The Lake House
In case you didn’t know already, I love to travel. I don’t discriminate either, if it’s new than it’s exciting and I’ll go there. I have a few plans lined up for the summer but I decided to kick off the season with a little road trip to Prince Edward County. It’s a small community right on Lake Ontario. The boyfriend and I threw some clothes in a bag and made the two hour drive to enjoy some much needed fresh country air.
We stayed at the new Drake hotel in Wellington, The Drake Devonshire, or ‘Drake by the Lake’. The hotel is beautiful. It’s a historic farm house full of character, mixing tradition with modern furniture and art. The restaurant is nothing short of spectacular; stunning view of the lake and great food. Despite not having anything specific for vegans we had a lovely dinner the first night and went back for breakfast… twice.
The community is small with three joining towns and several wineries on the outskirts. There are bike/walking trails for easy access (and no drunk driving). So, with borrowed bikes from the Drake, we peddled our way to two. Karlo Estates had a rustic barn for tastings which included blankets and heaters, definitely try their Sangiovese. We also made it to Norman Hardie, it’s a decent bike ride away from the Drake but very enjoyable. The winery was beautiful and apparently they have a wood fire pizza oven for the summer, which we unfortunately missed by a couple of weeks. Their oaky Chardonnay’s made the trip worth it even without any ‘zza.
Another huge plus: only thirty minutes away is Sandbanks national park with it’s huge sand dunes and some of the best beaches in Canada. It might have been too cold to swim while we were there but the sand was warm and I loved watching the sun dance on the lake. It was a wonderful couple of days. I love experiencing a new place, even if it’s in Toronto’s backyard. I would recommend the area and hotel to anyone, but especially to a tomboy who enjoys a glass of wine.
– Travel like man, act like a woman – KL