Food and drink has been bringing people together since the days when our ancestors gathered around the fire to share a communal meal. A mug of beer is the ultimate conversation starter, and who doesn’t perk up at the sight of a killer charcuterie board coming your way?
Experiencing a food and drink trail is the perfect way to spend time with friends, family, or loved ones, and a great way to pick up your weekend (or week!). It’s also a good way to get to know a region by its flavours, and learn more about the makers who produce the deliciousness we love to consume.
Naturally, we think the food and drink trail you should discover is the Lanark County Sip & Savour Trail! Only minutes from Ottawa, Lanark County is home to more craft alcohol producers per capita than the city of Ottawa, along with delicious flavours and unique products to experience. Come and savour our region from a food and drink perspective for a unique culinary adventure.
From girlfriend getaways to couple’s retreat, and road trip adventures, read on for five ways to experience a food and drink trail.
Weekend (or longer) adventure
Heading out for an overnight getaway is one way to unwind and reconnect after a long week. In Lanark County, we have four overnight accommodations on the trail, and some of these have partnered with other trail destinations to give you a special discount on your overnight stay. Spend your day filling up on Lanark County goodness, then relax in a cozy bed and breakfast, hotel, or inn, and start the adventure all over again the next day.
Reconnect as a couple
They say that couples who stay together the longest are the ones who learn new things together, and a food and drink trail is a fun way to share in new experiences. Savour the romance with an overnight stay at a cozy bed and breakfast and use it as your home base to explore the trail from top to bottom. Learn all about how Dairy Distillery makes its Vodkow from dairy permeate, or how Perth Chocolate Works makes it delicious chocolates. Learn about maple production at Wheelers Pancake House, then stop in Perth for a fine dining experience at The Stone Cellar, before discovering new bands with a live performance at O’Reilly’s Ale House. Learn about cannabis production at the Tweed Visitor Centre, and stop for a cup of something warm and frothy at C’est Tout Bakery. #Reconnect and discover each other (and Lanark County) all over again.
Grab a friend (or two) and turn your food and drink experience into a fun girlfriend getaway. Tour breweries, distilleries, and chocolateries during the day, then dine on local flavours at a restaurant within walking distance of your hotel. A few glasses of wine with dinner and if you weren’t best friends before your trip, you will be after!
Heading out on a road trip is so inspiring – anything can happen, and you are ready for whatever comes your way. Experiencing a food and drink trail is the ultimate build-your-own adventure where you get to pick the experiences you want to have. Your road trip can take you to Almonte to sample English style beer at Crooked Mile Brewery, then to Hummingbird Chocolate Maker for a chocolate adventure before stopping in for a warm cuppa at Tea and Cake, and finally on to Peches et Poivre to pick up some culinary goodies to make your own feast at home. Next, make the short drive to Carleton Place to visit a brewery there, stop for lunch or dinner at Black Tartan Kitchen. Spend the night in Perth or Smiths Falls and pick up your road trip adventure the next day!
Mid-winter (or any season) pick-me-up
If you’re feeling blue by the cold weather, nothing will pick you up faster than a delicious meal, discovering new flavours from craft alcohol producers, or a delicious meal at a Lanark County restaurant. A food and drink adventure is just what the doctor ordered to cheer you up anytime of the year.