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Things To See & Do
There's more to Prince Edward County than our unique wineries and the world-class wines they produce. The County is also home to a thriving community of locally-grown food producers, artisanal cheese makers, exquisite restaurants, luxurious spas, quaint inns, a Victorian opera house, artists, artisans, musicians and an endless selection of outdoor recreational activities like golf, hiking and cycling. And did we mention the beaches? Miles and miles of pristine white beaches?
No matter what season you choose to visit The County, there is always something going on. Professional and amateur theatre productions, classical music, jazz and blues festivals, TASTE Celebration, antique shows, model trains, fall fairs, Maple in The County are just a few of things to see, do, taste and hear. Brewery:
Barley Days Brewery www.barleydaysbrewery.com Galleries:
Oeno Gallery www.oenogallery.com Specialty:
Black River Cheese Company
Prince Edward County Lavender www.peclavender.com "Touring Tips”
ExecuTrans Corporate Transportation private Executive Wine Tours
Sandbanks Vacations / County Vacation www.executrans.ca
Prince Edward County Wine Tours www.pecwinetours.com
101 Things to Do in Prince Edward County Wine Country
Visit North America’s largest dry stone bridge at Karlo Estates
Visit the Oeno Gallery at Huff Estates
Buy some maple syrup (and wine) at Sugarbush Wines
Eat some freshly baked pizza at Norman Hardie’s
Check out some great old barns at The Old Third, Closson Chase, Karlo Estates, Grange Winery and Hinterland Winery
Sample amazing aperitif and dessert wines (and ports) – Sandbanks Winery, The Old Third, Keint-He Winery, Karlo Estates
Taste some of the best Canadian-made sparkling wines at Hinterland, Huff Estates, Grange, By Chadsey’s Cairns, 3630 & Lighthall Vineyards
Check out great events – Terroir and the Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Spring
Sample County wines at great local restos – East & Main, Milford Bistro
Buy some cheese to go with your wine – Black River and Fifth Town
Pick up some vodka at 66 Distillery or beer at Barley Days Brewery if you happen to (somehow) get tired of wine
Indulge in poutine and milkshakes at the Dari Bar in Wellington
Enjoy some great cider and the amazing views at County Cider - maybe have some oven-baked pizza on their patio too
Need some coffee after sampling wine? Try Tall Poppy, Miss Lily’s Café or the Bean Counter
Try tiny locally-sourced hot dogs at Buddha Dog
Stop by one of many veggie stands – Laundry Farms, Hagerman Farms, Cherryvale Organic Farm
Stay at one of the dozen B&B’s in the area. Maybe sit on the porch and read Geoff Heinrick’s book A Fool and Forty Acres
Stop by Schroedter's Farm Market for some soup and one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches around.
Take a cooking class at From the Farm Chef or The Waring House
One word – Countylicious
Book a wine tour with Sandbanks Vacations - everyone gets to drink!!
Get on your bike.
Chat with the winemakers.
Visit Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Attend the PEC Jazz Festival.
Curb your hunger at Chesterfields, The Acoustic Grill, The Painted Peppercorn, Portabella, Blumen Garden or Pomodoro.
Pull off on the side of a country road & picnic in the sun.
Harvest pinot noir with Norman Hardie & celebrate afterwards with a pig roast/bbq
Take a billion pics of the gorgeous gardens at Closson Chase then indulge in their wines.
Stock up on First Frost from Huff Estates Winery & stroll thru the gardens, gallery.
Delight in the Baco & Shoreline at Sandbanks Winery and great conversation with John Square
Load up on homemade sugar donuts at Lakeshore Farms
Get lost on the back roads & discover off-the-map hidden gems
Savour stellar pinot gris at Long Dog Winery
Early morning coffee lakeside
Visit with the barn cats at KarloEstates ' ..”.I love Little Bug”
Harvest parties at Half Moon Bay are pretty special! Food, wine, good times... Oh. And harvest with friends!
Book a room at The Manse Picton, Newsroom Suites, The Inn at Huff Estates, Merrill Inn, Angeline’s or Picton Harbour Inn
Take an early morning walk with the dog on the ‘secret’ beach (at the bottom of Cold Creek Road)
Buy something sweet to go with your wine at Just Sweets Retro Bakery, County Chocolate or The Pastry House.
