By Lori Bosworth
Jackson’s Point is just an hour north of Toronto on Lake Simcoe. Many people drive up for the day to visit Sibbald Point Provincial Park. I recently spent a few days at the Ramada Jackson’s Point Resort and Spa. The hotel underwent renovation in the last year so everything is brand new.
We opted for a Lakeview Double Queen room close to the lakefront. This allowed us to park right in front of our room. Our room, which contained two queen beds, a desk and chair, a lounge chair, LED HDTV and mini fridge was huge…much larger than standard queen rooms. There was ample room to place our suitcases without tripping over them. I loved the yellow and grey decor, which was very summery. Our only issue with the room was there was a blackout cover for the drapes on one window, but not for the other window, which allowed light to seep into our room in the early hours. We requested that a blackout cover be installed on the other window, but we were told that the staff couldn’t find any.
A breakfast buffet is included with your hotel room rate and is served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. You can eat your breakfast inside or on the patio. There was a great selection to choose from including fresh fruit, toast, muffins, danishes, scrambled eggs, bacon, waffles, oatmeal, yogourt, coffee, tea and juice. The waffles were a little too thick for our liking, but we enjoyed the rest of the breakfast. One morning, we were a bit later and I noticed that the eggs were almost gone. I advised the server and she got the chef to prepare a fresh pan of scrambled eggs.
We enjoyed spending some time sitting in the hotel’s Muskoka chairs overlooking Lake Simcoe. The Ramada Resort is right beside Jackson’s Point Marina so you can watch the boats going out for a sail.
As far as swimming goes, you could probably swim at the lake in front of the hotel as there is a ladder going into the water from the dock, but there is no beach. We preferred to take a two-minute-drive down the road to the popular Franklin Beach. The lake at Franklin Beach has a sand bottom and you can walk out a fair distance before it gets deep. There is a charge for parking at Franklin Beach – $4 per hour with a maximum of $20 during the week and a maximum of $35 (yikes!) on the weekend.
If it rains while you’re there, you can always take a dip in the Ramada’s indoor swimming pool. We didn’t swim in the pool, but it looked clean and inviting.
There are a few shops selling country decor items that I found were reasonably priced including The Whipple Tree Country Store in Sutton, The Sutton General Store and Pepperwood Design in Jackson’s Point.
While we were staying at the Ramada, we ventured over to The Briars Resort, which is only a few minutes drive away, to enjoy lunch on their exquisite patio. I highly recommend checking out lunch or dinner at The Briars if you are considering visiting Jackson’s Point as the prices are surprisingly reasonable. Read my blog on lunch at The Briars.
Jackson’s Point is so close to Toronto and it offers a lot including great sand beaches, five star dining and shopping. I definitely recommend Jackson’s Point for a day or weekend getaway.
Ramada Jackson’s Point Resort and Spa, 49 Lorne Street, Jackson’s Point, 905-572-6232