Exactly one month ago, I took a trip to Prince Edward County for the August long weekend, aka my 28th birthday weekend. It was really one of the best weekends this summer! Drew and I are both so busy, especially this summer, so this gave us an excuse to spend some quality time together. We had started talking about going away for my birthday back in the winter, with the idea of going to wine country. I’ve been to Niagara-on-the-Lake a few times, and we both wanted to try a new spot, so we decided to check out Prince Edward County (PEC). Prince Edward County is about 2.5 hours East of Toronto, and has certainly increased in popularity over the last few years.
If you’re looking for a little getaway, I highly recommend booking a trip to Prince Edward County! Below is some info on where we stayed, ate and drank!
Where we stayed: We stayed at the Runaway Bay Guest House, the absolute cutest bed & breakfast. This was located in Hillier, about a 10 minute drive from Wellington (the main town in PEC). We had initially tried to book the Drake Devonshire in December 2016, but they were already booked until Summer 2018! Regardless, we had a great stay at Runaway Bay. The host, Shae, is from Jamaica, and couldn’t have been a sweeter lady. Each morning we sat on our private balcony and she prepared us the most delicious breakfast with multiple courses, including some traditional Jamaican eats.
Where We Ate:
Saturday Lunch – We got into the county around lunch hour, and Drew had picked out the perfect spot to start the weekend called The Vic Cafe. This lunch spot served healthy bowls, and yummy lattes accompanied by the cutest interior (definitely photo worthy!).
Saturday Dinner – We had a reso at East & Main – a bistro in Wellington. It was quaint and romantic, and perfect for Saturday date night. We had to get the charcuterie board, and I had the seafood pasta as my main. Delish!
Sunday Lunch – Since we started the day with the biggest breakfast from our B&B, we had a late lunch. We had intended to have lunch at the pizza hot spot at Norman Hardie winery, but the wait was 2 hours even at 3 pm! You all know I love pizza, so fortunately we found some at another winery, Hillier Creek Estates. It did not disappoint!
Sunday Dinner – We spent the evening at the Drake Devonshire Inn, a beautiful bed & breakfast on the water. Our dinner reso was for 9 pm, so we went a bit earlier for some pictures and a drink. Absolutely loved this spot; it was funky, and eclectic and both the cocktails and food were amazing. Be sure to book a reso if you plan on going!
Which Wineries We Went To:
Saturday – After lunch, at the Vic Cafe, and some pics at the June Motel, we visited two wineries that were further in distance and were easier to get to by car. 1) Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and 2) Hinterland Wine Company/County Road Beer; Drew especially liked this second stop as it had beer options!
Sunday – On Sunday we rented bikes, and biked to and from the 5 wineries. We assumed it would be easy to get bikes around our B&B, but we ended up driving to Wellington to grab bikes from Ideal Bike, putting them on a bike rack, dropped the car off, THEN started our biking. I would recommend that you book your bikes in advance too, we definitely lucked out.
Sunday was a ton of biking; approximately 15 km of biking! We started out with the furthest winery from our B&B, 1) Rosehall Run; a pretty spot with a cute food truck in the back. This was followed by 2) Casa-Dea Estates Winery; gorgeous winery with bocce ball! and 3) Norman Hardie Winery; trendy pizza spot, which are basically all beside each other. The last two were 4) Stanners Vineyard; very very small spot, and then 5) Hillier Creek Estates; the prettiest backyard patio, and yummy pizza.
I cannot wait to go back. Hope this helps with planning your own PEC trip!
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Carling Liski xx