Prince Edward County, being a rustic island community, is a highly picturesque vacation spot and many visitors come prepared not only to drink all of the wine, but also to escape city life and take in the beauty of The County. Here is our pick of the top 10 most Instagram worthy places, for those looking for a dose of inspiration.
1) Lobby Bar Patio at The June
Address: 12351 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton
Freshened up for the summer season, The June's patio is not only cozy, with seats to lounge on and a firepit to sit around, but the featured bamboo accents and splashes of teal and peach colours also create an aesthetic sure to brighten up your Instagram feed! During the night time, the lights strung up above the patio and mesmerizing sunset make for the perfect backdrop to share some wine or a cheese and charcuterie board.
Lobby Bar Patio at The June Motel
2) Lavender Field
Address: 732 Closson Rd, Hillier
You are sure to be amazed by the many cultivars of lavender that bloom from late June throughout July at Prince Edward County's Lavender Field. The sea of various shades of purple will transport you to The County version of Provence, France. For those wanting to leave with more than photos, the boutique there offers an array of handcrafted lavender products, such as essential oils, sachets, and lavender sugar. A Lavender Festival is also held each summer from featuring live music and other entertainment, however this is subject to change due to COVID-19, so stay tuned!
Photo by @thatsotee
3) Carsons Garden + Market
Address: 1317 Wilson Rd, Hillier, ON K0K 2J0
Carson’s Garden + Market is definitely more than just a garden centre. It’s your one stop shop for all things botanical for lovers of home cooking, home decor, plants, and the outdoors alike. Browse through the beautiful selection of plants and treat yourself to a new addition, or maybe treat yourself to some new gardening tools, planters, home decor, a local Floralora bouquet of flowers, or some locally made sauce or honey.
In addition Flossie’s Sandwich Parlour is on site at Carson’s Garden + Market so you can grab a mouthwatering sandwich, and did we mention there are goats on site too? #goals
Carsons Market in Prince Edward County
4) The Grange Winery
Address: 990 Closson Rd, Hillier, ON, KOK 2J0
The Grange oozes historic appeal and boasts to be one of the larger vineyards in Canada, covering 60-acres of vineyards split into six distinct blocks. Being situated on a 200-year old farm adds to its rustic charm. Their wooden barn that dates back to the 1800s and the expansive grounds make it the perfect place to enjoy the Grange's picnic lunch, and visitors can feast both their eyes and taste palette. It’s a photographer and wine lover’s dream - and even if you aren’t a professional photographer we guarantee you’ll be able to snap some instagrammable pics.
Photo by @theblondielocks
5) Closson Chase Vineyard
Address: 629 Closson Rd, Hillier, ON K0K 2JO
Prepare to have your breath taken away once you step into the vicinity of Closson Chase Vineyard. One of the winery's distinct features is its iconic big purple barn that can be spotted from far in the distance. A flagstone walk and colourful garden will lead you to the barn's entrance. Another distinguishing building acquired by the winery is a beautiful Anglican Church, which shows off a roof made of asphalt shingles in a custom Burgundian style.
Photo by @vanessafabs
6) The Miller House Café & Brasserie
Address: 275 County Rd 7, Prince Edward, ON, K0K 2T0
Originally built in 1769 and restored in 2013, the view from the Miller House patio overlooking the Bay of Quinte is nothing short of phenomenal. We recommend you to grab a few bites at this spot located a few steps away from the serene Lake on the Mountain, nearly 62 meters above Lake Ontario, and snap some photos of the blue sky or the magical hours of sunset.
Photo by @lakeonthemountain
7) Slake Brewing
Address: 181 Mowbray Rd, Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Slake Brewing is truly one of a kind. This modern farmhouse-style brewery built on a limestone hill has it all - a large outdoor property filled with fire pits, seating arrangements, and picnic tables, breathtaking panoramic views from the taproom and patio, modern architecture, a working farm, beautiful design, and of course delicious craft beer. You can enjoy brews with a view, and enjoy a small curated menu from Bloomfield Public House as well! It’ll be impossible for you to leave without posting a story to Instagram - maybe even two or three stories.
Slake Brewery, Prince Edward County
8) Sandbanks Provincial Park
Address: 3004 County Rd, Prince Edward, ON K0K 2T0
The magnificent Sandbanks Provincial Park is not only famous for having the world's largest baymouth barrier dune formation, but its golden sand and sparkling water makes it a sight to behold. Make sure to pack your swimsuit and take a dip in the water or relax on the beach. You can also hike the sand dunes. Sandbanks' beauty has even led to its appearance in several movies and music videos.
Motelier Tip: Best enjoyed at golden hour where you can see the sky light-up right in front of you.
Photo by @christineflynnart
9) Bloomfield Beauty Co.
Address: 254 Bloomfield Main St, Bloomfield, ON K0K 1G0
Planning a relaxing weekend and looking to be pampered? Bloomfield Beauty Co. is a luxury spa in The County that offers both classic and medical aesthetics and is the perfect place to unwind and feel beautiful in your own skin. Other than the amazing service, you can expect to be inspired by their airy and minimalistic layout that is worth a dozen photos! Another impressive feature is their chic café and wine bar, stocked-up on locally-produced espresso, wine, sparkling, and beer to meet all your desires.
Motelier Tip: Treat yourself to something special in their shop!
Photo by @bloomfieldbeautyco
10) The Drake Devonshire
Address: 24 Wharf St, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0
This boutique hotel is built on the site of a historic lodge and is the perfect mix of cosmopolitan and County vibes. Besides the artsy design and unique art installations throughout the grounds, the main dining room encompassed by glass and spotting yellow marine lamps will also take your breath away. It’ll definitely impress your Instagram followers! The lakefront restaurant is set over a limestone beach and it’s common for customers to take a stroll on the serene shore after grabbing brunch.
Motelier Tip: Go for brunch, stay for the cocktails.
The Drake, Prince Edward County