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The Best of Prince Edward County

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

What to eat, drink and do while visiting Prince Edward County, Ontario

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 DevonshireEast & Main BistroThe Vic CaféThe Miller House Café & Brasserie, Jamie Kennedy Farm, The Marans, The Agrarian, and La Condesa. 

where to drink

The second largest wine area in Ontario is Prince Edward County. Check out the best wineries to visit when in the area.

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 CompanyGrange of Prince Edward Vineyards, Closson Chase Vineyards, The Old Third Vineyard, Karlo Estates, Casa DeaNorman Hardie, and Waupoos Estates and Winery.

Best Breweries

Craft cider beers are just as popular as wineries in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Check out the recommended craft breweries to plan your trip to The County.

Not a wine lover? That’s okay as craft breweries and ciders are just as popular. Some of my favourites are: Barley Days BreweryParsons Brewing Company, 555 Brewing, The County Cider Company, Loch Mór Cider Company, and Lake on the Mountain Brewing Company.

Best Brews

What to eat, drink and do while visiting Prince Edward County, Ontario

And if you’re looking for the perfect coffee shop to start your day in The County here are a few of my husband’s favourites: Enid Grace Culinary, Beacon Bike and Brew, The Bean Counter & Café, and Picnic Café.

where to shop

What to eat, drink, shop and do while visiting Prince Edward County, Ontario

There are so many cute shops that line the main streets in Wellington, Bloomfield and Picton. Some of my favourites are: Parlor Studio, Luna, Sunday’s Company, Kokito, Coriander Girl, Terra Florens and KC’s Closet. 

If it’s antiques you’re after, be sure to check out: Dead People’s Stuff, MacCool’s Reuse, Wooden Wishe, and Retrospective. 

What to eat, drink, shop and do while visiting Prince Edward County, Ontario

Beyond the main streets be sure to seek out these shops:  Chetwyn Farms has an Alpaca shop called Shed, The Local Store – 130 local artists and artisans sell their work, Millefleurs – Lavender Farm and Meadery, and Prince Edward County Lavender.

what to do

Head to the Beach

You'll find some of the best beaches in southeastern Ontario. Head to Prince Edward County and go to Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Some of the largest and best beaches can be found in Sandbanks Provincial Park. Soft golden sand, sand dunes and pebble beaches offer visitors multiple spots in The County to enjoy a beach day. Crystal clear turquoise water just like you would find in the Caribbean.

Take the Scenic Route

What to see, do, eat and stay while in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Let's face it, all the roads in The County are scenic. But here are some standouts to seek out. Milford, Cherry Valley and Black River on County Roads 10, 13 and Miller Road. Glenora, Lake on the Mountain and Waupoos on County Roads 7 and 8. Carrying Place, Ameliasburgh and Consecon on Highway 62, Lakeside Drive, Loyalist Parkway (Hwy 33).

Discover a Natural Wonder

Things to do while in Prince Edward County - including what to eat, drink and stay. It's Ontario's favourite weekend getaway.
Lake on the Mountain is an unexplained natural phenomenon. Just as the name indicates, it is a lake that sits high on a mountain. It has a constant flow of clear fresh water, with no explained water source about 62 metres above Lake Ontario. Today, geologists believe the lake is the result of a collapsed sinkhole. It's a great spot for a picnic. 

Photograph some Barns

Things to do while in Prince Edward County - including what to eat, drink and stay. It's Ontario's favourite weekend getaway.
There's something about barns. Once I started, I couldn't stop. From the old and weathered to the new and modern they are all over The County. I almost saw them in every colour too. Forget #DoorsofInstragram or #CabinPorn - I think photographing barns is so much better. 

Find a Hidden Gem

Point Petre in Prince Edward County, Ontario. The clear water of Lake Ontario, the limestone coastline and the natural rural setting is only minutes from Easterbrook Airbnb.
One of the best kept secrets in Prince Edward County is Point Petre. Enjoy the pebble beach and the flat limestone ledges leading you out to the crystal clear water of Lake Ontario. It’s the perfect spot for sunrise and sunset watching.

Cycle The County

Check out this guide for everything you would want to eat, drink and do in Prince Edward County in south eastern Ontario.
Cycle along the gentle sloping rural roads. Wellington is the best spot to rent one if you would like to tour the wineries. Or Picton if you would like to head to the beach.

