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  • Writer's pictureAlison Golding

Exploring the Charm of Essex County: Things to do in Amherstburg, Kingsville, and Harrow Ontario


Essex County, Ontario, is a hidden gem offering a blend of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culinary experiences. From the quaint towns of Amherstburg, Kingsville, and Harrow to the picturesque landscapes of Point Pelee and the aromatic fields of Serenity Lavender Farm, there's something for everyone. Whether you're a foodie, nature enthusiast, or simply looking for a peaceful getaway, Essex County has it all. 


What to Do


Point Pelee National Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. As one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Canada, it offers stunning views of Lake Erie, beautiful beaches, a fantastic boardwalk and numerous trails perfect for hiking and birdwatching. Don't miss the opportunity to stand at the southernmost tip of mainland Canada and take in the breathtaking scenery.



Located in Kingsville, Colasanti's Tropical Gardens is a family-friendly attraction featuring a tropical greenhouse, petting zoo, and restaurant known for their delicious fresh donuts, breasted chicken and apple cider. Enjoy a day exploring the vibrant gardens, feeding the animals, and savoring delicious treats. It's a perfect spot for a fun-filled day with family and friends.



Nestled in the heart of Essex County, Serenity Lavender Farm is a serene escape where you can wander through fields of fragrant lavender. The farm offers guided tours and a gift shop selling lavender-infused products. It's an ideal place to relax, unwind, and immerse yourself in the calming scent of lavender.



Where to Eat and Drink


Essex County is renowned for its culinary scene, boasting over 15 wineries, charming restaurants, and unique distilleries. Here are some highlights:


Located in Amherstburg, Wolfhead Distillery offers a unique experience with its handcrafted spirits and a menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a tasting of their signature vodka, whiskey, and gin, and indulge in delicious dishes that perfectly complement the drinks.



Eat Mexican food 

No trip to this area is complete without visiting a Mexican restaurant. Here are a couple of my favourites. 


For a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine, head to El Diablo in Kingsville. This vibrant restaurant serves up a variety of mouthwatering dishes, from tacos and bowls to churros. Pair your meal with one of their refreshing margaritas for a delightful dining experience.



In Leamington, Cancunsito offers another fantastic option for Mexican cuisine lovers. This charming spot is known for its fresh, flavorful dishes and friendly atmosphere. Whether you’re craving tacos, enchiladas, or a hearty plate of nachos, Cancunsito is sure to satisfy your taste buds.


Beer enthusiasts will love The Grove Brewing Co. in Kingsville. This local brewery offers a wide selection of craft beers, from hoppy IPAs to smooth stouts. Enjoy a pint and some food in their taproom or take a tour of the brewery to learn about the beer-making process.




The region is dotted with over 15 wineries, each offering a unique selection of wines. Some notable ones include:


Cooper's Hawk Vineyards-  Known for its scenic views and elegant wines, it's a perfect spot for a romantic outing.

 

Oxley Estate Winery- A charming winery with a cozy tasting room and a menu featuring seasonal, locally sourced dishes.


North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and Bistro 42- A lovely winery and restaurant known for its beautiful architecture and excellent service. Located across from Serenity Lavender Farm. 


Sprucewood Shores- Ontario’s only Beachfront winery, located on the south facing shore of Lake Erie. Offering shaded outdoor seating on their pergola covered patio, you can enjoy light food with their delicious wines, 


Where to Stay


Located in Kingsville, Lungovita Beach Retreat offers a peaceful beachfront escape. With cozy dome lodgings, stunning lake views, swimming pool and easy access to the beach, it's an ideal spot for a relaxing vacation. Enjoy morning walks along the shore, evening bonfires, and the tranquil ambiance of this beautiful retreat.



Situated in Kingsville and Colchester, The Grove Hotel and Motel provide a totally renovated unique, funky and comfortable stay. With its modern amenities and proximity to local attractions, it's a great base for exploring Essex County. 



Essex County is a delightful destination offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and culinary delights. Whether you're exploring the trails of Point Pelee, savoring the flavours at local wineries and distilleries, or relaxing at a charming retreat, you'll find plenty to see, do, and taste in Amherstburg, Kingsville, and Harrow. Plan your visit today and discover the charm of this wonderful region.

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