Homemade and Homegrown
Ontario is a province rich in its natural delicacies. Agriculture is abundant, whether it is the foods grown in the ground to the food grown in the trees, and it just goes to show just how beautiful and prosperous this land truly is. On this tour, you will be able to appreciate just what Ontario can give us in the Homemade and Homegrown Daytrip Tour.
At the start of our tour, you will be visiting Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, which is one of the greatest pillars in all of African-Canadian history. Visitors will have a chance to learn about the unique heritage of the Black community in Canada. It consists of an interpretive centre, three historic buildings, two cemeteries, a collection of artifacts from the abolitionist era, as well as audio visual presentations and galleries, visitors will be fully engrossed in the history of Ontarian Black settlements.
Next, you will have the chance to tour and taste the work of Ontario’s number one honey and hive products, Munro Apiary in Alvinston. As the first meadery in Ontario, the rich and delicious products are crafted with the knowledge and expertise of five generations of beekeepers and honey producers to keep the tradition alive. Offering a wide variety of honeys and mead products, this tour, which will detail everything from the life of a honeybee to how honey is produced for distribution, is sure to be sweet!
After lunch, you will be exhibiting the Forest Glen Herbs farm in Thedford. It features many beautiful herb gardens with vast assortments of colourful herbs and plants that visitors can explore, as well as a 140 year old barn that has been remodeled into a shop, filled with herb products such as culinary, facial and bath products, floral arrangements, assorted decor for the home, and more. It’s home grown beauty at its finest!
Our last stop will be a tour and tasting session of delicious ciders and wines at Twin Pines Cider House in Thedford. With a history spanning 43 years, there has grown to be a vast assortment of apple-related products, made from over one million pounds of apples consisting of 35 varieties! In addition, there are also vine crops such as various gourds and pumpkins, and preservatives and pies made from various berries and grapes, all made using the crop from the gardens. The cider itself is sweet, refreshing, and comforting all at the same time, while the bake goods, preservatives, and dietetic-friendly foods are sure to keep your cupboards and freezers full! It’s the taste that can only be experienced right here in Ontario!
Are you interested in seeing the most out of agriculture? Dedicated to getting the most out of nature’s bounties? Want to have a great day outdoors? We’re offering a daytrip out in Elgin County to satisfy your needs, known as our Green Acres tour.
We first depart for Clovermead Apiaries. With it’s old-town atmosphere and the abundant beauty of the flower fields, a trip to Clovermead guarantees both a beautiful afternoon and a delightful treat, as we will also be snacking on the various honey products available. They feature 12 different honey spreads, beeswax candles, pollen products and more. We will also feature a tour of the honey production and beekeeping that’s sure to be interesting for all!
Next we visit Heritage Line Herbs, a small family farm that specializes in organically-grown herbs and blends for cooking and gardens. The herbs are officially certified organic, and the blends can be used on a wide variety of foods, adding a unique charm that salts and other common seasonings just can’t match! With a huge selection of herbs and a beautiful herb and flower farm, Heritage Line is sure to open your eyes to the wonder of agriculture!
For a little Muskoka-inspired break, we will be stopping at the Pinecroft Inn for lunch. After which we will travel to the Steed & Company Lavender Farm. An Area of Natural Special Interest as designated by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Steed & Co.’s vast beauty absolutely astounds. With vast fields filled with green stems topped with the distinct colour lavender and the majesty of the bald eagles that nest there. Also featured is a lavender boutique filled with unique lavender products.
Our final stop is a great showcase for outdoor entertainment and fine wines. Quai du Vin is Elgin’s oldest estate winery and produces 90,000 bottles per year. They specialize in private label wines and offer a unique variety of wine and wine products in their store such as whites, reds, fruit wines, cocktails and jellies. We will be offering a tour and tasting of the estate winery as a great sendoff to the perfect day!
A Taste of Chatham-Kent
The municipality of Chatham-Kent offers a wide variety of experiences. While mainly agricultural based, each town within has it’s own unique charm and atmosphere to set themselves apart from the the others. With our Taste of Chatham-Kent tour, we sample not only the diversity of the region, but it’s great food and wines also.
We visit Thamesville first, home of Parks Blueberries and Country Store. Parks prides itself on delicious blueberry products, baked goods, and a cozy country atmosphere. They feature a cafe where visitors will get to taste their delightful coffee and muffins.
Next we head to Dresden, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin House, dedicated to the life of Reverend Josiah Henson and his contributions to the abolition movement. It also serves as a general educational museum for African American history. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is easily one of the best ways to get in touch with history.
For lunch, we will stop at Country View Golf Course in Oungah. Following which, we head to Cedar Springs for a tour and tasting at Smith and Wilson Winery. They are a small family-owned winery that has been supplying grapes to wineries for over 25 years, featuring a wide variety of white wines, red wines, patio wines, and dessert fruit wines for all types of tastes.
And to complete our journey, we head to the RM Classic Car Exhibit. Known for both classic car restoration and classic car auctions, RM is also well known for attracting plenty of celebrity talent, such as Jay Leno. The exhibit features highly knowledgeable tour guys, 37000 square feet of classic cars and memorabilia, with a constantly changing array of classic vehicles on display ensuring that each visit is unique. For those who like cars, this final stop is guaranteed to be fantastic!
Components of this package are subject to availability at the time of booking