Going Back to the County

12 Apr

It didn’t take us long to fall in love with Ontario’s Prince Edward County while on our first ever visit there last August. How could we not, with the insouciant way of life, their community of farmers, butchers, market-gardeners, and chefs who live by the slow food movement, and of course their emerging wine culture.

I will even dare to say that the County charmed us because it is not Niagara, which for the most part, defines Ontario wine country. The County has a more grassroots culture, which grew out of passion for the craft of wine making and the craft of food, whereas Niagara seemed quite a bit too commercial. As if the region were a huge amusement park and the wineries were its souvenir shops. It was crowded and busy with locals and tourists. Not to say that this was an entirely bad thing — I suppose that Ontario has fought long and hard to be put on the map for its wine, and the success that we have achieved as a result of the wines of Niagara is something that we should really be proud of. For now, I suppose that much of Prince Edward County’s simple and unpretentious nature is owed to the fact that it still is emerging, and is way lesser-known than the renowned Niagara region. My hope is that the County will fight to maintain its charm and that it will always be evident there that passion runs very deep, despite whatever success they achieve.

It’s for these reasons that we booked another little getaway to the County, for our May long weekend. Again, we will be staying at a B&B, and the best part of all is that I managed to stumble upon one that is pet-friendly, so Jelly will be coming along on our tiny getaway. We’re excited that we are going back, and as this is our second visit, we’ll be able to better map out where we will be indulging and savoring local fares, and maybe discover some more gems along the way.

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5 Responses to “Going Back to the County”

  1. elisse April 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    How nice that you’ll be able to take Jelly with you! Gives you something to look forward to and appreciate the quaint, grassroots feel of the County. It’s like a well-kept secret that hasn’t been overrun with tourism … yet.

  2. Leesh April 13, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    That’s great that you are going back to a place you enjoyed so much and the bonus is that Jelly can come with you. Hooray!

  3. Steph S C-O April 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Jelly’s first trip!!! That’s awesome!!! 🙂
    From what I recall from your pics from last year…beautiful sights, good wine and delicious food! Mmmmm….maybe I can convince the hubs to go one day. 🙂

  4. courtney April 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    this looks beautiful and sounds sooo relaxing. i have never been wine tasting. it’s weird because i lived in northern california for 5 years and frequently drove through the wine country there. adding this to my bucket list (though i don’t really have one).

  5. Maureen May 17, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

    Jelly is gooing to love it there! Oopsy about my tweet today, nope there’s no Casino there. Work is killing me that I read tweets half-ass now. have a great trip!

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