Spa Getaways Ontario

Couples Spa Retreat
spa-2Overheard at a downtown bistro …

Shelly, you look amazing! What have you been doing?

You won’t believe me, but I just spent the weekend doing nothing! Well, that’s not entirely true; I spent the weekend away with Peter being pampered and waited on, he said it was a spa getaways Ontario package.

That sounds like fun, how did you manage to get him to do that?

He didn’t do it; he was pampered and waited on too! He made reservations for us at the Benmiller Inn and Spa and took me there for our anniversary. We wined and dined, got massages at the Spa and took in all the beautiful sights in Goderich.

Wow, I wish I could get John to take me there. But our anniversary isn’t for a few months.

Do you really have to wait for a special occasion? It was so much fun there, I’ll bet you could make your own reservations and take him! In fact, why don’t you let me look after the kids this weekend and you can go right away? And next month, you can do the same for me, so we can go again. I can’t wait to go back!

What else do they have?

Scallops Smoked Tomato Capallini

Here is their website … … spa packages … Look, he must have booked the “Spalicious Package.” We had an amazing dinner in the Ivey Dining Room and breakfast the next morning. Plus, we both had massages and hung out in the hot tub. Hey! We could have had chocolate-dipped strawberries too. If I had made the reservations, I would certainly have ordered those! The Spa has all kinds of beauty treatments too. I might go with a friend next time and leave Peter at home. Then I can have a whole day of pampering. Would you want to go with me?

I’ll tell you what, let me go with John first and I bet that we will have such a good time like you did, that I will want to make any excuse to go back!

Okay, here’s the number: 1-800-265-1711. Or look, you can go online or send email too: What could be easier?

Let’s toast to being pampered!

I like the sounds of that!

Spa Getaways Ontario


Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honouring mothers of all kinds. Family gatherings often include mothers who are part of the family by birth or marriage, plus mothers who are friends of the family and their children and grandchildren. Anyone who has or had a mother can be found celebrating a day that celebrates the most honourable of all occupations; motherhood.

The modern celebration of Mother’s Day began in the U.S. in the early 20th century. It is closely related to other celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years.

It is reported that Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Mrs. Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in West Virginia. She campaigned to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States 1905, the same year that her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna wanted to honour her own mother and to set aside a day to honor all mothers. In 1914, US President, Woodrow Wilson, signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?

In North America, families have celebrated Mother’s Day in many ways. For example:

  • Breakfast in bed for Mom
  • A day for the family to be together
  • Gather the extended family and all the family friends
  • Celebrate in the tradition of your homeland
  • Give Mom the day off
  • Help a mother in need

A fine tradition

In Ontario, we are very fortunate to have many fine establishments at which we can celebrate Mother’s Day with our families. At the Benmiller Inn & Spa in Goderich, for instance, Mother’s Day is an annual event, welcoming mothers and families from far and wide.

Brunch or Dinner

The award-winning The Ivey Dining Room is pleased to honour Mother’s Day with a special Brunch that has been very popular over the years. Also well-regarded, is dinner, featuring their Spring Menu. Either way, it can be assured that mothers and families will enjoy the warm and friendly hospitality of the Ivey Dining Room at the Benmiller Inn & Spa on Mother’s Day and every day.

Be sure to make your reservations soon, to avoid disappointment.

Call 1-800-265-1711 to reserve your Mother’s Day dining celebration.

Happy Mother’s Day

stay-at-home-mom_page_2014What is mom worth?  According to a survey done by which studied the activities of over 15,000 moms in the USA, recording how much time they spend on various jobs within the house, on average, a stay-at-home mom works 96.5 hours per week. If you break that down into job titles such as housekeeper, CEO, taxi cab driver, etc. and apply the appropriate salary to each position, a stay at home mom’s salary would be $118,905 USD per year. A working mom averages 59.4 hours per week and using the same rating system, would earn a total salary of $70,107 USD. Of course, salary averages can vary, based on the number and ages of children within the home.




Moms everywhere are underpaid and under appreciated.


