Cheers to a getaway in wine country!!

Working and living in Prince Edward County, we’ve developed a true love for The County and we 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. Also note that hours and opening days can vary a lot between seasons, so always do a quick google search to find out current opening days and hours.

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.

Dinner at Bocado


Brunch

Drake Devonshire
Wellington
Brunch with a view of Lake Ontario? Yes Please. Reservations needed.

The Royal
Picton
Go for brunch and stay for the #designinspo. Reservations needed.

Gather - New for 2024!
Wellington
They offer brunch ever Saturday and Sunday, and this is the perfect location, situated right on Lake Ontario, to enjoy the sunshine, water views and good food. 

Creekside Cafe
Wellington
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.

Bocado 
Picton
Serving seasonal, Spanish inspired tapas and dishes, cocktails, and regional wines, this is a hot spot in the heart of Picton. Reservations needed.

Onesta
Picton
Nothing says cozy dinner in like fresh homemade pasta and Italian everything.

Flame + Smith
Bloomfield
With a wood-fire, farm-to-table menu, this is the perfect special occasion restaurant. Reservations needed.

Stella’s Eatery
Waupoos 
Seasonally inspired with an ever-changing menu, creative cocktails and a great wine list. Reservations needed.

Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar (seasonal)
Picton/Prince Edward
Fish shack and oyster bar, this spot is a seafood lover’s dream. Reservations needed.

Darlings
Bloomfield 
Named one of Canada's top restaurants in 2023. This a cool and casual pizza restaurant. 
Motelier tip: Get the margaritas!

The Miller House
Lake on the Mountain
A patio with the most magical sunset views. They offer an assortment of tapas, snack boards, flatbreads and local wines.

Theia Wine Bar
Picton
Picton's newest hot spot. We love the assortment of local and international wines, and tapas style menu.

 

Fast Casual / Takeout

Sujeo
Picton
Amazing homestyle Korean cuisine that’s great for takeout.
Motelier tip: The dumplings are a must!

Agrarian Market
Picton
The perfect spot to pre-order a picnic basket to enjoy in the Bohemian Forest behind the motel.

Luso Bites
Picton
Portugese inspired luncheonette in downtown Picton. Located in the armory! Splurge and get yourself a Portugese tart for desert!

555 Brewing Co.
Picton
A favourite spot for pizza, make sure to call in your takeout order in advance, they’re one of the busiest spots in town.

Harry’s
Picton
Fast and casual. Arguably serving the best burgers in The County. No reservations required.

 

Dessert

Slickers County Ice Cream (seasonal)
Picton
Local artisan ice cream that’s been a staple in The County for over 20 years.

Sunflower Fields Ice Cream Shoppe (seasonal)
Picton
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. Don't forget to hit The June's Lobby Bar for a selection of local wines, batch cocktails and craft beers.

Visit the new Bar Duchess for amazing cocktails and all the design inspo. 

Caffeine

Beacon Bike + Brew
Picton
Great coffee and oat milk lattes to pair with their porchetta breakfast sandwich. 

The Counter Bar
Picton
Located inside the Royal Hotel on Main Street. We love treating ourselfs to a coffee and croissant, and lounging in thier sun-soaked lobby. 
Motelier Tip: Head to the back of the hotel to enjoy your coffee on their sunny outdoor patio.

Citizen Frances - New for 2024!
Bloomfield
Incredible coffee and fresh paninis from our friends at Stella's Eatery!
Motelier tip: Grab a coffee and people watch from their little patio or browse the adorable shops in Bloomfield. It's the perfect morning. 

 

Wineries

Huff Estates Winery
Bloomfield
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
Hillier
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!

The Grange
Hillier
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
Hillier
Visit the bottle shop or enjoy low intervention, natural wine by the glass on the patio.

Keint-He Winery & Vineyards
Wellington
Great wine, great view. Plus they offer build your own charcuterie boards!

Karlo Estates
Hillier
A winery that truly delivers an incredible experience in wine country. Check out their amazing line-up of special events for something new and unique. 

Breweries

Prince Eddy’s
Picton
Brewery with great craft beer, ping pong tables, a beach volleyball court, live music, and food pop-ups. The vibes are impeccable. 

Parsons
Picton
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. 

Slake
Picton
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
Bloomfield
Beautifully designed cans and great beer inspired by local ingredients and a sense of community, with small tasty eats and takeaway snacks. Tucked away on a country road.

Midtown 
Wellington
Great craft beer and delicious food in the heart of Wellington, with a patio that’s always full.

Cider & Spirits

The County Cider Co. (seasonal)
Waupoos
Calling all cider lovers! With tasty cider, woodfire pizza, a spacious patio, and beautiful lakeside views, you can’t go wrong.

Stock & Row
Bloomfield
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.

Wild Lot Farm Distillery
Picton
New for 2023! This is a beautiful farm outside of Picton serving small-batch spirits and spirit-based ready to drink beverages. The peach fruit and white tea vodka soda is the perfect pairing to sunny day in Prince Edward County.

Kinsip House of Fine Spirits
Bloomfield
Farm based distillery, enjoy a tasting flight of spirits or a specialty cocktail as free-range chickens hang around.

 

Wine Tours

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!

 

Late Night

The Lobby Bar at The June
Picton
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 10pm nightly in the fall/winter and 11pm nightly in the spring/summer.

The Russ & Co
Picton
A bespoke cocktail bar serving up craft cocktails, beer and wine in an intimate speakeasy setting. Bonus, this cocktail bar is serving up some serious design inspiration!

Bar Duchess - New for 2024!
From the same owners as The Russ & Co, so you can expect elevated cocktails with a stunning design. This is a great spot to hit before/after dinner in Wellington!

The Hayloft Dancehall (seasonal)
Cherry Valley
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.

Base 31
Picton
Amazing live music and events venue with a great line-up of bands. Check here for upcoming events. 

 

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. No matter what season you're visiting, make sure to get outside and include any number of these favourite spots and activities in your getaway. At The June, we have a limited number of bikes that we rent out complimentary. These are perfect for venturing into Picton or over to Parsons Brewery.

Sunset at Sandbanks Provincial Park, captured by Christine Flynn

 

 

Shop

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.

Cylander Studio
Picton
One of the most beautiful stores in Picton with splurge-worthy handmade ceramics and tableware. 

KC Closet - New for 2024
Picton
An adorable boutique for women, filled with unique hand selected pieces in Picton.  

KOKITO
Bloomfield
Inspired and eclectic home goods and curated gifts.

MacCool’s Reuse (seasonal)
Picton/Prince Edward
Go antique hunting in this 150 year old barn filled with antiques, collectibles, and true mid-century modern furniture.

OAK Clothing Co.
Wellington
Curated selection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and surf gear. You can also get a great cup of coffee here!

Laundry Farms (seaonal)
Our favourite farm stand to hit on the way in and out of Picton! Nothing is better than returning home with fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

Beaches

Sandbanks Provincial Park
Picton/Prince Edward
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) to avoid line-ups!

Sandbanks Dunes Beach

Picton/Prince Edward
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.

North Beach 
Consecon
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
Wellington
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 (seasonal)
Picton
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

Yoga at The June (seasonal)
Picton
Start off your Saturday morning with our favourite ritual. Sweat it out then head to the patio for a mimosa or green juice! Yoga is at 9am and complimentary in partnership with Athleta Canada.

Wander the Resort - New for 2024!
Wellington
The brand new nordic spa is set to open this summer! It will include steam rooms, sauna and hydrotherapy water cycle, plus fitness classes and treatment. In addition, they offer Beach Club passes, which includes a lounger on their private beach, towels, and you can order food and drink right to your chair! From the Beach Club you can rent Kayaks and SUP boards too.

Bloomfield Beauty
Bloomfield
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. Note, they are not open on weekends.

Main Character
Picton
They believe in accessible luxury for all and that a good glass of PEC Chardonnay can solve a lot of problems. Visit for amazing facials, manicure/pedicure and other beauty services. Or email us to book an in-room facial from Main Character, so you don't even have to leave the motel. 

The Royal
Picton
Take your self-care to the next level and indulge with a trip to The Royal’s spa for a facial or massage. Only a five minute drive from The June!

Bikes, Hikes, Etc.

Millenium Trail
Throughout The County
The Millenium trail is 46km and goes through The County. Depending on the season, it’s perfect for running, walking, biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The best part is that you can easily get off the trail to visit wineries, breweries, restaurants and more, then keep walking.

Closson Road Cycles (seaonal)
Hillier
Located in the heart of wine country, renting bikes here is perfect for exploring wineries by bike.

Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area
Picton
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. 

Mustang Drive-In (seaonal)
Bloomfield
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 (seaonal)
Hillier
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 (seasonal)
Trenton
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.

Snowshoeing (seaonal)
The June
Grab your snowshoes from The June Lobby Bar and jump on the Millennium Trail at any point throughout The County.

Skating (seasonal)
Check out Parsons Brewery, they usually do a skating rink in the winter months.

 

Happy planning! If you haven't booked your wine country getaway yet, check out our availability calendar here.

 

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