weekend getaways

The Best New Weekend Getaways From Toronto: Prince Edward County

In 2022, Prince Edward County has become a perennial hot spot, revered as much for its white sandy beaches and cool vintage shops, as it is for its vineyard experiences, craft breweries and of course, the flourishing food scene.

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Wander The Resort features six lakeside and four poolside cabins. Photo @Tara McMullen

Two hours east of Toronto, each year, flocks of vacationers descend upon PEC, eschewing far-flung destinations in favour of a domestic escape. And who can blame them when local lodgings like Wander the Resort — a dreamy cabin retreat on West Lake — is on offer. Featuring six lakeside and four poolside cabins, minimalist Nordic design meets country charm care of two-bedroom retreats that sleep up to six. There’s also a laundry list of Instagram-ready amenities, including a communal firepit for bon-fires, and an edible garden with pick-your-own herbs and vegetables.

Dining alfresco at The Royal Hotel. Photo: Graydon Herriott

Located on Picton’s main street, you’ll also find The Royal Hotel – a true historical establishment that has been around for over a century and recently underwent a stunning renovation. Come for the modern upgrades and gold accents throughout the hotel, stay for the spacious rooms fit for a weekend getaway or even an extended stay. The in-house restaurant is helmed by chef Albert Ponzo, formerly of Toronto’s Le Sélect Bistro, with a menu featuring produce from local farms. While you’re enjoying your stay, stop by the hotel’s spa, complete with a Finnish-inspired sauna and a wellness boutique, and then grab some fresh pastries from the onsite bakery.

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A spread at Bocado

Joining a long list of rich and varied eateries, Bocado is serving up seasonal and Spanish-inspired foods, cocktails and seasonal wines. At the helm is Toronto’s Stuart Cameron, a former executive chef at Icon Hospitality. Right next to Waring’s Corner (a.k.a. the roundabout) toward Bloomfield, Toronto’s beloved burger joint Harry’s Charbroiled has found a permanent home in the County.

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