Prince Edward County has become one of North America’s fastest growing gastronomy destinations and the island continues to be featured in publications around the world trumpeting the landscape, beaches, food, wine, beer, cider, cheese, architecture, arts, hotels, etc. etc. So, if you’re coming for the run ensure that you book now, today, right this moment! Here are some of our favourites although new accommodations are popping up like crazy and like the County, they’re quirky, innovative and a lot of fun so make a weekend of it and enjoy the Great Canadian Cheese Festival on Sunday June 3rd. A few suggestions to get you started:
- Angeline’s Inn–Bloomfield, ON, the Fida family members are hospitality legends and their legacy inn is full of stories and beautifully designed accommodations for all budgets and group sizes. Personally, we love the Babylon but the main suites and the Walter motel rooms hold their own unique charms).
- The June Motel–Picton, ON, this brilliant reimagining of a modern motel rose from the bones of the County’s old-school Sportsmens Motel, and the mind of an original Terroir Run runner. Wine-themed and a little rowdy, your friends will envy each Insta-ready post featuring their rooms, lobby and neat little fire-pit.
- The Drake Devonshire–Wellington, ON, if you really want to splash out, on the water, in the heart of a vibrant community look no further than the Toronto Drake Hotel’s take on the rural retreat. The “Drake on the Lake” shares a rustic design aesthetic warped through a fun-house mirror of urban fun, art and hospitality. Imagine beautiful drinks, held by beautiful people as they gaze upon a beautiful lake, but swaddled in plaid wool.
This is the quick “three town” list which we’ll add to shortly but also give Airbnb a shot as there are some remarkable places that will make your County experience something even more memorable.
- Mr. Anderson’s House–Each room in this home is themed after a different film in director Wes Anderson’s repertoire, some more subtly than others. A century home located within a 5 minute walk of Picton Main Street shops and restaurants, and a short drive to Sandbanks beaches.
- Sanctuary In The County– Our church was built in the 1800s, and we have worked hard to maintain much of its charm. You will live in the ‘Sanctuary’. Your bed is on the altar (king sized!), and we have a lovely pull-out murphy bed with a memory foam mattress for couples or families traveling together.
- The White House in Hillier–The White House accommodates up to eight people on two storeys with an open kitchen/dining/living area, gas stove and oven, dishwasher, outdoor charcoal BBQ and one large full piece bathroom. French doors open to a large wood deck and surrounding outdoor area. Owner/resident Chef Jamie Kennedy lives in a separate building on the property.
Interested in other rental options? Checkout our transportation partners at Sandbanks Vacations as they manage wonderful properties all around the County and run them as they run our starting-line shuttle–impeccably.
Finally, for those who remember that Prince Edward County as the originally bucolic agricultural area that you drove through to get to some of Canada’s most beautiful beaches (and if the lake-level behaves 2018 will be remembered as a “vintage year” for the Sandbanks) why not dust off your tent and pitch into a classic Canadian camping weekend? Book at Richardson’s campsite and you’ll be as close as you can get to the Sandbanks beach, and maybe you’ll even get invited over for s’mores and a glass of pinot at the Terroir Run Compound. Register online here.