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Last weekend I flew into Toronto and drove up to Prince Edward County. Joining my best friend Jessica and her friend Emily (who lives in Toronto), we were celebrating Jessica’s birthday. We were shocked when we arrived at our bed and breakfast, At the Lake Suites, at how high the lake water is. There’s been so much rain and flooding that about a third of what should be the yard was under water.

While the water levels certainly made us sad for the locals, they did not take away from the beauty of Ontario. This is the outdoor breakfast seating at the bed and breakfast.

By far the best part of our stay was the bed and breakfast’s owner and host, Jutta. A gourmet French chef (look at those quiches!) and a psychotherapist, Jutta is an all-around amazing woman. She shared her incredible life story with us over two breakfasts. Definitely one of those people who leaves a mark on you long after you’ve met them.

After breakfast, we headed to The County Cider Company for a tasting. It was my first time at a cidery, which is kind of odd considering how much I like cider. They had quite a few flavors but their standard version was my favorite.

The gray weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits–Jessica and Emily checked out the vines at the cidery. Maybe they help the bees cross-pollinate the apple trees? Feel free to drop me a comment if you know!

Cider needs a salty snack for balance, so we headed to Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company.

This father and son owned operation makes cheeses from local goat and buffalo milk. They had many varieties of their own cheeses, along with some interesting and fresh imports from Italy. They also have cheese boards available to eat on their patio or to take away.

Our drive continued to Lake on the Mountain, which is a narrow, peninsula-shaped town between two lakes. Some of the buildings were from the late 1700’s, so it had a quaint, old vibe that was very charming. We grabbed coffee and a snack at The Miller House overlooking the lake.

We headed back to the bed and breakfast, changed, and drove out to The Drake Devonshire for dinner. I loved the design and art that greeted us as we walked up the driveway and onto the porch.

As you walked through the door and looked up, this beautiful sculpture hung from the ceiling. Do you ever look up to see what’s above you? (I feel like kids are probably better at this than adults.)

Because no fancy meal is complete without a tasty cocktail, I started with the County Lavender Sour. This drink is made with Chilean pisco, local lavender, lemon, egg white, and edible flowers. It was perfectly balanced and dangerously smooth, like I could have had so many!

I had the Blistered Cherry Tomato Pappardelle with roasted peppers, rapini, capers, and ricotta. It was super fresh, healthy and tasty.

Every good birthday celebration needs dessert + candle. Jessica had the Rhubarb + Cream with almond meringue, sweet vanilla yoghurt, and rhubarb sorbet. A perfect end to the day!

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