While I’ve lived in Ontario my entire life, I have to admit that my time spent up North has been lacking. As a company full of eager travellers, COVID-19 has put a serious halt on our usually busy travel season, and reduced our company travel from abundant, to near zero.
In an effort to spark our creativity, support local, and put our event planning minds to work, we developed our ‘Let’s Go Local’ campaign, featuring outstanding destinations right in our own Canadian backyard.
Typically, the Muskoka area is swarming with tourists throughout the Fall season. Known for its picturesque Fall foliage, the changing of the leaves has been a long-standing reason to head north on Hwy 400. After spending two nights at the JW Marriott, I can definitely see why.
Located on 26 acres of lakefront property is the majestic- JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka. While this property is clearly designed to be an oasis all year round, there’s something extra special about being there when the weather starts to get a little crisp and the leaves start to change.
Lorandus Lens: While touring the property, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of wide open, outdoor space available. The options are endless when it comes to outdoor activities that would suit a wide variety of interests, and the ability to do them onsite reduces time and transfer costs for groups.
Lorandus Lens: Support local by including some treats from companies such as Muskoka Lakes in room drops or client gifts! The wine spritzer was our personal favourite.
Lorandus Lens: This would make an excellent Corporate Social Responsibility initiative as the sanctuary runs entirely off donations!
I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive about staying in a hotel for the first time in months. As someone who typically spends upwards of 60 nights a year in hotel rooms, I’ve never been one to think twice about travel. COVID-19 has put a new level of awareness at the forefront for many of us, and I wanted to ensure any trip I did was with a brand that took safety and wellness as seriously as I do.
Marriott International put a Commitment to Clean protocol in place in response to COVID-19 , here are some of the ways you may notice it throughout your stay:
While I may be the person who still forgets you can’t drink coffee and wear a mask at the same time, I have to say the overall experience was amazing. From enjoying room service breakfast on our private balcony, to exploring the property’s (and nearby) attractions, escaping to Muskoka was exactly what I needed to recharge my travel spirit.