On Sunday we woke up to weather nice enough for dining outdoors with this pretty view of the lake, and blankets in case we got chilly.
On our way to some wineries (I know, I didn’t know Toronto had a wine region either), we stopped by MacCool’s Reuse which was chock full of super unique and interesting antiques and beautiful wool rugs. Driving by the day before, we saw a camera crew filming a movie or tv show in the entryway.
We headed along down the road and noticed sign markers for two the self-guided tours–-the Taste Trail (local food and drink) and the Barn Quilts Trail (a network of rural art). Our first stop along the Taste Trail was Huff Estates for a wine tasting – we had a couple of lovely rosés.
The “Girl with Balloons” was perfect for a windy day.
Our next stop was at The Old Third Vineyard and Winery for some cider and a sparkling pinot noir. With a newly installed kitchen in the restored barn, this spot would be perfect for a party or a wedding.
Next up was a flight of wines at Closson Chase. The seating outside was comfortable and the wines were great. The whole place is surrounded by a farm.
While I am sure many fine gardeners abound up in Prince Edward County, there are pretty wildflowers growing everywhere. I liked this iris with the backdrop of Closson Chase’s barn.
I think we saved the best for last with The Grange of Prince Edward.
The tasting room setting was rustic and beautiful, with a river gurgling outside the door as you walked inside. They had an incredibly unique wine called the County Crémant ‘Amber’ (described as a traditional-method ‘pink’). It was tart and tangy in the best way.
The Grange also had scrumptious picnic baskets on offer, complete with bags of freshly popped popcorn. Best of all was this extensive toppings bar–so incredible!
We enjoyed our picnic of cheeses, meats, fresh baked bread, apples, and walnut tarts on a picnic table. Resident chickens and roosters surrounded us looking for handouts. This rooster in particular was quite bold and he and his girlfriends happily jumped up on our picnic table.
We had such a wonderful weekend, exploring the county and sharing time together as friends, new and old. A HUGE thanks to Emily for putting together an amazing itinerary and driving us around. And cheers to 40 years, Jessica–you’re the best!!
If you missed Day 1, you can read it here.