Windsor may be the first city that comes to your mind when you hear about Essex County; however the vibrant small communities near the shores of Lake Erie are full of amazing wining and dining as well as history and tons of friendly charm.Start discovering them with Arienne Parzei’s Small Town Getaways.

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Amherstburg

Located on the banks of the Detroit River, this charming town is full of rich history. Serving as a key site in the War of 1812 and the Underground Railway, Amherstburg is one of Ontario Southwest’s oldest towns. Spend an afternoon touring its historic sites, such as King’s Navy Yard Park and Fort Malden National Historic Site. Relax and grab refreshments at a winery, brewery, or distillery all located in Amherstburg. Tuck in for your overnight stay at the Bondy House Bed & Breakfast. This delightful century old Victoria home on the shores of the Detroit River has the charm and ambience of the past. Finally, cap off your visit to this history-rich town by gazing at the sunset along the vast waterfront that outlines the city.

Lakeshore

This weekend getaway, ideal for adventure and outdoor enthusiasts, is located just 30 minutes east of Windsor on Lake St. Clair. Being a waterfront community and the Muskie fishing capitol of Canada, Lakeshore is home to local seafood restaurants, ready to serve-up some fresh fish-and-chips to fuel up between activities. Take a trip away from the lake to experience a cycling tour of the parks and waterways of Belle River. All this fun on and by the water will have you searching for a comfy bed and they don't get much comfier than Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast. This Victorian home dating from 1876, is a hub for hospitality excellence. The quaint rooms are only topped by the amazing meals from owner/chef Benjamin. If you’re a golf lover, the 18-hole, parkland style, golf course at Rochester Place Golf Club and Resort will cap off your scenic weekend by the water.

Tecumseh

Continuing the near-water Small Town getaway theme, we head to Tecumseh. Bordering Windsor, Tecumseh also shares waterfront with Lake St. Clair. Your one-stop shop for waterfront adventure is Urban Surf. Here you will find stand up paddle (SUP) boards, single  or double kayaks, canoes, and electric bike rentals along with a number of amazing experiences like their brand new guided electric sunset bike cruise. For on land recreation Lakewood Parks offers trails, gardens, disc golf, and a sandy beach! Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s so many great options across Tecumseh offering up tasty bites with local and seasonal ingredients. 

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