Time to escape for the weekend!
People might say that a vacation doesn’t count unless you’re out of the country. Well
The County is actually my favourite vacation getaway because of its refreshingly relaxed pace, no matter the season. Not only is it a more affordable vacation but it’s also a short distance from Kingston (1 hour) and Toronto (2.5 hours) making it not too big of a travel commitment if you’re in Ontario.
Here’s our winter guide to Prince Edward County.
Where To Stay
The Wilfrid Boutique Farmhouse
Where do I even start with this incredible spot? The Wilfrid makes for a great, relaxing getaway from the city. Frank and Nancy are the most welcoming and funny people. The couple restored an old farmhouse built in the 1840’s and transformed it into a posh B&B. The beautiful design choices throughout The Wilfrid earned a spot on HGTV.ca
A week before we arrived, I was provided with a survey so that they can tailor our visit to our likes and dislikes. I was asked questions like “how
Frank and Nancy spoiled us with an exceptional gourmet breakfast that included fresh produce, eggs, waffles, salads, and rhum barrel maple syrup that is 100% County sourced. The breakfast left us simply giddy as well as ready for a mid morning nap. At the end of your stay you can take home with you farm fresh eggs, pickled spicy peppers, jams, and that yummy rhum barrel syrup.
The Wilfrid is a destination in itself. Hang out with the roaming chickens, relax in the wood-fired sauna, take out some snowshoes along their trail, plus more. If relaxation is what you’re looking for, there is a shared living room which is perfect for reading and sipping wine. Prior to our arrival, we were also sent a virtual concierge list full of ideas on where to eat and what to do. Frank and Nancy were fun to chat with and their knowledge of the area ensured that we enjoyed ourselves for the two days.
Things To Do
Bloomfield Beauty Co
Get pampered at Bloomfield Beauty Co. located in you guessed it, Bloomfield. Owned by sisters Emma and Annie Woodman, Bloomfield Beauty is The
When thinking about a quintessentially Canadian experience, ice fishing should definitely come to mind! A new addition to The Wilfrid is coordinating an ice fishing excursion for their guest. Frank and Nancy spoiled us (again) with a packed gourmet lunch, coordinated with a local partner for a heated hut, drilled ice holes, and all of the necessary equipment we would need. All we needed to do was show up. We had tunes playing, conversation flowing, and two rods going inside of our hut. Did we catch anything? Unfortunately no. After 4 hours, I didn’t get to catch the little perch I was hoping for. Even though the fish completely ignored us, I would definitely try out ice fishing again!
Ice Fishing Safety Tips
- Ice doesn’t freeze at
- Ice is often much thicker and safer near the shore than the ice that is farther out, especially at the start of winter season.
- As you move further onto the ice, regularly check the thickness with a spud bar or an auger.
- Ice that has formed over old ice holes may be weak.
- Keep your eye out for pressure cracks, this may indicate that the ice is weak.
- The colour of the ice will give you a clue as to its integrity. Clear blue ice is strong,
where aswhite or opaque ice is much weaker.
- Beware of ice that looks honeycombed. This indicates that the ice may be thawing.
These tips are provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. You can learn more about ice fishing by visiting their ice fishing resource page.
After returning to The Wilfrid, the Barrel Sauna was looking more inviting than ever! We warmed up our chilled bones with a relaxing seat inside, reflected on the day and prepared for the evening. Just for fun, if things get a little too warm for you, step out and splash some snow on yourself.
Eat & Drink
In the summer, it can be a painful experience making reservations at top-notch restaurants in The County. Tourist
New to the culinary scene in The County (3 months to be exact) is the eclectic Stellas Eatery. Chef Leah and her team are killin’ it and it’s easy to see why this is the new hot-spot in Picton. Offering small plates, no set menu, but never short on big flavour! Dining at Stella’s is a real surprise since the menu is constantly changing depending on what is locally available. The turntable tunes and library of cookbooks made us feel like we were hanging out at an old friends place. We enjoyed the pate plate, tofu
Flame and Smith
Instead of thinking a farm-to-table restaurant, think farm-to fire! At Flame and Smith, you can enjoy vegetable, meat, and cooked fish dishes from their custom made wood burning Argentinian grill. The flavours of fire-cooked foods are undeniable and a must try! Start with the house-baked sourdough with stirling whey butter, and the charred leaf salad with wood fired grapes. Or opt for the four-course chef menu. The piece de resistance is definitely the 9oz butchers cut hangler steak… drooling yet?
After enjoying your meal at night, make your way back to The Wilfrid where you can snuggle up around the bonfire while you enjoy a nightcap!
Extra Places To Check Out
Hinterland Winery // They offer bubbly by the glass, and have a cherry cider to try for all you cider fans out there!
Agrarian Market // A great full-service deli in Picton from the owners of Bloomfield’s Agrarian Bistro.
Luna Boutique // Sip
Coriander Girl // The shop is absolutely gorgeous, filled with plants, skincare and more.