Two-day wellness retreat in Kingston

By Ashley Bradshaw

Unwind in Kingston. Where it all just melts away. Discover historic inns, soothing spas, and locally sourced ingredients by celebrated chefs to pamper your mind, body, and soul.

Day 1

A luxurious stay awaits you as you check in to one of Kingston’s historic inns: Rosemount Inn, All Suites Whitney Manor or The Smith Hotel. After you have settled into your suite, let’s get outside and explore.

Located on Lake Ontario, Kingston’s Waterfront Trust Trail offers kilometers of waterfront walking to immerse yourself in the sounds of the water. If you want to get in the water, Ahoy Rentals offers hourly canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals.

Ahoy Rentals

A must do: Book your personalized two-hour sailing tour of Kingston’s historic waterfront at sunset with Ahoy Rentals You can try your hand at steering the sloop (under the supervision of the captain) or sit back, enjoy the magnificent views, and let the skipper do all the work.

Now that you have worked up an appetite, indulge at The Everly. Their rotating menu of seasonal dishes with ingredients from over 20 local farmers and purveyors offers something for everyone. A reservation is highly recommended.

Day 2

Wake up and enjoy an assortment of breakfast offerings from your choice inn or stop into Crave Coffee House & Bakery or Coffee and Company for a coffee and something sweet.

Afterwards, walk over to the Refinery Spa + Social House at 327 King St. East for your exclusive 90-minute spa appointment. Choose between:

Rem State: herbal foot bath, cedar aromatherapy, binaural beats, hot stone massage, facial + gua sha tools, and guided meditation

Radiant Reset: welcome champagne, eucalyptus steam room, invigorating Dead Sea full-body exfoliation, and grown alchemist facial + hydrojelly treatment

Enjoy a late lunch at Olivea (located below Refinery Spa + Social House), a family-run Italian trattoria serving traditional and contemporary Italian fare and well-known for their fresh pasta and sauces. From May to October, dine alfresco on the street-side patio across from Kingston’s Market Square, an ideal spot for eating, drinking, and people-watching.

Walk across Market Square and take a guided tour of Kingston City Hall. This free guided tour runs at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The tour shares a fascinating history about the people and events associated with this National Historic Site.

Stroll the streets and alleyways and pop into stores like Kingston Olive Oil Company, Harlowe Green, and Martello Alley.

After you freshen up from your day, dine at Miss Bao Restaurant + Cocktail Bar, a zero-waste restaurant dedicated to sustainability. You’ll enjoy a seasonal menu consisting of share plates and classical dim sum dishes made with local ingredients. Each cocktail is a unique experience inspired by traditional Asian liquors. Plant-based foodies and eco-conscious diners will also be happy to know that half of their menu is vegan and vegetarian.

Miss Bao Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Must try: Crispy Shiitake Wontons – deep fried plant-based wontons served with sweet-and-sour sauce.

We have curated a portion of this itinerary for you – look for a selection of historic inns offering a Refinery Spa + Social House package.