Natalie's Trip: Local Bites + Sights

Break up the drive between the big cities of Montreal and Toronto and treat yourself to a weekend in The County. This itinerary is full of small town charm and shows the best side of Canadian rural life.


Nature escape

Point Petre Wildlife Conservation Area is a serene beachside escape near Lighthall Vineyards, perfect for nature walks

Outdoor cider tastings

Stock n Row Cider offers refreshing ciders paired with lawn games for a memorable experience

Culinary excellence

At Stellas Eatery, Chef Leah showcases their culinary skills with delectable dishes for an unforgettable dining experience

A County Itinerary

Local Bites + Sights

Mentioned in this itinerary

  • Jackson's Falls Country Inn

    Escape to Jackson’s Falls Country Inn for serene accommodations and beautiful surroundings. Perfect for a peaceful getaway with all the comforts you need.

  • PECish Baking Co.

    PECish Baking Company is an artisanal bakery with organic, local ingredients. They offer breads, pastries, and caffeine in their cafe. Pre-order for Saturday pickups.

  • Lighthall Vineyards

    Lighthall Vineyards is a small, proud winery in the enchanting South Shore, offering VQA estate wines and sheep milk cheeses. Complimentary tastings available with wine purchase.

  • Stella's Eatery

    Stella’s is a place you can enjoy thoughtfully prepared farm-to-table comfort food. Chef Leah Marshall Hannon is inspired by the fresh and seasonal ingredients sourced from our local farmers, and suppliers. Working with our local foodways means the menu is subject to change day to day, and hour to hour. The beverage list highlights sustainably-produced wines, local brews and zero-proof options.

  • Stock & Row

    Stock & Row Farm Cidery in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County offers Ontario apple ciders, with a tasting flight, outdoor seating, and seasonal food. Follow @stockandrow for updates.

  • Luso Bites

    Portuguese-inspired luncheonette in Picton Armoury, Prince Edward County. Delight in authentic dishes and cozy ambiance at this local gem.

    How to see (and eat) more

    Natalie's Insider tips

    Originally from Australia, Natalie moved to The County in 2014 with their husband Drew and two kids and a year later, started The County Canteen on Picton's main street. In 2017 they started 555 Brewing Co., and during the pandemic, they switched it up again by selling The Canteen and buying and renovating Jackson's Falls Country Inn in Milford. What started as an 1870s one-room school house—now the Inn's lounge—now welcomes guests to retreat from the busy life and every day hustle and escape into the relaxing countryside of Prince Edward County. Natalie is keeping busy with their latest project, a tourism book titled "County Social—Stories from Prince Edward County Beverage Makers," scheduled for release in June 2024!

    What's your perfect day in The County?

    My ideal day in The County has to include fresh air, near the water,—a good hang with good friends, great food and of course drink.

    What are your insider tips to help people have a great trip to The County?

    When you meet anyone in hospitality, ask them their favourites of where to go. Sometimes you come with an agenda of places to see and sometimes these hot tips have you experiencing the County in a new light! Go with the flow.

    Visiting in a different season?

    Either during Spring or Fall when Countylicious is on. If you are a foodie like me, you can experience the vast range of PEC restaurants for an absolute deal! Most accommodators do specials during this time. Also, even if it's a little cooler - going to Sandbanks or Little Bluff for a hike is a great time. PEC Bird Sanctuary even do banding during May!

    Historically significant

    Step back in time with a visit to Macaulay Heritage Park, take in the pioneer village at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, or go for a stroll through the beautiful Glenwood Cemetery - your options are endless!

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