You may not have the $70-100 thousand dollars to pay mom what she is worth.  However studies of employees shows that job satisfaction and feeling appreciated are more important to many people than the salary they make.

Many moms would say they that feel under appreciated within the home.  A little appreciation can go a long way when it come to showing her how much she is worth. Consid0er the following to show your own appreciation:

Say thanks.

It may seem like I am stating the obvious, but how many times have you as a husband, son or daughter taken the time to say a simple thank you? Have there been occasions when you came home to see that she had cleaned the house, after driving you to activities or taking the time to listen to you complain about your day? Did it occur to you to say thank you? Although she likely doesn’t expect you to say thank you, your doing so can bring about a little twinge of happiness in mom.

Know that gratitude encourages repeat performance.

If mom makes a wonderful dinner that you truly enjoy, be sure to tell her how much you love it. The likelihood of her preparing the same dish again is greatly increased when she knows how much her family loves it. Even if the dish takes her a significant amount of time to prepare, she will consider it a labour of love knowing that it will bring joy to her family when they get to taste it. (In fact, she most likely already does consider her work for you to be labours of love. Your acknowledgement just makes it all seem even more worthwhile.)

Remember it is the thought that counts.

Sometimes things don’t always work out the way mom planned them. Let’s say mom scheduled a family camping trip. She worked in advance to find the best camp ground, organized everyone’s schedule, went shopping, got camping supplies ready and packed everything. Imaging that on the morning of the scheduled camping trip, you wake up to a massive rain storm. Knowing that it would be no fun for anyone to set up the tent in the pouring rain and spend the day and night trying to stay dry, mom decides to cancel the trip. Your initial reaction may be to complain, groan and sulk that you didn’t get to go. Mom could be left feeling guilty and discouraged. The fallout from this reaction is that mom might think twice about planning these types of events in the future, for fear that things may not always turn out as planned. Rather than complaining and leaving mom feeling guilty, perhaps you could consider this reaction: “What a shame that it didn’t work out. I know how much work you put into planning this trip, and I really appreciate it. Maybe we could go on that trip another weekend. Just so that all your hard work does not go to waste, why don’t we pitch the tent in the living room and we can play board games and pretend that we are camping right here at home?” Your mom would gladly play along, knowing that her family appreciates her and still wants to have fun together, no matter what the situation.

Be prepared with kind words.

Mom’s get stressed out too and sometimes need to just vent. If she complains or even lays into a lecture that you never seem to help out around the house, your first reaction might be to become defensive and react with something like “Whatever,” or “Well, you don’t need to get all bent out of shape over it!” Consider using some kind words that add to increased communication like “I didn’t know you were feeling that way; I will go do that now.” or “I will try and do that better next time.” These simple kind words when mom is feeling stressed can help to quickly defuse the situation and leave mom feeling more understood and that her feelings have been validated.

A token of your appreciation goes a long way.

Yes, she may not say it, but waking up on Mother’s Day and not being recognized for all she does all year long is a lot like going through your birthday with no one wishing you a happy birthday, no birthday cake and no gifts. It is the one day of the year she is hoping you will show her how much you love her. Following are some ways that mom’s everywhere would appreciate on Mother’s Day.

  • Not having to cook. Consider taking mom out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
  • A day of pampering. Moms don’t always get the time to relax, take time for themselves and pamper themselves. Consider giving mom the day off or a day away. Whether spending a relaxing day at home reading a book, watching TV, taking a bath without being disturbed or asked to do something can be a welcome break. Or take it one step further … consider giving mom a night away where she doesn’t have to take care of anyone else, or a spa treatment where she will be pampered.
  • Cards, flowers, chocolates or gifts. Yes, these simple items will bring a smile to mom’s face and make her feel loved.

Whether you are a mom, know a mom or ever had a mom, we want to wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day and extend our sincere thanks for all that mom’s do!

What is Mom Worth?

Spring Break for Grown-Ups

March has arrived and with it, Spring Break. Your kids have a chance to take some time away from their studies and enjoy a few days off. But what about you (or what if you don’t have kids)? Why not create your own break; A Spring Break for Grown-Ups?  Perfect for last minute vacations.

You can avoid the hassles of air travel and airport lines by having a “stay-cation.” You can stay close to home and close to your favourite activities at the same time. Add in first-class accommodations and dining and you have a clear winner.

So Many Options

A stay-cation is an opportunity to relax, unwind and have some fun! There are so many choices when it comes to satisfying the exact level of activity you desire. Here are some popular activities that you can pursue for indoor and outdoor enjoyment.

spa14On-site activities:

  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • Sauna/Hot Tub
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Dining in the award-winning Ivey Dining Room
  • Relaxation in the Lounge (with live music on Saturday evenings)

1455901_10151679992585566_876344036_nNear-by Winter Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating


Local Attractions:


  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Shopping in the unique downtown Heritage Shopping District


  • Movies
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Bowling


  • Live Theatre – Blyth Festival for the Arts

Come and Stay With Us

We are always happy to welcome travelers from near and far. Whether you are celebrating an occasion, getting together with a group, or want to take some time away from the day-to-day hustle and bustle of your busy life, The Benmiller Inn & Spa is here for you. You can enjoy being spoiled by our top-rate hospitality staff for any reason and in any season.

Put some Spring in your step ~ Visit The Benmiller Inn & Spa!

To start your season off right, please call
The Benmiller Inn & Spa reservations team at 1-800-265-1711

Spring Break for Grown-Ups

Yes, we are open on Family Day ~ Celebrate your family with us!

file000412558343WHAT IS FAMILY DAY?

Family Day was first held in Canada in the Province of Alberta in 1990. The holiday was designed to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who first founded the Province of Alberta and to give modern-day workers an opportunity to spend time with their families. Family Day was introduced into the Province of Saskatchewan in 2007 and then, to the Province of Ontario in 2008. British Columbia followed suit and has observed Family Day as a statutory holiday since 2013. Those who live in the provinces that celebrate the holiday are pleased to have a break in the long period when in the past, there were no holidays from New Year’s Day until Good Friday.

Did you know that holidays celebrating families are also held in other countries? For instance, in South Africa, the day after Easter Sunday is known as Family Day. In the Australian Capital Territory, the first Tuesday of November is celebrated as Family and Community Day.


Now that you and your family has some time off from work and school, you can plan to enjoy this time together. Planning the best Family Day adventure starts with identifying what type of activities you and your family would like to enjoy together. Here are a few suggestions of winter activities that families have been enjoying for many years.


  • Nature walks/bird watching
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling


  • Heated swimming pool
  • Sauna/hot tub
  • Dining room/Solarium
  • Spa services

1468669_10151678189410566_177983017_nAN IDEAL DESTINATION

The Benmiller Inn makes an ideal “base camp” for all your winter activities. The Inn is located in Huron County, nestled in the Town of Goderich, on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. Right next to the Inn, are expansive nature trails and groomed snowmobiling trails. Whether you plan to visit for the day, stay for a long weekend, or anything in between, once you experience the first-class service and friendly atmosphere of the Benmiller Inn, you and your family will want to come back again and again.

We are celebrating 40 years of hospitality this year.
Let’s celebrate your family at the Benmiller Inn!

Please call our reservations team at 1-800-265-1711
to begin your Family Day adventure at the Benmiller Inn and Spa

Family Day Activities


February 14th is Valentine’s Day. In addition to Canada, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Australia, Mexico (día de San Valentín y la amistad), France (Saint Valentin), and the United Kingdom. In Great Britain, celebrating Valentine’s Day was thought to begin around the 17th century. In the middle of the 18th century, friends and lovers of all social classes would give each other personal tokens of affection, including handwritten notes. Printed cards were first produced in the early 1900s.


Valentine’s Day is truly a day set apart to remind your significant other of how much you care. The most traditional of gifts (in addition to printed cards) are flowers, lingerie and boxes of chocolates. Perhaps this is the year that you will break away from traditions.


Consider something different this year. For your special someone, you could pre-purchase a Spa Day for that they can enjoy solo, or with friends.

