Hotel at a Glance: The Waring House
You’ll eat well at the Waring House, a 19th-century farmhouse-turned-inn with two gourmet restaurants. For a pub-style meal, head to The Barley Room, where you can pair escargot and burgers—made with local beef—with a single-malt scotch or cool glass of local cider or wine. The other eatery is Amelia’s Garden, which specializes in seasonal ingredients fashioned into dishes like hazelnut- and asiago-crusted rack of lamb.
- Wine packages include breakfast and wine tastings for two at two local wineries.
- Couples packages also include breakfast for two. You’ll also get two welcome drinks, a $40 dining credit for either onsite restaurant, and a box of chocolates.
- Get some R&R in the inn’s spacious rooms, which vary in decor from a 19th-century aesthetic to a more modern look.
- Eco-friendly: All rooms come with biodegradable shampoo, energy-efficient lighting, and towels and robes made with 100% renewable-resource cotton.
- What’s for breakfast? It might include maple-strawberry and banana french toast, house-made granola, and smoked salmon on garlic ciabatta.
- Catch some live music at The Barley Room. Its roster of folk, jazz, and blues entertainers range from local talent to Juno award-winners.
- Learn to cook maple-and-fennel sausage, steamed mussels with belgian pale ale, and savory risotto at cooking classes held onsite (additional fees apply).
Prince Edward County, Ontario: Small Hamlets Amid Beautiful Wine Country
To avoid confusion: Prince Edward County, Ontario, is not the famed Prince Edward Island along the Atlantic. Instead of the ocean, this Prince Edward lies along Lake Ontario, and it draws visitors for its freshwater beaches, limestone bluffs, and wildflower fields. See all three at Sandbanks Provincial Park, where you can climb lakeside sand dunes and go windsurfing at the beach. Boating, fishing, and shipwreck scuba diving are also popular (the area’s been called “the graveyard of Lake Ontario” for its numerous wrecks).
The best introduction to the countryside is to eat your way through it via the Taste Trail, which winds through the entire county. Sample the offerings at artisanal cheesemakers, sustainable farms, and farm-to-table restaurants. You’ll also come across award-winning wineries, including Norman Hardie and Grange of Prince Edward. If you don’t like wine, skip ahead to the trail’s breweries and cider house, or hop on the Arts Trail, a similar route connecting roughly 20 galleries and studios.