A Cannabis Tour: Healing Body, Mind & Spirit
With local guide, Peter Brotherhood, explore the world of cannabis in Northumberland County. In Cobourg, see the FSD Pharma Cannabis Facility which, in 2020, will be the largest hydroponic indoor facility in the world, equal to the area of Central Park, NYC! At the Alderville First Nation Reserve, we will visit two cannabis outlets. Here we will learn of the Anishinaabe (Ojibway) traditions of healing, including the teaching precepts of the Seven Grandfathers. At the Medicine Wheel Natural Healing Store, clients’ needs will be assessed and various strains of cannabis will be recommended. Approximately 35-40 strains of cannabis (marijuana) will be available, ranging from sativa-dominant, to indica-dominant to hybrid genetics. Information will be available on all strains including such details as THC %, CBD %, effects and common medicinal uses. 200 products include cannabis flowers, seeds, extracts (shatter, rosins), oils, edible additives (syrups, tinctures) and hardware such as vaporizers, pens and closed loop extractors. At our other destination, the Green Room, similar marijuana products are for sale. All clients must be over 19 years of age; a birth certificate for young adults is mandatory. Please, no smoking on the coach. Bring cash; ATM’s are provided. Enjoy a buffet lunch at either Arthur’s Restaurant at the Best Western Plus or at the Woodlawn Inn in Cobourg. Best Time: Tuesdays to Sundays
35th Annual Picton Arts & Crafts Sale
Eastern Ontario's best 1-day craft show! Over 240 artisans showcasing beautiful jewellery, stained glass, paintings, clothing, pottery, wood products, outdoor furniture and much more! Great food available from a number of vendors. All proceeds fund Women's Institute's community work. Thursday, August 1st, 2019
Apples, Sculptures and Big Apple Tour
Along the shore of Lake Ontario, drive the scenic Apple Route between Cobourg and Colborne. Visit several fruit stands including a stop at Pieter’s Appleyard or Moore’s Orchard. See an apple press produce cider and sample fresh, juicy, locally grown apples. Buy and taste fresh apples at Appledon in Wicklow. Continue to the Big Apple for lunch on your own and watch apple pies being made. Visit the distinctive Hoselton Sculpture Studios for a tour of their production process and gallery to see their handcrafted, polished aluminium sculptures. At the Big Apple, we will have time to shop at their Country Store where one can buy unique gifts ranging from 'Crafty Candies' and baking treats to chocolates, beer and wines.
Sweets,Treats and Rural Flavour Tour
Explore the Campbellford/Warkworth area for the day. Visit an award winning micro-brewery, Church-Key Brewing. See how beer is produced in an environmentally sensitive manner and sample the unique brews and buy some beer if you desire. Stop at the World’s Finest Chocolate Outlet with its excellent chocolates where there is always a special sale. Visit the Empire Cheese and Butter Co-op where you can sample and buy different cheeses. With over 60 years of service, Dooher's Bakery is renowned for its pastries, (especially its fresh doughnuts), pies, cookies and seasonal baked delights and was voted Best Bakery in Canada in 2018.
A Candy of a Tour
We start our tour in Cobourg where we enjoy a treat of coffee/tea and home made cookies at Arthur's Restaurant (Best Western Plus). Our next stop is the new Sprucewood Cookie Factory where there are free samples of their sweet and savoury short breads. Enjoy lunch is at The Big Apple, Colborne. This is a bright, clean, cafeteria-style restaurant with a bakery where you can see the apple products being prepared. Lunch selections include ribs, chicken, brisket, burgers, soup and sandwiches. Also located here is a new candy section where you can buy chocolates, ice cream and other confectionery delights. Their market is well stocked with maple syrup, honey and jams plus apple breads. We conclude our tour with our purchases at the award-winning, Betty's Pies and Tarts.
Rural Flavour Tour
We begin our day at the artisan community of Warkworth to shop the Main Street at places like Metamorphone, Cheeky Bee Candles, Camp Ho Ba Chee (takes you back in time), Trentmendous (women's fashions), Frantic Farms Glass and Clayworks, the bakery and the Centre and Main Chocolate Company. A buffet lunch is held at St. Paul's United Church, Warkworth, where their homemade pies are a real treat. At Glover's Farm Market, just east of Warkworth, one can buy jams, honey, maple syrup, crafts, pies, bread and bison meat. Our last stop is the Memory Junction Train Museum in Brighton where there is a refurbished 1800's train station with a steam engine, box cars and caboose on site. Gift shop and museum are on the premises.
