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Prince Edward Country - A Bachelorette Vacation

In case you missed it, over the weekend my lovely bridesmaids and close friends took me to Prince Edward Country to celebrate my upcoming wedding. We had the best weekend wine tasting, exploring and just catching up - and I was constantly reminded how lucky I am. 

I'm so excited to get married - I can't wait until I can officially call Conner my husband. However while so much of wedding planning is spent focused on the actual day - all the other events bring together the important people in your life to celebrate, reconnect, and make new memories. To my amazing maid of honour - thank you for planning a perfect getaway. To my bridesmaids - you ladies have always been there for me, I would not be the person I am without you. And to my friends - thank you for taking time to celebrate with me! I love you all. 

So with that - here's a quick travel guide to Prince Edward County based on our own adventures this past weekend. 

Photo from The June Motel
Where to Stay 
In recent years, the county has really exploded. With many city dwellers turning to the area's vineyards and lake as a quick escape, there are tons of great accommodations available at a variety of price points. 
  1. If you are getting away with your girlfriends, The June Motel is without a doubt the place to be. Formerly a rundown motel, The June's current owners gutted the place and turned it into a chic wine and wellness focused spot. The only downside? The June is exclusively open during peak tourist season (Spring-Early Fall). 
  2. Act fast and you might be lucky enough to snag one of the 11 rooms at The Drake Devonshire, located in the heart of downtown Wellington. The latest offshoot of the popular Toronto based 'Drake' food and hospitality empire, the hotel is a designers dream. If you aren't able to get a room at the hotel (it books up FAST) consider making a stop at the space to attend their popular brunch, or participate in their weekly painting and wine night. 
  3. And finally, charming hotels aren't the only accommodations available in PEC. As the tourist industry has taken over, more and more locals are trying their hands at running AirBnBs. There are tons of amazing homes available for rent at prices that work for every traveller. Some of my favourite options include this charming townhouse, this 1800's carriage house, and this adorable tiny home
Photo of The Drake Devonshire from allonsy
Where to Eat 
The county might be known for wine but that doesn't mean it doesn't have plenty of food options to offer! Based on personal experience, I have to give a shoutout to the following restaurants: 
  1. If you're looking for an authentic Canadian brewhouse atmosphere, the Midtown Brewing Co is the place to go. Sparsely decorated, the industrial feel of the main dining area is warmed up by woodburning fires - and the menu (while small) is quality comfort food. 
  2. Norman Hardie is one of the more popular vineyards in PEC, and while most come for the wine - many come for the pizza. The vineyard has an outdoor pizza oven that runs from early-May though the late-Fall, and many visitors claim the pizza is the best in the area. 
  3. Not to keep singing The Drake Devonshire's praises, but their restaurant is fairly hard to beat. Consider making a reservation for their brunch - the avocado toast features jalapeño peppers which is a pretty fantastic take on the trend. 

What to Do 
  1. Wine Tours - lets cut to the chase, the real reason visitors travel to PEC is for the wine. Check out the previously mentioned Norman Hardie - they are known (for good reason) for the pino noir and at $5 for 3 samples, you're able to try a variety of wines. If you're looking for something less traditional, Hinterland is the place to go. Slightly pricier (in their defence, proceeds are donated to charity), Hinterland has a great atmosphere, and is known for their sparkling wines. Try the vineyards cider's and sparkling wine (our group ended up purchase a lot of bottles to go). 
  2. Spark Box Studio - if you're looking to expand your PEC experience beyond the local vineyards, consider reaching out to Chrissy and Kyle at Spark Box Studio! The couple offers a variety of workshops based out of their Picton area artists residence, and you can try your hand at everything from copper plate etching to photoshop. Our group silkscreened canvas totes with logo designed by one of my talented bridesmaids, which made for a pretty incredible momento from the weekend. 
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