I recently returned from an amazing girls getaway for my friend Tasha's bachelorette in beautiful Prince Edward County. Ever since my first visit to The June Motel, The County has become one of my favourite weekend escapes from the city. Great wineries, breweries, restaurants, ice cream parlours and lots of beach picnics, Sandbank swims, and field frolicking to be done.
While we were putting together the itinerary for "Tash's Last Bash," it was a lot of scouring different sources to find "the best wineries" to hit, coordinating transportation, and figuring out where to stay and what to do with a group of girls. I think we found the right balance of enjoying what Prince Edward County has to offer, while also relaxing dock-side at our Airbnb.
Below is our weekend itinerary and some of my hot tips + recommendations of where to stay, fav wineries, what to do, where to eat etc. I hope this is helpful for you (or if someone you know) is planning an upcoming bachelorette in The County!! Let me know in the comments what you end up doing or if you liked any of the spots.
For more inspiration, I included our sample bachelorette weekend itinerary in a downloadable PDF below.
Hip 16-room boutique hotel that has literally thought of EVERYTHING when it comes to a girls getaway weekend
BOOK the Deluxe Wine Studio and/or Rosé Suite (each suite sleeps 5 and includes a dining table, in-room wine bar etc)
Opt-in for The June's "Bachelorette Package" - bottle of rosé bubbly, customized banners and detox facial kits
Sip wine in the Instagram-worthy lobby bar (it's indoor-outdoor), roast s'mores at night over the fire pit, indulge in morning yoga & mimosas, and inquire about a group long table dinner in their Bohemian forest (it's so cute!)
Inquire in advance with the concierge and they'll be more than happy to help you coordinate a wine tour, transportation, restaurant reservations etc.
Best bet for a large group is to rent an Airbnb -- HOT TIP ALERT !!! BOOK WELL IN ADVANCE !!! Since there are so few rentals that fit your party, these puppies get booked up fast. We had to book ours 1 YEAR in advance (no joke) since it was on a popular June weekend. While we were there we saw at least four other bachelorette parties throughout the weekend so you know that accommodations are a hot commodity.
Wilolea Waterfront Luxury Retreat (Sleeps 14) - THIS IS WHERE WE STAYED :)
Beautifully renovated and designer-decorated waterfront cottage on Smith's Bay
We LOVED this space (esp for BBQing dinner and drinking wine in matching pjs on the large dock)
Near Waupoos Winery / Peninsula, the location is gorgeous but it's about a 40 minute drive to the restaurants/wineries, which was worrisome for us at first but wasn't an issue at all since we were able to get a taxi quite easily and booked our own private 11-person van in advance for the day of the wine tour (best decision we ever made, more details on transportation below)
Sandbanks Cottage (Sleeps 6) - Über-modern home in West Lake, seconds from the Dunes & Sandbanks Provincial Park, includes bonfire pit, fireplace, water access etc.
Rhonda House (Sleeps 8) - Restored 1800's farmhouse in West Lake (south of Bloomfield, next to Sandbanks Provincial Park), large porch, fire pit and BBQ, rustic reclaimed wood furnishings, Hayloft Shuttle pick-up right outside their door (bonus!)
Maple & Oak Summer House Near The Drake Devonshire (Sleeps 9) - 2 min walk from the Drake Devonshire & a 5 min walk from Wellington's local beach, great backyard patio (they're on IG @beachandmain)
There are so many wineries to choose from and a lot of amazing ones that aren't mentioned, but for a girls getaway weekend, you can't go wrong with the four wineries outlined below -- they are also listed in order of our exact wine tour. We started at Norman Hardie and worked our way backwards towards where we were staying.
Our van driver was THE BEST - he arrived with his Timmy's coffee and was ours for 8 hours (you can hire a driver for less or more time than that though). We weighed all of the options of booking organized wine tours but decided on getting a private driver and doing our own. COULDN'T RECOMMEND THIS MORE. It was great being on our own time schedule. If we weren't loving one winery, we just hopped in the van and headed to the next one - and vice versa, if we were having a great time at one of them then we lingered longer.
