Corporate groups visiting Toronto or York Region that don't have the time for a day trip to Niagara-on-the Lake should consider Port Perry, a historic Ontario town with Victorian era architecture. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Scugog, it is just about a 1-1/4 hour drive from downtown Toronto.
Port Perry was first settled in 1821; today, the main street of Port Perry has boutiques and galleries that are the perfect place to browse for treasures. There is even a silversmith. Attractions include Scugog Shores Museum, The Town Hall 1873 (which has been transformed into a theatre for dramatic, musical, and choral performances), Old Flame Brewing Co., and Ocala Winery.
There is horse riding at Dreamcrest Equestrian Centre which hosts horse trials in June and August.
Groups interested in gaming can try Lady Luck at the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, owned and operated nearby by the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
Places to dine in Port Perry include Harp & Wylie's Canadian Grill House near the lake, Crabby Joe's, Port Perry Smokebar, and The Piano Cafe, a historic venue that sometimes features musical guests.
Places to stay include the intimate Piano Inn 1884 with 4 luxury suites; and the Uxbridge Manor and Spa just 25 minutes away.
Other storybook towns to explore in Ontario include Incentive Travel: Spotlight on Kleinburg, Ontario, Incentive Destinations: Stratford, Ontario, a Storybook Town for Arts Lovers Incentive Travel: Spotlight on Port Carling Muskoka, and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario - An Event Planner's Dream Destination.
Photo Credit: John Vetterli