For the last few years, I’ve heard so many good things about Prince Edward County about a 3 hour drive from the city. Roy and I usually take a trip over to Niagara-on-the-Lake, but to celebrate our anniversary this year, we decided to take a mini roadtrip to Prince Edward County. Much like NOTL, it’s filled with wineries, quaint little shops, and it’s a food lover’s dream for good food and drinks. Our trip was over the weekend but we could see how travellers could easily spend a few extra days exploring all of what the county has to offer.
Since I’m 20 weeks pregnant, we didn’t have a chance to visit many wineries or breweries, but we decided to really spend our time intentionally without much of an agenda and see where the county took us. We starting by booking our stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast just outside of Picton called The Edward. As you drive into the 75 acre property, you’re welcomed by rabbits and wild flowers along the path, and then only to be wow-ed by a beautiful yellow-painted home. The B&B is located in Glendora, driving distance to Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington and Sandbanks Provincial Park. The B&B is run by two couples, Jess and Payam and their sister and husband. Jess and Payam were in the home during our stay and we loved hearing their story and getting to know them on a more personal level. What amazes me is their journey to PEC: city folks who one day decided that city life was no longer for them. Leaving behind great careers they decided to purchase a home with their family in PEC and live a more simple and intentional lifestyle and run a Bed and Breakfast this year. They were wonderful hosts who set up a full-on breakfast bar in the morning and gave us many suggestions for things to do in the county. My insta-friend Ana from Bluebirdkisses recently stayed here with her husband and children and that instantly drew me to the B&B. As Roy and I have a family of our own, a big thing for us is to be able to book accommodations where kids are welcomed. There are three rooms to choose from in the home and the home is large enough to accommodate families with shared spaces both on the second and first floor.
There is so much to do in the county, but we only explored a small amount of what the county has to offer during this visit. We hope to make another visit next year with our little one!
Stay: The Edward
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Eats: We dined at Norman Hardie Winery for oven baked pizza, dinner at the Inn on Lake on the Mountain and drinks across the street with a view, Patio dining and lake view at The Drake Devonshire, Courage for a mid-day drink break, quick bite at the County Yum, picked up local produce and fresh fruits at the Farmer’s Market and ice cream stop at Slickers.
See: Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington for shopping (County Collective in Bloomfield was my favourite and I did do some damage there – oops!) Prince Edward County Lavendar Farm, wineries (Closson Road with bike rental options but we also visited Norman Hardie as well as Waupoos not on this road).
Other things to do: Sandbanks Provincial Park, Breweries throughout the county, and Mustang Drive-in theatre if you’re looking for something to do in the evening.
*This post was not sponsored. We hope to encourage travel that is a close driving distance from the city. Ontario has a lot to offer so take the time to slow down and enjoy a little bit of country life. A very special thanks to The Edward for hosting us during our stay and for making our second anniversary so memorable!