Prince Edward County, being a rustic island community, is a highly picturesque vacation spot and many visitors come prepared not only to drink all of the wine, but also to escape city life and take in the beauty of The County. Here is our pick of the top 10 most Instagram worthy places, for those looking for a dose of inspiration.
1. The Patio at The June Motel
Address: 12351 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton, ON, K0K 2T0
Newly opened for the summer season, The June's patio is not only cozy, with seats to lounge on and a firepit to roast marshmallows around, but the featured bamboo accents and splashes of teal and peach colours also create an aesthetic sure to brighten up your Instagram feed! During the night time, the lights strung up above the patio and mesmerizing sunset make for the perfect backdrop to share some wine or a cheese and charcuterie board.
2. Prince Edward County Lavender Field
Address: 732 Closson Rd, Hillier, ON, K0K 2J0
You are sure to be amazed by the many cultivars of lavender that bloom from late June throughout July at Prince Edward County's Lavender Field. The sea of various shades of purple will transport you to The County version of Provence, France. For those wanting to leave with more than photos, the boutique there offers an array of handcrafted lavender products, such as essential oils, sachets, and lavender sugar. A Lavender Festival is also held on July 7th and 8th, from 10 am to 5 pm, featuring live music and other entertainment.
3. The Parlour Studio
Address: 303 Main Street, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0
For a cute boutique to visit, look no further than the Parlour Studio, your one-stop shop for all things botanical. It specializes in plant-based gifts and interior home accents, ranging from seasonal flowers to imported ceramics. The quaint potted plants and leafy greens, paired with white walls and natural lighting will no doubt have you wanting to do an impromptu photo shoot to capture the tropical vibes.
4. The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery
Address: 990 Closson Rd, Hillier, ON, KOK 2J0
The Grange oozes historic appeal and boasts to be one of the larger vineyards in Canada, covering 60-acres of vineyards split into six distinct blocks. Being situated on a 200-year old farm adds to its rustic charm. Their wooden barn that dates back to the 1800s and the expansive grounds make it the perfect place to enjoy the Grange's picnic lunch, and visitors can feast both their eyes and taste palette.
5. Closson Chase Vineyard
Address: 629 Closson Rd, Hillier, ON K0K 2JO
Prepare to have your breath taken away once you step into the vicinity of Closson Chase Vineyard. One of the winery's distinct feature is a big purple barn that can be spotted from far in the distance. A flagstone walk and colourful garden will lead you to the barn's entrance. Another distinguishing building acquired by the winery is a beautiful Anglican Church, which shows off a roof made of asphalt shingles in a custom Burgundian style.
6. The Miller House Café & Brasserie
Address: 275 County Rd 7, Prince Edward, ON, K0K 2T0
Originally built in 1769 and restored in 2013, the view from the Miller House patio overlooking the Bay of Quinte is nothing short of phenomenal. We recommend you to grab a few bites at this spot located a few steps away from the serene Lake on the Mountain, nearly 62 meters above Lake Ontario, and snap some photos of the blue sky or the magical hours of sunset.
7. The Courage
Address: 298 Wellington Main St, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0
This Canadian Bistro is truly impressive with its striking modern design and delicious food. The high ceiling, white and green colours, and neon sign "Fire in the belly" comes together to leave guests with an impression of quirky elegance. Each dish delivered to the guest is plated impeccably with fresh embellishments that will have your mouth drooling and hands quick to "save" the sight in your camera roll.
8. Sandbanks Provincial Park
Address: 3004 County Rd, Prince Edward, ON K0K 2T0
The magnificent Sandbanks Provincial Park is not only famous for having the world's largest baymouth barrier dune formation, but its golden sand and sparkling water makes it a sight to behold. Make sure to pack your swimsuit and take a dip in the water or relax on the beach. You can also hike the sand dunes. Sandbanks' beauty has even led to its appearance in several movies and music videos. Go around sunset to see the sky light-up right in front of you.
9. Bloomfield Beauty Co.
Address: 254 Bloomfield Main St, Bloomfield, ON K0K 1G0
Planning a relaxing weekend and looking to be pampered? Bloomfield Beauty Co. is a luxury spa in The County that offers both classic and medical aesthetics and is the perfect place to unwind and feel beautiful in your own skin. Other than the amazing service, you can expect to be inspired by their airy and minimalistic layout that is worth a dozen photos! Another impressive feature is their chic café and wine bar, stocked-up on locally-produced espresso, wine, sparkling, and beer to meet all your desires.
10. The Drake Devonshire
Address: 24 Wharf St, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0
This boutique hotel is built on the site of a historic lodge and is the perfect mix of cosmopolitan and country vibes. Besides the artsy design and unique art installations throughout the grounds, the main dining room encompassed by glass and spotting yellow marine lamps will also blow your breath away. It’ll definitely impress your Instagram followers! The lakefront restaurant is set over a limestone beach and it’s common for customers to take a stroll on the serene shore after grabbing brunch.