Sips, Savours, Shops & Stops: A Weekend in Southern L&A County

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By Megan of Ottawa River Lifestyle.

Welcome to beautiful towns full of unspoiled moments… I had never before explored this region of Southeastern Ontario. Nestled between Kingston and Belleville, at the base of Lennox and Addington County, lies countless shops to browse, craft drinks to enjoy and adventures to embark on. I was pleasantly surprised at all the unique, must-visit spots I found while exploring the Town of Greater Napanee, the village of Bath and the hamlet of Tamworth. Take a look at this fun filled weekend.

This particular itinerary was enjoyed from a Friday to Sunday. Check hours and openings ahead of your visit, many businesses are closed or have limited hours Sunday and Monday.

 

Day 1: Driving into Greater Napanee

Fun Fact: Our favourite Canadian skater girl, Avril Lavigne, grew up in the town of Napanee. Members of the bands The Tragically Hip and Glorious Sons are also from the area. Sounds like the makings of a great Canadian playlist for your drive in.

Time for lunch at Ellena’s Café and Pantry

This local lunch spot has a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and quiche on their menu. Everything is made fresh once ordered. The smoked meat sandwich seems like the go-to meal for a big appetite, and their taco salad was tasty! Ellena’s Café is also a retail store featuring home and kitchen goods, from mugs and dish cloths to aprons and cast irons.  Grab a County Bounty artisanal soda to go; locally made here in Napanee, with Ontario grown fruits.

Address: 16 Dundas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 1H6
Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday

 

Wander Downtown Napanee Shops Along Dundas Street:

Deadleaf Distinguished Gentlemen

Deadleaf Distinguished Gentlemen is a must visit! Barber, store for gents and pub all in one, this spot is quirky and cool. Enjoy a drink on the patio after getting a fresh cut, or browse the collection of beard products and fun accessories for men. Haircuts must be booked online in advance, walk-ins welcome for browsing and patio drinks. The house lager is light and easy drinking, definitely recommend it on a warm day.

Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm Tuesday, 11:00am-8:00pm Wednesday Thursday, 11:00am-7:00pm Friday, 11:00am-4:00pm Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday.

 

Starlet

You cannot miss the beauty and brightness of Starlet when walking by. It seems to have it all, but doesn’t feel too busy nor overwhelming. There is a full room of jewelry, a wall of fun greeting cards, racks of quality clothing brands, another room for shoes, other accessories and home products, and an ice cream bar! Shop brands you know and love including Smash & Tess, Blondie Apparel, Birkenstock, Arrow it Forward and Lover’s Tempo, to name a few.

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday to Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday, closed Sunday

 

Lansing Gifts & Gallery – Shop home décor, kitchenware, garden accessories and gifts.

Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm Sunday

 

Sand n’ Sea Boutique – Swimsuits and travel wear for men and women.

Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday, closed Sunday Monday

 

The Museum of Lennox & Addington

A beautifully curated and well-thought-out museum, especially for a small town! The Museum of Lennox & Addington is behind the main building at this address, in what was once the county jail. Don’t miss the outdoor exhibit to the right of the entrance. There are new exhibits waiting to be explored including the origins, geography and history of the entire county. The ‘Affectionately Yours’ exhibit is the most recent, meant to spread love and happiness with artifacts and stories of love – you can even write a post card to someone you admire. You will be able to discover businesses and trades of the past, a local artist’s depiction of the county and legendary tales of folklore as well. The ‘Tales of Fantasy’ room is the most interactive and fun for kids!

Book a time to visit online or by phone.

Address: 97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9
Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday, closed Saturday Sunday

 

Napanee Beer Company

From award-winning amateur brewer to award winning craft beer at his own brewery, feel free to ask the owner Geordan about his story. Many locals feel Napanee Beer helps put the town on the map, with some seriously tasty and unique brews. They have four year-round beers, three of which you can find at LCBO locations across Ontario. The Blacklist, a black German lager, was described as ‘if a light pilsner and coffee whiskey had a baby’. The Deadline blonde lager would be a go-to if you’re new to craft beer.

There is no patio, grab some tallboys to go. Beer tastings and tours took place pre-Covid, but are currently unavailable until further notice.

Address: 450 Milligan Lane, Napanee, ON K7R 3K8
Hours: 12:00pm – 5:00pm Tuesday – Saturday, closed Sunday Monday

 

The Waterfront River Pub

If you’re looking for the ultimate waterfront patio atmosphere in the area, this is it. A historic limestone building on the banks of the Napanee River, The Waterfront River Pub serves classic Canadian fare with a twist, along with house cocktails and dessert. The firecracker chicken and schnitzel were excellent choices as an appetizer and meal, and the espresso martini is perfect for coffee lovers. The spacious patio is busy on weekend evenings; stroll the Napanee River Walk or enjoy a drink on the back dock while you wait. Live music and a possible bonfire adds to the ambiance on Friday nights.

