Weekend Girlfriends Trip to Stratford Canada ||Revival House and Illume Wellness Spa
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Weekend Girlfriends Trip to Stratford Canada ||Revival House and Illume Wellness Spa

I have always wanted to take a girlfriends trip and this past weekend my dream came true. Thanks for the wonderful Stratford Tourism Alliance, a group of Michigan female bloggers/vloggers and myself were invited to Stratford, Canada for a weekend trip filled with fun, food, shopping and outstanding shows in the theater. You can read this post back to February to know more about all the fabulous ladies with me in this trip. ūüėČ

Weekend Girlfriends Trip to Stratford Canada ||Revival House and  Illume Wellness Spa

Named for Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford has grown to become Canada‚Äôs premier arts town. In addition to the annual Stratford Festival, performing from April through October, Stratford is always filled with theater, music and visual arts. I have been to Stratford once back in 2015 and loved the preserved 19th-century architecture and acres of parks and gardens. Stratford has also gained a reputation for culinary creativity, showcased at some of the finest restaurants in the country. Oh, just a fun fact about Stratford, this is also where Justin Bieber was born and raised from busking on the steps of the Avon Theatre to becoming one of the most popular pop stars in the world. 

This time we had the whole weekend with jam packed activities to see some of the highlights of Stratford. As Michiganders, most people don’t realize Stratford is only 3.5 hours drive and can be a very unique place to go for a weekend road trip. Since we had visited so many places, this post will only cover the details of the first half day of Friday. You have to come back on Friday to read the second half day of Friday. In the next couple of weeks I will write more about each day and what we did and to give you a guide if you would like to spend a weekend in Stratford.

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There were a total of 6 ladies in our group and the 3.5 hours drive seemed to just fly by while we chatted about many topics. After we had arrived, the wonderful Cathy from Stratford Tourism Alliance, welcomed us at their office. Tourism Alliance (STA) is the leading tourism marketing organization with a mandate to develop and promote ‚ÄúDestination Stratford‚ÄĚ and its regional partners. The STA works with hundreds of creative and innovative Stratford and regional businesses to welcome visitors from all over the globe to this exciting and vibrant city.

It was a sunny day and I loved that everything in Stratford was just a few minutes walking distance. We were enjoying the blue sky and summer breeze while walking to our first stop, the Revival House where the Welcome Reception & Cocktails hosted. Revival House is a popular food, drink and events venue in the historic McKenzie Memorial Gospel Church downtown Stratford. In 2015, The Church restaurant and The Belfry lounge, was reinvented and relaunched as the Revival House. Truly as a ‚ÄėRenaissance lady‚Äô, you‚Äôll enjoy the magnificent main dining room and event space, the warm intimacy of the Belfry Bar upstairs and a sun-dappled patio on summer days.

Weekend Girlfriends Trip to Stratford Canada ||Revival House and  Illume Wellness Spa

Loving all the details of this Church restaurant.

But first, have a drink! Lol!

Weekend Girlfriends Trip to Stratford Canada ||Revival House and  Illume Wellness Spa

Enjoyed this amazing light lunch!

The beautiful Belfry Lounge!

You all know how much I love a bold, colorful but still chic place! There is no way I will miss this opportunity to snap a photo! Lol!

 Belfry lounge

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After lunch, we headed to Illume Wellness Spa to experience some personal service and the Salt Room! As Stratford‚Äôs newest spa, it is a Scandinavian and green design creating a therapeutic space bringing nature to people. Situated on York Street, a popular shopping must-see. 

Illume Wellness Spa

Road trips can be tiring. I got my foot sugar scrub, massage and lotion. I can even hear my feet saying thank you to me in my head. Lol!

Illume Wellness Spa

We also experienced the famous Salt Room. Have you experienced the Salt Therapy Room before? It’s for sure my first one! It’s very simple and relaxing. Just Come. Sit. Be Still. Clear my mind and breathe. Experience the healing benefits Salt Therapy can have on your health. It’s so relaxing and all of us took a nap there. Lol!

Illume Wellness Spa

Where to go to eat and what shows did we see? You have to come back Friday to read more! ūüôā

 You can read all the See The World here. You can also read all my What To Wear series including what I have worn when I traveled around the world and for special occasions. Hope those posts will be helpful for you! 

Photo credit: Grace Liang/@withwonderandwhimsy

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