Written by: Missy Amato
Autumn is the perfect time to unwind and take a breather from the stress of work, city life, and prepare for the hustle of the holidays. These eight locations will have you stress free almost immediately! Go get your Zen on!
Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain/ Courtesy of @scandinaveblue
Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain is the perfect place to hide away from all your troubles and woes. This state of the art location is home to European style heated and cooling baths that promote a healthy mindset through hydrotherapy. Guests can indulge in baths with temperatures reaching above 40 degrees, as well as an assortment of ice baths. Top off your trip with a deep or relaxing message. The Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain is only 2 hours away, and will be the experience of a lifetime.
Cherry Beach/ Photo Courtesy of @mikky_photography
Even though the weather is saying summertime, autumn is just around the corner and with crispy weather comes tranquil beaches. During the warmer months, Cherry Beach is jammed packed, but as the leaves begin to drop, this beach becomes an isolated haven away from the city. Grab some lattes, (preferably pumpkin flavor) and a good book, to enjoy this quiet and serene oasis.
H20 Float Spa
H20 Float Spa/ Photo Courtesy of @h20floatspa
No, this isn’t like Stranger Things we promise. H20 Float Spa, located on the Danforth is a swim you have to take. The Float Spa houses giant tanks of water filled with specific Epsom salt that allows the person taking a swim to float without trying. As your body floats through water, you lose the pressure of both gravity and your own weight. The weightless feeling provides the swimmer with an unmatched feeling of freeness and euphoria. It’s virtually impossible to not love this type of floatation therapy!
TOT the Cat Café
TOT/ Photo Courtesy of @liezlcraig
Petting and cuddling with cute animals has been scientifically proven to create relaxing sensations in the brain. So, why not try cuddling with cute cats for hours on end? TOT is located right on College Street near the entrance of Kensington Market. This café allows customers to play with adoptable cats while ordering small treats and sweets. Find yourself feeling rejuvenated after playing with these lovable animals in no time!
The House of Yoga
The House of Yoga/ Photo Courtesy of @jomakesstuff
Yoga works wonders by itself, but ganja yoga? Now, that’s a whole other level. The House of Yoga, located on Bloor Street, offers a yoga class that is “green” friendly. If herbal sun salutations aren’t for you, The House of Yoga offers many different classes for all types of yogis. Namaste!
FIKA Coffee House
FIKA Coffee House/ Photo Courtesy of @kt_p22
FIKA Coffee House, located in the Kensington Market neighborhood is the pure definition of low key. Named after the Swedish word for, “coffee break” this small café is perfect for anyone who wants to work on a passion project in silence with an amazing cup of coffee or tea. The indoor decorations of this coffee house also make it a true traveler’s destination. Set up to look like the inside of a Swedish home, FIKA is a dream for anyone who wants to be transported to a European kitchen.
Type Books/ Photo Courtesy of @premiumfantasy
Autumn is the perfect time to put down the new IPhone and pick up one of the classics, books that is. Type Books located across the street from Trinity Bellwood’s Park is a diamond book store in the rough. Their small collection of literature features amazing Toronto poetry and literature anthologies, like the award winning Broken Pencil. After a wonderful brunch or walk through the park, check out this bookstore to rekindle your passion for the written word.
Toronto Music Garden
Toronto Music Garden/ Photo Courtesy of @topb0y
The Toronto Music Garden, located on the Waterfront Trail near Queens Quay is one of the most peaceful spots in all of Toronto. Not even the locals know about this deserted, yet pristine location! While the spot is full of benches, we recommend bringing a blanket to lay over grass and sprawl out with some food and an activity. Enjoy the views of the lake, while also smelling the autumn leaf smell.