A Foodie’s Trip to Prince Edward County
Over the Summer, my friend and I were considering a vacation – but couldn’t decide where we would go for just a few days that wasn’t too expensive, and that would fulfill my foodie soul. Low and behold, I came across The June Motel on Instagram and knew this was the place for us. The June Motel is a revamped motel just off the main drag of Picton in Prince Edward County. You may have seen them on Instagram @thejunemotel or read about them in TorontoLife; the June Motel aims to be a “wine summer camp for adults”, and is decorated in Miami Mod décor.
The June was everything I’d hoped for. It was almost entirely booked out for the Summer, but luckily we got in for a two night stay in a The Wine Studio room.
Though we didn’t indulge in any of the wine lobby drinks (yes, they have their own wine lobby), we did check out the beautiful wine bar and order in-room breakfast and charcuterie.
The breakfast option I chose was a Chia Seed Bowl with blueberries and coconut on top. On the charcuterie board, there was a mix of olives, crackers, cheese and meats.
On top of our foodie-heaven stay in the gorgeous June, we also checked out the town of Picton for some shopping (which luckily for us, there’s quite a bit of!) and, of course, more food. While there we ended up at The Vic Café for brunch and Portabella for dinner. The Vic café was exactly up my alley and I found myself wishing we had one of our own in Hamilton, so that I could head over there everyday.
Bright and airy, patterned tiles and lots of plants decorated this adorable little space and the yummy food made it ideal! For brunch, I enjoyed the When Pigs Fly South Egg Bowl with scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, chili pesto, queso.
Portabella was an unexpected surprise. There weren’t many restaurants open on the evening we went, but we happened to find ourselves walking by Portabella and decided to head in for dinner.
The space was cozy and rich, with tapestries and wood decorations around the restaurant. The front windows opened up, French-door style, so we found ourselves eating dinner in the front window looking out onto the scenery of the street. For dinner we enjoyed their soup of the day and fresh salads with fruits. Very tasty and light, but we left feeling satisfied!
County Yum had a minimal menu, but we quickly found out that what they did make, they made well. I tried their County Yum Signature Sandwich (Scratch built meatloaf, 2 strips of smokey bacon, house aioli, our green tomato chutney and sprouts on a brioche bun) with Grape Buchipop kombucha (Mmm) and Broccoli Slaw. The food here was so impressive! I’d head all the way out to PEC to visit them again. I also grabbed a giant jar of pickles for bringing home with me – since I’m basically a pickle connoisseur and love trying new ones. Not disappointed!
The people at the Prince Eddy’s Brewery brewery were super friendly and helped us pick up something to bring home to my sister and her husband (beer bloggers at Hoppily Ever After) that would be something they had never tried before. I loved Prince Eddy’s brand and their surf-style décor.
On top of all this deliciousness, we also visited Sandbanks Provincial Park beach,
and a lavender farm.
If you’re a wine fan, there’s also a great wine scene in Prince Edward County – no lack of things to see in the area!
Have you been to Picton or Prince Edward County? Do you have a favourite restaurant there? Share it with us in the comments below!
The June Motel – 12351 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton, ON
Portabella – 265 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON
The Vic Café – 222 Main Street West, Picton, ON
County Yum Club – 13633 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton, ON
Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company – 13 Macsteven Drive, Picton, ON
Sandbanks Provincial Park Beach – 3004 County Road 12, Picton, ON
SHED Chetwyn Alpaca Farm – 500 Closson Road, Hillier, ON
Prince Edward County Lavender – 732 Closson Road, Hillier, ON