For those of you who don’t know, I recently moved back to Vancouver from Toronto. While I am definitely going to start posting Vancouver content, I still want to share with you a few of my favourite Ontario spots. The first topic at hand I wanted to blog about is the Drake Devonshire, sister hotel to one of my personal favourite brunch spots in Toronto, The Drake Hotel.
Situated in Prince Edward County (Ontario’s second wine region! LOL), the Drake Dev sits on the shoreline of Lake Ontario and is the perfect 2-hour getaway from the city. My boyfriend and I decided to spend one of my last weekends in Ontario there to just relax and do what we do best: eat brunch and drink wine.
Needless to say the trip was amazing. Calling itself a contemporary farmhouse, The Drake Dev is one of the cutest boutique hotels I have ever stayed at. Our favourite room at the hotel was the Pavilion which featured a wood-bruning fire place and large couches to sit and sip wine or a cocktail in the evening. The room is also equipped with ping pong tables and a number of board games for those of you who just can’t sit still.
We ended up going to three different wineries in the PEC, including the Grange of Prince Edward, Norman Hardie and Huff Estates. All 10 minutes within each other, you can do a series of wine tastings and buy a bottle (or three) at the end. There is also a nearby lavender farm that I made my boyfriend go to so I could pick up lavender for my apartment (they were all sold out for the winter, but I did get lavender bath oils!).
For lunch we went to the Agrarian in Bloomfield, a town less than 10 minutes away from Wellington. Afterwards, we stopped by their market to stock up on cheese and preserves to go with our wine (side note: the market in the basement turns into a Speak Easy every Saturday). While in Bloomfield we also checked out two shops, Kokito and Green Gables, both containing cool home décor and gift items. Other restaurants worth checking out include East & Main for dinner and Tall Popy Café for lunch, both located a minutes walk from the hotel.
Lastly, if you’re looking to explore the nature-y side of Ontario, check out the Sandbanks Provincial Park or the Millennium Trail. The Sandbanks are a series of beach banks filled with the smoothest sand you will ever lay eyes on in Ontario. The Millennium trail is a whopping 49km long that you can walk along or bike and it conveniently has an entrance not to far from the Drake.
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The hotel itself has a restaurant with food creations by head chef, Matthew DeMille. We had the luxury of eating there for dinner and brunch. Be sure to try the charcuterie board with one of the PEC wines their menu features. If you’re there during the winter months opt for the mouth-watering Lamb Schnitzel which is served with hummus, roasted beets, Harissa eggplant, and pomegranate seeds.
And of course, if you find yourself eating brunch at the hotel, you must order the homemade blueberry scones that come with clotted cream and preserves. You should also try the Vanilla yogurt parfait with chia granola and stewed fall fruit and honeycomb. This is by far my favourite granola parfait I have ever tried—I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! My boyfriend ordered the MoMatty Deluxe for breakfast, which is essentially a gourmet Egg McMuffin and it’s delectable, so don’t forget to order that too.