This is your ultimate guide to help you plan a dreamy getaway to wine country. Working and living in Prince Edward County, we’ve developed a true love for The County and can’t wait to show you why! We’ve done all the research so that you can eat, sip and play with ease.
While we’ve done our best to curate a list of our favourite places and experiences, there are so many amazing local businesses that aren’t on this list. Email us or chat with the concierge during your stay for more personalized recommendations. Finally, keep in mind that restaurants, wine tours, beach permits, and other activities book up quickly, so the earlier you start planning the better. Your future self will thank you!
WHERE TO EAT
Eat your way through Prince Edward County! No seriously, the food scene is incredible, and food is an artform here. Fresh seasonal ingredients and farm-to-table meals can be found all over The County. We’re certain you won’t go hungry during your getaway.
Although reservations aren’t technically required, they’re needed to ensure you’re able to get a table at the spots you want to visit during your getaway.
Brunch with a view of Lake Ontario? Yes Please. Reservations needed.
Go for brunch and stay for the #designinspo. Reservations needed.
Although brunch is only available on Sundays, it’s worth the wait. Reservations needed.
Newest hot spot for brunch in town serving up brunch, cocktails, and dessert!
Lunch & Dinner
These are just a few of our favourite restaurants and cafes in the area, but many wineries and breweries also offer food.
Serving seasonal, Spanish inspired tapas and dishes, cocktails, and regional wines, this is a hot spot in the heart of Picton. Reservations needed.
Flame + Smith
With a wood-fire, farm-to-table menu, this is the perfect special occasion restaurant. Reservations needed.
Seasonally inspired with an ever-changing menu, creative cocktails and a great wine list. Reservations needed.
Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar
Fish shack and oyster bar, this spot is a seafood lover’s dream. Reservations needed.
Great atmosphere, and even better food. Vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Motelier tip: Try the fried chicken sandwich with green chili cheese fries, it’s game changing!
Arguably serving the best burgers in The County.
Amazing homestyle Korean cuisine that’s great for takeout.
Motelier tip: The dumplings are a must!
The perfect spot to pre-order a picnic basket to enjoy in the Bohemian Forest behind the motel.
Bloomfield Public House
A great spot to stop at and stock up on pre-made meals, snacks, sweets, takeout, coffee, and other bevvies for a beach day or picnic.
555 Brewing Co.
A favourite spot for pizza, make sure to call in your takeout order in advance, they’re one of the busiest spots in town.
Slickers County Ice Cream
Local artisan ice cream that’s been a staple in The County for over 20 years.
Sunflower Fields Ice Cream Shoppe
Ice cream shop surrounded by sunflower fields. Enjoy some ice cream and snap a few photos.
WHERE TO SIP
They don’t call Prince Edward County “wine country” for nothing – The County is home to approximately 40 diverse wineries! These are a few of our favourites, but we love them all. Send us an email or chat with our concierges at the motel for customized recommendations! Not a wine lover? Don’t worry, we’ve listed all our favourite sips.
Happy hour in the Lobby Bar at The June
Beacon Bike + Brew
Great coffee and oat milk lattes to pair with their porchetta breakfast sandwich.
Coffee bar with all the caffeinated beverages you know and love with treats, sandwiches and more.
Enid Grace Picolina Mercato
Italian coffee and pastries, and more.
Motelier tip: The authentic Italian pastries are a must, you’ll experience a little piece of Europe in the middle of The County.
Huff Estates Winery
A good winery to visit for lunch with great pizza and vineyard view, and of course great wine. We love their bubbly and chardonnay!
Closson Chase Vineyards
Sip great wine in their beautiful garden behind the iconic purple barn. Stay tuned, another favourite restaurant of ours, Bantam, is relocating to Closson Chase Vineyards this spring!
Enjoy a glass of wine in their beautiful tasting room in a historic barn, or on their spacious property in view of the vineyards. Great spot for picnics.
Trail Estates Winery
Visit the bottle shop or enjoy low intervention, natural wine by the glass on the patio.
Keint-He Winery & Vineyards
Great wine, great view. Plus they offer build your own charcuterie boards!
Brewery with great craft beer, ping pong tables, a beach volleyball court, live music, and food pop-ups. The vibes are impeccable.
This brewery is a staple for us. The beer list is impressive, but they also offer wine and some non-alcoholic options, plus a tasty Latin American inspired menu.
Go for the beer, stay for the incredible view. Or vice versa.
Motelier tip: Go during golden hour to enjoy the sunset from one of The County’s best view points.
Matron Fine Beer
Beautifully designed cans and great beer inspired by local ingredients and a sense of community, with small tasty eats and takeaway snacks.
Great craft beer and delicious food in the heart of Wellington, with a patio that’s always full.
Cider & Spirits
The County Cider Co.
Calling all cider lovers! With tasty cider, woodfire pizza, a spacious patio, and beautiful lakeside views, you can’t go wrong.
Stock & Row
You’ll find this cider all over The County, but we recommend going straight to the tasting room and patio to enjoy a glass over good tunes and good vibes.
