How To Plan The Perfect Date Night In Prince Edward County


Go ahead and wow your significant other on your next date night… we won’t tell them we planned the night for you.
Hint: It includes wine, activities, and delicious eats. (Okay, okay, we planned this date night for ourselves. But we know you’ll love it too!) 

Here are 6 wonderful ideas for your next date (or romantic getaway!) in beloved Prince Edward County.


1. Get Moving

In the colder months, bundle up and walk along the snow-covered terrain, or enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!

You can go along the Millennium Trail or Sandbanks Provincial Park. Both offer great trails – just keep in mind you’ll have to share the road with other activists, like cross country skiers or even snowmobilers on the Millennium Trail.

You can even rent snowshoes from a few wineries, like Sugarbush and Three Dog Winery, then access trails right from their properties. Check out our guide to the top winter activities to do in Prince Edward County for more ideas.

In the warmer months, get outside and soak up the sun!
Who doesn’t love the beach after all? Start the day with laid back vibes as you bask in the sunshine and cool down in Lake Ontario at Sandbanks Provincial Park’s Outlet Beach, one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario.

If you’re turning up the romance in the off-season, the beach is still a great location to hit up, especially without the crowds.

(Tip: If it’s summer, take your date out there during a weekday if possible. Plenty of visitors visit The County primarily for this beach, so the crowds get really big, really fast. Your best chance of finding prime sandy real estate is to visit Sandbanks during the week, rather than the weekend.)



2. Get Cozy + Snuggle Up


In the colder season, check out these cozy-time treasures with fire-side comfort!

Hit up a mix of indoor and outdoor fireplaces to roast marshmallows, enjoy a wine or a hot chocolate, or to simply snuggle up to a loved one!

Slake Brewing (both), Drake Devonshire (both), Flame + Smith (both), Gillingham Brewing Company (outdoor) Kinsip House of Fine Spirits (outdoor), Midtown Brewing Company (both), Parsons Brewing Company (outdoor), Matron Fine Beer (outdoor),  The Grange of Prince Edward (indoor), Three Dog Winery (outdoor).
List source: Visit The County

In the warmer season, enjoy a picnic at Lake on the Mountain. This park is one of the County’s natural wonders.  

It’s truly a gorgeous sight to behold. You can debate how the turquoise water actually got here, because, as the website says, “it defies all known geographical and geological theory.”

There are picnic tables on-site, so pack a great lunch and have fun taking in the views while trying to solve a little mystery.



3. Experience Culturally-Diverse Eats


No trip to Prince Edward County would be complete without a culinary experience. The local restaurant scene is bursting with flavours, with plenty of places offering up locally-sourced menu items – so that not only would you be supporting local businesses, you’d be supporting the local farms too.

The County is a food-lovers haven – with an eclectic mix of culturally-diverse restaurants and bars to satiate any hunger or thirst.

Check out one of our top 10 restaurants (with bonus dessert and drink suggestions!) picked specifically for its cultural diversity.

You won’t be disappointed on your next date – morning, lunch, and dinner options included! 

Piccolina Mercato + Bar | Parsons Brewing Company | Idle Wild | La Condesa | Bocado | Flame + Smith | Dive In Charm | Merrill House | Good Place | Sujeo | Slickers Ice Cream | The Russ & Co. | decanter | Read the full article here.



4. Enjoy Wine, Wine, and More Wine

o you and your significant other both love wine? A visit to Prince Edward County wouldn’t be complete without a wine tour.

Let us be your designated driver on a guided half-day wine tour

Your date should be all about being totally present with each other and enjoying your new favourite wines, not worrying about how you’ll get from one winery to the next. We’ve got your back! 
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring Prince Edward County with one of our fun and knowledgeable tour guides.

Plus, you’ll learn about the people that grow the grapes and make the wine and the rich history of Prince Edward County along the way.

Tip: Enjoy the wine without the crowds with our midweek half-day wine tour. Less busy means a more personalized and unique wine experience. 

Book your half-day wine tour here.

Or, check out our wineries map here.


5. Get Sappy With The Sweetest Maple Traditions

If you know what’s good for you, you’ll make sure to take your sweetie to the sweetest tradition in Prince Edward County – Maple in the County / PEC March Maple Madness!

Tip: Sandbanks Vacations will launch their own Maple Madness tour as part of the festivities. Mark your calendars for Saturday 23 March, 2024! More details to come.

During March, you can join in the celebration of all things maple in Prince Edward County! 

Activities to enjoy include pancake breakfasts, maple smores over cozy fires, petting zoos with newborn chicks and lambs, and of course the much-loved maple taffy on snow, along with many more delights. Come on out and celebrate your sweet thing while filling up on sweet things! (Okay, we’ll stop with the puns.) 

Come out and support some amazing local businesses every Saturday and Sunday during March. Find out more by visiting the PEC March Maple Madness website


6. Stay The Night (Or Two)

Why settle for just a single date when you can extend the romance? Turn date night into an entire romantic getaway by staying a night or two.

Make it a romantic weekend with accommodations from yours truly. Not sure where to look? Here are three options to start:

1. Sakura Cottage (Wellington)

A newly renovated 3-bedroom 2-bath home located in the quaint village of Wellington in the heart of picturesque Prince Edward County. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Ontario. A few doors away from the Drake Devonshire, a short drive to the Hillier Wine District and walking distance to Midtown Brewery and other good eats. For shoppers and browsers, you can visit the Wellington Farmer’s Market and countless local artisans. Large windows give you a panorama view of the lake and its shore birds.

2. The Verne (Picton)

Named after Jules Verne – the literary giant who gave us the wonderful sea story Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. A two-level cottage, renovated with all new furnishings, The Verne is perfect for two couples as it allows for plenty of space to be together and space to be apart. Your attention will be fully engaged by the view west over the water and passing sailboats from the large cathedral ceiling living room and breezy glass / screened solarium. Or soak up the sun on your private dock and terrace!

3. Lakeside PEC (Wellington)


Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario offering breathtaking, sweeping views of the lake. This stylish, completely renovated 3-bedroom, 2 bath bungalow centrally located on the edge of Wellington offers everything you need to unplug and unwind from sunrise to sunset. Inside, the open concept design opens onto dining and lounging areas making for easy conversation and social time. Outside, take full advantage of a massive deck great for entertaining, eating, and relaxing with panoramic lake views.


For more Prince Edward County accommodations, explore the full breathe Vacation Rentals and Sandbanks Vacations accommodations portfolios!