The hottest destination in Ontario right now is Prince Edward County. And, for good reason. With so many wineries, breweries, eateries, cute shops and galleries, it’s no wonder it has quickly become THE sought-after weekend getaway. Even Condé Nast Traveller calls it Canada’s Coolest Island Hideout.
With only a couple hours east of Toronto and couple hours west of Ottawa, here’s the best of Prince Edward County. Everything you need to know about where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in Prince Edward County!
The Best of Prince Edward County
where to eat
There are so many great places to eat in Prince Edward County. If you are visiting The County on the weekend or during the summer, make sure you make reservations as this little county fills up quickly. Here are a few stand outs to check out: The Drake Devonshire, East & Main Bistro, The Vic Café, The Miller House Café & Brasserie, Jamie Kennedy Farm, The Marans, The Agrarian, and La Condesa.
where to drink
If you love wine, then you’ll love Prince Edward County! As the second largest wine region, there are a ton of wineries. Renovated old barns have been turned into cool tasting rooms. Some of my favourites are: Hinterland Wine Company, Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards, Closson Chase Vineyards, The Old Third Vineyard, Karlo Estates, Casa Dea, Norman Hardie, and Waupoos Estates and Winery.
where to shop
what to do
Head to the Beach
Take the Scenic Route
Discover a Natural Wonder
Photograph some Barns
Find a Hidden Gem
Cycle The County
Follow the Arts Trail
Prince Edward County has a thriving arts community. It offers a year-round studios and galleries featuring amazing works in sculpture, paintings, glass, ceramics, and photography. Download the Arts Trail map and plan your own tour. Watch for the distinctive blue Arts Trail signs as you drive along the scenic country roads. Some of my favourites are: ANDARA Gallery, 2gallery, Mad Dog Gallery, J.D. Thompson Fine Paintings, Sybil Frank Gallery, and Oneo Gallery.
where to stay
Prince Edward County offers an array of options from boutique inns to Airbnbs to renovated hip motels. With so many choices, here are few for you to check out.
And, if you like to rent a home then look for further than these dreamy Airbnb properties. Check out my two recent Airbnb stays. The Coach House – an eclectic budget friendly stay perfect for a couple right in Picton. Or, Easterbrook – a French country stay in a 200-year old farm house perfect for larger groups.
As a holidaymaker…
If you love small towns, friendly people and a thriving arts community head to Prince Edward County. Where you will be treated to some delicious farm to table food and wines, craft beers and ciders. All the spaces – whether it be the eateries, wineries, shops or accommodations have a similar vibe. It’s a little bit vintage, eclectic, Euro, and yes, a little bit country. That’s the best of Prince Edward County if you ask me.
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