Summer's end may be on the horizon, but vacation season is forever, and a spot like The Bear Stand makes a remote getaway not only possible, but irresistible, all year long.

If to you, a holiday is as much about immersing yourself in a gorgeous new environment as it is about escaping your day-to-day habitat, don't let this spot's current lack of vacancy stop you. While full for the summer, The Bear Stand is already accepting reservations for the fall-winter season, and we suggest you mark your territory.

Located at the end of a winding road and surrounded by lush Ontario Crown forest, this work of architectural art offers privacy, luxury, and family-friendly activities, all wrapped up and presented in a pristine, contemporary package. Standing on almost 100 acres, you'll struggle to choose between staying inside this vacation home to bask in its beauty, or spending time outside of it to savour the view.

Rates for the space vary, ranging from $1,150 per weeknight to $6,950 for a week, depending on the time of year you choose to stay. With four suites -- Master, Upper, Lower, and a Bunk offering -- the home can host a crowd, making it the ideal escape for a long weekend with the family or a crew of your closest.

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Whether it's the cool lake for paddling across, the kitchen for cooking in, or the forest for hiking, this property presents an environment to immerse yourself into, whatever your leisure activity of choice. Nearby, those looking for adventure will find provincial parks, tiny towns, craft breweries, and local art studios.

And as the days get shorter and cooler, this spot's got ways to make you feel like you're outside, even when you're in. Take the screened sunroom for instance, where ceiling-high wood-framed mesh screens, a granite fireplace, and overhead heaters mean you can bask in the feeling of the forest without being impacted by the elements.

Or maybe you'd like to take in the sights of the trees while soaking in a steamy bathtub. If that's your style, there are two spa-like tubs for you to choose from, both offering views of the sprawling naturescape.

A glimpse at this Haliburton hideaway might have you feeling haunted by The Ghost of Vacations Passed (...or those that didn't come to pass as you may have hoped this summer). But planning ahead is hot right now; the Muskoka-bound are doing it, and it isn't too late to join the rankings. If you book now for fall or winter, you can get your hygge on as temperatures drop.

If you ask us, there looks like no better place to spend the cold Canadian months.


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