A MAGICAL STAYCATION IN ST. JACOBS, ONTARIO

Everybody needs a mini staycation every once in awhile, so when the opportunity arose for me to visit St. Jacobs during St. Jacobs Sparkle and to spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, naturally I jumped at the opportunity.  Besides, St. Jacobs has always been one of my favorite Ontario small town destinations.  It is this opportunity that introduced me to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and I am now hooked!

THIS IS A SPONSORED POST, HOWEVER AS ALWAYS ANY AND ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE MY OWN.

About St. Jacobs

St. Jacobs is a small town located in Southwestern Ontario approximately 1.5 hours from Toronto in the Region of Waterloo.  This small town is a well known tourist destination and is popular for its Mennonite Heritage, boutique shops, restaurants, and coffee shops (you won’t be finding any chain stores here), and of course the famous St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market.  You can’t visit St. Jacobs without visiting the Farmer’s Market!

Map Showing Location of St. Jacobs

Map from Toronto, Ontario to Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waterloo - St. Jacobs Area, 14 Benjamin Rd, Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES, ST. JACOBS, ONTARIO

Location of Hotel in St. Jacobs

The hotel is located at 14 Benjamin Road, St. Jacobs and is in close proximity to the St. Jacobs Market, Shopping Outlet Mall, and the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and it is the location that makes the Holiday Inn Express & Suites the ideal place to stay when visiting St. Jacobs.

Rooms and Room Amenities

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites offers several different types of rooms,

  • Double Room
  • King Room
  • Suite
  • Adjoining Room
  • Accessible Room

all of which provide an abundance of space, even if travelling with children.  If you are travelling with older children or friends, it might be wise to consider booking adjoining rooms to allow for more privacy.

Regardless of the type of room you book, all rooms offer plenty of amenities:

  • Keurig coffee maker
  • complimentary coffee and tea
  • large flat screen television
  • large work area
  • microwave
  • small refrigerator
  • free wifi
  • shampoo, conditioner, body wash
  • hair dryer
  • large bath towels
  • extra large shower
  • comfy bed and extra bedding
  • iron and ironing board

Whether you are travelling solo (like I did), looking to have a romantic getaway or just want to take your family on a mini staycation, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites has a room with amenities that will satisfy all of your needs.

Hotel Amenities

There are times when it is just necessary to get away and relax with no people to see and no places to go. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is the perfect place to do just that. Bring along a good book, a bottle of wine and a bathing suit for a perfect night of relaxation. If you are travelling with little ones, there is a whole host of hotel amenities to keep them occupied without having to leave the hotel, while mom and dad relax.

  • on demand entertainment, including video games
  • complimentary shuttle service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • ice machine
  • wake up calls
  • complimentary wifi throughout the hotel
  • complimentary breakfast
  • business center
  • pool and splashpad
  • complimentary fully equipped fitness facility
  • self-laundry facilities

COVID Precautions

I have been brave enough to stay in several hotels during this pandemic, but I can say without a doubt that the Holiday Inn Express & Suites has been the most COVID ready hotel that I have stayed at to date.  Throughout my stay, I never felt unsafe, nor did I find it difficult to social distance from other guests, as the hotel has large open areas which makes it easy to avoid close contact with others.

Final Thoughts On the Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Whether your staycation is for one night or several nights, you will be welcomed to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites by smiling and friendly front desk personnel.  They will make you feel right at home while you lounge in the lobby area with your morning coffee or while sipping on a glass of wine after a day full of adventures.

Relax in the Lobby Lounge with your morning coffee or an evening cocktail

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in St. Jacobs is the perfect spot to do as little as you want or as much as you want, but be for-warned one night is not near long enough. 

I will definitely be returning to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites the next time I am in need of a Staycation!

Activities in St. Jacobs

There are plenty of boutique shops to explore while visiting St. Jacobs, but it is not only about the shopping. If you are more of the adventurous type don’t despair, there are plenty of other activities in St. Jacobs occupy men, women, and children of all ages (although I have to warn you, it will be difficult to leave the hotel).

St. Jacobs Sparkle 2020

I was fortunate enough to visit St. Jacobs during St. Jacobs Sparkle which was a truly magical experience. While wandering the streets of St. Jacobs during St. Jacobs Sparkle you will feel like you have been transported into a fairytale. Even if you aren’t much of a shopper, this is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. You can’t help but get an uplifting feeling as you wander amid the twinkle lights of town.

ST. JACOBS SPARKLES

On until December 24, 2020. Select shops are open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday’s and Friday’s

DISCOUNTS AND PROMOTIONS

Visit St. Jacobs Village to see the discounts and promotions offered at each store

SHOP TIL YOU DROP AT ST. JACOBS SPARKLES 2020

If you haven’t visited St. Jacob’s during St. Jacobs Sparkles, then I highly recommend that you put it on your list of must do’s this holiday season. But don’t say that I didn’t warn you that you will be tired, your feet will be sore, and a night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites and a refreshing dip in the pool will be in order.

….. BELIEVE IN THE MAJIC OF CHRISTMAS …..

Things To Do In St. Jacobs For The Non-Shopper

Although I highly recommend visiting St. Jacobs during St. Jacobs Sparkles, I realize that it is a busy time of the year and shopping is not for everyone. For those of you who are more of the adventurous type, there are plenty of activities and adventures in St. Jacobs other than shopping.

  • St. Jacobs Market
  • St. Jacobs Outlet Mall
  • St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
  • St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Beer Tasting
  • Maple Syrup Museum of Ontario
  • Hiking
  • Visit the West Montrose Kissing Bridge
  • Carriage Rides
  • Horse Drawn Tours
  • St. Jacobs and Aberfoyle Model Railway

ST. JACOBS FARMERS MARKET

OPEN YEAR ROUND

Thursdays and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Most buggy rides depart from the St. Jacobs Farmers Market.

For more information on buggy rides and tours, contact St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours

Enjoy Your Staycation

Whatever your interests, and whatever time of the year you visit, I know that you will have an amazing staycation as you travel back in time throughout your stay in St. Jacobs!

HAPPY STAYCATION 🙂

Kelly xoxo

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