Go apple picking at Campbell’s Orchards
Luscious cab franc from Lift Haus winery.
Visit the old-time school house at the Ameliasburgh museum
Trip along the Taste Trail for wines, cheese, microbrew ... Everything you need!
Discover talented local artists along the Arts Trail
Try out Ontario garagiste wines @SugarbushWines
Visit new friends and chill out!
Ice cream at Slickers! Yum!
Talk with all the great people behind the wines.
Visit the Lavender Farm when the lavender is in full bloom
Take in a concert in the barn at By Chadsey's Cairns
Admire magnificent quilted wallhangings over delicious wine samples at Lacey Estates
Let somebody else drive YOU around PEC with a chauffeured wine tour.
Shuttle to/from Huff Estates Winery to participating restaurants for guests. Don’t drink and drive!
Lunch at Portabella
Catch a movie at the Regent Theatre or the Mustang Drive-In
Visit the gallery at Small Pond Arts to see Milé Murtanovski's paintings made with wine.
After a long day of tasting, have dinner in Wellington. Take a walk down to the shore after dinner.
Spend a leisurely shopping afternoon on Bloomfield Main Street.
Six Barrels for Six Chefs at Huff Estates Winery
Get your heirloom tomatoes and lots of other veggies at Vicki’s Veggies
How about a visit to Dead Peoples Stuff?
Enjoy heaven in a glass (VanAlstineWhite) at Karlo Estates
Lunch al fresco at Casa Dea Estates Winery
Go house hunting – one can dream, can’t they?
Watch the sunset at North Beach with a bottle or two of PEC Wine.
Purchase barrel stave stools & red wine vinegar The Carriage House Cooperage.
Try to guess the "Mystery Wine” at Karlo Estates.
Family reunion and vacation at Sunrise cottages.
Drop by Highline mushrooms to buy fresh gourmet mushrooms.
Bonfire, BBC and early bed
Buy some delicious hot sauce and homemade soups from Vicki’s Veggies.
Cross into The County on the Glenora Ferry and take a detour up to Lake On The Mountain - it's mystical up there.
Where else can wines be as easy as Not Red, Almost Red and Not White? At Sugarbush Wines
Ride the waves at North Beach Provincial Park
Go strawberry, raspberry or blueberry picking
Grab some wine after your round of golf at Picton Golf Course, Barcovan Golf Club or Wellington On The Lake Golf Course.
Visit some cool places along Picton Main Street – Kelly’s Shop, Books and Company, Gilbert & Lighthall and 10,000 Villages
Bird-watching!! And don't miss BirdHouse City.
Sunday drives along the Loyalist Parkway
Visit Sam and Kevin Reichert's alpaca ranch (seventhtown.ca)
TASTE! at the Crystal Palace, September 29
Buskers over a Barrel Festival at Huff Estates Winery
The December Busy Hands Craft Sale at Books and Company & Miss Lily’s Café, hosted by Vicki’s Veggies - great sale for gifts
See the stunning works of AliCatArt this May at Tall Poppy Café in Wellington
Chat with Geoff Heinricks and Chef Jamie Kennedy about County wine and food
Attend one of many amazing Slow Food PEC events - Irish Hearth Dinner, Country Chicken BBQ, Slow and Sinful Gala.
Take photos of Lake Ontario with morning fog near Moonlight on the Lake B&B
Buy wine not available in the LCBO
... running and drinking, drinking and running during Terroir Run
Taste wine in a converted cheese factory that now houses Exultet Estates
A photo shoot at The Old Third Winery - one of the most artistic tasting rooms in the County
Rent a cottage on the water for a week and enjoy sand, wine, and great food!
Take the free Glenora ferry across to the Loyalist Parkway and visit more wineries
Take a workshop at The Red Barns Artist workshops featuring blown and stained glass, pottery, and iron art.
See Canada's first off-grid winery Redtail Vineyard
Browse the books and say hello to Miss Ella Vader, the new book mascot at Books & Company (RIP Miss Lily)
Spend a weekend at Claramount Inn & Spa. Heavenly.
Stop by Huff Estates and get your picture taken with the giant steel pinecones