A Weekend Guide to Prince Edward County, Canada

September 27, 2017

Places we've been: what we did, 
where we stayed, and what we ate along the way. 

 

Prince Edward County, Canada

Hey! My name’s Kristi and I’m the Founder/CEO of Encircled. Over labour day weekend, I escaped the busy city of Toronto for the newest wine and culinary destination in Ontario: Prince Edward County. Here's where I stayed, and what I did in case you find yourself in this part of the world looking for adventure.

This area of Ontario feels like it didn’t really exist until a few years ago when top Toronto chefs started setting up restaurants, and investing in wineries and microbreweries in the area. A small, historical farming region - Prince Edward County is so much more than just that.

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WHERE TO STAY

I was traveling with my 9-month old Goldendoodle Harlow, so we needed a dog-friendly place to stay. My boyfriend and I also wanted a place with a bit more space than just a hotel room, and most importantly, a kitchen to be able to make breakfasts and snacks throughout the day. We found the cutest Airbnb in quaint Picton, Ontario. Picton is on the eastern side of Prince Edward County.

Our Airbnb was called The Ferg, and unbeknownst to us, it was also rated one of the cutest boutique hotels by Toronto Life. Owned by a photographer and an actress, the Ferg was originally built in the 1850s and has been renovated throughout. It feels like, a modern take on a farmhouse.

The Ferg has 3 units and we stayed on the main floor with 1 bedroom. It had a nice kitchen with dining area, living room, bedroom and a porch. It instantly felt like home.

The wide floorboards looked original and all the nice touches you’d expect in a home were all taken care of. My only complaint is the bathroom was tiny! But, that’s Victorian-era houses, right?

The best part of the Ferg was the location. It’s about a block from the main street of Picton, which has cute stores, cafes, bars, and restaurants. There’s two grocery stores within a short walk, and a deluge of local markets. You’ll never go hungry.

I’d definitely stay there again, but if it’s booked - there are many great Airbnb options in PEC. Other popular hotel options in the area include the much Instagrammed June Motel (also near Picton), and the hip Drake Devonshire in Wellington County.


WHERE TO EAT

Prince Edward County is a foodie’s delight. Honestly, it was hard to not eat all the things all the time there and there’s so much good, locally grown produce! My recommendations:

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Best Brunch

THE DRAKE DEVONSHIRE

This boutique hotel is right in the heart of the smaller Wellington County, located on the more western side of Prince Edward County. The Drake Devonshire is right on the water (yes, that’s Lake Ontario) and a seat on the patio gets you a gorgeous lakefront view.

I had one of their famous caesars , and the pancakes. I NEVER eat pancakes at home, but the ones on their menu sounded too good to resist. They were fluffy, light and delicious and came with a local blend of macerated fruit on top.

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Best Lunch

NORM HARDIE WINERY

Located on your way into Prince Edward County, the famous Norm Hardie Winery has beenin PEC since 2003. They have a gorgeous patio which faces out onto the vineyards and a wood-fired pizza oven.

We had a local mixed green salad to start and a salami pizza that was to die for. It was so good! The best part is their patio is dog friendly, so Harlow could join us (on the grass) while we noshed on lunch and amazing wine.

The site also boasts some of the nicest (but not the cheapest) wines in the County. I recommend doing a wine tasting at their upstairs bar! There’s a ping-pong table and a playground to entertain the kiddos (and adults) alike.

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Best Dinner

BLUMEN GARDEN BISTRO

Located just a few minutes east of Picton, the Blumen Garden Bistro is the number one rated restaurant in PEC - so, we had to try it.

Housed in a cozy renovated one story house, this intimate restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients to create inspired dishes. We started with the soup of the day, a Beet Sweet Potato, and Beef Tartare. For mains, I had the local pan-seared Pickerl, and Bryan had the braised rabbit gnocci. He said it was the best dinner he’s ever had.

Enough said.

I didn’t get any photos inside as they have a no cell-phone policy, but suffice it to say, the food looks as good as it tastes.

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Best Night out

THE ACOUSTIC GRILL

Located in downtown Picton, the Acoustic Grill is a patio/bar which features live music three to four nights a week.

