Bloomfield Travel Guide
Prince Edward County's hub for farm-to-table eats and luxe cabin sleeps.
Author: Chelsey Burnside
If you're unfamiliar with Prince Edward County, the geography can be a little confusing. Wait—how am I a 45 minute drive from the Drake Devonshire? I can't walk to the Sandbanks? Where the f@&* is Cherry Valley?! PEC is a lot bigger in person than it looks on a map—a municipality made up of blink-and-you'll-miss-them towns all connected by winding country roads dotted with wineries, breweries, and the occasional llama or cactus farm (it's a kitschy place, okay?). With Conde Nast Traveler's seal of approval, it's quickly become a hideaway for Toronto expats searching for the simple(r) life, and delicious restaurants, antique shopping and quirky-cool inn Angeline's, have made the town of Bloomfield is one of its hottest tickets.
Here's our guide to how to do Bloomfield up right.
WHERE TO STAY
Angeline's Inn - Are you a millennial? Do you enjoy tormenting your condo-dwelling friends with Snaps of beautiful country bedrooms? Book one of the many rooms at Angeline's Inn: they range from a 1953 motor inn called The Walter to a bucket list-worthy log cabin aptly nicknamed The Babylon (pictured above). It's even more beautiful in person—trust.
The Modern County Farmhouse - If wallpaper's your jam, this farmhouse will be right up your alley. Plastered with paisleys and peonies, this colourful farmhouse sleeps six and is a three-minute drive from TerraCello, Huff Estates and other wineries. Chill out on the Louisiana-style veranda with whatever bottles you pick up on your tasting tour.
Noxon House - I literally don't have enough friends to fill the Noxon House. Its exposed-wood beams, many eating nooks and a backyard pool make this the perfect summertime spot for your whole squad (with nine bedrooms, there'll be no need for the rock-paper-scissors to determine the floor sleepers).
WHERE TO EAT
The Hubb Eatery & Lounge - Angeline's in-house (er, in-inn?) restaurant. Be warned—this spot is a local favourite and gets bustling on summer nights. Whatever you do, if you see peanut butter chocolate Dilly Bars on the dessert menu, get them.
Kin Café - The perfect spot to grab a healthy (or not so healthy—they have that too) lunch, coffee or croissant. Dogs are welcome!
Agrarian Bistro - We don't play favourites, but if we did, this woodsy speakeasy would be our Bloomfield #1 (alright, alright, we totally play favourites). The fries are perfection, the burger melts in your mouth, and the sweet potato sundae is weirdly wonderful. Go hungry and sit on the patio.
WHERE TO VISIT
Sandbanks Provincial Park - Not in Bloomfield per se, but it's a quick 10 minute drive away. If you're anywhere near PEC in the summertime, you don't want to miss the white-sand dunes and turquoise waters of one of Ontario's prettiest parks (there's even a folk music festival here).
Dead People's Stuff - Best name, best spot for antiquing. Source anything from stained glass to throwback lockers to vintage maps. Make sure to check out the attic for tea sets, and bring the hatchback to cart your finds home.
Literally All The Wineries - Plot your personal tasting tour using this interactive map. The closest ones are Huff Estates and TerraCello, but if you're down for the drive, our favourites are Norman Hardie (pizza oven!), The Grange (picnic baskets!) and By Chadsey's Cairns (bubbly red!).