weekend in prince edward county
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 10, 2012 11:48 AM Last Post By: homerjhomerj
Aug 6, 2012 8:22 PM
weekend in prince edward countymy friend and i are planning to spend a weekend in prince edward county at the end of the month. any suggestions on what to see and do while there? so far, we plan to spend time on the beach at sandbanks, do lots of eating (i am vegetarian, so would also like suggestions of places with good veg options), maybe some art studios. we will have a car so can easily drive around. we like food, art, markets, architecture, history, the outdoors, the beach, etc.. and we want to have a relaxing vacation.
also, suggestions for clean but inexpensive (under $100 per night.. the cheaper, the better) accommodations? we prefer to stay in a self contained unit with a kitchen (either cabin or cottage or apartment or RV, etc.), but if not possible, any other type of place will do as long as it has its own bathroom and a separate entrance.
Aug 7, 2012 2:53 PM
- the drive-in theatre (Mustang Drive-in). Not sure if it's really needed in late August, but bring insect repellent just in case (they show Hollywood blockbusters... you don't go for cinema so much as a fun time)
- Picton Harbour Inn - in Picton and walking distance to the rest of the town, this motel is in the ~$100 range but has no units with kitchenette. You could try the Sportsman, which is outside of town but I believe does have units with kitchenettes. Don't know about cottage/cabin options except that they do exist... but I'd also expect most of them to be booked well in advance for summer weekends. Most other accommodations are B&Bs, which don't generally fit your criteria either in terms of price or amenities.
- Bill Reddick pottery - this is closer to the 401 than to the rest of the County, and quite expensive, but this guy does top-notch work. http://www.billreddick.com/
- there are a few antique shops in Bloomfield and a gallery on the main street in Picton
- for food, I think you will find that most if not all of the best-known spots have vegetarian options. Enjoyed the Blumen Garden Bistro last time, but it is fairly expensive. On the cheap-eats side there's Schroedter's in Bloomfield. Great soups and sandwiches, but I can't recall whether there were good veg options. (Definitely no problem if you eat cheese.) The Picton Harbour Inn also serves a good take on the standard Canadian breakfast, with or without meat. There is a farmer's market in Wellington on Saturdays - http://prince-edward-county.com/?p=4955.
- as far as architecture goes, Picton's main street still has some 19th century charm, but IMHO it's fading pretty quickly. Definitely have a look at the town's Crystal Palace (fairgrounds). You'll find the most interesting buildings along the backroads -- various old farm/church/school buildings.
- wineries - there are a couple of dozen you can visit, with quality varying from poor to very good (but usually quite expensive when you do find something good). Some have restaurants as well. I'll leave it at that unless you want to know more about this aspect.
Aug 9, 2012 11:57 AM
2thanks for the ideas!
we are now looking at campgrounds instead (or cheap "bunkies" or trailers), preferably near sandbanks. does anyone have any recommendations? basic is fine, as long as it's not noisy, and has (clean) showers and flush toilets. also prefer a more private campsite (e.g. nestled among trees or something, and not right next to another campsite in an open field)
Aug 10, 2012 11:48 AM
3Both wellington and bloomfield have nice (albeit very small downtowns).
The biggest dunes for SBPP are on west lake.
When you come down county road 12 you will come to a bend (past sandbanks trailer park) and there will be a sign that says sandbanks provincial park. Dont follow it!
Go straight another 100 m and turn right into the parking.
That is the access to the biggest dunes.
Best to come at sunset as the colors off the water make for great pics.
You can also stop at walmart and get a crazy carpet to ride down the dunes.
The beach is nicest on the other side of the dunes (follow the signs this time).
Its a long 4 km+ beach and very sandy.
Was just there last week and the water is very warm.
Next plan a visit to both Lake of the Mountain and the apple cider place (can't remember the name.
Both are on the same road.
Just drive thru Picton on your way to the ferry....its the last road (turn right) before the ferry.
Both are nice places to visit, you can do tastings at the cider like you can at the wineries and its locations is beautiful for having lunch.
After lunch go down the hill and turn right on CR 13, there is a lovely winery, tons of pick your own blueberries etc, and a very nice cheese shop (black river).
You can continue on to rocky crest conservation area.
A very cool rock beach with a lovely marsh behind it, its always wavy and tons of driftwood.
Lots of big snakes (for Ontario anyways) but none are poisonous.
Just walk down the path, through the old parking area, follow along the cliff and there is a break in the woods for the path to the beach.
Even in summer you will be lucky if there are 4 other people there.
Can't help you with acommadations as we usually rent a cottage, but the resto at lake of the mountain is pretty good, as is the waring house, and there's a french inspired place in bloomfield who's name escapes me at the moment, but just ask everyone will know what place I am referring to.
Closest liquor store is in Picton, so stock up.
Also playing at the Mustang DI is Batman.
Hope that helps.
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