Dave and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary last weekend! Can’t believe it’s been five years… It’s cliché, but it feels like so much longer and also no time at all since our wedding day. Not to get all mushy, but I really lucked out with this guy. He is an incredible husband and father, and I am so blessed to be able to live our my days on this earth with him beside me! Okay, okay. That’s enough of that.
We have always felt it is important to nurture our marriage and relationship by spending quality time together. And although that’s been more difficult to do since we had Mason, we still try to place a priority on making that alone time for each other. So thankful for family who help us out so that we know Mason is both safe, loved, and having a blast (shoutout to my cousin Cynthia and family for spoiling Mason while we were away!!).
This year, with thanks to Ford Canada, we decided to check out Prince Edward County in style. AKA, we drove the sweetest Mustang I’ve ever seen, and Dave was in his glory! I said, “Thanks babe for being my insta-hubby. This is your reward!!” There was so much power under the hood of this baby – the engine has been revamped to get maximum power, with 460 horsepower and 420 lb ft of torque. One of the features we liked the best was Selectable Drive Mode where you can choose settings like “Quiet” or “Sport” and essentially whether you want to be that neighbour or not! 😉 We, of course, drove it in Sport mode because, well, we only had the car for the weekend and YOLO!
Prince Edward County has been getting a lot of buzz on social media these days. There is one hotel in particular that I’ve seen show up a lot, so I wanted to see what else the county had to offer. When the Lakeside Village Inn came onto my radar, I was immediately intrigued. It is a newly renovated motel, attracting minimalist nature-lovers to rest and relax in style. Dave and I both thought it had the charm of being in Muskoka at a cottage (firepits and muskoka chairs await you down by the waterfront!) while also having the easy luxury of walking or biking to any number of restaurants, shops, and wineries. Although they don’t have dining on site, they do have a well-stocked minibar with local treats for the picking. If you’re planning to stay for an extended visit in one of their larger accommodations, they also offer to stock your fridge with groceries for an additional fee! I thought that was a pretty great amenity. We had an amazing stay and will definitely be back!
If you’re planning to visit some of the local wineries, or just want a way to explore the town without being on your feet, The Lakeside also offers free bike rentals. We took advantage of this perk and set off to check out a couple nearby wineries: Sandbanks and By Chadsey’s Cairns. There were more in biking distance, but sadly we they all close at 6pm on Saturdays and we started our adventure too late! We did check out Grange of Prince Edward Winery on Sunday on our way out though, and will definitely be going back there for their Picnic Lunch offering next time (looks like a super cute spot for a lunch date if you ask me!).
Another spot you have to try if you’re visiting PEC is a cute little Mexican restaurant called La Condesa. Not only is the interior totally instagrammable, but the food and drinks are mouth-wateringly delicious. We started with the guac and chips (because how can you not?) and then moved onto a suggestion by beverage director Matthew: the Tostada de Atún. This is not a menu item I would have normally ordered and I’m so glad we tried it because it was absolutely phenomenal. Highly recommend trying it if you ever visit! For our main course, both Dave and I knew we needed the fish tacos, and they also came recommended to us. We sipped on a couple different beverages, and one beer Dave had was made locally and really good: Rizbal Mango Lassi by Parson’s Brewing (sweet, sour, and super delicious!).
For our anniversary dinner, we chose to try out the Drake Devonshire, which was only a 5 minute walk from Lakeside Inn (really, everything is so conveniently close to that accommodation!). The venue is absolutely gorgeous at night, and looks out onto the water. We got a table right by the window and it was super romantic! We started out with the charcuterie platter, and then both decided on steak frites (after a long day of biking and drinking wine, you need a big ol’ steak!!). Everything we ate was delicious, the service was wonderful, and the atmosphere was on point. Although the meal was a little pricey, we really enjoyed our experience.
The morning of our departure we stopped at Enid Grace Café for breakfast, and we were very pleasantly surprised! The line-up was long, so we anticipated it to be a popular spot, but was the food really worth the hype?…. YEP! We (again) both got the Croque Madame breakfast sandwich and coffees and left feeling both immensely stuffed and satisfied. Next door to the cafe is the cutest plant shop called The Parlour Studio and you better believe I wasn’t leaving PEC without going inside! A seriously gorgeous shop with a great selection of little plant babies to bring home as a memory of your trip! Plus, the owner is so sweet and just celebrated her 3rd anniversary of the shop being open!
We had a whirlwind of a trip, but definitely hit some of the best spots in PEC in my opinion! A huge thank you to Ford Canada for sending us away in a beautiful ride, to Lakeside Inn for hosting us, and to La Condesa for a delicious meal. We were spoiled for our 5th!!