I was a little skeptical of this place - I’ll admit I prejudged it (mainly because their sign looks like it from the 1990s, and the decor reminds me of a Kelsey’s). This place though, is awesome!

That night, they had a live acoustic two-person band playing a mix of favourites throughout the night. The burger - one of the best I’ve ever had (which says a lot, as I love burgers).

Definitely worth a visit, but I recommend making a reservation or showing up early to make sure you get a good table.

WHERE TO VISIT

We were only able to carve out 4 days in Prince Edward County, so we could only see a small slice of the county. A few of my must-see places:

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LAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN

A short 15-minute drive from Picton is a mysterious lake ON a mountain. Okay, it’s more like, on a hill, but it’s weird right to find a big lake, that’s super deep in the middle of farm fields?

The lake has no apparent source of water, and is about 112 ft deep. It’s a nice spot for a picnic, or photos, as the backdrop could not be more stunning. Nature at it’s finest.

SLICKERS ICE CREAM

I don’t love ice cream - it’s too sweet but Slickers, oh man. The coconut ice cream is a fine balance of mild, salty and just delicious. Worth a trip if you’re in Picton.

COUNTY ROAD BREWERY

Located in the middle of farmland, the County Road Brewery is a farmhouse brewery that uses local ingredients to create really tasty beer. The outdoor beer gardens are vibrant and fun, and the menu has lots of tasty options. When we were there, a couple of people rode up on horses to grab a drink. Animals definitely welcome.

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MILLENNIUM TRAIL

Located along an abandoned railway line, the Millennium Trail is 49km multipurpose hiking-biking-running-walking trail that spans across Prince Edward County. We biked it - it’s a little rough at spots (lots of rocks) but I love that it’s totally private and it’s a nice alternative to driving PEC.


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THE PRINCE EDWARD DOG PARK

If you’re traveling with your dog, Picton has one of the biggest (and nicest) dog parks I’ve ever seen. It’s located in Delhi Park and is run entirely by volunteers. The Prince Edward Dog Park is grass-covered, and fully fenced with a separate small dog area. It’s about the size of 3-4 football fields and has chairs, fresh water and garbage cans. We went there every day (several times a day) with Harlow, and she always met friendly dogs (plus it was a great way to get insider recommendations  on where to eat and what to see from locals!).

AGRARIAN MARKET

This local market is a foodie’s paradise. The Agrarian Market features organic, local meat, cheese, baked goods, and products - it’s a must visit. They even have picnic baskets that you can pre-order for that dream instagram picnic in a farm field!

WHEN TO GO

Prince Edward County is located in eastern Ontario, Canada. Therefore, I think it’s likely most beautiful in the Spring, Summer and early Fall so you can truly embrace the outdoor experience.

WHAT TO WEAR

Prince Edward County is essentially a conglomerate of farm towns, so high heels make zero sense here. I was able to easily pack a carry-on (with extra clothing) for a 4-day trip.

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DAYTIME


Casual pants - 
Jeans, leggings, or (Hello Dressy Sweatpants!)


Flat soled shoes -
Something comfy like a sneaker, or a sandal with support


Layers -
Cooler in the morning during summer months, but warms up later. I packed our Evolve Top and Retrograde Kimono Dress which were perfect for the varying temperature.


Be prepared for any weather -
Umbrella, rain coat etc.

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EVENINGS

Boots, booties or shoeties -
Leave those pumps and strappy sandals at home.


Jeans -
A must.


A light jacket -
I found the evenings to cool off quite a bit. I do wish I brought a few more warmer weather items like an extra sweatshirt or long sleeve top.


A dressy-casual top -
(Our Revolve Dress is perfect!) or a t-shirt layered with a few necklaces

Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is Made in Canada, out of sustainable, and eco friendly materials.Prince Edward County is an easy and fun weekend escape for city dwellers in the Toronto and Ottawa area alike.

Easy to access by car, or VIA rail (a 20-minute drive from Belleville’s station), I recommend booking a trip out there for your next getaway. It’s the perfect destination for a girls/guys trip, or a couple's vacation. You’ll have no shortage of fun (or wine) for the weekend.

