Start your day at this resort, a family-owned refuge of relaxation for more than 165 years, with a morning yoga class by the lake or in the gardens. Then take your pick of daily activities: canoeing, kayaking, nature walks, tennis, basketball, badminton and volleyball. “There’s tons of stuff to do. You get good bang for your buck,” says Angela MacAloney, who has stayed at the Briars – which consists of a Regency-style mansion surrounded by cottages – more than a dozen times with both family and girlfriends.

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