Exploring the road less travelled can be a tall order for those with limited vacation days. Fortunately, with a little advance planning, it’s possible to pack a whole lot of fun into just two days. It starts with picking a destination that doesn’t take too long to reach. This two-day itinerary showcases a scenic spot that’s just a short drive from Toronto that will make you feel like you’ve escaped to another world.

 

aerial of river and countryside

 

Day One Morning Activity

 

Middlesex County is home to several friendly farms and greenhouses that welcome guests with open arms. Best-bet picks to give you a taste of country life include:

 

Feeding Alpacas

 

Day One Mid-Day Meal

 

Farm fun in the morning calls for a hearty fuel-up to help you power through the afternoon. Restaurants to put on your radar include:

  • Rusty Wrench Brewing Company, where you can enjoy a delicious selection of pub fare favourites in addition to tasty craft beer.
  • Fat Olive, for a scrumptious assortment of authentic Italian paninis and pasta dishes.
  • Union Pub Company, where you’ll find excellent gastropub fare, including salads, bowls, pizza, and sandwiches.

 

Fat Olive

 

Day One Afternoon Activity

 

Middlesex County has several gorgeous parks and conservation areas that make it easy and fun to sneak in some after-lunch exercise. Great options include:

  • A leisurely paddle at Fanshawe Conservation Area, where canoes and kayaks are available for rent on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from late spring through mid-October.
  • An afternoon stroll along the Thames River at Komoka Provincial Park. The Komoka White Trail is a nine-kilometre loop suitable for all skill levels with picture-perfect river views.
  • A hike through the Carolinian arboretum at Longwoods Road Conservation Area. This conservation area is also home to the Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum, an interactive museum that preserves and interprets Haudenosaunee culture.

 

Family hiking

 

Night One Accommodations

 

Leave some time in the afternoon to book in promptly at check in to enjoy the amazing amenities at these one-of-a-kind places to stay:

  • Laughing Goat Yoga Studio has an adorable on-site cottage that offers easy access to nearby hiking and biking trails.
  • The Clock Tower Inn has beautiful rooms and suites steeped in history that are just steps away from the shops of downtown Strathroy.
  • Texas Longhorn Ranch offers gorgeous glamping in covered wagons, but that’s not all. You can also explore the shorelines of the Sydenham River on a horseback trail ride.
  • A stay in the light-filled loft or cozy tiny cabin at Fernwood Hills will put you smack-dab in the middle of a gorgeous green space.
  • Glamping at Jireh Hills Homestead provides access to fun on-site activities like watching goats and alpacas play and exploring their Blue Heron Lagoon by paddleboat.

 

 

Day One Dinner

 

Settle in for a delicious dinner that will give you a true taste of the place you’ve been exploring all day.

  • Tia’s Place uses an ever-changing selection of local produce in authentic Portuguese favourites.
  • Chef Mark Graham makes locally sourced produce and proteins sing in his outstanding menu at the Clock Tower Inn Bistro. For a sneak peek, watch our Next Stop: Taste video, also shown above.

 

Day One Evening Activity

 

If you’re travelling in the late spring, summer, or early fall, discover just how much bigger and better movies are when enjoyed under the stars. The Mustang Drive-In, just outside London, is a local icon.

 

Cars at Drive In

 

Day Two

 

Day Two Morning Activity

 

Start your second day with a scenic drive toward Sarnia’s stunning shorelines. When you arrive, grab a fresh cup of coffee to fuel a stretch-your-legs stroll around this beautiful city. Alternate Grounds’ Dockside location at Sarnia Bay Marina or Blackwater Coffee Co. are both perfect places to start.

Exploring a new city is a great time to try a new-to-you experience. Fun activities for the remainder of your morning include:

 

Canatara aerial

 

Day Two Mid-Day Meal

 

You can’t visit Sarnia without making a stop at Original Alberts for some of their legendary fries. This beloved fry business has been going strong for 90 years. If the lineup is longer than you’re willing to brave, head to Burger Rebellion for your burger and fry fix.

 

Day Two Afternoon Activity

 

If you’re travelling in the late spring, summer, or early fall, you’ll definitely want to spend some time enjoying Lake Huron and the St. Clair River.

  • Adventure seekers will love trying out the sport of wakeboarding at Boarder Pass, a cable wakeboard park on Sarnia Bay.
  • If you’d rather be on the water than in it, Duc d’Orléans offers excellent scenic boat tours.

 

border pass

 

Night Two Accommodations

 

Sarnia is home to several excellent hotel options, including Insignia Hotel, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Holiday Inn Express.  If you’d prefer something that’s close enough to the beach to hear the waves crashing, Point Perfect in Point Edward has four gorgeous two-bedroom condos.

 

Insignia Hotel Room

 

Day Two Dinner

 

For your evening meal, follow the Sarnia Lambton locals to one of the restaurants they love.

  • Lola’s Lounge is famous for its Oysters Rockefeller and maple-glazed rack of lamb.
  • For fine Mexican cuisine, Mexican and craft beer, and delicious margaritas, head to Point Edward’s Los Puntos Cantina.
  • Sarnia’s Café Mexico is another excellent option for tasty tacos, delicious mole chicken and out-of-this-world tequila mussels.

 

lamb closeup

 

Day Two Evening Activity

 

With Sarnia’s friendly, welcoming vibe, you’ll want to spend a few hours living it up like a local. Fun things to keep you busy after the sun sets include:

  • Axe throwing at Valley Axe.
  • District Beta’s blast-from-the-past Arcade Bar featuring retro and current video games, virtual reality fun, and a fully stocked bar.
  • Rock climbing or laser tag at The Arena.
  • The wide assortment of entertainment offered at Refined Fool Brewing Co.’s three locations, including live music, trivia and bingo nights, and at their newest location 'Sports', fun games like Bocce ball, cornhole, shuffleboard and more. Get a preview of all the fun in store in this Next Stop: Taste video.

 

Throwing Axes at Valley Axe