Our last summer days were pretty epic and this pretty cute family adventure to Prince Edward County was one of the BEST so far.
Part of my happiness diary (that I’ll be posting very soon) is to commit taking short getaways with my family this year and unplug as much as possible. We visited for the first time The County and I have NO words to describe you guys HOW adorable THIS place is.
Our stay at The June Motel was filled with an amazing decor everywhere we looked, super friendly staff that explained us the story about the Motel, the area, the best things to do and the most unexpected little details that made our getway one hundred percent adorable.
Did I mention all the doors of The June are pink? Yes. Epic pink.
If you’re planning a short weekend filled with good food, design and outdoor activities, this is your itinerary.
Check-in at The June Motel
With our without families, The June is all about living in the sunshine and enjoying the simple pleasures of life in beautiful spaces and our family room was no exception! This motel is owned by two lady bosses, April Brown and Sarah Sklash, who share their love for the county, interior design and good wine, I’d say, the perfect trio!
We checked-in at the June and felt “HOW COME I didn’t come before, OMG“. Nico and Oli loved the spacious room, our double beds and the outdoor spaces where they could run free for a while.
They offered a bunch of fun activities during the stay, including: Yoga + detox, Fashion pop-ups, Morning meditation, Movie mondays, Rose o’clock and much more.
Head to The Drake for Dinner
Right after our check-in, we drove to The Drake Devonshire for supper with the kids. Everyone recommended to try it at least once and we weren’t disappointed. With a top-notch menu and bar, we picked their patio sitting with the kiddos (god bless the summer so they could run around), while me and my hubby enjoyed some drinks together.
The dinner menu was perfect for our family, they were extra careful with Nico’s allergies making a special pasta just for him (extra adorable point to their staff!). This mama had an incredible burger and dada got their epic steak frites, to-die-fo
Where: 24 Wharf St, Wellington, ON
Mornings at Sandbanks Beach
On our first morning at PEC, the kids were screaming BEACH MAMA! BEACH! so we ran to Sandbanks Provincial Park, an incredible and largest baymouth barrier dune formation with sandy beaches that are among the best in Canada (100% down it’s one of the best). You can do many activities in this national park besides a day at the beach, we saw biking, boating, canoeing and even fishing!
We spent a few hours exploring the different areas and beaches, loved finding kids parks, dedicated areas for BBQ, toilets, free parking and a clean sandy beach.
How to get there: here are all the details
BRUNCH at Vic Cafe
We were all sandy and wet and happy soaking all the Vitamin C at the beach when we visited Vic Cafe, a place I had in my MUST spots to check out this year, designed by the very lovely, talented and incredible human Tiffany Pratt.
Besides the colourful interior and fun branding, this place has an impressive brunch menu, serving the best tater tots we’ve had to date. Loved how the sugar had colourful sprinkles, and I almost cried when I saw the colour-blocked menu.
SUCH-A-PERFECT-PLACE. Now, can you please open in Montreal, please?
Where: 166 Picton Main St, Picton
GO TO THE MOVIES, THE OLD WAY
We grabbed our blankets, flashlights, popcorn and our car (YES!) to experience our first drive-in movie theatre at the county. We visited one of the few surviving art-deco movie houses in Ontario, The Mustang Drive-Inn, a theatre that is an epic memory of Prince Edward and where Nico and Oli couldn’t believe we actually found one.
We watched Toy Story 4 and cuddled all night long my babies! You absolutely need to experience this while visiting.
Where: 1521 Prince Edward County Rd 1, Bloomfield
DO A BEER TASTING TOUR
The beer, ciders and spirit scene of The County has grown so much over the past years, now you can find breweries all over Prince Edward. We had the chance to visit Prince Eddy’s brewing co, an immense local brewery with both outdoor and indoor areas (perfect if you’re coming with kids). While we tasted their signature drinks, Nico and Oli found table games, had snacks and even played with their ukulele.
Where: 13 Macsteven Dr, Picton
Curious now to explore all the beauty Prince Edward County has to offer?
I’ve included an interactive map with a ton more places you need to add to your list, in your next visit.
Happy last days of summer, my sweet friends, and endless thanks to The June Motel for extending us an invite to discover this area we fall in love with.