Prince Edward County Travel Might Be the Cure to the Big City Blues.
Planning a short vacation can be a daunting task. The seemingly endless choice of places to travel and things to try can be almost paralyzing. Most of us get so little time away from our routines, that we really want to make our time away count, so finding a place that allows us to do many different, but novel things is important. While there’s no perfect vacation spot for everyone, Prince Edward County travel may be just the thing you’re looking for.
“The County” as it’s referred to by the local crowd, is the perfect place to escape city life. The area, about 2 1/2 hours’ drive from both Toronto and Ottawa, is free from the bustle and chaos of the big city. Yet, there isn’t a shortage of things to do while visiting. In fact, MacLean’s Magazine recently ranked Prince Edward County as one of the 10 must-see places in Canada. Check out their video here:
Prince Edward County has become synonymous with great wine. After little more than 15 years, the area has developed a vibrant viticulture scene, boasting over 30 wineries in a fairly small area. This means that wine lovers can check out multiple wineries without spending their whole trip in the car. Many of the wineries have tasting bars and retail outlets, and some of them have restaurants attached. Find out more about the County’s many wineries from the Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association
The Food & Drink
The fertile soil and availability of ingredients so fresh, they may have been picked earlier that day, make Prince Edward County the perfect place for any foodie dedicated to fresh farm-to-table cuisine. County restaurants have adopted many types of food popular in Toronto. However, here they can be made with locally grown ingredients. Beside the numerous market gardens, Prince Edward County has one of North America’s largest mushroom farms, 2 cheese factories, numerous maple syrup producers, a craft brewery, a distillery.
Nothing will help you appreciate the wide open spaces and slower pace of life found in the County than exploring it on your bicycle. The streets aren’t crowded, the scenery is picturesque and there are plenty of wineries, market gardens and restaurants all within easy cycling distance. Hotels like The Waring House <waringhouse.com/cycling-packages> have packaged accommodation and dining with cyclists in mind. Check out Ontario By Bike for route ideas, or pick up the cycling map from the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism <http://www.pecchamber.com> or from many hotels (and yes, we have those at The Waring House)
Sandbanks Provincial Park routinely graces any top ten list of the best beaches in Canada, and it’s no wonder why. The large dunes and the expansive sandy beaches provide the perfect place to stay cool on a hot summer’s day. See what visitors to the park said at Trip Advisor
The County is an angler’s dream with large stocks of walleye, bass, salmon, trout, perch, pike, and pickerel. Investigate a charter at the Prince Edward County Website.
Of course there’s much more to do than will fit in a blog post, but other ideas include boutique shopping in Bloomfield, a round of golf at the Picton Country and Country Club or the Wellington Course, shipwreck diving, pamper yourself at the spa, taking in a movie in nostalgic glory at the Regent Theatre or the Mustang Drive-In or by touring some of the County’s museums.