Deerhurst Resort at dusk
"A balcony! I've always wanted a balcony," shrieks my four-year-old niece, Nadia, as she races through our suite to the balcony. And there she stays until I lure her back with the promise of dessert. It’s a tough sell: I’m contending with an otter that has decided to tan on the grass a few feet away from our room. And who could blame it? Nestled against 760 acres of waterfront along Peninsula Lake, this historic but newly renovated resort is an idyllic mini getaway for us city slickers.rnrnAnd once out of the room, it’s hard to get Nadia back in, thanks to the indoor and outdoor pools, giant Splash Zone with inflatable slides and trampolines set up right on the lake, indoor rock climbing, and the arcade. (For older kids, there’s also treetop trekking, paintball and rock buggy tours.)rnrnBut the girl is clearly smitten. Upon returning home, her first question is: “When are we going back to Deerhurst? I wish we could all live there. You, me, my mom, my dad, my little sister....” Looks like it’s time to plan another trip.