Cabin-Tested: Roots Outfits for Your Next Getaway

May 3, 2019

Travelzoo is partnering with Roots to bring you True Nature Escapes, a hand-picked collection of invigorating experiences just a short drive from the city. Here, our experts present the Cabin-Tested Collection, pairing some of our favourite getaways with seasonal attire from Roots.

If there’s one thing Canadians love most about summer, it’s escaping to the great outdoors. The hustle and bustle of city life replaced by fresh air, wide-open landscapes and the sound of silence (broken by the odd call of a loon).

At Travelzoo, we believe there’s no need to compromise on style or comfort when it comes to a getaway. Our travel experts — who have collectively visited all of Canada’s provinces and territories — hand-picked five revitalizing retreats from coast to coast and matched them to seasonal Roots attire that's as casual and laid-back as the surroundings.

Browse our curated experiences and our Cabin-Tested collection in partnership with Roots — and then plan your own true nature escape.


WHERE TO GO: Sherwood Inn

Nestled among century-old pine trees and rugged Canadian Shield on the western shores of Lake Joseph, the Sherwood Inn is a charming resort rich in Muskoka holiday history. The best parts of summer — swimming, tennis, lawn games, relaxing dockside and roasting marshmallows over the fire — are all included in the experience. Enjoy the clear water and rugged scenery with 45% off stays at the resort, which features an on-site restaurant and spa. Rooms are $119 per night for most midweek dates from May 20 - June 27 and Sept. 2 - Oct. 10. Peak summer stays are also discounted to $159 per night. All bookings cover breakfast for two. A bottle of wine and 1 p.m. checkout are included for stays of two nights or more.

WHAT TO WEAR: Edith Cuffed Dress & Natural 2-Strap Sandal
Get ready for Muskoka’s summer scene with the Edith Cuffed Dress. It’s easy to slip on -- and the soft feel of its French terry knit makes it hard to take off. Set off for the day with the Natural 2-Strap Sandal, featuring memory foam cushioning for lightweight comfort.

“The cuffed sleeve and scooped bottom hem add a feminine touch, making it easily convert from dockside-comfy to brunch-wear with the girls” — Travelzoo expert Amanda I.

WEAR IT WHILE: Lounging on the dock or playing a game of croquet on the lawn. For a tasty detour, head to Port Sandfield for the outrageously popular blueberry doughnuts at Silver Stream Farms Market. Weather turning? The dress paired with Roots Cabin Lounge socks and a good book is the cure for any rainy-day blues.


WHERE TO GO: Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge

Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge on British Columbia’s Quadra Island — tucked between Vancouver Island and the mainland — is secluded on 1,100 acres of pristine land surrounded by mountain peaks, tidal waters and lush forests. Its calm and tranquil setting is steeped in aboriginal history and features authentic Pacific Coast architecture. Despite that, it's an easy 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River. Save over 35% on stays from May 1 - Sept. 29. Rooms with ocean and mountain views start at $169 for two nights in May and $219 for two nights through the rest of summer.

WHAT TO WEAR: Cooper Canada Hoody & Burlington Cargo Short
Comfort and warmth are top priorities for the Roots Cooper Canada Hoody, designed and made in Canada with soft fleece and a classic fit. The relaxed Burlington Cargo Short is suited to warm days walking Quadra Island’s scenic shoreline. 

"The West Coast is by nature a laid-back destination, meaning you can wear a hoody all day long and fit right in. This fleecy wonder keeps the morning chills at bay, and I love that it’s made in Canada" Travelzoo expert Dana S.

WEAR IT WHILE: Walking the scenic trail to nearby Cape Mudge Lighthouse, built in 1898 and designated a National Historic Site by Parks Canada. Keep a lookout for whales in the waters and eagles soaring in the sky above.


WHERE TO GO: Hockley Valley Resort

Hockley Valley Resort is an hour from Toronto but feels a world away. Located in the Hills of Headwaters region, the surrounding 300 acres of countryside boasts scenic backdrops and is home to an 18-hole golf course, a winery and a farm that supplies three on-site restaurants. The property also has a full-service spa and indoor and outdoor pools. Many midweek dates through October have been reduced to $199 per night (reg. $320), making it easy to plan a getaway. The price includes breakfast for two and wine tastings. Add a round of golf for two for $80 more. Weekend stays are also on sale.