Address: 22 Water St W, Napanee, ON K7R 1V4
Hours: 11:00am-12:00am Friday Saturday, 11:00am-11:00pm Sunday-Thursday

 

If you are looking for alternative dinner restaurants, check out The Loaf N’ Ale on Dundas Street or Santorini Mediterranean Grill on County Road 8. Both locations have outdoor patios, and are open until 9:00pm and 7:00pm respectively.

 

The Napanee River Walk & Springside Park

Walk across the bridge and follow the sail boats and footprints markings along the Napanee River. This 15-minute walk will take you from Napanee Conservation Park to Springside Park. There are historical boards to be read, colourful artwork to admire, and the Napanee Falls to take in. Springside Park is a picturesque location with bright green grass, picnic tables, gardens and a stone railroad bridge. Trains still travel across this bridge, and it is a prime backdrop for photos.

Tip: The Waterfront River Pub can get quite busy on weekend evenings, with wait times of an hour or longer. If this is the case, you’ll have plenty of time to complete the river walk before your meal. The full walk will take 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Banana Splitz

New to Downtown Greater Napanee, this is the second location of Banana Splitz, with the original found in Gananoque. Find up to 30 flavours of ice cream from brands such as Kawartha Dairy and Chapman’s. Cones, cups, lemonade, bubble tea, sundaes and of course banana splits!

Address: 23 Dundas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 1H5
Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm daily

 

 

Day 2: South to Bath & Adolphustown in Southern L&A

 

Have breakfast at Tammy’s Country Kitchen

Tammy’s Country Kitchen is a diner-style restaurant, where you can find classic meals like bacon and eggs or French toast for breakfast. The service is quick and friendly.

Enjoy your breakfast picnic style at the rustic park around the corner (there is one picnic table under the pavilion), or drive to Springside park for more of a view.

Address: 300 Dundas St W, Napanee, ON K7R 2B4
Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm daily

Spud’s Restaurant on Industrial Boulevard is an alternative breakfast option.

 

 

Down on the Farm at Hickory Lane Alpacas

A family run farm where you can interact with goats, pigs, cows, chickens and the highlight; alpacas! Upon arrival, you’ll meet and feed the adorable alpacas, along with one or two sneaky goats. You’ll also go hangout with more goats and a grown teacup pig. The husband and wife team, Mike and Ashley, have taken over Hickory Lane Alpacas from Mike’s parents, and have fun plans for the future. They hope to soon create a spacious backyard patio area, and have forest walks with goats, where anyone can drop in and enjoy the farm. Alpacas are timid animals, and these ones have not been trained to walk with or fully interact with people; ask the couple’s son Levi which ones don’t mind being pet. They’re more open and curious when you have food!

The newest venture on the farm is alpaca yoga! Classes will be held regularly, weather dependent. Multiple classes will take place on Sundays, in addition to a Saturday evening, and Wednesday morning class. Check on Facebook to confirm times for specific dates. Donations are appreciated.

It is recommended that you book a time slot ahead of time to visit, via phone call or Facebook. Three groups are taken to feed and interact with the animals, every hour on the hour. Make sure to wear closed toed shoes!

Address: 7326 County Rd 9, Napanee, K7R 3K8
Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday, check online for alpaca & goat yoga details.

Explore Shops & Stops on Main Street Bath:

The Lodge Coffee House

A great café to grab lunch or a snack, The Lodge Coffee House serves up a variety of drinks; both hot and cold, treats, sandwiches, soups and salads. Find local County Bounty Soda here, and Dave’s Sparkling Lemonade. They also have their own merchandise for sale in addition to local products and coffee beans. The Lodge has created a takeout window to order during pandemic restrictions, and a casual garden patio space out back. The GOAT cookie is a must try, chewy and tasty full of chocolate, toffee, pretzel and ruffles chips. * Chef’s kiss *

Address: 376 Main Street Bath, Bath, ON K0H 1G0
Hours: 9:00am-2:00pm, closed Saturday Sunday Monday (open the rare Saturday)

 

Books on Main

Books on Main is a bright and spacious local bookstore, featuring colourful artwork on the walls. You will find both new and bargain books, board games and some artisan products. Their goal is to provide a space for enthusiastic readers and game-players to meet. Everything is beautifully curated and organized, with countless books to browse and explore.

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm Sunday, closed Monday.

 

Lakeside Studio Gallery & Anderwood Studio

Across the street from the bookstore, you’ll find a mother daughter duo in their adjoined shops. Enjoy the friendly service and chats!

