Top Things To Do With Kids In Prince Edward County

Jul 25, 2016 +

Have you escaped the day to day this summer? Posting has been light around here lately as I've managed to run away to the cottage for a few weeks. It's been great to have the time to explore the area, Prince Edward County, even more and experience new things. Five years since our first visit and we're still finding new fun things to do! It's almost comical how many friends (and some blog readers!) we've run into in the County. If you're looking to visit the area, here's my Top Things To Do With Kids In Prince Edward County.

1. Sandbanks Beach

It goes without saying that a visit to the County wouldn't be complete without a day at Sandbanks Beach. Sandbanks is comprised of three beaches, my favourite being Outlet Beach. It's a perfect place for families, with shallow waters and a wide beach though be sure to get there before noon as sometimes the park will close due to overcrowding. Park in lots 6, 7, or 8 near the restaurant and you'll be able to grab an ice cream to enjoy in the afternoon sun. For those with very young children, head to the quiet and gentle waters of Dunes Beach instead.

2. Eat Local

Prince Edward County has a vibrant food scene and it's easy to find locally sourced delicious food. A few of our family favourites:
- Slicker's Ice Cream (the roasted marshmallow Campfire flavour is amazing!),
- hearty sandwiches at Saylor House Cafe
- County Canteen (we always order the fish tacos and steak sandwiches)
- fresh fare at Hagerman's farmer's market
- Williams Family Diner
- Drake Devonshire (the kids will love exploring the private beach while waiting for their food)
- and take-out treats from The County Sweet Spot.

3. Mustang Drive-In

Adults and kids alike will love the old-school appeal of a drive-in movie. The Mustang Drive In has everything you remember from your childhood... a playground to let the kids burn off energy before the double-feature starts, a concession stand that serves soda and popcorn and fries and nothing gluten free. Put the kids in PJs, arrive at 8pm when the gates open, and turn the SUV around and watch the movie while lying in the back for a truly memorable experience.

4. Lake On The Mountain

The winding drive to Lake On The Mountain is worth it for the best views of the County. On one side of the road, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Picton Bay and the Glenora Ferry while having a coffee at Miller House. Or stay for dinner at The Inn on the other side of the road and get a view of the mysterious Lake which has a constant flow of clean, fresh water but has no visible water source.

5. Caddy Shack Mini Golf

Need a break from sitting in the summer sun? A round of mini-golf will keep everyone entertained. Just outside the Sandbanks beach gates, Caddy Shack is a well laid out and maintained course that is just challenging enough for both kids and adults. There are food options on site too.

6. Get Lost On A Country Road

One of my favourite sayings is "You can't get lost if you don't care where you're going". Driving along country roads with no destination in mind is a great way to explore the area. Some of the things to spot along your drive:
- painted barn quilts adorning buildings
- tunnels formed by foliage on the way to Black River Cheese
- antique treasures at MacCool's ReUse or Hickory Tree Antiques
- old army barracks at Camp Picton
- and For Sale signs on pretty farmhouses that will leave you dreaming of running away to the country :)

Have you been to Prince Edward County? What are your favourite destinations in the area?

The Love List

Jul 15, 2016

Sabrina's backyard transformation is stunning. (P.S. Did you hear the news? Sabrina is the host of a new HGTV Canada show!)

A sweet breakfast nook

A clever & pretty way to hide your tv

A beautiful beach bungalow

Simple and black. Now that's a garage!

Melissa has made some nice progress in her living room. Btw, did you spot the thermostat?

Great tips for when the kids want to help paint

My home office needs this Ikea printer cart hack!

A Tonic Living Giveaway

Jul 12, 2016

Think about your favourite bedroom or living room reveals. Chances are there's a memorable pillow somewhere in the mix.

When I need a pillow, I always head to Tonic Living first. Their pillows really brought my cottage porch to life. They have styles to suit any room and have the softest inserts I've ever laid my head down on. So I'm very excited to be giving one of their most popular pillows away today!

Enter to win a Swaying Palms outdoor pillow 
with a faux down insert!

Do you love the summery, tropical vibe of the Swaying Palms pillow? It's a classic! You have a chance to win one by:
- leaving a comment below or on my Instagram telling me about one fun thing you've done this summer

Contest closes 11:59pm ET on Thursday, July 14th. Contest open to US or Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Good luck!

