Spotlight On: The June Motel

Picton, Prince Edward County /   2 hours and 32 minutes from Toronto

Picton, Prince Edward County / 2 hours and 32 minutes from Toronto

Peace, Love, and Wine.

Author: Jessica Huynh

Photographer: Jessica Huynh


From the flamingo decor scavenged by the two moteliers to the art-deco wallpaper, The June is less motel and more tropical paradise. Two former sorority sisters, Sarah and April, purchased the old Sportsman Motel and ‘Extreme Makeover: Motel Edition’-ed the place into the perfect girls’ getaway from the concrete jungle.

“We knew there was demand for something like this in Prince Edward County,” Sarah explains. “You go to all these beautiful wineries out here and purchase an expensive bottle, only to go back to your hotel room and drink it out of plastic cups. We wanted to create a place that has bottle openers and appropriate wine glasses available in each room.”

Prior to their joint adventure, Sarah worked for the government and April worked in public relations. The two friends saw an opportunity to switch careers and create a dream stay that would cater to bachelorettes looking for the ultimate getaway.

“We actually stayed here when it was the Sportsman Motel,” April says. “There were limited options in PEC for cute and cool places to stay that accommodated a group of girls. We knew that there was an opportunity here for us to work with.”

Since June 2016, the entrepreneurs have been working hard to transform the once-popular stay for fishermans into an Instagram-worthy destination for all things cute, pretty, and pink.

“Oh gosh, we swatched so many shades of pink before we settled on one,” the business partners reminisced. The gossip of the county for the last year, The June finally opened doors this May and expects to be fully booked all summer long.

With a to-go breakfast menu, food and wine pairing specials, and an outdoor fire pit, The June Motel is the ideal stay for the summer girl in all of us looking for a good time. Nothing but good vibes here!


The Courage: A quaint dinner & cocktail spot in Wellington with thoughtful portions and bursting flavours. A neon sign that reads, ‘fire in our hearts’ illuminates the room in the late evening. Service and atmosphere is impeccable.

The County Canteen: A restaurant & pub located on the main street of Picton. There is trivia, karaoke, and live music throughout the week for those who can’t be tamed even in the quiet county.

The Vic Cafe: Start the day off right with a nutritious and hearty meal at this gem of a café. With an assortment of rice bowls and smoothies to choose from, you won’t feel guilty having a glass or two of sweet, sweet sangria afterwards.



Dead People’s Stuff Antique: For the pirate with a dark sense of humour in all of us. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure - dead or alive.

Sandbanks Provincial Park: Hike, run, bike, lounge, whatever. Spend an entire day roaming the park and hanging out on the beach. Beware those snapping turtles!

Mustang Drive In: There’s something nostalgic about kicking your car seat back and gorging on junk food while watching a movie in a parking lot. This old-school drive-In theatre is must for movie-lovers.

555 Brewing Co: Learn about Picton's haunting pas (the double execution of two men who claimed innocence right up to their death by hanging) over for food and beer. 555 Brewing Co. has even named their beers after the infamous trial. How about a pint of the The Judge, The Jury, and The Executioner?



The June has text message service—text the front desk concierge to call you a taxi or book you reservations for dinner.

Request champagne glasses from the front desk so you can pop that bubbly in style.


12351 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton, ON K0K 2T0