 

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The Chrysalis Cardi

Size
Garment Length (Laid Flat) Garment Width (Laid Flat) Bust 
(inches)
Waist 
(inches)
Hip 
(inches)
Height 

Regular

(xs - xxl)

38" 39.5" 32"-41" 25"-34" 35"-44" 5'2"-6'0"

Petite

(xxs - m)

35" 34.5" 27"-35" 23"-28" 30"-38" <5'4"

Maxi

(xl - xxxl)

43" 41.5" 41"-52" 33"-45" 44"-56" <6'0"

Fit Advice: The Regular Chrysalis Cardi is a one size fits most garment ranging from sizes XS-XXL or 2-14. It can be easily belted in multiple ways, however the Regular is not recommended for petite or shorter woman due to the volume of fabric - See Petite Cardi. The Regular is also not recommended for curvier/taller women due to fabric pulling around the bust or bottom - See Maxi Cardi.

We recommend watching the how-to wear videos to see how much fabric drape and length you would like in your finished garment. If you are in between sizes, it is best to size up and the garment can always be tailored shorter to better suit your look - you cannot add more fabric, unfortunately!

The Petite is best suited for women 5'4" and under with a smaller frame, although it will also work on women above this height (depending on preferred length when styled). 

The Maxi is best suited for all women under 6’0” with a curvier shape to eliminate any uncomfortable fabric pulling, although it will also work on women who are a bit less curvy (depending on preferred length when styled).

*If you have any questions on sizing, please contact us - Remember it is best to provide us with your height and size range of garments that you already own! 

 

The Dressy Sweatpant

WHEN WORN AT NATURAL WAIST

Worn higher up to sit at your natural waist - straight leg tapers from the hip to ankle opening.

Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) XXL (18-20)
Waist (inches)
23" - 25"
25" - 28"
28" - 32"
32" - 34"
34" - 37"
37-39"
Hip (inches)
32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
44" - 47"
47-50"
Inseam (inches) 26.5"

Fit Advice: We recommend staying with your usual size if you are in-between sizes. The cut on The Dressy Sweatpants is more generous and the fit is meant to be drapey and slightly loose. 

 

The Essential Long Sleeve Top + The Essential Short Sleeve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14-16 (XXL)
Bust 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 33 - 36" 36 - 39" 39 - 42"
42 - 45"
Waist 23 - 25" 25 - 27" 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 34 - 36"
36 - 38"
Hips 30 - 32" 33 - 36" 36 - 38" 38 - 41" 41 - 44"
44 - 47"
Front Length / Back Length 24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"

Fit Advice: The Essential Long Sleeve Top fits a bit larger than our usual tees. We suggest to order true to your normal size, however since the styling is more flowy than our other Encircled tees, it is suggested to size down if you prefer a tighter look. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Evolve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS)
4-6 (S)
8-10 (M)
12-14 (L)
16-18 (XL)
20 (XXL)
Bust
30.5-32.5"
33.5-35.5"
36.5-38.5"
39.5-41.5"
42.5-44"
45-47"
Waist
25-26"
27-29"
30-31"
32-34"
35-37"
38-40"
Hips
33-36"
37-39"
40-42"
43-45"
46-48"
49-52"
Fit Advice: The fit of The Evolve top is drapey but tapers towards the hip and tends to fit large. We recommend for you to size down from your normal size if you are unsure. The fabric on The Evolve top has a natural stretch that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

The Flipside Legging 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam 28" 28"
28"
28"
28"

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing up if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The modal fabric on The Flipside Leggings is not as 'taut' as synthetic fabrics like polyester, so if you prefer a snugger fit in the waist area for your leggings, size down. The Flipside Leggings are pre-shrunk. 

 

 The Minimalist Legging + The Minimalist Crop Legging

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The bamboo fabric on The Minimalist Leggings is tighter than the Flipside Leggings. The Minimalist Leggings are pre-shrunk.

 

The Nomadic V-Neck

Size
XS (0-2) S (4-6) M (8-10)  L (12-14)  XL (16-18 XXL (20) 
Bust 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-41 42-44
45-47
Waist 22-24 25-27 28-30 31-33 34-36
37-39
Hips 34-36 37-39 40-42 43-45 46-48
49-51

Fit Advice: The Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Retrograde Kimono Dress

Size
XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) 
Bust (Inches)
28 - 32.5"
33" - 35.5"
36 - 38.5"
39 - 41.5"
42 - 49"
Hip (Inches)
33" - 36"
37" - 39"
40" - 42"
43" - 45"
46" - 50"
Length (Inches)
At longest, 33"
At longest, 34"
At longest, 35"
At longest, 36"
At longest, 37"

Fit Advice: The Retrograde Kimono Dress is our most "oversized" piece in the collection. We suggest to order true to your normal size to get the intended look. If you prefer a slimmer or tighter look, we suggest choosing a size down than your usual Encircled size.

