A short, scenic drive from Toronto or London, Ontario, Stratford makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway, complete with charming small town, historic inns, a scenic river perfect for strolling or picnicking alongside—and, of course, its famed theatre festival.
“The Stratford Festival is a must for theatre enthusiasts, but beyond that, this quaint 19th century town offers many additional treasures to explore,” says London-based, Claudia Viani, Director of Leisure and Local Business, at Carlson Wagonlit Travel. “The annual Stratford Summer Music Festival features everything from classical to jazz, showcasing some free concerts that can be enjoyed outdoors. If music isn’t your thing, there are many unique boutiques that offer great shopping. My favourites are Family & Company, which sells toys for all ages, and Watson’s Chelsea Bazaar, where you can find china, glassware and other treasures imported from around the world.”
Bring your appetite. “Stratford is home to a number of world-class restaurants, wine and coffee bars, chocolate emporiums and ice cream parlours,” says Viani.