For the past 3 summers I’ve picked a weekend to take the family to Prince Edward County. And every time we go, I’m always saying “Gosh I love this place” or “I wish we had one more day to so we can go here...” This year we went during Canada Day long weekend. It was a wonderful way to kick off the start of summer holidays and we were lucky enough to have close family friends, who also have children my kids’ ages, join us.
I searched for accommodation through Airbnb and found a GEM! The place is called Mr. Anderson’s House and if you are a Wes Anderson film fan you’ll love all the details of this house. Each room is a homage to his films. Dayna, the owner of the home is just lovely. The house was impeccably clean and the decor was well thought out. The whole check-in/check-out process was easy and it’s just off the main drag of Picton. Around the corner from Vic Cafe and Slickers Ice Cream.
Family Room in Mr. Anderson's House in Picton
One of two bedrooms in Mr. Anderson's House in Picton
We arrived on Friday after a long and somewhat brutal drive - I guess it wasn’t just my family who wanted to get of the city for the long weekend. After dropping off our bags and quickly touring our rental home, the first place I wanted to go was Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar. The first time we went to Sand and Pearl was last year during their opening weekend and loved it. This time also did not disappoint. They set up a play area in the backyard this time around which was amazing to have the kids run around while the adults finished up our dinner and wine. This weekend they had prawns from B.C. on the menu served raw. It was the first time I have ever had raw prawns and they were delicious. They were so delicious I forgot to take a picture of them before they were devoured.
Seafood Bar in Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar in Prince Edward County
We topped off the night with some ice cream from Slickers which wasn’t the only time we visited this ice cream shop that weekend.
Day One - Pontoon
Our morning started with a nice breakfast at The Vic Cafe. They have a variety of ‘toasts’, pastries, and of course coffee. We shared 2 toasts between the 4 of us and it was just the right amount for breakfast.
The Italian Job toast and latte from the breakfast menu at Vic Cafe.
The family friends who were also going to PEC that weekend suggested we all rent a pontoon for the day and I’m so glad for the suggestion. It was really nice to just jump in the water and the kids really liked it. Liam actually napped well on the boat! The pontoon had a small bbq on board and we just grilled hot dogs for lunch. The Agraian Market in Picton is a great place to grab groceries that are found/produced locally. They have a great picnic basket for 2 or 4 people that would be great to bring a day trip around the County.
And of course the night was topped with a scoop (or two) from Slickers ice cream.
Day Two - Winery and Beach
No visit to Prince Edward County is complete without a visit to the Drake Devonshire. We make sure to stop for a meal at the Drake every time we come to the County. Every year we have enjoyed the art exhibits and this summer’s theme was “Follow That Thought”. Some of the art displays were made from recycled materials which my daughter thought was pretty cool.
I could spend hours at the Drake watching the lake with a delicious drink in hand - they make the most delicious non-alcoholic drinks that are so light and refreshing. Every year we have taken a family picture in the photo booth but unfortunately, we forgot! I’ll need to remember this for our next visit.
Photo booth at Drake Devonshire taken at our last visit in 2017.
Our next stop was Hinterland Winery producers of sparkling wine. This place is awesome! They have a field at the back with toy cars for kids to ride which was a life saver for us adults. They played while we tasted. I can’t wine without snacks and Hinterland had some great food. We ordered baked oysters, homemade chips, and grilled cheese with bread. The sparkling wine was tasty too and of course I couldn’t resist leaving without buying a bottle. I did find out that Hinterland Wine is also sold at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea which is perfect for when I need to stock up!
Beep! Beep! My son making friends at Hinterland Winery
Pork Souvlaki and glass of sparkling white from Hinterland Winery
For the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening we went to the beach at Sandbanks to cool off. Sandbanks is a provincial park so you will need to pay an admission to enter. It’s shallow which is perfect for our family with young kids.
I had plans for our family to go to the restaurant Flame and Smith that night but after eating all day we were too stuffed. They had just their grand opening that weekend and I wanted to try out their menu - it’s casual dining where the food is cooked on an open fire. Again, this will be on my list for our next visit to Prince Edward County.
Every time we leave PEC I’m always saying to my husband “If only we had one more day” and this trip was no different. We had brought our bikes to ride through the Millenium Trail but between finding time and the extreme heat we didn’t take the bikes out. This will be added to our next visit.
On our drive out, we made a stop to Kinsip , a small batch distillery where all their products are fermented, distilled and aged onsite. Kinsip is founded by 2 siblings and their spouses who sign off one every aspect of the products. The packaging is also gorgeous. I purchased a bottle of vodka, among other things, and after it’s done you can bet I’ll try to find another use for the bottle. Kinsip is located on a farm were chickens roam freely. Liam was having a blast following the chickens.
Prettiest Garden at Kinsip House of Fine Spirits in PEC
Eeenie, meenie, miennie, moe! All the gorgeous bottles at Kinsip in Prince Edward County
And that’s it… our wonderful weekend in PEC with 2 young kids. It’s become an annual summer outing for us and one that I look forward to. With more and more things to do (and eat!). What are your go-to places in PEC? I’m also looking for recommendations.