 

The Reversible Pencil Skirt

Size
XS (0-2)
S (2-4)
M (6-8)
L (10-12)
XL (14-16)

Waist (inches)

23" - 26"
26" - 29"
29" - 32"
32" - 34"
35" - 37"

Hip (inches)

32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
45" - 47"

Length Total (inches)

20"
21"
22"
23"
24"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Pencil Skirt fits true to size, but it's suggested to size up if you fall between sizes. The pencil skirt offers a smooth silhouette that slightly tapers from waist to hips and down through to the hem, hitting just at knee length. A pencil skirt should smoothly skim your curves, so to get a perfect fit, first identify your largest measurement then choose the size offering that range while still allowing for some stretch. The fabric on The Reversible Pencil skirt has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

 

The Revolve Dress II + The Sleeveless Revolve Dress

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 4-6 (S) 8-10 (M) 12-14 (L) 16-18 (XL) 20 (XXL)
Bust (in inches)  30.5-32.5" 33.5-35.5" 36.5-38.5" 39.5-41.5" 42.5-44" 45-47"
Waist (in inches)  25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34" 35-37" 38-40"
Hips (in inches)  33-36" 37-39" 40-42" 43-45" 46-48" 49-52"
Length (in inches) At longest, 34.5" adjustable At longest, 35.35" adjustable At longest, 36" adjustable  At longest, 36.75" adjustable At longest, 37.5" adjustable At longest, 38.25" adjustable

Fit Advice: The Revolve Dress is designed to fit drapey that tapers towards the hip. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. If your hip measurements are above the guide, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. The fabric on The Revolve Dress has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

The Wanderer Sleeveless T 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5"
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Wanderer Sleeveless T fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Reversible Bandeau Bra  

Size
(XS/S) (M/L) (XL)
Bust 30 - 33" 34 - 37" 38-41"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Bandeau Bra fits true to size and the wide elastic band provides light to medium support. To ensure proper fit, measure your bust and check our size guide.

The Everyday Twist Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 4-6 (S) 8-10 (M) 12-14 (L) 16-18 (XL)
Bust (in inches)  30.5-32.5" 33.5-35.5" 36.5-38.5" 39.5-41.5" 42.5-44"
Waist (in inches)  25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34" 35-37"
Hips (in inches)  33-36" 37-39" 40-42" 43-45" 46-48"
Back Length (in inches) 24.5" 25" 25.5" 26" 26.5"

Fit Advice: The Everyday Twist Top is designed to fit drapey. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. The fabric on The Everyday Twist Top has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

The Men's Nomadic V-Neck  

Size
S M L XL XXL
Chest 36-38" 38-40" 40-42" 42-44" 44-46"
Back Length 27" 27.5" 28" 28.75" 29.5"
Fit Advice: The Men’s Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. It features a straight fit, being more fitted in the shoulders and looser towards the waist. The fabric is 4-way stretch and it will fit within ~1-2" of the measurements. If you prefer a more relaxed fit, size up.

The Minimalist Leggings II

Size
XS (0-2) S (4-6) M (8-10)  L (12-14)  XL (16-18)  XXL (20) 
Bust 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-41 42-44
45-47
Waist 22-24 25-27 28-30 31-33 35-36
37-39
Hips 34-36 37-39 40-42 43-45 46-48
49-51

Fit Advice:  The Minimalist Legging II fits true to size. We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. 

The Dressy Sweatshirt

Size
XS-S (0-6) M-L (8-14) XL (16-28)
Bust 30-35 36-41 42-44
Waist 22-27 28-33 34-36
Hips 34-39 40-45 46-48

Fit Advice:  The Dressy Sweatshirt fits loose throughout the body and arms, but snug at the wrist and hip bands. We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements.