Ding-dong, ding-dong, the bells are chiming and the log fires are coming to light. The holiday season is upon us once again and as you begin to prepare, don’t forget to get something special for the people in your life. Finding that perfect gift can be stressful, so we gathered ideas from some of the great spots throughout our region.
The Perfect Getaway
With winter, you may not be thinking about getaways but you should be. Give your sweetheart a night at unique accommodations like Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, Retro Suites Hotel, Idlewyld Inn & Spa, Oakwood Resort, or The Grove Hotel across Ontario's Southwest.
Whether it’s sharp and aged or soft and fresh, make sure you include local cheeses in your holidays. This is a great gift for the perfect host or even a creative home cook. With an array to choose from your biggest worry will be how many to buy! Grab a selection from the Oxford County Cheese Trail or Jensen Cheese in Norfolk County. This is sure to be a gift to make hearts melt.
Chocolate, Chocolate & Chocolate!
Don’t forget about the amazing sweet treats made from our amazing chocolatiers like Chocolatea, Habitual Chocolate, and Old Dutch Guys Chocolate. For something truly unique, give the gift of an unforgettable chocolate experience with Truffle Camp with chocolatier Cindy Walker of Chocolatea. Attend an intimate class and handcraft your own small batch of 12 gourmet truffles inspired by the flavours of Southwestern Ontario.
A Tour or Two
Want to show off all the amazing experiences Ontario’s Southwest has to offer? Give the gift of our region through great tours that give you the opportunity to smell, taste and live wonderful parts of southwest Ontario. Make your way through Norfolk’s vineyards or London's breweries with Ride the Bine, hit the shores of Lake Huron with Tour the Shore, taste delicious eats with Windsoreats, get some fresh air on your way to Essex County’s top wineries with Farm Dog Cycles, or take a guided tour with Grape Vine Tours.
You can't celebrate the holidays without wine. This year choose a bottle of Ontario’s Southwest’s finest from the great wineries from around the region. From Norfolk County, to Windsor-Essex, up to Sarnia-Lambton, each winery has a different take on classic flavours and is sure to wow your taste buds.
Once you have the wine, you need to have the dine. Home to Next Stop: Taste, Ontario’s Southwest is a top culinary hub, home to savory sensations and delectable delights. Want to add an extra special experience to a perfect meal? Book a Chef’s Table and get up close to the artists at work.
A one of a kind experience for those who like to get hands-on, the Tree to Table Workshop from Ottercreek Woodworks in Oxford lets you create your own live-edge charcuterie board alongside woodworker Dave Schonberger using a piece of locally harvested lumber you select yourself. Dates for these workshops go fast so you can purchase a gift certificate to help reserve a spot in the soon to be announced 2019 dates.
See a Show
Thinking of something different? Give that special someone the opportunity to be swept away by a magical performance in one of our local theatre houses. From hobby actors to professional productions, each performance will move and excite, creating long lasting memories for everyone involved. Don’t forget to get yourself a set of tickets - you won’t want to miss this opportunity.
With this growing trend becoming a lifestyle, show someone you care by getting them delicious craft beers from around our region! Get a pack from their favourite brewery so they can taste-travel through our region from the comfort of their own home. Not sure what flavour is their favourite? The friendly staff at each location will be happy to help and sure to provide some great suggestions.