The Cottage Porch

Jul 11, 2016 +

When I'm at the cottage, chances are this is where you'll find me. It wouldn't be a cottage without a porch. Lazy breakfasts, afternoon naps, nighttime relaxing with the lights on and the music playing... that's what I was hoping for with this outdoor space. Come join me, won't you? | porch decor | outdoor caned wingback chair, plaid outdoor rug, palm leaves, cottage tropical decor | porch decor | outdoor caned wingback chair, plaid outdoor rug, palm leaves, cottage tropical decor

I'm really thrilled with the porch furniture. As soon as I saw this outdoor set by GlucksteinHome I knew I had to have it and luckily I was able to grab the very last floor model at the end of last summer. It's a gorgeous British Colonial style with typical features like caning and turned legs rendered in aluminum. I only wish the cushion covers were a darker colour and were removable. Cream cushions aren't the most practical but I can always get them recovered. | porch decor | transitional outdoor furniture,  plaid outdoor rug, bamboo fabric

Which is just what I did with the ottomans. To change things up and to enhance that plantation tropical flair a little more, I had the ottomans recovered in an outdoor bamboo fabric. They look so good! The custom sewing was done by Tonic Living. Tonic Living is known for their fabrics and pillows but I've used their custom sewing services for everything from roman blinds, to curtains, and custom bench cushions. They always do an amazing job.

To define the sitting area, I added a large scale plaid rug. The black and bone coloured rug pulls the palette together. I'm crazy in love with this mix of patterns - large plaid, geometric bamboo, small scale caning. It's farmhouse meets the tropics. | porch decor | outdoor caned chair,  plaid outdoor rug, palm leaves fabric | porch decor | outdoor caned chair,  plaid outdoor rug, palm leaves fabric

You can't have the tropics without a bit of greenery. I swapped the blue outdoor pillows the set came with for this collection of pillows from Tonic Living. Since the porch is screened and the cushions are well protected from the elements, I went for a mix of indoor and outdoor fabrics. The famous Swaying Palms pillow is a perfect complement to the Boho Stripe lumbar pillow and a pair of custom pillows with Classic Ticking on the front and a Basic Twill on the back.

Since this is an outdoor space, I didn't want the decor to be too precious. Solar lanterns from The Home Depot Canada cast a warm amber glow at night. A milk glass vase is filled with cuttings from the surrounding woods. An old crate from the Christie Antique Show holds our summer shoes by the front door.

iron log holder, house log holder

There's a communal fire pit in front of our cottage so I knew we'd need a log holder. Sean tried to DIY this but sadly it didn't turn out well so I went ahead and bought the original house log holder from Crate and Barrel when it went on sale last summer. I guess we can't DIY everything ;) | porch decor | caged string lights, x back bistro chair

The other side of the porch is used for a small dining area. I picked up the x-back metal chairs from Pottery Barn and the steel mesh dining table is from The Home Depot Canada. It's a cute spot to enjoy our morning breakfast. Can you see the caged string lights? They add to the farmhouse feel. I love sitting out here at night, string lights and lanterns glowing, just breathing in that fresh country air. | porch decor | British Colonial outdoor furniture, ticking stripe, palm leaves

That's the porch tour. Come back tomorrow because I have a fun giveaway with one of the items you see in the photos!

Source List:
Patio set - GlucksteinHome for Hudson's Bay (no longer sold)
Rug - Safavieh Courtyard Bone/Black Rug from Overstock
Bamboo Fabric - Premier Prints Cadence Ebony
Custom Sewing - Tonic Living
Pillows - Tonic Living
Throw - HomeSense
Milk Glass Vase, LED candles - Real Canadian Superstore
Cottage mug - Indigo
Caged string lights - Home Depot Canada
X-Back bistro chair - Pottery Barn

Note: affiliate links used in this post

The Love List

Jul 8, 2016

This entire portfolio is just stunning. Design by Patrick Ahern

A dream farmhouse for sale

I really love what Lauren did with her former home

Pretty & feminine sconces

I've been eyeing this mirror for a long time for the cottage bathroom. Then I went to the kid's site and found an almost identical one for half the cost! Definitely love that.

Gorgeous indoor / outdoor rooms

Faux wood beams are fashionable these days. Spotted them in Layla's bedroom and Chris just whipped some up in her shop for a client.

This was the Before. Click through to see the fabulous After.

With all that has gone on in the world this week, my heart is feeling heavy. I still don't know what words I want to add to the discussion. But this, this and this have caused me to think and consider and empathize in ways I hadn't before. I wish you all happiness and peace this weekend.

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