Or how about making arrangements to celebrate together for a night or weekend away? You can add a couple’s massage and a special dinner and make this one of the best Valentine’s day gifts ever.


The Benmiller Inn and Spa, in beautiful Goderich, Ontario, has exactly what you are looking for, to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Consider the Ultimate Valentine’s Day celebration with a 1 or 2-night Couple’s Valentine’s Getaway Retreat. With champagne in your room, a special Valentine’s five-course dinner, entertainment in the lounge and full hot breakfast, you and your Valentine can relax and reconnect in the charming atmosphere of a romantic getaway.

This February, create special Valentine’s memories at the Benmiller Inn & Spa.

Please call our reservations team at 1-800-265-1711 to book your special time at the Benmiller Inn and Spa

Think Outside The (Chocolate) Box This Valentine’s

Your Perfect Spa Day

When asked to talk about their idea of a perfect day, most women’s descriptions would include substantial indulgence. The words “relax” and “enjoy” would certainly prevail. As the more nurturing gender, women’s lives are filled with activities that have them taking care of others. A day that approaches perfection would have to turn the tables and be filled with opportunities to sit back and be pampered.

A wonderful way to achieve this, is to have a “Spa Experience.” Take time to enjoy being pampered in an ideal setting.

The Spa Experience

Spa services provide more than just cosmetic changes. Enjoying a personal service like a massage or a beauty treatment is like a taking a pause in your busy day to unwind and recharge. Consider taking a few hours in your day to feel completely replenished. Choose one, or a combination of services for total relaxation.

Delight in your choice of:

  • Hand and Foot Spa
  • Body Wraps & Body Polishes
  • Facials
  • Hair Removal and Waxing
  • Massage

Additional Amenities

All guests of our Spa are welcome to bring their swim suits and enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub and sauna in our recreation area attached to the Aveda Petit Spa. Lunch is available in the Benmiller Inn Ivey Dining room from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Monday to Saturday. If you would like to pre-order lunch to be delivered to the Spa please inquire upon booking.

The Perfect Location

The Aveda Petit Spa at the Benmiller Inn is nestled in the beautiful Town of Goderich. The Inn is a respite of grace and charm. Visit the Spa at the Benmiller Inn and experience your perfect day.

The Spa Experience … What could be more perfect?

To book your appointment call (800) 265-1711 or email

Your Perfect Spa Day

New Year’s Resolution Ideas

With the beginning of a new year, many people take the opportunity to take stock of their lives and choose to make positive changes. Popular resolutions can include grand objectives like losing weight or quitting smoking. Sadly, these lofty goals typically go unreached, as the commitment required is often greater than originally considered.  Time to come up with some different New Year’s Resolution Ideas.

This year, it may be prudent to make resolutions that can be achieved easily and quickly to instill a sense of success and motivation that will continue throughout the year. One such resolution could be as simple as “This year I will try new things.”

Try Something New

Getting a massage or treatment at a spa may be a familiar activity. Have you ever considered trying a different type of therapy while you are there? Why not explore the many holistic therapy services at the Benmiller Inn and Spa? These services, which can be enjoyed individually or as part of a package, treat the whole body. If these types of therapies are new to you, then you may be surprised to experience how they can relax your body, calm your mind and rejuvenate your spirit.

Luxuriate in your choice of:

  • Foot Reflexology – promotes circulation and relaxes muscles
  • Indian Head Massage – provides a deep sense of relaxation
  • Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy – slows brain waves and induces a meditative state
  • Holistic Full Body Massage – reduces stress and anxiety
  • The Ancient Bowls – provides pain relief and increased energy
  • Chakra Balancing, Clearing and Strengthening – improves the function of the body’s endocrine system

An Ideal Oasis

Consider doing something amazing for yourself and take a relaxing spa vacation or just a spa day at The Aveda Spa at the Benmiller Inn is conveniently located in the quaint Town of Goderich. Queen Elizabeth II once commented that Goderich was “the prettiest town in Canada.” Come to the Spa at the Benmiller Inn and see for yourself.

Could this New Year be the beginning of the New You?

To book your appointment call (800) 265-1711 or email