Yesterday’s Treasures: Antiquing and an Historic Church in Port Hope
Come visit Port Hope, famous for the ‘best-preserved main street in Ontario’. This town is well known for its antique stores clustered around its main thoroughfare, Walton Street. Here, you will find antiques of all kinds: jewellery, books, art, clothing, furniture and even maps. This town is also known for its beautiful historic buildings. While here, we tour the historic St Mark's Anglican Church (c 1822),the 'Chartres' labyrinth and graves of famous people: G.G. Vincent Massey, the author, Farley Mowat, and the founding family of the town, the Smiths. Enjoy lunch at either the Railside Restaurant with its Mediterranean décor or the historic Woodlawn Inn in Cobourg.
A Shopping Extravaganza in Northumberland County
Northumberland County has a large variety of stores where one can purchase gifts ranging from food to sculptures to lavender products. You can try free samples of delicious, award-winning shortbread at the Sprucewood Cookie Factory in Cobourg where sweet, savoury and liqueur-flavoured shortbread cookies can be purchased. Nearby is Glover's Family Market where you can buy jams, honey, maple syrup, crafts, pies, bread and bison meat. In Campbellford, we will visit the World’s Finest Chocolate Retail Store where there is always a special deal on chocolates. In nearby Hoard's Station, you can sample cheeses from the Empire Cheese Factory and purchase some of their award-winning cheese. Next, swing north to Petherick's Corners where you can see beer being made at the Church Key Brewery. Their store sells five different types of beer, some seasonally. If you want a unique gift, purchase an aluminium sculpture from Hoselton Studios near Colborne. More gifts are found at the Big Apple on Hyw 401, a good place to stop for lunch and treats, too. Nearby, on Vernonville Rd, one finds the Cuttle Cottage Lavender Farm where lavender products can be purchased. Another even larger lavender farm is the Laveanne Lavender Farm on Gilmor Rd. north of Port Hope where over 40 varieties of English & French lavender can be viewed. Many lavender products are on sale here as well. Our last stop for unique gifts for the kitchen is found at Herma’s Fine Foods and Gift Emporium, just north of Port Hope on Hwy 28. Best time for lavender in bloom: late June, July and into early August.
Shopping and More in Prince Edward County
Spend a day exploring the attractions of Prince Edward County. Enjoy shopping for lavender products at the Prince Edward Lavender Farm and see acres of both French and English lavender growing. Shop for arts and crafts in the village of Bloomfield and different varieties of award-winning cheeses at the Black Creek Cheese Factory. Stop for a tasting at the Waupoos Winery, the Black Prince Winery or the Prince Edward County Cidery. An additional stop may be made at the Lakeshore Farm Market near Wellington. Enjoy lunch at either the Waring House or the Waupoos Winery.
A Rural Ramble: Herma’s Fine Foods, the Linwood Trout Farm &
Grow Tasty with Lavender
We will browse Herma's gourmet products for the cook, the baker, the entertainer, the wine and food lover in all of us. Here, we have time to sample some of their artisanal cheeses and other products as well as shop for their fine foods, exotic desserts and gift baskets. Later, at the Linwood Trout Farm, we will have the opportunity to see how speckled and rainbow trout are raised indoors then have an opportunity to hand feed them in their outdoor pools. Our last visit is to Grow Tasty, a family farm which grows certified organic edible plants. There are 400 varieties of plants from which to choose: herbs, edible flowers, vegetable starts, vine berries and fruits in addition to many heirloom varieties. This farm specializes in 40 varieties of lavender. Lunch is at The Carlyle Inn in Port Hope. Some walking required. Time: Herma’s and the Linwood Trout Farm: anytime. Grow Tasty Nursery mid-May to end of June; Lavender, mid-June to mid-August.
County Chocolate, Cider and Cheese Tour
Our first stop is the Big Apple where we watch the creation of their famous apple pies, shop for Donini chocolates and other delights such as their apple pies and breads. At the County Cider Co., we will sample four of their finest ciders while enjoying the panoramic view of Lake Ontario. Some of the choices of ciders include their signature fresh-crisp, Non-alcoholic Cider, Feral Cider made from late season apples, pear and peach ciders, their semi-sweet Waupoos Premium Cider and Ice Cider. At the nearby Waupoos Winery, we will have four tastings from their selection of white, red, rose and dessert wines. Try their award-winning Auxerrois 2012, their Baco Cabernet or Baco Noir. They also offer gelato ice cream and Donini Chocolates for sale. At the Black River Cheese Factory, we will sample genuine, handcrafted artisanal cheeses. They specialize in producing and selling a variety of cheddars, mozzarellas and specialty cheeses. We will enjoy a lunch at either the Waring House or the Gazebo Restaurant at the Waupoos Winery.
