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Trip List by northerndecorator

Romantic Weekend in Toronto

14 May 2006  Toronto is my second home...
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 13 votes

A step by step guide on how to create a wonderful romantic weekend in Toronto.

  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. First stop Hotel Le Germain

    This is the most Romantic Hotel, we have ever had the pleasure of staying at in Toronto. It is a modern, yet very welcoming and cozy hotel. The guest rooms are spacious, well designed and a lot of thought has obviously gone into the decor. The bed is super comfty with a spotlessly clean white duvet. There are two lights on each side of the bed, a nightstand where they leave ear plugs, magazines and a card with tomorrow's weather. There is a sleek desk for your computer or other needs with a little lamp, a reading area with a great chair and more lighting. I find it so handy having two closets in the room, that way each person can have their own. The powder room has a rainfall shower, an aquamarine sink and a vanity area to keep all your makeup, plus a lot of storage area for your extras. Every morning your room is done up to perfection, with a fresh selection of great Aveda products, bottled water, and that day's newspaper. In the evening your room is freshened up, with more towels, more bottled water, a bucket of ice chips, and chocolates. I like that they leave wonderful green apples in the lobby and on shelves on every floor... which sure come in handy for those moments when you need a little something to tide you over until your next meal. The Lobby is a gorgeous area, very different from what you would typically see in a hotel. The Library is another area, where you can sit and have a coffee and gaze out the huge floor to ceiling windows.

  • 2. Call ahead to have flowers waiting at the hotel upon arrival

    The Rustic Vine, is a great little flower shop that makes the most amazing floral arrangements. If you call the hotel beforehand and tell them to expect a delivery they will make sure the flowers will be placed in the room so as soon as the door is opened you will see the flowers. One suggestion is ask the florist when you order the flowers to include water picks, then when you leave you can put the picks on the flowers and bring them home where you will be able to have a little reminder of your trip when you get home. I recommend their roses, they are simply stunning.

  • 3. Bring cd's

    The hotel has a great little Boss cd player/ radio in every guest room. Usually when you return to your room, the radio has been left on by the attendant and has jazz music playing, which is just one of the many little touches, I like so much about this hotel. You can also bring your favorite cd's from home. If you wish to purchase some new cd's for the trip, here is a website that will give you a few ideas of Romantic cd's in case you need help with that.

  • 4. Romantic dinner at Canoe

    You will not be disappointed with anything about this restaurant. The view of the Toronto skyline from Canoe, is gorgeous (it is located on the 54th Floor of the Toronto Dominion Bank Centre). The chef has paid a lot of attention to the fine details of the menu. Each dish whether it is the beef, lamb or pork has a unique touch to it. They wine list is quite varied as well. Canoe is a very romantic restaurant and will make for a very memorable evening.

  • 5. OR....Romantic dinner at Donatello's

    This is a great Italian restaurant that has a terrific assortment of Italian dishes, straight from Italy. If either of you do not favor Italian food, they do offer other choices. The restaurant itself is very charming, with super good food and reasonable prices. I would suggest reservations, to avoid disappointment. If you are too tired and prefer to stay at the hotel, you can order the food and pick it up.

  • 6. Tickets to theatre

    To complete the evening, tickets to one of the many fine plays Toronto has to offer. Again, I would suggest tickets beforehand, although there is always that chance to obtain last minute tickets.

  • 7. St. Lawrence Market

    After having a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, which by the way is included with the cost of your room head over to the St. Lawrence Market to pick up fresh fruit and pasteries to bring back to your room. There is a bar fridge in the room where there is space for a few smaller items. The St. Lawrence Market is a wonderful place for a couple to stroll around and often there are exhibits going on. Every Saturday morning there is a Farmer's Market. Do note the main market is closed on Sunday's. In the Toronto forum page I have a more extensive review of this market. It is one of my favorite things to do in Toronto.

  • 8. Wander around Queen Steet

    After you drop off your parcels at the hotel from the Market, head to Queen Street West. Here you will find many unique stores and restaurants and cafe's to have lunch and do a little shopping. The hotel concierge can best tell you how to get there, depending on your preference for city travel. This is again a favorite of mine, and a wonderful area to spend an afternoon.

  • 9. OR.... Wander around the Bloor-Yorkville area

    Yorkville, is one of my favourite areas in Toronto. There are all kinds of designer clothing stores, interesting shops and great restaurants. The Bloor Yorkville is a beautiful part of Toronto to spend an afternoon in. You will find everything from Holt Renfrew, Hugo Boss to a Winners store. There are all kinds of jewellery stores, beauty related stores, spas and hair salons in the area. There is also a Pottery Barn, Banana Republic and several other flagship stores. Plus, so much more.

  • 10. Dinner at Chez Victor's

    When you return from Queen Street I would suggest a little rest after all the activities of the day. Dinner that evening at Chez Victor's, which is downstairs in the Hotel. I would call ahead for reservations or ask the concierge to make them for you. It is a lovely and again romantic restaurant, with a great menu, delicious food and great service. After dinner, you can always take your cocktail from the restaurant and bring it into the hotel library and sit in front of the fireplace.

  • 11. Dessert and Music

    Later that evening I would suggest dessert and listening to jazz at Le Saint Tropez. It would be a magnificent way to spend your last evening there. All the recommendations on this Go List are not far from the Hotel, that way you will not spend a lot of time in transit. Hope this helps anyone wishing for a romantic weekend in Toronto. Thank you for reading my Go-List !