As many of you now know, I am completing my PR internship this summer with Bay of Quinte Tourism in Belleville. What you may not know, though, is how awesome this internship is. I have so many opportunities to interact with the community, explore cool places and learn new things every day. One of these amazing opportunities arose today.
Bay of Quinte Tourism has a piece of material out in the community called the “Cheddar & Ale Trail” and the “Chocolate & Apple Trail”. These two trails have a large map where key stopping points are pointed out and gives you a little description of each stop. These trails cover the whole Bay of Quinte area as far north as Highway 7, as far west as Brighton, as far east as just outside of Napanee and as far south as Prince Edward County.
Today, I had the chance to follow the Cheddar & Ale Trail through the County portion and I only had two jobs. One, to hand out Cheddar & Ale Trail maps and two, to have fun. So I grabbed Jake to go with me and did just that! And I thought I would share a bit of my journey with you.
Stop 01/Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co.
Although this cheese factory was closed when we arrived because their hours were not posted online, we were able to drop off some guides still and take a look around the outside. The drive to the factory is breathtaking with all of the wineries and the building itself is very modern. There are signs all along the property informing you of their eco-friendly efforts and describing the cheese-making process which was very interesting!
Stop 02/Black River Cheese
Talk about a beautiful drive! On the way Jake had to remind me to speed up a couple of times because I was crawling along in awe of all the amazing forests surrounding us. The beauty of the journey doesn’t stop there, though. When we arrived at the cheese factory, it sits right on a beautiful, dark river! Inside was a cheese-lovers’ heaven. So many different types of cheese to choose from, samples available and ice cream in all sorts of flavours! We bought some curd and cheese for the Bay of Quinte office and headed on our way.
Stop 03/Lake on the Mountain Brewery
The brewery was also closed when we arrived, but only because they are moving locations! Once sitting on top of Lake on the Mountain right across from the Inn, the brewery will now be relocating to Loyalist Parkway just before the Glenora Ferry. Very friendly staff, however, and I really look forward to checking out their new location when it opens!
Stop 04/The Acoustic Grill
I have no idea how I am going to write this part without drooling, but I will try my best. The food at the Acoustic Grill was some of the best I have ever tasted. I had the open face rib eye sandwich, which is a thick piece of Gilmore’s meat on a crunchy piece of garlic bread with fried onions on top. I got sweet potato fries (my weakness) and a deep fried pickle on the side because, well, deep fried pickles! Jake also had a delicious sandwich and tried a Mackinnon Brother’s beer as well. Although it was not a beer local to the area, it was absolutely delicious and one of the best beers we have tried so far!
Stop 05/Frugal & Company
Jake and I are awful to take anywhere because any time we see an antique or vintage looking shop, we need to go inside and we will most likely take hours exploring. Frugal and Company were no exception today. Located just on Main Street in downtown Picton, FC was packed with treasures. Such friendly staff, bright colours and great old tunes playing the entire time we shopped made the experience great. And of course, they had records to boot so needless to say, Jake was quite happy.
Stop 06/The Pastry House
To end the day off before heading home to Belleville, we had to get our fill of sweets. We wanted to stop into the Pink Lunch Pail, but unfortunately they are closed this week only, and will re-open next week. Despite that road block, we were still able to follow our noses to a shop just down the road called the Pastry House. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of their nougat tart, their cherry mini-pie was to die for. Very fresh cherries, soft pastry and just the right amount of icing sugar to make your heart melt.
While Jake’s dad lives out in the County so he visits the area all the time, I have never really had the chance to explore the area as I did today. Overall, I fell in love with the County. The area is so beautiful and I have never met friendlier people! I absolutely want to go back very soon, because there is way too much to see in just one day. When I do go back, though, it might have to be with a designated driver so I can get my fill of the County famous wine straight from the source.
Want more information about the Cheddar & Ale/Chocolate & Apple Trails? Let me know!
Happy County cruising, my friends.
Until next time,