PLAN YOUR STAY
We are looking forward to hosting you at the farmhouse.
We love where we live and we want you to discover what we like most about it, always keeping in mind that you will have this peaceful respite to reach after your day of exploring in Prince Edward County.
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01 . TOP TIPS FOR A GREAT GETAWAY
A FEW THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR STAY AT THE WILFRID
• Your electronic door code to unlock the guest entrance during your stay will be the last 4 digits of the phone number you gave us upon booking followed by # (number sign).
• Look out for our online quiz in an email called “Your upcoming stay – a few things we'd like to know” in your inbox (sometimes it falls in the spams). It gives us cues on your approximate time of arrival and some of your likes and dislikes to help us customize your experience. Fill it out at least a few days before your stay.
• We are known for our elaborate brunches. This is served at 9:00 am each morning of your stay and lasts about 1 to 1.5 hours. You will be able to indicate any food restrictions and/or allergies on your online quiz.
• We have two hand sanitizing stations, one at the side entrance and one upstairs near the bar fridge. We deep clean rooms between bookings. We simply ask that you respect the check-out time of 11 am to allow this to be done in time for the next guests to check in.
• Check ins are from 3pm – 9pm. On our guest survey you will be able to indicate at what time we should expect you, if it is past 9pm, we will text you instructions for a self check-in. If you are running off schedule for your check-in, we would appreciate it if you could text us at 438-390-2505 to give us an update;)
• If you are planning on using our Sauna facilities, you will want to bring your bathing suits, flip-flops and/or bathrobes. We supply extra towels and bottles of water. If you booked the sauna with your stay, please schedule your sauna session through this link. If you did not pre-book your sauna, you simply need to let us know once you are on site keeping in mind that it takes at least 2 hours to prep the sauna and pools for a session. Sessions are 2 hours and private. Each session is $80/person plus applicable taxes. Please note that sauna sessions are non-refundable.
• We encourage you to try some of the area's amazing restaurants. Prince Edward County is a food-centric destination.There are, however, no food delivery services in the area. For any take-away dinners you can eat on the premises in the library, or in your room (or at one of our outdoor seating areas if the weather allows).
• The Wilfrid Cellar is stocked with a selection of our favourite international wines as well as a few local wines, cocktails, ciders, seltzers, mocktails, and beers. So, if you forgot to pick up a bottle, or want to try something new, we have you covered.
• We have a caviar menu and you can also pre-order a 2-dozen oyster platter to be served at The Wilfrid (see dining options below for more info), because, you know, we want you to eat the good stuff!
• We ask that guests refrain from wearing perfume during their stay and put their cell phones away at the breakfast table. Let the smell of the food be your perfume and get social without the media!
A FEW THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
• You will want to bring casual attire, a cooler (to bring home cheeses, and fresh veg from our local producers) and good walking shoes/boots. Days at the local beaches, nature parks and walks in the forest pathway behind the farmhouse are a great escape from the city. The vibe here in Prince Edward County is very laid back, you can leave those stilettos at home!
• Prince Edward County is a rural island, it is the size of Toronto, with winding roads and everything is usually 20 minutes drive to anything else. There's no reason to feel rushed though, just plan out your day accordingly knowing that hamlets from east to west are: Cressy, Waupoos, Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, Hillier, Consecon. The Wilfrid is located in Milford a 12 minute drive south of the main town, Picton.
• Gas stations are located along Picton Main Street and Wellington Main Street. Make sure you have enough gas when you set out for the day. The city is currently replacing the electric charging stations but you can find them at many of the wineries including Waupoos Winery, Harwood Estate Vineyard, Sandbanks Winery, Traynor and Huff Estates as well as Prinzen Ford in Bloomfield.
• When you cross someone on a bicycle, a car or walking down a country road it is polite to make eye contact, smile and wave by holding up your index and middle fingers. This is known as The County wave, you'll see locals doing this from their steering wheels.
• HOT TIP: Download the Passport Parking App. It’s the paid parking system used across The County and at Quinte Conservation areas.
• GETTING AROUND WORRY-FREE Cab it to dinner by pre-booking a ride at least a few hours in advance with The Taxi Guy (613) 403-2766 or downloading the Uride App and have a local drive you.
02 . TOP DINING OPTIONS
Please keep in mind our multi-course brunch should keep you well fed for the day. Guests often stop for a late day bite or opt for one of The Wilfrid afternoon offerings for a little pre-dinner nibble.
The double dozen oyster platter.
Exclusively available at The Wilfrid. A 24 oysters platter with condiments. ($96) shucked and served between 3pm-8pm. Please order at least 3 days in advance by getting in touch with us: email@example.com
The Wilfrid caviar platters.
Exclusive to The Wilfrid. Choose from one of 3 caviar platter options from your room card as a pre-dinner appetizer. Served between 3pm-8pm. This can be ordered same day, simply allow 3 hours for preparation and service.
