A FAMILY WINTER GETAWAY IN THE BAY OF QUINTE
Winter is a time for cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, and making memories with your family. But who says it has to break the bank? In the Bay of Quinte region, we understand the value of your hard-earned dollars, especially when planning a family getaway. I’m a mom of three and me and my kids know first-hand the best spots to find family winter fun while making the most of our budget.
With hotel stays averaging around $300 for two nights, you’re not just saving money – you’re stretching your vacation budget further, making every dollar count towards creating unforgettable memories.
Ready to explore how far your dollars can go on a weekend adventure in the BoQ? Let’s dive in!
Written by Cheyanne O’Driscoll
Read time: 4 min
A little cherry on top: book two nights and stay in the Bay of Quinte from January 8th to March 31st and we’ll sweeten the deal with a $50 gas card (make it $100 if you book for three!). Click here to learn more about the promotion and book your stay.
FRIDAY: A FLAVOURFUL START
Dinner at Gogi Korean Grill
Once you’ve checked into your hotel, kick off your getaway with a delightful dinner at Gogi Korean Grill. This local favourite, known for its modern take on authentic Korean cuisine, promises a meal that’s both satisfying and a great introduction to the region’s culinary scene.
The family-friendly atmosphere and lovely staff set the stage for a warm welcome to Quinte West. The first time my daughter ordered a bowl of Pork Ramen she focused hard on maneuvering her chopsticks and then proudly told me, “Now I’ve had REAL ramen.”
Plan to budget around $100 for a family feast that sets the perfect tone for your weekend.
SATURDAY IS FOR ADVENTURE
Breakfast in the hotel
Many of the hotels in the region offer a complimentary breakfast. If you check ahead when you book, you can start out your day with a convenient breakfast before leaving the hotel.
Hit the Slopes
Next, head to Batawa Ski Hill, the small hill with big heart, located less than ten minutes north of the 401. For about $200, get lift tickets for the family and embrace the joy of skiing or snowboarding. The hill is known for its friendly staff and a warm, cozy chalet, perfect for a midday break.
Don’t forget to rent the necessary equipment for $135 and budget around $60 for a hearty lunch once you’ve worked up an appetite. My preteen is happy to go just to hang out in the chalet with poutine and a good book. If you’d like to add on lessons for the kids (or yourself) those are available at an extra fee
Unwind at Dinner
End your day with a dinner at Tomasso’s Italian Grille in downtown Trenton. This Italian-style restaurant, a local staple for 25 years, is known for its authentic pasta and signature pizzas. Expect to spend around $140 for a meal in the relaxing ambiance of dark wood and soft lighting, making for a cozy dining experience.
TIME TO KILL, ENERGY TO BURN?
Get Competitive at Club Medd
With a small town, retro vibe, Club Medd Bowling has great prices for some family time letting the kids burn off any energy left at the end of the day.
Explore the Quinte Mall
Take a short drive to Belleville and spend some time strolling around the Quinte Mall. Be sure to check out K’Boodle, a one-of-a-kind store in the mall where you’ll find shelves and shelves of products from local artisans and businesses. I’ve collected more than a few favourite handmade coffee mugs from here.
Go Catch a Flick
SUNDAY: NATURE AND NIBBLES
Start your day again with a convenient meal if you book at a hotel with complimentary breakfast. Fuel up; you’ll need the energy for today’s adventures! You can also check for nearby diners on our interactive map.
Hike and Explore
Connect with nature at Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area, home to one of the largest known glacial erratics in North America. Estimated at over 2.3 billion years old my kids were amazed to realize it must be even older than their mom. Its height of 3.7 metres is something that has to be experienced in person.
Keep going a bit further north to Sager Conservation Area, featuring a scenic 30ft tall lookout tower. The full panoramic view of farmlands and forest of the Bay of Quinte offers an incredible opportunity to really take in the natural beauty of the region.
Snacks at Old Bank Cafe
Wrap up your trip with a visit to the Old Bank Cafe in Frankford. Budget around $50 to spend on organic coffee and treats including European-style pastries for the whole family in this charming cafe set in a historic bank building. It’s the perfect spot to reflect on your weekend adventures.
Before you head out, you can pop across the street to Foodland and grab some snacks for the road, and to distract from the inevitable ask from the back seat, “Are we there yet?”
There you have it. A winter weekend in the Bay of Quinte that’s as easy on your wallet as it is memorable for your family. With affordable hotel prices, delicious dining options, and a mix of adventure and relaxation, your $1,000 budget stretches further than you might think. Plus, that $50 gas card* will give you more room in the budget for snacks!
*Gas card promotion available on bookings at applicable accommodations from now until March 31st. Details here.