We said we would be leaping right over the giant metropolis on Lake Ontario (Toronto), and all of its attendant communities, and so we have to arrive just west of one of the better-kept secrets of southern Ontario attractions, Prince Edward County.
Cobourg is a lakeside town an hour east of Toronto, and about 40 minutes west of Prince Edward County. It’s included in this feature because of some excellent accommodations in the town, and its beautiful waterfront on Lake Ontario. PEC is also located just a few minutes away from Presqu’ile Provincial Park with 2.5 kilometers of beach, boardwalks, walking trails, terrific birding, boating, fishing, hiking, biking… everything for lovers of the great outdoors.
But back in Cobourg proper, lovers of the great indoors will enjoy the historic Woodlawn Inn, with its spacious rooms, fine dining and an extensive wine list with unique wines from around the world.
Prince Edward County is known for its wines. Visitors will enjoy stops at Karlo Estates, Devils Wishbone Winery, and the quaint Del-Gatto Estates family winery, among the almost three dozens wineries in the county. Enjoy wine tasting at these wineries, but book a dinner reservation at Waupoos, for an exquisite view of Lake Ontario.
Picton is the community in the heart of Prince Edward County. Most of the county is one land bridge away from being an island, with bays (chief among them the Bay of Quinte) and inlets jutting in on all sides. Picton is located at the end of one of the inlets, so this community in the centre of the county is also a waterfront town, and home to the Picton Harbour Inn. The views and the restaurant get great reviews.
The Waring House, also in Picton, may actually give you a kick-start right into the culinary world, because this is home to the Cookery School, offering hands-on classes in recreational cooking. It’s also the location of two restaurants; Amelia’s Garden and the Barley Room Pub.
The county is known for wine, food, extensive shoreline, and some unique attractions like the brilliantly named Dead People’s Stuff Antiques, and the Lake on the Mountain, a mysterious lake set high above the surrounding waters of the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario.