New Fall Events Include an Indie Music Fest and an Extreme Run
Sandbanks Provincial Park is hosting Sandbanks New Waves the new indie fest in mid-September. We’ll be there serving food and drink. Grapes of Wrath is also new this year. It’s an extreme run also planned in mid-September with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society and local healthcare foundations. If you decide to sign up, we have new suites with outdoor hot tubs for pre run warm up or post run R&R. The annual PEC Studio Tour is a chance to visit some of the county’s artists at work. Waring House artist-in-residence, Aidan Haley is included. If you’re a County wine lover, be on the look out for PEC grape harvest parties. This journalist’s review is a fun read of the Norm Hardie Winery party last fall. And… TASTE is back! September 27th is this year’s date. It’s a chance to mingle with an amazing number of local producers all under one roof. Tickets go fast. http://www.tastecommunitygrown.com/
Book mid week for the Best Rates
For the best Waring House room rate, try mid-week anytime between Sunday and Thursday. The County still has plenty to keep you entertained without the weekend crowds. Our own Barley Room Pub has live entertainment every Thursday night and the Waring House Cookery offers mid-week evening classes. Eat what you cook, paired with your choice of local wine or beer. County roads are less traveled mid-week and there are plenty of local shops, antique places, art galleries and museums to browse in PEC communities.
Prince Edward County by Bike
Exploring the County by bike is easy, so we get lots of urban cyclists booking a stay with us every fall. We keep bike repair kits on hand, offer secure on-site storage and our front desk has County cycling maps to help you plan a tour. If you don’t own a two-wheeler or don’t want to pack your bike, you can always rent one in nearby Bloomfied. For more information on biking in the area, visit Ontario by Bike.
The Waring House sits smack dab in the middle of Ontario’s fastest growing wine region. Thirty-five wineries offer tastings and some have tours. Fifteen are now VQA. This latest VQA vintage report may be helpful for selecting wines to go home with. Wineries and restaurants host wine pairing dinners all fall including our own Amelia’s Garden.
County beer news
Barley Days Brewery, just a minute’s drive west of the Waring House, offers tastings and tours on Saturdays and its retail store is open 7 days a week. I tried and liked its new Sacred Rock, a sparkling ale that blurs the lines between beer and wine at the Great Canadian Cheese Festival last June. If you’re here in October, try Barley Days’ County IPA which is made from a blend of five hops including four types grown right here in The County.
Nothing like a little Prince Edward County cheese to pair with that local vintage or County cider you just bought. I’m a big fan of the aged cheddar and fresh curds from Black River Cheese, a local dairy farmers cooperative. Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co. on the southeastern side of Prince Edward County has an amazing selection of artisan cheeses from across Ontario and abroad.
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.
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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/