Prince Edward County - The Hamptons of the North
Did you know that the Bay of Quinte region (of which Prince Edward County is a part), is home to Canada's largest rural craft beer and cider region and is Ontario's fastest growing wine region?
Yeah, me neither! Full disclosure, I had no idea Prince Edward County (PEC) was a place worth visiting until this summer when we were looking for a weekend getaway within a few hours drive.
Here's a rundown of places we stayed at and visited that are totally worth checking out. Whether just for the day for for an entire weekend, you won't be short on things and places to discover in PEC.
Norman Hardie Winery - Located in Wellington, this self-contained winery specializes in Pinot noir, Chardonnay and other cool climate varieties of exceptional quality and elegance. Tours and tastings are available and be sure to stop for a bite to eat in on-site restaurant which features a variety of wood-fired oven pizzas.
The Drake Devonshire Inn - Located literally on the shore of Lake Ontario, the Drake Devonshire is one of the most picturesque places you'll ever stay. We had lunch at their restaurant which was voted as one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada (and with good reason). The meal was phenomenal as was the service and the atmosphere. This is city dining and urban sophistication meets summer camp.
Midtown Brewing Company - This recently opened brewery located in Wellington checks all the boxes. Great food, great atmosphere and of course great craft beer selection. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and it was an overall pleasure to visit.
Wildcard Brewing - This gem of a brewery well off the beaten path in Trenton is truly a diamond in the rough. They offer a selection of great beers (their 'Blonde Barista' was a favourite) some especially great for summer sippin'. They won over this 90's girl when they named one of their beers after the Notorious BIG.
555 Brewing Company - This in another of the recently opened breweries in downtown Picton. 555 offers a dog friendly patio and wood fired oven. The variety of beers was great and were perfectly paired with the variety of appetizers they offer (highly recommend the homemade pretzels!).