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

The thriving arts community in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Visit The County and watch for the blue Arts Trail signs and see the works of photography, painting, sculptures, ceramics and more.
The ANDARA Gallery features work by husand and wife artists Andew Csafordi and Tara Wilkinson all within an architecturally designed gallery.
The thriving arts community in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Visit The County and watch for the blue Arts Trail signs and see the works of photography, painting, sculptures, ceramics and more.
The Oeno Gallery sits on the Huff Estates Winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario. The indoor gallery has monthly exhibitions and an 3 acre outdoor Sculpture Garden with over 70 sculptures.

Sail Away

Picton, Ontario - a small town in Prince Edward County. What to see, do, eat and stay while visiting the County.
Why not see Prince Edward County from the water? You can arrange a fishing boat charter or a sail boat charter out of the Picton Harbour. Or take the free Glenora Ferry that shuttles you to and from the west side of The County to the east side.

where to stay

Stay at this large Airbnb French country farmhouse in Prince Edward County, Ontario
Easterbrook Airbnb

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. 

Let’s start with the boutique inns and motels: Drake Devonshire, The Lakeside Motel, The June Hotel, The Wander Resort, The Wilfred Boutique Farmhouse, and Angeline’s Inn.

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. 

The Best of Prince Edward County in Ontario. What to eat, drink, do and stay. #PEC #PrinceEdwardCounty
The Best of Prince Edward County in Ontario. What to eat, drink, do and stay. #PEC #PrinceEdwardCounty

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23 Comments

  • Sherry Karlo

    Thank you for including Karlo Estates. We’re always delighted to host new friends. Come join us as to try our gold medal wines made by rockstar winemaker, Derek Barnet and find out why we were named among the top 20 wineries in Ontario.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I loved visiting your winery, getting a tour of your new ‘speak easy’ space – perfect for after dinner drinks and entertainment with friends. Your wines are delicious and your team is amazing.

  • Jeremy

    This island is so cute! Love the rustic feel in the commercial places, restaurants and cafes. Yet the airbnb looks so chic and modern! I would definitely check out the wineries and breweries 👍🏻

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks Jeremy for stopping by and commenting. So glad you like it, now you’ll just have to go and visit!

  • Riana Ang-Canning

    Can’t wait to book a trip here some day. Seems like such a perfect local getaway – so relaxing and charming. I love that there’s a good brewery scene and the cute shops look perfect. Of course, the natural elements are awesome too!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks Riana, I’m sure you’d love the vibe here – so chill and laid back. And, many amazing breweries.

  • Sarah

    I love that photo of the barn, I’d definitely see myself also doing the same and going on a barn-photo hunt! It looks like such an amazing, photogenic place and what a beautiful beach.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Sarah, I think I have a photo of a barn in every colour! So many and such a pleasure to drive or cycle along the country roads and seek them out.

  • Linda (LD Holland)

    We got our first taste ever of Prince Edward County this fall. Shameful for people born in Ontario. But we know we will go back! We would definitely try out the wineries and breweries. Which means a stay in the local area. Sounds like we should definitely take our bikes with us!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Most definitely, or rent them while there, but next time- spend a little while and explore a little more.

  • Laura Pedlar

    What a great place to visit. It certainly sounds like a perfect getaway for wine and food lovers. The lake on the mountain sounds interesting and somewhere I’d like to visit. Overall, I nice place for a weekend away.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      I’m glad that it piqued your interest and hopefully one day you can go for a visit.

  • Maggie

    This island looks absolutely adorable! So quaint, with lots of great food and brewery options. And Point Petr looks gorgeous. I haven’t been to this part of Canada yet but I’d love to explore it.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks Maggie for your comment. You’ll have to add it to your list next time you come to Ontario.

  • Emma

    I want to go back here again, it looks so quaint and peaceful and just ridiculously cute. Definitely somewhere to spend more time on my next Ontario trip. I’m not a wine fan but I’d be all over the breweries and lovely little shops. It still always confuses me that Ontario has beaches but no ocean, but the lakes are so big it feels like you could be looking at the ocean

    • The.Holidaymaker

      I’m so glad you would like to return. It’s a place I return to over and over again too. Always something to do in Prince Edward County.

  • Gus Feliciano

    You had me at where to drink with so many breweries this place looks amazing! I keep saying Canada has so many places that surprise you. I have only been to Vancouver BC and hope to be able to explore more soon!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      I hope you are able to explore more one day soon. We do have some of the best micro breweries.

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