The Millcroft, a 100-acre inn and spa resort located in Alton, Ontario, is definitely the only reason people in Ontario know where Alton, Ontario, is. The gem in this tiny community near Caledon, north of Brampton and Toronto, is the 131-year-old former Alton Knitting Mill nestled alongside Shaw’s Creek, which today provides some of the finest and sophisticated hospitality in the province.
An afternoon with my daughter Xingyu at the inn was the perfect alternative on a wet, cool and overcast October Saturday.
Benjamin Ward built the four-storey stone mill and later joined forces with his son-in-law, John M. Dods, as Wards and Dods Mill to produce woolen long underwear in the early 1900s.
Today, the mill boasts resort accommodations in the Main Mill building, the Manor House, and the Crofts, which are two-storey, pet friendly chalet-style rooms where this four-legged guest, below, was headed.
The dining experience at Millcroft is exceptional as well. My wife and I enjoyed an anniversary there a few years ago and were extremely impressed.
On Saturday, Xingyu and I walked the grounds of the inn and hiked along the rustic trails, taking in the last bits of fall colour before the end of October.
This 1960 Austin Princess, below, awaits a bride and groom following the ceremony.
But if your ride preference is a bit less pricey, you could always enjoy something with a little less horsepower and comfort, yet just as much fun. Siblings Gloria Duern and Glen Simpson come down from Markdale-Durham with their two Belgian horses, Rose and Bud, providing free rides through the inn grounds and the town during the month of October.
Xingyu and I cuddled up under thick, wool blankets and enjoyed the ride, spending quality Father/Daughter time at a quality place.