Get Out of Town: inside tips on effortless leisure
Outpost’s Constantin von Flotow, a former excursions guide at kids’ camps, executes made-to-measure wilderness adventures straight out of a J.Crew catalogue. Step one is selecting a location from one of a few dozen campsites in Algonquin Park, Temagami and the Georgian Triangle. His team will arrive in advance and set up heritage-inspired canvas tents, wooden canoes, and personalized food and drink. A chef is available if you can’t tolerate canned pork and beans. When it’s time to head home, just hop back in the car (or the Cessna—available for an extra cost) and let von Flotow’s team erase your environmental footprint. Prices available on request. Outpostco.com.
Muskoka Cottage Sitters offers property management service for seasonal city slickers. Longtime Muskokans Steve Perentesis and Louis Liadis care for your cottage like it’s their own. Monthly or bimonthly visits include plumbing, electrical, animal infestation and water leakage inspection. Maintenance services like lawn care, dock installation and garbage removal ensure a picture-perfect home away from home. From $65 a visit. Cottagesitters.com
Even dreamier than planning your dream vacation is leaving the legwork to someone else. Trufflepig, a Toronto-based full-service travel agency, will take charge of everything from flight and hotel bookings to helping you find the best place for cheese-making in Paris, flamenco dancing in Spain or surfing in Costa Rica. Free initial consultation. Trufflepig.com.