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If you’re looking for things to do in Prince Edward County, I recently spent a long weekend there with my family, and we had an action-packed itinerary. We explored some of the best restaurants, hotels, and wineries the county has to offer. From scoring artisanal products at the farmers’ market to getting an insider’s look at the winemaking process, our stay was amazing, and we can’t wait to go back!

outdoor scenery in Prince Edward County
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It’s a Canadian hotspot because there’s so much to do, see, and explore. It has a small-town charm with expansive vineyard views. You can visit beaches along the coast or venture through farmland. Whether you’re a kid, solo traveler, couple, family, friend group, or senior, there really is something for everyone!

What sets PEC apart for me is the absence of big chain restaurants and hotels. In many places, it can feel like you’re visiting the same franchises you have at home. Here, you truly get to experience the local flavour, and I love that!

a woman in a yellow dress, smiling with both hands displaying peace signs sitting beside a bright red truck

Location

If you live in Eastern Canada or upstate New York, Prince Edward County is an easy getaway. This peninsula destination is located between Toronto and Montreal. It’s within 2.5-3.5 hours (max) of major airports in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. Grab a rental car because you’ll need a vehicle to visit different parts of the county (it covers 354.1 square miles).

Prince Edward County Restaurants

Darlings

Pull up to this Wellington Street pizza place. It has an unassuming exterior but this lowkey spot has amazing food and service.

exterior view of Darlings restaurant in Prince Edward County

We loved the crunchy pizza, delicious wine selection, and beautiful pasture views with cows. I recommend making a reservation because things can get very busy during the peak seasons.

crispy pizza with a view of Prince Edward County in the background
caesar salad topped with sardines

The Counter Bar at The Royal Hotel

This street-front restaurant at The Royal Hotel had an air of sophistication but I appreciated the simplicity of the menu.

table setting from the Royal Hotel

We tried pepperoni pizza, eggs benedict, breakfast plates, and skillet cornbread—all delicious. The food was fantastic, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere was perfect.

eggs benedict
a pat of butter over conrbread in a skillet
breakfast plate

Bonus? It was just a skip away from Slickers Ice Cream next door! So naturally, we stopped in for fresh, homemade ice cream.

exterior view of Slickers restaurant

Citizen Frances

This new cafe just opened in Spring 2024. We dropped in for coffee and pastries. They had the best sweet treats and I left with a big toffee chocolate chip oatmeal cookie that was simply divine.

They also had cool knickknacks from local artists. This coffee shop supports the community while serving them. We love to see it!

holding a cookie outside of Citizen Frances in Prince Edward County

Gather at Wander the Resort

Inspired by the nostalgia of fireside gatherings, Gather celebrates good food, community, and connection in a relaxing lakeside setting. They have a seasonal menu inspired by global cuisines and made with locally sourced ingredients.

Gather Restaurant at Wander dining set up

We had impressive entrees including Beef Short Rib and Pan-Seared Salmon. With sides like celeriac purée and black radish, you’d think this restaurant was super stuffy but it was actually family-friendly.

They catered to our toddler, Mackenzie like she was a paying guest! They brought her a colouring book and markers. As a parent, them simply acknowledging her presence was appreciated.

Where to Stay in Prince Edward County

Whether you wish to indulge in the lap of luxury or want to have fun on a budget, PEC has a hotel for every price point.

Angeline’s Inn

This is a charming motel in Bloomfield, Ontario. Everything about this place felt warm, charming, cozy, and quaint. Hearing the story of its restoration and design added a special touch that made it feel like home.

a decorated queen sized bed at Angeline's Inn Bijou suite
seating area by ornate windows in a Prince Edward County motel
motel bathroom

Centrally located, it’s perfect for exploring wineries, beaches, and local attractions, with accommodation options ranging from cozy guest rooms to private cottages (perfect for a girls’ getaway). Originally the Hubbs Estate in 1869, Angeline’s Inn has a rich history, evolving from a private residence to a boarding house, a French fine-dining restaurant, and now a beautiful country inn.

exterior view of Angeline's Inn
double occupancy room in the Walters Inn
exterior view of a single occupancy room in the Walters Inn

Creekside Cafe

We went for breakfast but this cute, cozy restaurant on Wellington Main Street has a surprising twist: an upstairs Airbnb! There’s the Creekside Suite and Main Street Suite.

