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Sep 13, 2007 08:14 AM

Great Fall Drives and Food

Hello everyone!

I am looking for info on great fall drives and food.

I could really use your help and insight. Romance is the key as is stopping and walking.

As always, your help is greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards and for those that are Jewish....

L'Shanah Tovah!


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  1. Wow that was freaky. I was checking out the Ontario Travel Discoveries magazine in today's Globe just as I was reading this post. You should take a look at it. There are suggestions for fall day trips plus restaurants.

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    1. re: JamieK

      try hitting the muskokas during the fall leaf change....could be cool

      1. Go to the website for Price Edward County. They have something called the Taste Trail, and they pretty much map out all the great wineries and food spots all through the county. Its great, looks yummy and you can't go wrong with the beauty of the entire county. Some of the stops are Harvest restaurant, the Marshmallow Room, and Buddha Dog!

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        1. re: icey

          For a sampling of the regional food/drink, I highly recommend visiting the annual Taste event in Picton at the fairgrounds (Oct 6th). Admission is $15, samples are very reasonably priced -- no more than $1-2 (a few yrs ago). Great representation from the local restaurants/inns/wineries/producers.

          Definitely concur w/ Bayfield; I have pointed many a couple looking for a romantic weekend away in that direction!

        2. We like to drive from Toronto to Stratford taking the back roads, a different route each time. Lots of nice countryside to enjoy.

          Several options for food in Stratford. The high-end restaurants are less busy now than in the summer, but they close down at the end of theatre season (end of October). There have been several suggestions here for dining, but personally I would have brunch at York Kitchen and dinner upstairs at Pazzo.

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          1. re: obstructionist

            How about a drive to Fergus to eat at the Breadalbaine Inn? You could do a walk around Elora Gorge or check out St. Jacobs while you are there? Great food and good walks....seems to fit your bill!

            1. re: Tboy

              I definitely second going to St. Jacobs at this time of year. You may also want to check out Chudleigh's apple farm nearby.

              1. re: littlegreenpea

                Oh my! I wouldn't hit St. Jacobs on a weekend, unless you like crowds. I agree with icey above that Prince Edward County is a great option. I recently ate lunch at Carmela Estates Winery in PEC and was impressed with the quality of the food, though the service was a little relaxed for my schedule that day. Also Carriage House in Bloomfield is great; then there's Picton with Harvest & Buddha Dog. Not as crowded as some of the other destinations, but it is very scenic and has some good food, too.

                1. re: Full tummy

                  Well, bjinyyz didn't specify that they had planned to go on a weekend. You are right that it may be something to keep in mind, depending on the time of the week.

          2. You could search the board for recs for food at wineries - they are all beautiful in the fall, and the hilly roads around the Escarpment are ideally for driving, pulling over, walking, picture-taking, etc. Specifically, I know there's a campground with day trails near Cave Springs (which has an AMAZING view itself) near Jordan, ON, and there's lots of great food in Jordan such as the Zooma Zooma Cafe or, for the bang and buck, On the Twenty. I recall the roads around Henry of Pelham being quite scenic as well, and lunch at their Coach House Cafe was one of the highlights of my last trip. East Dell Estates also has an extensive hour-long walking tour that they organize, atypical from your usual vine-press-store-cellar-taste tour. Hope that gets you started!


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            1. re: LemonLauren

              If you head towards Stratford you must check out Bayfield, a wonderful little town, amazing art gallery and then have lunch at the Bayfield Inn. Very nice way to spend an afternoon. We've been numerous times. In next month or so we are planning a drive around Mono Centre, not sure about the restaurants, but I hear it is lovely at this time of year. And....happy new year to you also.

              1. re: millygirl

                Peter Sellers pub near Mono Mills is delightful. Lovely outside deck, really great food for a pub and always pleasant service.

                1. re: melly mel

                  Hey Melly...I had forgotten about Peter Sellers pub. It is actually in Mono Centre, IIRC, about 15 - 20 km north of Mono Mills but really close to Mono Cliffs Park. The food upstairs is excellent and the pub downstairs on a winters afternoon/evening is really cosy.

                  1. re: WelcomeBack

                    Thanks for the tip Melly....sounds lovely. I've made a note to check it out.

                    1. re: millygirl

                      Here's their website.


                      It is a nice little place to kick back after a hike or walk..

                      Mono Cliffs Inn
                      Centre St, Orangeville, ON L9W, CA