Lakeside Studio Gallery is owned by Sarah, who fills the space with bright, beautiful pieces of art, including her own work. Her latest collection is a range of fun pink abstract skylines, offering a feeling of magic and warmth. Her paintings are inspired by natural landscapes. The other featured artists are mainly up and coming artists living in the region. All paintings come together for a diverse, colourful gallery.

 

Next door, Anderwood Studio is run by Sarah’s mom Laura. She has curated a collection of home accents and décor, including many locally made items. Shop through birdhouses and cross-stitching made on Amherst Island, pottery handcrafted in Brockville and woodworking made right here in Bath, to name a few. There’s also wall art, refurbished items and furniture paint to purchase. Laura’s own workshop is right on site.

Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Wednesday-Friday, 12:00pm-4:00pm Saturday Sunday, closed Monday Tuesday.

 

Heritage Point Antiques

A local store for the thrifter! If you enjoy browsing gently used clothing and accessories, Heritage Point Antiques is the place to hunt for that hidden gem. In addition to vintage clothing, you can shop through bags and purses, new Canadian themed articles, small antiques, jewelry, candles, and greeting cards.

Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday.

 

360 Castaways

Take an ice cream break at 360 Castaways. This locally owned ice cream parlour serves up over 20 flavours of ice cream from trusted brands including Chapman’s and Neilson’s Dairy. They have a garden-style outdoor patio beside the building to enjoy your sweet treat. They also make daily sandwich options such as hotdogs and paninis.

Hours: 12:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday & Thursday, 12:30pm-7:00pm Friday, 12:30pm-5:00pm weekends, closed Monday Tuesday.

 

Mackinnon Brothers Brewing Company

A spacious outdoor yard with plenty of areas to sit, refreshing local beer, and Texas BBQ and live music on weekends? Yes please. Mackinnon Brothers Brewing Company is a must-visit if you’re in the area, especially if you’re a fan of craft beer! With over 200 years of farming heritage behind them, they use barley, hops and wheat grown on their own farm to brew beer. Go take a closer look at the hanging hops growing nearby. They’re creating a sustainable, truly local business, with 80% of their beer sold being within 25 KM of the brewery. The Harvest Ale is made with 100% ingredients grown on the farm, and is a tasty, easy drinking beer.

Address: 1915 County 22 Rd, Bath, ON
Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm daily

 

33 Vines

Family farming land since the 1700’s, 33 Vines was purchased by the Dunn family in 2019 and they’re taking the time to work on both the vineyard and indoor tasting room, event space. It’s a beautiful space to host a party, watch the game on the big screen or enjoy a quiet glass outside. They serve and sell from a stockpile of wine, mainly from the years 2009-2015. It’s hard to decide on a favourite wine as they’re all delicious! The Chardonnay and Riesling in particular will surprise you, as they’re light but not too sweet.

Address: 9261 Hwy 33, Adolphustown, ON
Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm Sunday-Thursday, 11:00am-8:00pm Friday Saturday (June through October)

 

Bergeron Estate Winery & Cider Co.

Bergeron Estate Winery and Cider Co is a boutique style winery offering wines, hard cider, gourmet pizza, and beautiful vineyard views. Each of their wines is made with close to 100% of their own grapes! Select a tasting to discover your favourite drink, and pick out one of ‘Nona’s pizzas’ to enjoy with your glass out on the patio. The potato pizza was an excellent choice, and you can also build your own. The cider is dry and a perfect choice if you’re visiting with a non-wine drinker.

Address: 9656 Loyalist Pkwy, Adolphustown, ON
Hours: 11:00am – 5:00pm Sunday-Wednesday, 11:30am-4:30pm Thursday, 11:00am – 6:00pm Friday Saturday.

 

Loyalist Trading Company

Canadian artwork and décor, gifts, candy, locally made preserves and treats… and goats on the roof?! Even if you’re not one for shopping, Loyalist Trading Co is a fun experience, with friendly service and unique touches relative to a typical gift shop. You’ll notice goats and bunnies to the left of the shop, and a coin-operated vending machine full of feed pellets. Pay a quarter for some pellets, place them in the black cup attached to the bike pulley, and pull it up to the roof where the goats will be waiting! Keep an eye out for their homemade brands, Cook’s Gourmet and Hard Cider Kitchen, in store and at craft shows across Ontario.

Address: 8682 Loyalist Pkwy, Conway, ON
Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday Sunday

 

Back to Napanee for dinner: The Royal Coachman

Originally this restaurant was a stagecoach shop in the 19th century, and now has four dining rooms, a banquet hall and patio area. The Royal Coachman serves up casual fine dining, and generous portion sizes! The atmosphere is calm and friendly. A cute garden patio was created during Covid opening phases. They have been accepting walk-ins this summer, and typically they require reservations; it’s best to call ahead and make sure.