exterior view of Creekside Cafe in Prince Edward County

The Royal Hotel

The historic building in Picton, Ontario, has undergone a meticulous restoration, preserving its original architectural charm while integrating modern amenities and sustainable practices. The blend of contemporary design with classic elements provides a cozy and stylish environment, perfect for events and gatherings. The emphasis on community engagement and storytelling makes every stay here feel warm and inviting.

exterior view of the Royal Hotel in Prince Edward County

Wander the Resort

The luxury lakeside retreat is located on Loyalist Parkway in Prince Edward, Ontario. With Nordic design and country comfort, this hotel is perfect for a relaxing and luxurious stay. They have a Scandinavian spa under construction and I can’t wait to visit again when it opens.

exterior view of modern, glass paneled building at Wander Resort
a woman posing in a mirror in an upcsale, modern shop
seating area at Wander Resort

Prince Edward County Wineries

Wondering how to spend a day in Prince Edward County? If you’re a wine enthusiast, you have to put a local winery or two on your itinerary. Prince Edward County has over 40 wineries.

The lakeside climate, and limestone, shale, and clay soil provide the perfect composition for growing cool-climate grape vines. Even if you’re not a big drinker, it’s still a great experience complete with family activities, picnics, and more!

Hinterland Wine Company

This winery in Hillier, Ontario has sparkling wine for every occasion so if bubbly is your thing, I highly recommend it! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the tasting flights are generous and served in beautiful glassware. There’s indoor and outdoor seating with lovely views of the vineyards.

The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery

The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery is a charming spot in Hillier, Ontario, offering a truly relaxing experience on its spacious vineyard property. The tasting room, set in a historic barn, provides a cozy yet elegant setting. I loved their creative approach to tastings with individual kits you can enjoy at your own pace, either indoors or outdoors.

The setting is beautiful, with picnic tables tucked among the vineyards, perfect for a picnic-style lunch with stunning views. I especially loved the street corn salad made in their outdoor kitchen.

Farmers Markets

You can’t leave the county without some mementos so get ready for some prime shopping at a local farmers market.

Wellington Farmers Market

This eclectic outdoor market operates every Saturday from 9-1:30 at the Eddie Hotwl and Farm on Loyalist Parkway, supporting local farmers and small businesses. They offer a wide variety of local goods. Here are my personal highlights:

  • Papa Ghanoush and Momma Hummus: Ran by a lovely couple from Syria, they specialize in falafel and shwarma sandwiches.
  • County Candle Co.: They make hand-poured, 100% premium soy wax candles infused with essential oils. Each scent captures the essence of beloved locations throughout Prince Edward County. It doesn’t get more local than that!
  • Beaus Baked Goods: Those buttery flaky croissants so I had to stop by this stand.
  • Virgin Mango PEC: The sweet luscious, smoothies were so refreshing!
  • Randee’s Bees: The owner Randall, is a beekeeper. He’s passionate about sustainability and offers honey and byproducts like body butter, lip balm, and soap.
  • County Fare: This stand offered handcrafted specialty food products. Their specialty spreads and sauces are made with no added sugar or artificial preservatives.
the scene at Wellington Farmers Market of Prince Edward County
County Candle Company products with scents dedicated to Prince Edward County towns
hands holding smoothies

Picton Farmers Market

Picton has to be the cutest town in Prince Edward County! They host a community-run market next to Benson Park & Playground that’s open on Sundays from 9-2. It features local produce, handmade goods, and Lighthall Vineyards’ wine and cheese. Here are some highlights:

The Perfect County Stay

As I look back on all the photos and videos I captured, I realize I have so many joyful memories to bring home with me. Shared smiles, waves, giggles, and moments truly made all the difference during our stay in Prince Edward County.

The sense of community here is incredible, with flourishing small businesses and warm, welcoming locals who make every visit special. This county is a place where you not only explore beautiful landscapes and enjoy delicious food and wine but also connect with the heart and soul of the community. I can’t wait to revisit PEC and create even more memories!

a woman in a yellow dress, smiling with both hands displaying peace standing in a vineyard in Prince Edward County

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About Taneisha Morris

My name is Taneisha, this is my online kitchen and I'm thrilled you're here. Take your time exploring the site; there's plenty to discover and be inspired by. Pull up a seat and make yourself at home!

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