Norman Hardie - although a lot of bad press has since been released on the owner (I'd be remiss not to mention the Globe & Mail article that was released after our weekend getaway) but their homemade brick-oven pizza and Pinot Noir is SO DELISH. This was the best way to kick off the wine tour with a fixed menu lunch overlooking the vineyard ($35 per person for pretty much all you can eat pizza - we brought a lot home as leftovers! Plus glass of wine of your choice)
Hinterland - cleanse your palette post lunch with their yummy sparkling wines (depending on when you go they have a lovely sunflower field)
The Grange - rustic chic winery with reclaimed wood beams and an adorable little patio that feels a bit like you're in the French countryside (not quite, but almost)
Closson Chase - we loved this one and stayed the longest here doing tastings outside in their whicker lounge chairs and hammock swings
We had a few more on our itinerary just incase but we ended up sticking with those four wineries, staying as long as we liked, and then stopping for ice cream at Slicker's in Bloomfield en route back to the Airbnb for dinner and more wine!
Approx 3.5 hour drive from Toronto to Prince Edward County (depends on which part you're staying in: Erinsville, Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, etc) - map out where your Airbnb is and the wineries in advance so you can plan to have a DD or book a driver
McCoy Bus Service - you can also book wine tours (check out each wineries website) but we really enjoyed having our own driver and being on our own schedule. They were very accommodating and helpful (call to book if you have any questions)
Closson Road Cycles - if you're looking to do a bike wine tour or head to Sandbanks etc. this is probably your best bet for bike rentals! We opted not to only because of logistics with where our Airbnb was and we wanted to eliminate any complications with pending weather (luckily it was sunny the whole time!)
The June Motel - as mentioned, they are super helpful in planning a full weekend itinerary for any bachelorette group if you're staying there, including figuring out car and/or bike transportation for you
eat & drink
The Courage - delicious food and craft cocktails at this hip eatery in Wellington (recommended for dinner/drinks)
The Agrarian - across the street from The Courage, dinner spot that also turns into a speakeasy at night (live music every Saturday), if you wanted to have dinner at The Courage you could head over to The Agrarian afterwards (check out the website, recommend calling to book in advance if there's a group of you for a bachelorette)
The Drake Devonshire - this beautiful lakeside hotel/restaurant venue is a must-do (great for every meal but we went for brunch on the patio overlooking the water)
The Miller House (Lake on The Mountain) - near The June Motel, small but lovely patio perched above Picton Bay where you can order charcuterie boards and craft beer from Lake on The Mountain Brewery
Parsons Brewery - near The June, great craft beer
Midtown Brewery - near The Courage (downtown Wellington), also great craft beer
Slicker's - homemade ice cream (need I say more) in Bloomfield (ca$h only)
The Hayloft Dancehall - I'm obsessed with this twinkle-lit barn in the middle of a field (The Dakota is one of my fav spots in Toronto) - we really lucked out because were able to get $30 tickets to Dwayne Gretzky at The Hayloft on the Friday night before they closed down for a private wedding the rest of the weekend (I could cry thinking about how happy I was listening and dancing the night away in this whimsical setting) -- check the calendar on their website and buy tickets in advance for any band that's playing here!! 100% worth it (there are FREE shuttle pick-ups throughout Prince Edward County but our Airbnb was a bit out of the way so we just got a flat fee for a taxi to-and-from)
Yoga in the Vineyard at 3 Dogs Winery ($15 drop-in, they have mats and blankets but you can also bring your own!)
Picnic in the dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park
Wine Tour (see above)
MISC: sunset champagne pop (matching pjs optional haha) - Tip: bring a wireless speaker! - DIY flower crowns, DIY wine cups, and make sure to leave lots of time to just hang out at your Airbnb!
Brunch at The Drake Devonshire (arrive early or walk around afterwards and enjoy the premises)
Click the button below to get my free downloadable PDF of our sample bachelorette weekend itinerary in Prince Edward County: