101 Things to do in Prince Edward County

Things to do in Prince Edward County

Where are you going this weekend? Maybe these 101 things to do in Prince Edward County will give you some inspiration… We’re always being asked for travel tips and one destination we’re frequently asked about is Prince Edward County.  Just a short 3-hour drive from Ottawa or a 2-hour drive from Toronto, this is the perfect place for a day trip or weekend getaway.

This region, surrounded by water, is turning heads as one of Canada’s largest wine regions.  And it is not all about the wine either! The towns of Picton, Bloomfield, Milford, Wellington, Cherry Valley and all the points in between were already hopping years ago…and now there are even more reasons to visit! This list is just a start.

To help you discover all the neat things that are going on in The County, we got the Savvy Team together (over a glass of wine of course!) & jotted down 101 of our favourite (and there are still many more) things to do in Prince Edward County.

101 Things to Do in Prince Edward County Wine Country

1. Visit North America’s largest dry stone bridge at Karlo Estates.

2. Visit the Oeno Gallery at Huff Estates.

3. Find your perfect new outfit at Luna Boutique.

4. Eat some freshly baked pizza at Norman Hardie’s.

5. Check out some great old barns at The Old Third, Closson Chase, Karlo Estates, The Grange of Prince Edward County and Hinterland Winery.

6. Sample amazing aperitif and dessert wines (and ports) – Sandbanks Winery, Keint-He Winery, Karlo Estates.

Things to do in Prince Edward County

7. Taste some of the best Canadian-made sparkling wines at Hinterland, Huff Estates, The Grange, By Chadsey’s Cairns & Lighthall Vineyards.

8. Be sure to veer off the highway and visit the newest winery in The County – Moranin Wines

9. Sample County wines at some great local restos – East & Main Bistro & Angeline’s Inn.

10. Buy some artisan cheese to go with your wine at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.

11. Toronto’s Drake Hotel now has a County location – Drake Devonshire.  Stay over or go for dinner (or both).

12. Indulge in poutine and milkshakes at the Dari Bar in Wellington.

13. Enjoy some great apple cider & delicious lamb burgers The County County Cider.

14. Need some coffee after sampling wine? Miss Lily’s Café or the Bean Counter in Picton.

15. Find your favorite mantra pinned to the wall in the Cherry Valley General Store (hint: they’re all about slowing down to smell the roses!).

Things to do in Prince Edward County

16. Stop by one of many veggie stands such as Vicki’s Veggies.

17. Sit on the porch at a B&B or your weekend cottage and read Geoff Heinrick’s book A Fool & Forty Acres (warning: it may inspire you to stay in Prince Edward County).

18. Pop into the Agrarian Market featuring fresh meats, cheese, produce, preserves, coffee, etc.

19. Take a cooking class at Maison Maitland.

20. Dining delight – Countylicious – twice a year, these restos offer a prix fixe culinary celebration.

21. Chat with Bryan at Keint-He Winery.  He’ll help you pronounce the name!

22. Get on your bike & ride the backroads or along the Loyalist Parkway.

23. Take in Terroir Wine Festival by PEC Wine.

24. Plan for a beach day at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

25. Attend the PEC Jazz Festival (summer).

Things to do in Prince Edward County

26. Discover new local music talent at The Acoustic Grill in Picton.

27. Enjoy water sports at West Lake.

28. Harvest grapes with Norman Hardie & celebrate afterwards with a pig roast & bbq (fall).

29. Take a billion pictures of the gorgeous gardens at Closson Chase then indulge in their wines.

30. Spend a Sunday afternoon on the patio at Huff Estates Winery listening to live music.

31. Experience Enid Grace’s take on a traditional Italian market at Piccolina Mercato & Bar.

32. Meet the dogs & owners at Three Dog Winery.

33. Get lost on the back roads.

34. Get into the great outdoors with a luxury prospector tent at the Fronterra Farm Camp.

35. Visit one of the many farms or markets in the region.

36. Best bacon & eggs in town are at Picton Harbour Inn.

37. Harvest parties at Sandbanks Winery, Half Moon Bay Winery & Broken Stone are fun for the entire family. You can often even get to pick some grapes yourself!

38. Book a room at The Manse, Newsroom Suites, The Inn at Huff Estates, Merrill House or Angeline’s.

39. Take an early morning walk on the ‘secret’ beach (at the bottom of Cold Creek Road).

Ice cream in prince Edward County

40. Ice cream at Slickers.

41. Go apple picking at Campbell’s Orchards.

42. Sparkling wine awaits at Hinterland Vineyards – and peach slushies for the kids.

43. Visit a museum such as the old-time school house at the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village.

44. Drinks & Dinner at Merrill House –guaranteed delicious!

45. What the heck is Wassail?  Ask around about this pre-Christmas festival where you sing for your drink at different wineries around Prince Edward County.

46. Do a County Chardonnay-a-thon and sample every Chard you can find.  Be sure not to miss Lighthall, Stanners, Exultet, RosehallKarlo… we’re sure you’ll find many more to try as well!

47. Ahoy! It’s time to set sail with the County Sailing Adventures. They can host private events or take you on 2 or 3-hour cruises.

48. Maple in the County is a great spring getaway

49. All aboard!  Stop in at 33 Vines Winery for live music.

50. Visit the Lavender Farm when the lavender is in full bloom (June).

51. Chat with Pat at Del-Gatto Estates…where he lives la dolce vita!

52. Kick back & chillax in a Muskoka chair with a glass of Sandbanks wine…in their vineyard (must trys – Cabernet Franc Reserve, Baco Noir, Marchel Foch).

53. Go antiquing.

54. Follow the Arts Trail & meet incredible artists along the way.

55. In the summer, sip Rosé wines around the Wine Trail – see how they all are different – different grapes used, hues of pink…and tastes!

56. Catch a movie at the Regent Theatre.

57. Visit the gallery at Small Pond Arts to see Milé Murtanovski’s paintings made with wine.

58. Unwind one of the few classic drive-in movie theatres in Ontario: Mustang Drive-In

59. Take a break from wine for some leisurely shopping on Bloomfield Main Street.

60. Check out the midway rides, exhibitions, music and tractor pulls at the Picton Fair (September)

61. See The County with an artist’s eye at the PEC Studio Tour.

62. Enjoy the dramatic arts by watching a show by the County Stage Company.

63. Feel like royalty as you discover wineries in a horse-drawn carriage with The County Carriage Co. 

Vineyards in prince Edward County

64. Eat lunch al fresco at Casa-Dea Estates Winery.

65. Go house hunting – it doesn’t cost anything to dream!

66. It might be a wine region, yet there is a distillery – Kinsip – that is a must-visit.  Especially for their Canadian Pine Vodka, Loyalist Gin, rums & whiskies too.

67. Watch the sunset at North Beach.

68. Enjoy incredible classical music in a small church during the Prince Edward County Music Festival (August-September)

69. Want to have an Instagram-worthy trip? Stay at Wander The Resort or The Lakeside Motel!

70. Drop by the bespoke Russ and Co. cocktail bar.

71. Discover your artistic side at Art in the County (June/July).

72. Spend an hour or two checking out City Revival – a high-end end consignment shop.

73. Marvel at Lake On The Mountain – it’s mystical up there.

74. Stop at Black River Cheese Co in Milford to try…and buy…all kinds of cheese.  We recommend their Maple Cheddar & fresh curds (TIP – when you put curds in the fridge, they lose their squeak).

75. Where else can wines be as easy as Not Red, Almost Red and Not White? At Sugarbush Wines.

76. Stop and smell the roses at The County Blooms – The County’s Garden Show (June).

77. Go strawberry, raspberry or blueberry picking on the roadside – they grow wild!

78. Grab some wine after your round of golf at Picton Golf Course, Barcovan Golf Club or Wellington On The Lake Golf Course.

79. Pop in & out of all of the cool shops along Picton Main Street.

80. Bird-watching!! And don’t miss BirdHouse City.

81. Take the scenic route. Drive along the Loyalist Parkway – Hwy 33.  Start in Kingston or Napanee and it will meander all the way to Trenton.

82. Order everything on the menu at Flame + Smith in Bloomfield.

83. Put your feet up at The Ferg: a Scandinavian historic house.

84. Have afternoon tea or a treat at the Consecon Honey House Cafe in Consecon.

85. Dine farm to table at one of Little John Farm’s events.

Goat yoga in prince Edward County

86. Kid around at a goat yoga class with Mikenze.

87. Create a work of art at one of Black River Ridge’s art classes or retreats.

88. Stay at the vineyard suite and munch on fresh Italian thin-crust pizza at Bergeron Estate Winery… and enjoy a glass of wine of course!

89. Indulge in raw honey, sourdough bread and baked goods at The Elmbrook Farm.

90. Get up close. and personal with ostriches at Struisvogel Ostrich Ranch!

91. Sample apple and pear ciders at FieldBird Cider – a family family-owned and operated farm and cidery located in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County.

92. Running and drinking…drinking and running during Terroir Run (June) or county Marathon (Oct).

93. Taste wine in a converted cheese factory that now houses Exultet Estates.

94. Rent a cottage on the water for a week and really live The County life.

95. Stop at a garage sale.

96. Take the free Glenora Ferry.

97. Get a taste of award-winning hard apple ciders at Clafeld Cider House.

98. Visit Canada’s first off-grid winery Redtail Vineyards.

Kayaking in prince Edward County

99. Get on the water with PEC Kayaks.

100. Visit The Cutting Factory’s flower stand.

101. Sample a tasty seasonal menu alongside the wines at Traynor Family Vineyard.

…and the list goes on!  In addition to these 101 things to do in Prince Edward County, there are even more tips + upcoming events on Prince Edward County’s website here.

Wherever you decide to tackle this list of 101 things to do in Prince Edward County this weekend…or anytime, why not work your way through this long list of things to see and do in Prince Edward County. It’s a beautiful place where you can make great memories of great food, wine, beautiful scenery – and more.  Call on our Savvy Sommeliers anytime at 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) for tips and wine regions to visit.

Enjoy Prince Edward County! Let us know how far down the list you got and if you know canvaabout other fun things to see & do in PEC that we can add to our list by sending us a message on social media @SavvyCompanyInc . If you want to taste the flavours of The County without leaving your house, check out our online shop!

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