Nestled among 100 acres of lush vineyards that have blossomed for more than 25 years, Mastronardi Estate Winery cultivates 18 different kinds of grapes that resident winemaker Lyse Leblanc transforms into a prize-winning slate of wine varietals. Lakes Erie and St. Clair sandwich the region, naturally maintaining a suitable vine-harvesting climate that yields the building blocks of sweet dessert wines, crisp whites, bold merlot-cabernet amalgams, and sparkling varietals. Visitors tap into a rainbow of elegant elixirs during tours, tastings, and seminars, decamping to the winery's European-inspired tasting boutique, where a knowledgeable staffer points out oft-overlooked subtleties, such as the pinot grigio’s hints of honeydew and longing. Mastronardi Estate Winery donates a portion of proceeds from the floral-inspired Brianjë riesling to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association in memory of the daughter of owners Eadie and Tony Mastronardi.
Meleg's produce professionals grow a seasonal selection of fresh fruit and vegetables on a 65-acre farm and transform pickings into jams and ciders. Visitors venture into the orchard where they pull peaches straight from the tree during the summer ($0.70/lb.) and arm-wrestle branches for apples ($0.70/lb.) and the locations of secret exits to the corn maze in the fall. Patrons take a break from traversing the trees to browse the orchard's store, where arms overflow with twelve ears of sweet corn ($5) and 250 millilitre jars of strawberry jam ($3). Starting September 15, the cider mill wakes, lets out an ear-splitting yawn, and begins producing sweet apple cider ($3–$5) and vinegar ($10–$15).
Windsor Beauty Supply enables shoppers to stockpile arsenals of products for hair, nails, and skin from brands including Sexy Hair, Hollywood Style, and Fusion Beauty. Nails gilded with shiny coats of OPI nail polish ($10.95) ensure colourful table-drumming solos, and Osis hairstyling products ($18+) help head owners sculpt locks into chic shapes. A Macadamia Natural Oil holiday box ($25) promotes festive, silky smooth hair with products infused with real macadamia oil, argan oil, and oil pressed from an uneaten fruit cake. A host of Pupa makeup ($6.95+) accentuates features with products including vibrant eye shadows, rich lipsticks, and wink-enhancing mascaras.
Not too much. Not too little. Just right. Since 1981, the knowledgeable Maidstone Tree Farm staff have been insistent on finding the goldilocks zone: that unique balance of water, sunlight, and fertilizer that helps every type of plant and tree in their garden thrive. They begin by hand-selecting flora—20-foot maple trees, many-coloured hydrangeas—that flourish in Windsor-Essex County's soil and climate. Across their 15-acre garden, they arrange their plants based on how much sunlight the plants need, clustering Asiatic lilies in sun-dappled patches of soil, and huddling green, blue, and yellow hostas in the cool shade. Then, they fine-tune their drip-irrigation system to quench the thirst of the trees, shrubs, and perennials without over-watering them. The great pains taken by the green thumbs at Maidstone Tree Farm result in plants that leave the garden centre at the pinnacle of health, ready for rearing and teaching multi-branch high fives.
Ly Sports supplies the duds for poolside catwalks with swimwear and accessories from name brands that include Speedo, Durafast, and Endurance. Snorkelers can keep up with underwater acquaintances or turn co-worker's heads at the office with adjustable dive fins by Speedo ($39.99) or intimidate swim meet competition while sporting a pair of Speed Socket goggles ($31.99), a silicone-strapped competition goggle that can be custom-fitted with the help of knowledgeable staff. Ly Sports also stocks swim apparel for the competitive backstroker and the casual toe-dipper alike, with versatile swimwear selections that include 100 per cent chlorine resistant Endurance Jammer swimsuits ($49.99). Customers can also slip into a women’s Endurance Splitsville one-piece suit ($74.99), which is composed of a special Endurance Lite fabric designed to channel water and reduce drag, leading to swifter swimming during triathlons and bathtub duckie rescue missions.