Recession-weary Travellers Find Affordable Cottage Escapes Close To Home

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Whatever the occasion, travellers can escape the city and enjoy an affordable, luxurious Ontario cottage vacation close to home. An easy drive from Toronto, Burlington, Kitchener or Ottawa, a cottage vacation in Muskoka and Almaguin will leave visitors feeling transformed.

When it comes time for a special winter getaway, Ontario travellers are choosing to save money by staying close to home and experiencing the delights of their own province. Sand Lake Cottages & Inn near Algonquin Park and Muskoka has seen a positive impact from the recent recession. “A large number of inquiries are coming from people that don't normally rent Ontario cottages but want to try a less expensive holiday close to home,” says Danette Evely, owner of Sand Lake Cottages & Inn. Rather than visit other provinces or countries, travellers are reducing their costs by booking private cottage rentals and Ontario cottage resorts closer to home.

Sand Lake Cottages & Inn has experienced an increase in visits by both ATV enthusiasts and couples looking for a Romantic Getaway. “It’s a more affordable option than travelling long distances by car or plane,” says Evely. “Travellers don't have to give up their mini-vacation.” Cottage resorts and rentals often have special packages from September to June, offering travellers further opportunities for savings.

Cottage vacations are popular due to the variety of options available. Accommodations range from rustic to upscale with an abundance of activities to choose from. For those who enjoy the outdoors, cottage rentals in Muskoka and Almaguin are perfectly situated for year-round adventure. With both Algonquin Park and the Park-to-Park Trail System nearby, visitors can snowshoe, cross-country ski and snowmobile in winter; hike and canoe in summer; and head out on an ATV anytime. The Sequin Trail from Almaguin to Parry Sound and the Algonquin West ATV Trail System near Kearney offer extensive opportunities for ATV enthusiasts.

The region has a myriad of options for dining from cozy family diners to upscale restaurants. Or couples may choose to visit local specialty food stores and prepare an intimate dinner-for-two in their romantic hideaway. Staying at a cottage resort can offer seclusion not often found in a hotel or a large resort. By renting a private cottage like those available at Sand Lake Cottages and Inn, guests can have amenities like a private Hot Tub, cozy wood-burning fireplace, stunning lake views, and Therapeutic Massage in the comfort of their Chalet.

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