over the legal limit.
Most of the spas are associated with a hotel, so besides treatments, packages can include accommodations and meals along with return transfer to the train station.
The Spa Train package at Pillar and Post starts at $300 per person based on the exchange rate at press time. It includes room for one night in one of three Vintage hotels, roundtrip train tickets from Toronto to Niagara as well as hotel transfers, plus a $100 Spa credit per person. This is based on double occupancy through April 30.
For information on other participating hotels in the Via Rail Spa Train package, visit www.viarail.ca/spatrain.
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