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This post shares what to do in Prince Edward County with a special focus on Prince Edward County Wineries, Prince Edward County Restaurants, and Prince Edward County Accommodations.
Last week we took a weekend getaway outside of the city for Dan’s birthday. After hearing great things about what to do in Prince Edward County, we decided it was the perfect destination for a short trip! Prince Edward County is about 2 hours from Toronto and beautiful in the fall. Shared here are our suggestions for what to do in Prince Edward County.
Having grown up in the Niagara Region, I have an appreciation for wine areas. I can barely make the trip from Toronto to my sister’s vet clinic in Niagara-on-the-Lake without stopping at a winery on the way. It isn’t really that I love wine, it’s more that I love wineries (ok I love wine too though). Years ago, in my admission letter to landscape architecture, I wrote that the designed landscapes of wineries were my biggest inspiration for wanting to become a landscape architect. It’s still true! Wineries are some of my favourite spots to admire both landscape and architecture. So, long story short, I was excited to visit another area known for its wineries!
Below are some highlights from our 2 day trip to ‘The County’. This was my first visit to Prince Edward County for pleasure (I’ve been for work – read below). I’m no expert on the area but we left feeling satisfied that we had made the most out of our two days. So why not share what we did?! Here are some ideas for what to do in Prince Edward County.
Like I mentioned above, Prince Edward County Wineries are plentiful. So, obviously, we visited a few. Hinterland Wine Company is one of the Prince Edward County Wineries that stands out to me. Hinterland is best known for their delicious sparkling wines. If you are a fan of sparkling (I am!), I recommend their Whitecap. So sweet and delicious.
Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard is one of the best known Prince Edward County Wineries. They also happen to make some of Dan’s favourite wines at the LCBO so we made sure to visit their tasting room. Their red wines did not disappoint and we left with a couple of bottles (a bit more expensive than our usual standards but they will definitely be enjoyed :)). Norman Hardie also has a lovely outdoor patio area where you can enjoy wood fire pizza. We will definitely check that out next time!
Domaine Darius was the final of the Prince Edward County Wineries that we visited thanks to a recommendation from my friend, Jeff. Domaine Darius is a tucked away spot that does no advertising due to their small production. Dan and I talked with the owner for about an hour, and learned all about the old world methods they use to make wine. They were sold out of everything except for their chardonnay – a wine which, admittedly, Dan and I are not usually fans of. However, we both agreed that it was the most velvety smooth chardonnay we had ever tried!
Basically, Dan’s favourite thing to do it eat out. Since it was his birthday weekend I made sure that we we stopped for food, coffee, and sweets as often as possible! Luck for us (and you!) there is a long list of excellent Prince Edward County Restaurants!
Our first stop was the Drake Devonshire Inn for lunch. This is one of the most popular Prince Edward County restaurants. I was actually part of the small team that designed the landscape here (shout out to Joel Loblaw Inc.– they’re the best!). It was nice to visit and see how things were looking. I have 3-D modelled every inch of the property, so it’s always neat to see things in real life! The interior and exterior of the Drake Devonshire Inn are fun, quirky and eclectic. This is one of the Prince Edward County restaurants that I definitely think is worth a visit for dinner or even just a drink. You can also enjoy an overnight stay in one of their charming (and super hip) rooms.
For dinner we went to The Agrarian in Bloomfield. The food at The Agrarian is delicious, rich and flavourful. When we visited they had a set menu which had plenty of vegetarian options and a lovely wine list. Dan was happy because a set menu it meant we each got our own dessert. A change from me usually turning down dessert and then inevitably eating half of his ;). The atmosphere here is dark and cozy – perfect for a fall or winter night.
Our final meal before leaving town was lunch at the cutest little spot in Bloomfield called the Saylor House Cafe. It’s tea cup clad interior looks like something out of a small town movie and they make a mean grilled cheese.
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We stayed at Angeline’s Inn – what a charming spot! Angeline’s is a great spot to stay and really reasonably priced! We stayed in ‘The Walter’ which is their most affordable option and it was just perfect. As a bonus, one of the Prince Edward County Restaurants that I have heard such good things about is The Hubb at Angeline’s Inn. Unfortunately on the days we were there The Hubb was closed so we were not able to try it out. This is definitely on our list for next time!
One thing to note is that the amount of Prince Edward County Accommodations is growing all the time! There are many cute B&B’s, inns, and AirBnB options to check out for your visit to PEC!
Finally, things to do in Prince Edward County! Honestly, we mostly just drove between the small towns in the area and stopped wherever we wanted along the way. We stopped at every cafe for Dan and every market stand for me (there were lots!). There are lots antique markets in Prince Edward County (like everyone’s favourite – Dead People’s Stuff). I loved visiting all the antique stores and also shopping around in Bloomfield.
I hope this post helps you decide what to do in Prince Edward County and that you enjoy the beautiful landscape as much as we did!
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