I’ve been a little quiet on my social media channels this week, but I have a really good excuse: my husband and I took a two-day mini vacation–our first time away together in four years. And it. Was. Bliss. 🙂
We went to Prince Edward County, a region of Ontario about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Ottawa. The County is actually an island in Lake Ontario (one of the Great Lakes), and though it’s separated from the mainland only by the narrowest strip of water, it retains a unique culture and feel–almost as if time itself moves at a different pace.
This was our second visit to the area. Our first was, coincidentally enough, four years ago (we really need to take vacations more often!)…and we found little had changed in that time. My favorite way to arrive in the County is by ferry at the easternmost entry point (there are four bridges as well). There’s just something about a boat, even if you’re only on it for about five minutes. 🙂
Much of the island is still farmed, and the County produces its own cheeses, beef, Muscovy ducks, the usual wealth of seasonal produce, and some of the best wines I’ve ever had. As of 2012, there were 34 wineries in the region, making for great wine touring. 🙂
Because we got rather an early start on day 2 in the County, we headed for the famous Sandbanks Beach Provincial park for a couple of hours before hitting the wine trail (apparently 10 a.m. is too early for wine…pfft! 😉 ).
Other highlights of the trip (we managed to cram quite a bit into two days!):
The County is in Loyalist country, with a rich and fascinating history that dates back to Canada’s earliest beginnings.
There is so much to explore, and even with all that we did, we managed only a tiny fraction. We could both have stayed much, much longer — and you can bet it won’t be another four years til our next visit. We’re already talking about making it our 2015 anniversary destination…especially since we’ll have run out of wine by then! 😉