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  • Writer's pictureAlison Golding

A Perfect Weekend in Grey County: Where to Eat, What to Do, and Where to Stay

Updated: Jun 29

Grey County, nestled in the heart of Ontario, offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, culinary delights, and cozy accommodations. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, this guide will help you plan the perfect weekend getaway.

Where to Eat

For a true taste of local cuisine, Down Home in Markdale offers a prix fixe menu that highlights course after course of fresh, local ingredients with a touch of homey comfort. From the moment you enter their cozy farmhouse, you know you’re in for an experience to remember. Be sure to book well ahead as their dinners sell out early and space is limited. Read more about Down Home on the blog.  

The Gate in Flesherton is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. With a focus on farm-to-table Mediterranean inspired dishes, this restaurant offers a delicious menu that changes with the seasons. Open for lunch on Saturdays and dinner Thursday to Monday, The Gate should definitely be on your must-visit list in Grey County. To read more about my experience at the gate, visit this page on the blog.

Hearts in Kimberly is known for its rustic atmosphere and delicious meals. Perfect for dinner or a weekend lunch, this spot offers a range of French inspired options. After placing 6th on Air Canada en Route’s 2022 list of best new restaurants it has become a go-to spot for locals and travellers alike.  

Savvy Co. (Flesherton / Meaford

With two locations, Savvy offers a cafe, bottle shop and snacks to customers. It’s a cute refreshment spot with lovely outdoor seating at their Flesherton location. 

Enjoy a meal paired with local beers or sommelier curated wines in a cozy setting. Bruce also holds the Feast On certification from the Culinary Tourism Alliance, a program that recognizes businesses for sourcing Ontario grown food and drink. Be sure to try their wood oven pizza. 

What to Do

Waterfalls Tour

Grey County is renowned for its stunning waterfalls. Spend a part of your day exploring these natural wonders.  Eugenia Falls is a spectacular sight, especially in spring when the water flow is at its peak. Inglis Falls, located in a picturesque conservation area, is a great spot for hiking and photography. Hoggs Falls is a hidden gem that offers a serene and less crowded experience.

Wineries and Cideries

Wine and cider enthusiasts will love the offerings in Grey County. Wineries such as The Roost (my personal favourite)  Georgian Hills and Coffin Ridge are all in close proximity and offer tasting flights and small bites. Cider lovers can also enjoy Thornbury Craft Co., Spy Cider House and Distillery, Grey and Gold Cider and Windswept Cider. Read more about the wineries and cideries of Grey County on the blog.

Visit the Town of Thornbury

Thornbury is a charming town with plenty to see and do in and of itself. Start your day with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee at Good Grief or Ashanti coffee. Pay a stop to The Cheese Gallery, a must-visit for cheese aficionados, offering a wide selection of artisanal cheeses, gifts and housewares. Browse the unique boutiques and shops on the main street for one-of-a-kind finds. Treat yourself to delicious ice cream at Pom Pom Treat Hut, a perfect way to end your day.

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

For the ultimate relaxation experience, visit Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain. This renowned spa offers a range of services, including hot and cold baths, steam rooms, and massages. Surrounded by serene forest, it’s the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. Enjoy the tranquil setting and let your stress melt away.

Where to Stay

For those who love the idea of camping but want a touch of luxury, Back 40 Glamping in Meaford offers beautifully furnished domes equipped with all the comforts of home, including private hot tubs. Enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort.  Visit this blog post to learn more about my stay there. 

This modern, boutique motel provides stylish accommodations with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Its central location in Thornbury makes it a convenient base for exploring the area. Be sure to stop into their restaurant “Apres” for a cocktail and oysters while you’re there. For more information on my experience staying at Penny’s Motel, visit this blog post.

Experience the charm of a traditional bed and breakfast at Rocklyn Inn. With cozy rooms and a delicious homemade breakfast, you'll feel right at home.

Nestled in the picturesque town of Meaford, The Hills is an Air B&B with four private suites offering a luxurious stay and excellent amenities. Even better, grab a coffee right downstairs at Savvy Co. before  you head out for the day. 

For a more traditional resort experience, the Blue Mountain area offers a variety of lodging options. From chalets to condos, you'll find the perfect accommodation to suit your needs. 

The June Motel is a new location nestled in the natural surroundings of Beaver Valley.  Beautifully decorated with all the charm of an old British country inn, the June Motel also boasts an outdoor sauna and fire pit  for guest use.

Grey County is the perfect destination for a weekend escape. With its blend of natural beauty, culinary delights, and charming accommodations, you're sure to leave feeling refreshed and inspired. Whether you're an adventurer, a foodie, or someone in need of relaxation, Grey County has something for everyone.

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