Kinsip House of Fine Spirits
Farm based distillery, enjoy a tasting flight of spirits or a specialty cocktail as free-range chickens hang around.
My County Wine Tours
Offers vineyard and brewery tours that focus on county terroir, estate-grown vintages, and craft beer, that you get to design yourself. They’ll pick you up and drop you off at The June. Book your tour at least six weeks in advance.
Westy Wine Tours
Explore wine country and sip in style in a 1970s VW bus. It’s a one of a kind experience, and makes for a great photo op. Make sure to book your tour months in advance as this is a highly sought after wine tour option!
PEC Wine Tours
They offer classic half day wine tours, private tours for large and small groups, tours for bachelorettes, and tours via limo. Make sure to book ahead weeks in advance!
The Lobby Bar at The June
We believe the best memories are made around the campfire with your favourite people, so end your night with us! The Lobby Bar is open until 11pm nightly.
The Hayloft Dancehall
The Hayloft’s barn parties are unlike anything else. Experience a night out on the town, Prince Edward County style. Check out their events calendar as ticket purchase is required in advance.
Koenji Whiskey Bar
Specializing in whisky and Japanese-inspired small plates with a casual cool atmosphere.
Russ's Cocktail Bar
Coming soon! Stay tuned.
WHERE TO PLAY
Here in The County, we’re known for great food and drink, but we’re also known for great beaches, provincial parks, trails, shopping and more. Make sure to include any number of these favourite spots and activities in your getaway!
Biking through The County is one of our favourite ways to get around.
Strolling up-and-down the streets of Picton and Bloomfield are great ways to spend an afternoon shopping and supporting local businesses. These are just a few favourites, but there are so many great businesses in the area.
Field Made Goods
A collaborative, beautifully curated makerspace featuring ceramics, apothecary, and other earthly decor.
Motelier tip: Do you like the hand soap and body oil in your room? You can shop more Sunday’s Company Apothecary products here! Keep in mind the grapefruit + mint scent is exclusive to us, but we sell it in our gift shop!
A boutique, apothecary style retail cannabis store in the heart of downtown Picton with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Plus, our friend – artist and co-owner Christine Flynn designed the space.
The County Emporium
A boutique in an old church that carries a little bit of everything, from apparel to home goods to gifts.
Motelier tip: They’re licenced, so after you shop indulge in a glass of wine on their patio!
Go antique hunting in this 150 year old barn filled with antiques, collectibles, and true mid-century modern furniture.
OAK Clothing Co.
Curated selection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and surf gear. You can also get a great cup of coffee there!
Sandbanks Provincial Park
The main beach is the largest, most well known white sand beach that you’ve probably seen photos of on Instagram. This is the most popular beach, and it requires parking reservations. You can only make your reservation five days in advance, so as soon as you can book yours, book it so you’re guaranteed to have your beach day.
Motelier tip: Even with a reservation, head to the beach early in the morning or late in the afternoon (after 4PM), otherwise you may end up sitting in your car for hours before it’s your turn to sign in.
This beach is also part of Sandbanks Provincial Park, and it has incredible views from the top of the sand dunes. Plus, it’s a quieter option. This beach also requires parking reservations, which can be made five days in advance.
This beach is a little quieter than the previous beaches, so it makes for a great beach day. This beach requires parking reservations, which can be booked five days in advance.
Wellington Rotary Beach
This rocky beach is conveniently located in Wellington off the main street, which also means it fills up the quickest. The earlier you head to this beach the better chance you’ll be able to secure your spot! Daily parking rates apply.
Little Bluff Conservation Area
Off the beaten path, this is a great option for those who want a quieter spot to soak up the sun. You either go for a hike or sit on the cobblestone beach. Daily parking rates apply.
Spas & Wellness
This is our pick for a little relaxation and pampering. Whether you’re treating yourself or enjoying a spa day with your besties, book your appointment in advance.
Take your self-care to the next level and indulge with a trip to The Royal’s spa. Only a five minute drive away from The June!
Bikes, Hikes, Etc.
Closson Road Cycles
Located in the heart of wine country, renting bikes here is perfect for exploring wineries by bike.
Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area
Five minutes away by car, this spot is great for a morning hike to sweat out the wine from the night before. It’s an easy hike so you’ll burn off just the right amount of energy.
Throughout The County
The Millenium trail is 46km and goes through The County. It’s perfect for running, walking, and biking, and you can easily get off the trail to visit wineries, breweries, restaurants and more, then keep walking.
This is a quintessential, summertime in The County experience. Check out their movie schedule in advance, choose your flicks and buy your tickets, and head down for a magical old school drive-in experience.
Prince Edward County Lavender
Stop and smell the lavender! Pop by this beautiful lavender farm to tour the lavender fields, snap a pic, and shop the boutique.
Dahlia May Flower Fam
A family farm growing multiple acres of fresh Ontario flowers. It’s a bit of a drive from The June, so if you’re heading home and are going to pass the farm, the fresh blooms are absolutely worth it.
Happy planning! If you haven't booked your wine country getaway yet, check out our availability calendar here.