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Maggie's Magic

Maggie's Magic

So! A while back I did a post in honour of one of my favourite spots here in PEC - The Miller House, part of the Lake-on-the-Mountain resort. Today, I am paying a special tribute to someone who has worked there for the last 10 years (since it opened!) – none other than Maggie MacDonald. 
 
Maggie is one of those people who's light shines SO brightly, and whose energy vibrates on such a positive frequency that you cannot help but feel better for simply crossing her path. And if you are...

Prince Edward County's Biglake Music Festival

Prince Edward County's Biglake Music Festival

Back in the spring of 2018, I was introduced to PEC-loving Johannes Debus (Internationally renowned Music Director of the COC, and Artistic Director of Biglake Arts) and his wife, Elissa Lee (Juno award-winning artist and Executive Director of Biglake Arts ) by mutual friends, Anthony Lemke and Maria Gacesa. During that first encounter, they expressed interest in pairing their passion for PEC with their passion for music. Turns out, that passion was contagious (!) so I agreed to help them launch...

A Radio Legend in Prince Edward County

A Radio Legend in Prince Edward County

Today I am paying tribute to the one and only, Lynn Pickering - currently the supervising producer of The County Grapevine on 99.3 County FM and The County Writes…The County Reads which airs Sundays at noon. For those who don’t know, County FM is a volunteer run community station that services PEC, it was launched in 2014 and with the support of Lynn and 85 volunteers who keep the station running, the station is now one of the top five community stations in Canada. 
 
I first met Lynn...

La Condesa

La Condesa

Before discovering La Condesa in 2019, I had never been a huge fan of Mexican food - it always seemed so heavy and overrated to me. Through experiences at restaurants in Toronto and a resort in Cancun, the appeal of it was lost on me (maybe the resort was catering to American tastes by serving more Tex-Mex style – who knows).
 
Enter La Condesa. In 2019, this lovely restaurant opened here in Wellington and I finally understood. Chef Samantha Valdivia (in the centre of my illustration!)...

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

We first experienced the culinary magic of Leah Marshall Hannon a few years ago when Sand and Pearl restaurant opened here in PEC. I remember being floored the first time we ate there - she took seafood to an entirely new level for me and we were beyond thrilled when she opened her own place, Stella’s in Picton, much closer to home! She has since closed that location and settled into a much larger space in Waupoos – one of the prettiest corners of The County.
 
Leah’s style nods to her...

Bark Woodshop

Bark Woodshop

After a fairly exhaustive search for a basic house number made of wood last year, I almost gave up trying. I wanted something very clean and simple for next to our front door that would suit the style of our house – just black numbers against a cream-coloured backdrop with a black frame around it. You think that would be easy to find, alas, it was not! Then one day, Bark Woodshop, a newish business based here in PEC posted an image of THE cutest lemonade stand that Mike had built, with the word...

Popping out to Waupoos

Popping out to Waupoos

So! Until recently, I’ve never been a huge fan of popcorn. Back when I used to go out to movies a lot, my concessions treat was typically a box of Junior Mints (“it’s chocolate, it’s peppermint, it’s delicious”) and when we were kids, I always thought that Jiffy Pop was kind of magical, but beyond that – it’s never been my thing. Until now! 
 
One of my favourite finds here in PEC is Sunnydale Farms operated by Jocelyn Buggie and Scott Wright - a farm that, among other produce, grows...

Hubbs Creek

Hubbs Creek

We have had the great fortune of meeting many wonderful winemakers here in PEC and through their kindness and generosity of time – we have learned a great deal about their process, their challenges (this climate is just NUTS for growing grapes), the terrain and their ambitions. There really is no pretension here, there are no stupid questions and most every winemaker we’ve ever had the pleasure to meet are very personable and genuinely love to educate you about their craft. One of those special...

The Royals

The Royals

Today, I want to share my gratitude for a group that I am referring to as “The Royals” – these are the individuals responsible for bringing the grand The Royal Hotel in Picton back to life. And everything about it is remarkable.
 
We bought our first place in PEC 13 years ago (which I still cannot believe) and for years we walked by the dilapidated Royal Hotel, wondering if someone would ever be able to bring this wounded old soul back to life. Originally built in 1879 to coincide with...

Cherry Bomb Coffee

Cherry Bomb Coffee

So! It’s been a while – six months, in fact, since I’ve done a “County Character” so I’m really happy to finally have time to do more. Doing these actually brings me great joy!

Today I am taking the time to shout out how cool I think Sarah Ostwald is. Sarah is the lovely and talented co-founder and co-owner of Cherry Bomb Coffee based in the Roncesvalles area of Toronto - she is pretty inspiring. Driven by passion for exquisite baked goods and premium coffee, she and her business partner...