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A Cozy Staycation In Kemptville

Written by Lindsay Medeiros

Sometimes you need a change in scenery – especially in the winter months. Something different to spice up your life, you know? My friend and I planned an overnight stay to the charming town of Kemptville located in the Municipality of North Grenville. If you’re looking for an overnight stay this winter, you can totally find it! Plus, an itinerary in Old Kemptville is easy enough to follow that you can wake up and go!

Ferguson Forest, Kemptville

Aphroditi Escape Spa & Salon

To start off our trip, we first stopped at Aphroditi Escape Spa and Salon for a much needed afternoon of pampering! This boutique spa keeps its heritage look with exposed brick to accompany the modern design. Aphroditi Escape Spa & Salon is the spa treat that you deserve! With rooms large enough to host couple massages, you bet I will be returning with my partner to indulge in some serious R&R therapy!


After the spa, we made our way across the street for linner (lunch and dinner) at Salamanders. This is a Cajun-Canadian style restaurant that I’ve been wanting to try. People from out of town make special trips to Salamanders for not only the best lunch and dessert but for the patio that overlooks the waterway in downtown Kemptville.

Rob Thompsons Hotels, Kemptville Suites

Located above Aphroditi Spa, is Rob Thompsons Boutique Hotel, Kemptville Suites. Besides a killer location, Kemptville Suites has all of the makings of a beautiful boutique hotel. The seven suites mix a contemporary style within the 1847 historical stone building. Recently named in Trip Advisors Top 25 Hotels in Canada, it’s no surprise that Rob Thompson opened up a second location in Brockville!

As we stepped into our lavish room, the fireplace was turned on to provide us with a much-needed coziness from the cold weather. Besides the lavish room, the personalized welcome note and complimentary snacks alone are worth bragging about! Our suite included a queen size bed, luxurious linens, a kitchenette, teas, a Nespresso machine and more. Whether you want a weekend getaway for two, or some much needed “me time,” relax and unwind at Rob Thompson Hotels.

Kemptville Suites

Bubba & Bugs Coffee Bar

The next morning, we made our way out to Bubba & Bugs Coffee Bar. While some people like to recharge with sleep, others like to recharge with coffee. Either way, a visit to Bubba & Bugs Coffee Bar is a no brainer when visiting Kemptville. This beautiful cafe with mismatched furniture and featured artwork from the local artist will make you want to stay a while.

Ferguson Forest Trails

We did a short loop around the Beech trail which let us view the snow in the gorgeous late afternoon sun. Even though it was just a short walk, I’ve made it a New Years’ resolution to be out in nature at least once every weekend.

Extra Places To Check Out

Brewed Awakenings

On your way out of Kemptville, stopover at Brewed Awakenings for coffee and sweets for the road home.

Crusty Baker

This artisan bakery specializes in rustic and European bread and sweets. I’ve been told that their focaccia is flawless! I opted for the sweet and salty Maple Bacon Butter Tart. The bacon adds a nice hint of smokiness to the tart making it delicious and oh-so Canadian!

Crusty Baker, Kemptville

Grahame’s Bakery

This is a special bakery to the Kemptville community and has been operating since 1885! Grahame’s Bakery sells old fashioned plain donuts, bread, pies, and cookies, made from a heritage wood-burning oven.

Mr. Mozzarella Pizza

For lunch, head over to Mr. Mozzarella for a slice (or two). The staff are super friendly and they have an outrageous selection of speciality pizzas. We enjoyed the house special which had sliced mushrooms, pepperoni, green peppers, red onions, green olives and bacon. Yum!

The next time you’re thinking of doing a staycation, be sure to check out Kemptville! Old Town Kemptville is the perfect location for a variety of offerings.