Address: 8087 County Road2, Napanee, ON
Hours: 11:00am-8:00pm Tuesday Thursday Friday, 5:00am-8:00pm weekends, closed Monday Wednesday

 

Day 3: Napanee & Tamworth

 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel or head to Itty Bitty Diner.

Another local, diner-style breakfast, Itty Bitty Diner offers a full menu with classic breakfast options like omelettes, eggs with a choice of meat, and pancakes.

Address: 7 Snow Rd, Napanee, ON
Hours: 6:30am-2:00pm Tuesday-Friday, 7:30am-1:30pm Saturday Sunday, closed Monday

 

Coffee Cravings

Grab your morning pick-me-up at Coffee Cravings. Indulge in a specialty coffee or dessert such as a Nanaimo bar or peanut butter stack. It is a modern space with the ultimate café vibes and outdoor patio area. In addition to food and drinks, they sell coffee and tea accessories, candles, chocolates and gift baskets. It will be the best coffee you have this weekend.

Address: 86 John St, Napanee, ON
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm Saturday, closed Sunday

 

Heading North to Tamworth…

 

On the way: Hawk Vale Antiques & Old Stuff

The most picturesque antique shop you will ever see, Hawk Vale Antiques is a lovely spot to walk through, as you browse vintage pieces and the beautiful outdoor garden. Walk up the driveway to the main shop in the back, making sure to wander around checking out the various sheds. Look out for flowers and new paintings for sale, as you hunt for treasures. It’s a charming location you can’t miss.

Address: 1408 County Rd 1, Napanee, ON K7R 3L2
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm Thursday-Monday, closed Tuesday Wednesday

 

Upon arrival in Tamworth: The Book Shop

You will find The Book Shop in a red brick coach house in the small town of Tamworth. It is completely full of books, wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Books are hand-picked, ranging from recent best sellers to rare classics. It’s a quirky spot where you could lose time browsing the many options.

Address: 2-10 County Rd 4, Tamworth, ON
Hours: 11:00am – 4:00pm Friday-Sunday, additional hours during the summer

 

Devon Café & Five Corners Craft

For the ultimate cozy, small town feel and homemade meals, stop for lunch at Devon Café. They have a menu full of breakfast options, daily specials, fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts. Their new patio is referred to as ‘Dragonfly Lane’, featuring quaint garden-style accents. Say hi to the owner, Marg, as she checks in and chats with local regulars. They also have a shop, Five Corners Craft, where you can find giftware, accessories for women and Birkenstock shoes.

It gets quite busy Sunday mornings, and is recommended to call (613-379-2745) ahead of time for a reservation.

Address: 3 Concession St S, Tamworth, ON
Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Friday Saturday Tuesday, 9:00am-3:00pm Sunday Thursday, 9:00am-2:00pm Wednesday, closed Monday

 

The River Bakery Café and Patio

Grab some fresh bread or dessert to bring home from River Bakery. Hot sandwiches, salads, desserts, pastries, breads and other treats await. They also offer a variety of drinks and have an outdoor patio, if you’re looking to relax and stay a bit longer. Crowd favourites are the butter tarts and Jamaican patties.

Address: 11 Concession St S, Tamworth, ON
Hours: 10:00am-2:00pm Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm Monday Tuesday Thursday, 10:00am -6:00pm Friday Saturday, closed Wednesday

 

The Bee Spot

Book a tour ahead of time or stop by for some honey and a chat! The Bee Spot began as a family hobby and now is a business, selling local honey and beeswax candles and educating others about bees and pollination. As you walk up the driveway to their home and apiary, you’ll notice 25 acres of wildflowers in the distance, next to the row of beehives. The owners are passionate and knowledgeable, open to questions and a stroll around the property. A tour includes getting close and personal with the bees, wearing a beekeeper suit and opening up a hive! There are both morning and afternoon tours available, June to September.

Address: 695 County Rd 4, Tamworth, ON
Hours: 12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm Monday Thursday Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday, closed Tuesday Wednesday

 

Continue your L&A Adventure…

If you wish to continue the adventure stop by the Sheffield Conservation Area on the way home, for a hike or evening stargazing. The Dark Sky Viewing Area allows you to view the night sky as it is meant to be seen, providing clear views to star gaze. This is the most southern point in Ontario where you can enjoy a night sky experience comparable to what you’d see over 100 years ago.

We hope you enjoyed your visit to Lennox and Addington County. Looking for more? Find out other fun things you can do here.

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