Prince edward county, travel journal – part one

August 20, 2020

Early wakes with the baby meant seeing the sunrise at Wellington Rotary Beach.

We went here a couple times. The lavender infused lemonade, just lightly sweetened, was perfect after a day in the summer heat.

French fries at the Jamie Kennedy Farm in Hillier.

A few pictures and notes on travelling to PEC with kids.

Last month we spent four nights in Prince Edward County. I had heard about it for years. Friends sharing about the large, child friendly Sandbanks beach and the charming little towns. I had even looked up staying at the Drake Devonshire, a hipster hotel overlooking Lake Ontario in Wellington (one of the towns), but balked at the price per night.

Through sheer luck I found a house on Airbnb that was available for the dates I needed. It was a beautiful home, right on Main St. in Wellington – two minutes from the lake, the local park, coffee shops and little restos. I’d rent that place again in a heartbeat.

We did a mix of activities with the kids, a day at the beach, visits to a lavender farm (and an alpaca one!), window shopping (and some ceramic buying), dinner al fresco, and exploring the farmer’s market. Here is part one of our travel journal. I hope you enjoy it and that perhaps it inspires you to visit.

Getting to Piccolina (aka Enid Grace) right when it opened to grab some pastries from the day. The owner, Enid, was there and helped us pick out some treats, which included a gluten-free chocolate torte.

The inside of the cafe is charming and reminiscent of an Italian coffee bar.

Millefleurs, an organic lavender and honey farm in Wellington.

The Lakeside Motel – vibe-y and with a great view, but we couldn’t stay because no high chairs (#parentlife).

Wellington Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. The vendors included produce, small batch honey, jams etc., food, handmade jewellery, flowers, and fresh bread .

The Marans Dinebar – locally sourced ingredients and an internationally inspired menu.

Four artisans under one roof at Field Made Goods – candles, ceramics, apothecary, and wood products. You’ll want to buy everything.

We had dinner at Parsons Brewing Company while the kids hung off the monkey bars.

We ate an early dinner on one of the tables set outside. The food was fresh and locally sourced. Ali had some sort of delicious fried chicken sandwich and I had ceviche.

Golden hour

The Yellow Studio in Picton. Dawn, the ceramicist, had tons of beautiful dishes and bowls.

I hope these gave you a sense of what it’s like. There are a few more pictures and notes on time spent at the beach and other sites in part two of the travel journal. Oh, and here’s a link to a profile the New York Times did on “The County”-

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