Julia and Jillian were fortunate enough to hit the trail for a day in the Blue Mountains along the Apple Pie Trail.As any visitor to the trail can attest, a trip down means being treated to lovely Ontario hospitality. We learned all about the trail-blazing work completed amongst the hills, wineries, orchards, restaurants, and shops that make the Apple Pie Trail a hit for the holidays! Head north-west for incredible apple delights in Collingwood, Meaford, Clarkburg, and the Beaver Valley–and don’t forget to make a stop from some serious sweetness from bake-tress Grandma Lambe!
Highlights from the Apple Pie TrailWe wouldn’t want to upset anyone’s apple cart, but replacing your holiday eggnog fix with a hike and adventurous zip-line ride through the Blue Mountains might encourage exercise over excess during the upcoming holiday season. Soar to new heights at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures with stunning views of Georgian Bay. Boost family vacation time by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at dusk with the kids for a perfect holiday adventure through the hills! One of the next stops was Georgian Hills Vineyards, a beautiful hill-top oasis for wine lovers looking for something different to nestle into Christmas stockings this year. Try their Frozen to the Core 2010 Ida Red, a distinctive Georgian Bay sweet wine sure to please when paired with cheese at your holiday party. We recommend attending their Tasting Room sessions from Wednesday to Sunday at 12:00pm – 5:00pm for a uniquely sweet Ontario experience in the Georgian Hills. Next up, nestled in quaint Clarksburg, the Loft Gallery‘s artists are inspired by the orchards of the Beaver Valley and neighbouring Blue Mountains. Across the street at the Honey House, do as we did, and pick up some sweet local honey sticks. These would be a perfect stocking stuffer for the tea lover in your life–or as our staff can attest, delightful on their own as a sweet afternoon “pick me up”! Make your way to Thornbury, and get ready to be thrilled as you sample a beautiful apple pie from the Thornbury Bakery. Not a pie lover? Shame on you–but you’re sure to be impressed by the selection of Ontario cheese and gift items available at The Cheese Gallery. Continuing along Highway 26, stop at the Meaford Museum to learn about the history of apples in this area and the development of tourism and economic growth of the industry.
Did you know that Grey County currently produces more apples than any other county in Ontario? The Georgian Bay apple growing district’s special climate produces 25% of Ontario’s apple crop due to the moderating temperatures of the bay and the protection from the escarpment.Our last spot of the day–but by no means does it have to be yours!– was the delightfully spooky Coffin Ridge Winery. Never ones to shy away from a creepily cadaverous wine name, we got a kick out of Coffin’s excellent branding and the design of their open air Tasting Room. While in Meaford, the apple of our eye will surely be the Duxbury hard cider from Meaford. With a special sparkle that would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve toast, this beauty is high on our wishlists this year.
Looking forward to a trip to the Apple Pie Trail in 2014? My suggestion would be to try the Snowshoe Wine Tasting adventure with Free Spirit Tours and Georgian Hills Vineyard followed by a tour down the main street of Clarksburg and Thornbury… but with so many uniquely Ontario destinations available, you can return again and again for the cider, apples, wine, and extraordinary experiences available in Grey County!
About the Apple Pie Trail
Travelling the quiet country roads of the Blue Mountains, enjoy the sweet aroma of blossoms in the spring; ripening fruit in the summer; brilliant colours in the fall and crisp sheets of white in the winter. No matter what time you visit, the Apple Pie Trail is always delicious. Visit: ApplePieTrail.ca