A Day in L&A with Destination Ontario

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To kick off a busy summer season here in Lennox & Addington, the creative team from Destination Ontario made a visit to showcase a handful of the fantastic tourism experiences found here in Lennox & Addington. With nearly 800,000 combined followers on Facebook and Instagram, this provided a golden opportunity for us to highlight a few of our amazing local attractions to a very large audience.

Our Regional Tourism Organization, South Eastern Ontario, arranged this adventure, incorporating as many L&A destinations into the itinerary as they could fit in over a jam-packed, whirlwind day of exploration. I was lucky enough to spend the day with the talented Destination Ontario crew of Darlene, Peter and Andy as they documented their experiences with lots of great photo and video.

I thought I would tell you a bit about each location we visited in hopes that you’ll add them to your summer itinerary. Follow along on our fun-filled experience.

 

A Ferry Ride to Amherst Island

To begin our day, we boarded the 8:30am ferry to Amherst Island. The ferry ride was nice and breezy on a hot and sticky morning. The ferry leaves Millhaven on the half hour, and you can catch it from the island side on the hour, giving us lots of time to explore.

Once we arrived on the island, we made the short drive to Topsy Farms for a hands-on, immersive farm experience. We got to cuddle baby lambs and see Willow & Cedar, the farm’s Insta-famous Highland cows.

After having the best experience of my life with the lambs, we went into the Wool Shed to take a look at their local yarn, blankets and other merchandise for sale. If you visit this farm, be sure to shop around, all their products are lovely. Finally, we went on a walk down their beautiful 3km walking trail.

I highly recommend Topsy Farm as a great place to visit and support this summer (and all year long).

 

Back on Mainland of Loyalist Township

After returning to the mainland on the ferry, we took a quick trip to the village of Bath. The crew took some streetscape photos and video, including some drone footage. Per usual, the street was bright and picturesque. We stopped in at the Lodge Coffee House for a quick bite to eat and to relax briefly in the AC. I got the G.O.A.T cookie which was absolutely delicious. If you’re looking for a relaxing coffee shop experience, definitely stop here!

Soon after, we headed over to the nearby MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, located just north of the village. With a tasting room situated in a beautifully-refurbished barn, and ample seating outside, there are plenty of ways to enjoy their delicious craft brews. Their property, which has been in the family since the late 1700s, also has a huge stage, hosting a variety of successful music events.

The next stop was the Babcock Mill in Odessa. We took in an amazing and informative tour of all three floors of this historic property. Packed full of Odessa history, the Mill is open Thursdays – Sundays all summer long for the public’s exploration. We left with new knowledge and a cool experience to remember.

 

Exploring Downtown Napanee

From Odessa, we headed to Ellena’s Café & Pantry in Downtown Napanee for a late lunch. There are so many appetizing food and drink options available at this charming café. We loved the selection of artisan sandwiches, salads, and coffee to choose from. They also sell kitchen accessories as well as beer & wine, and an impressive selection of pantry items for purchase as well. This is a great spot where foodies gather to enjoy good food with friends!

After our meal, the crew explored the downtown core with their cameras and video equipment to capture some streetscapes and document some of the ‘Instagrammable’ locations in the area. The painted silos near the L&A Mutual Insurance building on Water Street was a hit with the Destination Ontario crew.

For our next stop, we visited the popular Napanee River Tours. Located at the Waterfront River Pub & Terrace, this 48-passenger, licensed pontoon boat is a hit with visitors across the region and beyond. With thunderstorms in the forecast, we were unable to experience the full tour, however, we did convince the captain to take us for a quick spin. The footage gathered was fantastic.

 

Wrapping up at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area

The final stop during a long, enjoyable day was the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area. While it was a bit too cloudy to view the stars, the Destination Ontario team was able to get some great shots of the site. We can provide them with lots of impactful star-filled shots at a later date. If you haven’t been to Dark Sky yet, you’re missing out. The viewing conditions here are very similar to 100 years ago, and is an especially popular destination for visitors from urban areas that can’t see the stars due to light pollution.

This Destination Ontario experience was one to remember. Thanks again to South Eastern Ontario for planning such an amazing day, and to Destination Ontario for letting me tag along!

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