The Five Senses Tour
Awaken your senses as you experience three unique farms in Northumberland County. At the Old Mill Alpaca Farm, you will hear the alpacas hum, like cats purr; their sounds range, conveying different emotions. Amy will teach us about these majestic creatures and we will feel the soft warm fibres of the yarn, hand knitted products and signature duvets. At Laveanne Lavender Fields, Sabena will show us four acres of more than 90 varieties of lavender. In July, over 10,000 plants burst into bloom. The soothing scent of lavender fills their gift shop where you can buy body care products as well as unique food items. A walk in their meditation labyrinth will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. At Haute Goat, Debbie and Shain will tell you about their adorable Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Your taste buds will be tantalized by their unique food items: Goat Butter Fudge, Salted Goat Milk Caramels, Goat Butter Caramel Corn, Divinely Decadent Chocolate Buttercrunch. Feast your body on the luxurious goat milk skincare products too. This tour will be a great learning experience, prompting lively conversation and fond memories.
Prince Edward County Winery Tour
Spend a day in Prince Edward County sampling some of its award-winning wines. At the world’s first vegan-certified winery at Karlo Estates Winery, we will sample any 3 wines such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Sangiovese or Quintus. This winery was named as one of the top 10 ‘cutting edge’ wineries in the world. At the Devil’s Wishbone Estate Winery, which won the People’s Choice Award for their white wine in 2013, we will sample three more wines. Finally, at the Sandbanks Estate Winery, we will sample any 3 VQA wines such as their Sauvignon Blanc, their unique Shoreline, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc. All three wineries have different terroirs which affect the taste of the wines. Time is set aside to purchase at the three locations. Lunch at the Waring House overlooking Amelia’s Gardens: $TBA. Alternate wineries: Hardy Estate, Casa Dea, Huff Estate, the Grange.
A Unique Studio Tour
With local guide, Peter Brotherhood, tour three exquisite studios, each set in stunning rural locales where you'll discover hand-made, one-of-a-kind wearable art, soaps, weavings, fine art, wood products and ceramics. Chat with the artists to learn about their inspiration and creative process and take home a truly unique gift for someone special. Enjoy lunch at either the Carlyle Inn and Bistro or The Railside Restaurant in Port Hope.
Art Salad and Art Show in Grafton; Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre, Cobourg
Join local guide Peter Brotherhood and explore the art world in the village of Grafton. See the three-dimensional mosaic artistry of Anja Hertle, who creates fascinating images out of recycled china, pottery, beads, buttons and glass. She is best known for her angel, owl and bird ornaments. Stroll through her garden where a local potter, metal artist, painter and jeweller, among others, display their creations for sale. Enjoy an historical tour of the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre in Cobourg where history comes alive. See the working model of the Cobourg-Peterborough Railway and discover some of the characters of local history. A buffet lunch is offered at the Woodlawn Inn, Cobourg. Best Time: June 1-2, 2018.
Sandbanks P. Park, the Local Store and Hillier Creek Estates Winery
With local guide, Peter Brotherhood, tour Prince Edward County. At the Sandbanks Provincial Park, see the world’s largest bay-mouth barrier sand dunes, twenty five metres in height. Visit the Local Store where 120 local artists, artisans and food producers display & sell their products such as fine art, photographs, pottery, jewellery, glass, music, books, fibre art, woodworking and numerous food products. Enjoy wine tasting at Hillier Creek Estates Winery and lunch at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort overlooking the Sandbanks.
Girl’s Day Out! Laveanne Lavender Farm, Herma’s Fine Foods, Primitive Designs and Shopping in Port Hope for Antiques
With local guide, Peter Brotherhood, spend a day in scenic Northumberland County. At the Laveanne Lavender Farm, escape the everyday and become forever captivated with the soothing relaxing scent, flavour and visual beauty of 10 000 lavender plants in bloom. Laveanne’s gift shop is fully stocked with a large selection of handmade lavender body care products, lavender inspired gourmet food items, table ware and home accents. Herma’s Fine Foods is the area's premier provider of gourmet foods and gifts to satisfy any budget. Choose from a range of fine foods, exotic desserts, impeccable kitchenware, stemware, gift baskets, accessories, toiletries and homewares. Primitive Designs features 8 000 square feet of hand-crafted unique gifts, from exotic jewellery and fancy footwear to one-of-a- kind carvings and art. There is time to shop on the ‘Best Preserved Main Street in Ontario’, Walton St. Port Hope. Enjoy lunch at the Carlyle Restaurant & Bistro or the Railside Restaurant. Best time: July.