It’s very hard to scroll through my Instagram these days without stumbling on a photo of Prince Edward County. Could it be because of the gastronomical delight, wineries, the antique shops or the art galleries? I must say it really piqued my curiosity. I have lived in Ontario for ages but never visited that side of the province.
A few days ago, we packed and headed to Prince Edward County for the perfect family getaway. Yes, friends, the County is not only for lovebirds and wine lovers, there are plenty of activities available for families. It only took us a few minutes of driving around to create an endless bucket list of things to do as a family. To help you plan your next visit, I’ve put together the perfect weekend itinerary to exploring and experiencing all the good things the County has to offer. Grab your tea, wine, coffee or whatever you have in hands because this is going to be a long and detailed post.
Day 1: Arrival In Prince Edward County
Arrive in the county around at 4 pm and check into one of the many B&Bs. We stayed in one of most stunning chalets at the Angeline’s Inn. It had two bedrooms, a living area with a gas fireplace and a kitchen. Angeline’s Inn is located in the little village of Bloomfield in the heart of the County. As we settled in, I could already tell it was going to be a great trip. Take some time to rest, and then head out to explore the property and surroundings. Don’t forget to make a stop by the open space behind the property to get a picture-perfect shot of the sunset. There is plenty of room for the kids to run around.
At night, head to the Agrarian bistro, just a few minutes walk from the Angeline’s Inn. We were lucky enough to try their Countilicious Menu. Highlights from our dinner included Everything Roasted Salad, Fried Chicken, Steak & Potatoes, Grilled Cheese and of course a juicy Agrarian Burger. Unfortunately, I could not get a good shot of our food because of the lighting.
Day 2: Breakfast, shopping, and wine tasting through the County
For a rural community, the County is very vibrant. Day two marked the beginning of our first full day. We made use of every minute we had to explore and have fun.
9 AM: The Vic Café
Started our morning at the Vic Cafe, a cute little Café in the middle of Main street Picton. It’s difficult to eat healthy when you’re on vacation and dining out all of the time. The Vic Café is a great stop to get fresh delicious meals and good coffee. My husband who loves lattes thought that theirs was one of the best he had.
10 AM: Picton library and shopping on Main Street.
Around 10:00 AM we took the kids to the library just next door to the Vic Café. They always have something happening there. We were lucky to stumble on a lantern workshop. We all learned how to make lanterns for the upcoming yearly lantern festival in the County. Then, use some time to explore the many shops on Main Street. Chances are you’ll go home with one or two souvenirs. I bought two beautiful African wall-arts from the local thrift shop. While on Main street, don’t forget to stop by the statute of Sir John MacDonald ( Canada’s first prime minister to give the kids a little history lesson.
1 PM: Lunch Parsons Brewing Company
After some shopping, we took a drive up to the Parsons Brewing Company (@Parsonsbrewing) for some delicious authentic Mexican cuisine, wine, and beers. We don’t drink beer, but if you do this is one of the best places to taste and buy some. The eating area indoor gets crowded pretty quick, so if weather permits I recommend staying on the patio. The staff at Parsons was incredibly nice. After enjoying your feast and flight of beers, take the kids to the play area on the property while you enjoy some time on the Muskoka chairs.
4 PM: Huff Estates Winery & Oen0 Gallery
We continued exploring The County with a trip to the Huff Estates Winery in Bloomfield. Most people go there for the fine wine, food and end up wandering around the sculpture garden at the Oen0 Gallery. The gallery offers fine contemporary art and outdoor sculptures from national and international artists. This little gem is a must-see while visiting Prince Edward County. Surprisingly it was one of the kids favorite stop.
7 PM: Dinner at the County Canteen
By 7 PM we were all super tired but hungry, so we ended the night at the County Canteen (@County_Canteen ). I am glad we did not skip this restaurant because the meals were reasonably priced and so delicious. We loved the atmosphere. Our server, a local was nice and knowledgeable. They have a special entree every night of the week and music at night on weekends.
This concludes our first two days in Prince Edward County. We had a very eventful third day and I cannot wait to tell you all about it in my travel post.
This post is in collaboration with the tourism board of Prince Edward County. All opinions are 100% my own.