Eating and drinking your way around the county is serious business. You likely have dozens of wineries, breweries, cheese shops, farm stands, and local hot spots on your hit list. It can be nearly impossible to fit it all in, which is why we've curated the perfect itinerary to help you taste the best of Prince Edward County.
Leave work a little early, so you can get a head start to your weekend and take in the good vibes at The June. Nothing says "hello weekend" quite like wine, snacks and good tunes.
DINNER AT BLUMEN
Jump in a cab for a quick 8 minute ride to Blumen Garden Bistro, the top-rated restaurant in the County. This place is so popular because the food is always their number one priority, and they won't serve anything that doesn't use fresh, local ingredients. Book your table early - weeks or even months in advance of your visit - because they fill up fast and it can be next to impossible to get a table at this place on a weekend.
WELLINGTON FARMER'S MARKET
Today's mission is to curate the perfect picnic, and it all starts with a morning stop at the Wellington Farmer's Market, an eclectic outdoor market featuring local artisans. Here you can meet and chat with locals, and sample and stock-up on gourmet goods for tonight's picnic.
BRUNCH WITH A VIEW
Once you've built-up an appetite, stroll over to the Drake Devonshire. With big windows looking out to Lake Ontario and a great patio, there is no bad table at this County hot spot. Start with their famous Drake Blueberry Scones and follow it with either the Chicken & Waffles or Breakfast Burger for a serious start to the day.
TASTE & BUY
Head back towards Picton and spend the afternoon touring around the Waupoos Peninsula as you continue your mission to source the perfect mix of goods for tonight's picnic. You'll need all the essentials, including local cheese and some of that famous County wine that you came all this way for.
Pack-up the gourmet goods you collected today and head to Sandbanks Provincial Park or one of our favourite secret beaches for a sunset picnic. Make sure you pack a beach blanket, Bluetooth speakers and all your other picnic essentials to ensure a memorable experience.
CAMPFIRE & WINE
If you're not ready to call it a night yet, grab a glass of wine and a seat around the communal fire pit back at The June in the Front Yard.
PERFECT L'IL BAKE SHOP
A two minute drive up the road from The June, there's an adorable bake shop in a shed that's on the side of the road. The owners operate this bake shop on an honour system, so you leave some money for them in the jar and help yourself to freshly baked scones, banana bread, cookies, butter tarts and whatever else your sweet tooth desires. Then continue driving up to Lake on the Mountain and enjoy your pastries and coffee on a bench at this special little provincial park. We recommend Miller House, across from Lake on the Mountain, for great coffee.
BUBBLY & OYSTERS
Before you hit the road, there are a few more favourite spots to check off your county bucket list. The first is Hinterland and County Road Beer. It'll be nearly impossible not to over indulge at this stop, but we encourage you to enjoy a glass of bubbly or flight of beer and eat light - oysters anyone? This is one of our favourite patios in all of The County to relax on, so leave plenty of time to sit back and enjoy everything that Chef Neil Dowson prepares for you - he's truly one very talented man.
WOOD-FIRED PIZZA, WINE AND SUNSHINE
A trip to the Prince Edward County is certainly not complete without a trip to Norman Hardie. So on your way out of the county, make a pit stop for the most amazing pizza and wine. While you're waiting or a table at Norman Hardie, pop over to Rosehall Run for a quick tasting. Read our review of Norman Hardie winery on the blog.