you live in Toronto, you’ve most likely heard of the Drake hotel. You’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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Winery. We 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 : )
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!
so much for reading and if you’re planning on visiting the Devonshire or PEC
let me know in a comment.