WHAT TO WEAR: Tathlina Crew Sweater & Sadie Short
When packing for a trip with a lot of activities, it’s always a good idea to bring plenty of layers. The Tathlina Crew Sweater adds warmth while remaining light enough to carry as you explore Hockley Valley’s sprawling property. For poolside lounging, throw on the Sadie Short, made of linen for casual comfort with pockets for a touch of functionality.

“The sweater rolls up very nicely, so you can easily tie it around your waist or stuff it in a backpack when the weather warms up. The drawstring on the shorts is ideal for loosening things off when you’ve indulged in too many s'mores around the campfire!" — Travelzoo expert Katie J.

WEAR IT WHILE: Exploring Hockley's green space with a morning stroll of the garden and farm, or during an afternoon game of bocce on the hotel’s outdoor court.


WHERE TO GO: Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello is a Canadian icon. On the shores of the Ottawa River, the rustic 1930s resort — built with 10,000 giant red cedar logs, all cut and set by hand — offers a choose-your-own-adventure vacation. Want to relax? Stroll the beautifully landscaped gardens or pamper yourself in the 4,000-square-foot full-service spa. Want to get moving? There’s hiking, biking, kayaking, tennis courts, health club, indoor and outdoor pools and an 18-hole golf course with views of the Laurentians. Midweek stays at this spectacular hotel are now over 50% off and include up to $140 in on-site credits for Travelzoo members. Rooms are $199 per night through June and just $10 more per night from July-September. 

WHAT TO WEAR: Templeton Plaid Shirt & Essential Short 
Soft and lightweight, the button-up look of the Templeton Plaid Shirt is relaxed enough for lounging in Montebello's grand lobby, cool enough for time on the golf course and polished enough for an upscale dinner in the dining room. Pair it with the broken-in softness of the Essential Short for cool comfort with just the right amount of stretch to keep you going all day.

“My goal is always to feel pulled together effortlessly. A look like this nails that casual vibe without feeling complicated or hard to pack” — Travelzoo expert Dean S.

WEAR IT WHILE: Exploring Kentauk, a pristine swath of land surrounding the resort that was originally granted by the King of France in 1674. It’s one of North America’s largest private fish and game reserves encompassing 65,000 acres of untouched forest and more than 60 lakes.


WHERE TO GO: Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort, PEI

Listen to the waves softly lap the sands of one of the best beaches Prince Edward Island has to offer at the 5-star Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort. Maritime hospitality is the focus of this oceanside resort that’s located on the manicured grounds of the renowned Links at Crowbush Cove golf course. The resort also features an indoor pool, fitness room, two tennis courts and beach shuttle to explore the island's picturesque North Shore. Travelzoo members save up to 40% on most check-ins into October. Choose a room-only stay from $125 per night or a golf-inclusive option from $194 per night. All golf options include a $25 credit to use in the golf pro shop, plus $25 gift card per stay redeemable at any Atlantic Canada Rodd Hotel.

WHAT TO WEAR: Cropped Stretched Riley Jean & All Seasons Relaxed Shirt
The All Seasons Relaxed Shirt lives up to its name. Relaxed enough to go with the flow, the long sleeves and shirt-tail keep you comfortable in PEI’s ocean breeze and protect you from any early season bugs on the links. Roll up the sleeves for a devil-may-care attitude when it’s warmer. The stretch fit of the Cropped Stretch Riley Jean is perfect for beachcombing the windswept dunes around the resort.

“The All Seasons Relaxed Shirt is the most comfortable shirt I’ve ever worn — it’s as soft as flannel pyjamas and perfect for PEI in spring. The Cropped Stretched Riley Jean combines stretch and structure — you barely know you’re wearing them, but they provide great shape!” — Travelzoo expert Lara B.

WEAR IT WHILE: The stretch and style of the Cropped Stretched Riley Jean comes in handy on the golf course, followed by a lunch of PEI chowder at the clubhouse overlooking the fifth hole. Then, take off your shoes and head to the beach for an afternoon stroll. These pants will keep you snug no matter how moody the Atlantic weather might be.


Ready for your own summer getaway? Browse our collection of True Nature Escapes and start planning. As a bonus for booking, Travelzoo members will receive a Roots Beaver Water Tube -- perfect for lounging on the water and soaking up the sun. 

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