Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend at the Drake Devonshire Inn



If you live in Toronto, you've most likely heard of the Drake hotelYou've likely gone there for brunch on the weekend, drinks on their rooftop patio aka "the Sky Yard" or seen one of your favorite bands play in the basement of the hotel aka the "Underground”.  If you haven't been, I highly recommend going!

The Drake has been a favorite spot of mine for years, so when I heard they were opening another boutique hotel in Prince Edward County (PEC) I was really excited. I knew PEC was a fun area on the water and home to some great wineries. I couldn't wait to check it out! I finally got to go this past March, which is crazy because the Drake Devonshire has been open for almost 2 years!







It’s one gem of a place, the photos I’d seen via instagram didn't do it justice. It's located in Wellington, Ontario, in the heart of PEC. It's just as eclectically decorated as the Toronto location with interesting art work and unique antique furniture throughout the hotel and if it wasn’t pretty enough the property overlooks Lake Ontario.

We stayed for 2 nights, I highly recommend if you visit the Devonshire and PEC you stay for 2 nights. There's a lot to see and do in both the County and at the Devonshire, I just don’t think 1 night would be enough.
We arrived in the later afternoon just in time for happy hour! We ordered their amazing charcuterie board and tried some of their signature cocktails before moving onto wine. They stock local PEC wines, which was great because we had planned to visit some wineries while we were there so it was nice to try some of the local wines before visiting the wineries.




We later had dinner and more drinks before heading into one of their many games and lounge rooms, we played connect 4, jenga, shuffleboard and ping pong! We could have played all night but we were getting a little competitive so we decided it might be best to go to bed as we had a busy day coming up.



The next morning we had an amazing brunch at the hotel – The Drake does brunch well! We had their bagel and lox and the signature Drake breakfast before heading out to check out some of the local wineries. We visited the Norman Hardie Winery (it was our favorite!), Karlo Estates and Waupoos Estates WineryWe came back to the Devonshire for the later afternoon and sat out on the back patio looking onto the lake, it was so nice and peaceful, especially with a glass of wine : ) We then went for dinner down the street at the Pomodoro, they have an amazing pan seared Gnocchi in a white truffle cream sauce, I highly recommend it - I wish I had it in front of me now! Later we went back to the Devonshire for the night where we hung out in front of one of their many fire places and played cards, it was really nice. The next morning we went to The Courage for breakfast, another great spot just down the street from the Devonshire. We then headed back to the city, with a couple cases of wine : )



We had an amazing time at the Devonshire, the staff were incredibly nice and helpful. Most of the staff live in the county so they are more than happy to help you decide where to go and what to do on your visit. We plan on going back this summer or in the fall. The late winter/ early spring was a great time to visit as it gets so booked up in the summer months, so if you’re wanting to go I’d look at booking soon or wait till the fall. I think it’s a great spot for couples, a group of friends or families, I also think it would be a fun spot for a bachelorette!
Thanks so much for reading and if you're planning on visiting the Devonshire or PEC let me know in a comment.

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4 comments:

  1. I must make a reservation soon. Looks amazing.

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    1. It was great! I can't wait to go back : )

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  2. Glad you had fun! Looks so cozy!

    xx Gabriella
    pastelsandpastries.com

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    1. Thanks so much, we had a great time! Can't wait to go back : )

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