Meeting planners are the latest to discover Prince Edward County.
Location, location, location. Ashley Gauthier who organizes meetings at the Waring House Inn & Cookery says her inn’s location between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal is why meeting planners first call her. “But they book with us because of what we and the County can offer,” says Gauthier. Recent testimonial from Waring House guest, Ronald Lee, would suggest Gauthier is right.
Prince Edward County is minutes away from Ontario’s Highway 401, but you would never know it. Combine its pastural setting on Lake Ontario with its food and wine culture and great outdoors and it’s easy to see why meeting planners like the place. The Waring House Inn, for its part, serves small to medium-sized groups best. It has three meeting spaces.
Accommodation choices include fully-accessible suites. The kitchen emphasizes local and can meet gluten-free, vegetarian and other food requests but what really sets the Waring House apart, is its hands-on Cookery classes, plein air art classes and its county location – smack dab in the middle with everything to see and do just minutes away. Groups can rent bikes and cycle back roads to County wineries, hike local trails, take a tour of a craft brewery or cidery or visit local cheese-makers. A beach picnic at the County’s famous Sandbanks Provincial Park is easy to arrange or a hunt for local antique and artisan finds.
A themed Waring House Cookery class or a plein-air art class led by one of two Waring House resident artists, are often worked into itineraries as team-building exercises. The cookery chef can even theme a local foraging adventure to a hands-on cooking class. His poutine-making class is a good example. Groups begin it at a neighbouring farm where they harvest their own potatoes before heading back to the Cookery to make poutine with fresh cheese curds from a local dairy and gravy they make from scratch. The best part of any cookery class, of course, is chowing down the fruits of one’s labour.
A group’s favourite evening hangout is usually the Waring House’s Barley Room which locals frequent too. But if a group wants a more formal dining option, they can book the chef’s four-course tasting menu featuring local wines and eat in their own private dining room.
Prince Edward County and the Waring House are popular with wedding parties too.
Prince Edward County is 1,000 square kilometres of food and wine, beaches, antiques, inns, culture, history and recreation of all sorts that has been thriving in southern Ontario for two hundred years.
This island community of about 25,000 has deep roots in modern Canadian history. United Empire Loyalists settled In Prince Edward County and Sir John A. Macdonald lived and practised law in “The County”. It has always been a comfortable place to live and work, with a pastoral and relaxed feel. Millponds and restored grist mills stand amid vineyards and market farms. Creative people have set up art studios, galleries, antique shops and live theatre. Native crafts are well represented. Main streets in the towns and villages are masterpieces of restored and maintained colonial architecture. Local libraries and museums record a colourful history of commerce, culture and chicanery. No wonder it’s a popular year-round tourist destination.
Then, of course, there is the food and wine that Prince Edward County produces. Over 30 wineries dot the county and it’s considered by many as the gastronomic capital of Ontario….
Find out more at http://roadstories.ca/prince-edward-county/