COFFEE SHOPS AND LUNCH STOPS
Beacon Bike and Brew (Picton, 15 minutes) Lunch and coffee. 7 days a week
Lily's Cafe (Picton, 15 minutes) Lunch and coffee. 7 days a week
Luso Bites (Picton, 15 minutes) Lunch and coffee. Thurs.-Mon.
Crepe Escape (Picton, 15 minutes) Lunch Tues. to Sat.
Julez (Picton, 15 minutes) Lunch and smoothies. Thurs.-Tues.
Piccolina Mercato (Wellington, 35 minutes) Lunch, coffee, Italian market & bottle shop. Thurs.–Sun.
Creekside Cafe (Wellington, 35 minutes) Lunch. Fri.–Tues.
We highly recommend advanced reservations for your dinners. Guests are often surprised at how busy these spots are at all times. Here are our favourite restaurants for dinner.
Bocado Tapas bar (Picton, 15 minutes) 7 days a week.
Theia (Picton, 15 minutes) Thurs-Sun.
Pasta Onesta (Picton, 15 minutes) Tues.–Sun. + open for lunch on Fridays
Flame + Smith (Bloomfield, 20 minutes) Thurs-Mon.
Stella’s Eatery (Waupoos, 15 minutes) Thurs. – Mon.
Hartley’s Tavern (Picton, 15 minutes) Wed-Sat.
The Royal Hotel Restaurant (Picton, 15 minutes) 7 days a week
Gather at Wander (Bloomfield, 30 minutes) 7 days a week
03 . TOP TASTING OPTIONS
WINE & COCKTAIL BARS
The Russ & Co Cocktail Bar (Picton, 15 minutes) Wed – Sun.
The Royal Hotel Parlour Bar (Picton, 12 minutes) 7 days a week.
Adega Wine bar (Consecon, 40 minutes) Thurs. – Sat.
Koenji Whisky bar (Wellington, 35 minutes) Wed – Sun.
Decanter PEC (Wellington, 35 minutes) Thurs. – Mon.
VINEYARDS & TASTING ROOMS
With over 40 boutique wineries in Prince Edward County it can be hard to choose which ones to visit. Here are our personal favourites, small owner run operations that pride themselves on locally grown varietals. Tasting rooms are mostly open year round but it is always preferable to call ahead for winter visits.
Exultet (Milford, 15 minutes walk)
Lighthall Vineyards (Cherry Valley, 5 minutes) + Sheep’s milk cheeses
Hubb’s Creek Vineyard (Hillier, 35 minutes) tastings by appointment only
Stanners (Hillier, 35 minutes)
Closson Chase (Hillier, 35 minutes)
Domaine Darius (Bloomfield, 30 minutes)
Morandin Wines (Wellington, 40 minutes)
Hinterland Wine (Hillier, 35 minutes)
Slake Brewing (Picton, 10 minutes)
Matron Fine Beer (Bloomfield, 25 minutes) + food on site
All My Friends Beer Co (Bloomfield, 25 minutes)
Prince Eddy’s Brewing Co (Picton, 15 minutes)
Parson’s Brewing Co (Picton, 20 minutes) + food on site
Gillingham Brewing Co (Bloomfield, 25 minutes)
Midtown Brewing Co (Wellington, 30 minutes) + restaurant on site
04 . TOP SHOPS
SHOP HOPPING IN PICTON
Zest Kitchen Shop
Books & Company
Savon du bois
Gilbert & Lighthall
Early Grey Fleurs
Prince Edward County t-shirt Co.
Carbon Art & Design
Arts on Main gallery
Rosehaven Yarn Shop
SHOP HOPPING IN BLOOMFIELD
Bloomfield Beauty Co.
05 . TOP THINGS TO DO
THINGS TO SEE AND DO WHEN YOU VISIT.
• Drive (or cycle in the warmer months) to two of the most spectacular nature conservation areas in PEC, Little Bluff and Long Point Bird Observatory. The prettiest places for a nature walk and beach views in The County.
• Pick up local fruit, veg, cheeses, meats, handmade soaps, and more from our favourite farm stand Vicki's Veggies, Hagermans and Laundry Farms. If you're here on a weekend from May to early November, be sure to check out Wellington Farmer's Market on Saturdays and Picton Town Hall Farmer's Market on Sundays.
• Hike the Dunes, walk the beaches and forest trails at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
• Have a soul session with horses here
• Listen to County Radio at 99.3 fm for the latest news and fun radio shows.
• Follow @visitthecounty on Instagram for updates on happenings
• Watch the sunset from the big barn or the firepit on our property.
• Practice your golf swing (or swing for the first time) in an indoor virtual golf course
• Find your way out of a WWII Escape Room in an actual WWII barrack
• Encourage small independent businesses along Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington Main streets.
• On Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, grab a coffee and pastry from PECish
• Tour a former WWII army base at Base 31, visit art galleries, or catch a live show there
• Drop in to the County Arts Labs and learn a new passion
• Catch a live show or a movie at the historic Regent Theatre
• Book a yoga or pilates session at Studio PEC in Picton
• Slow down, relax and smile at people you see along the way.