If your friends and followers are getting tired of boring brunch pictures, perhaps it’s time to find some new fodder for your social feed! This two-day tour in and around Oxford County and London offers endless options for fresh photo ideas but be warned: these insider experiences are so much fun you may forget all about capturing the moment on your phone!
Kick off the day with a hearty breakfast at Pancake House in Woodstock, but given your next activity, you may want to go light on the coffee!
Next, make your way next door for a personalized coffee roasting lab experience at Early Bird Coffee. In addition to tasting a variety of coffees, you’ll select which type of roast you’d like to create and then get to package up a bag of those beans to take home.
With all that caffeine coursing through your veins, you’ll have lots of energy for an interactive experience. Depending on your interests and the time of year of your visit, fun options with incredible photo opportunities include:
- Harvest Brunch: a farm-to-kitchen harvest brunch experience where you get to collect the eggs and pick fresh veggies and herbs to cook with from the garden
- Nith River: setting out on a spring paddle exploring the Nith River - (Plan for at least ½ day to experience)
- Perennial Palettes: a watercolour painting experience in a beautiful perennial garden
- Flower Farm: the chance to build a custom bouquet in a flowering field of fresh blooms - (Anticipated start June 2023)
The Nith River, Perennial Pallettes, and Harvest Brunch all include a meal. But if you choose the Flower Farm experience or another activity that doesn't include food, you can take lunch on the road and spend some time touring and tasting your way along the Oxford County Cheese Trail. Pro-tip: even if you have eaten lunch already, bring a cooler bag with you and purchase local cheese to enjoy later when you're hungry again!
Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese is close by the Perennial Palettes and Flower Farm experiences, while Mountain Oak Cheese is located right by the Nith River and Harvest Brunch experiences. If you are coming from the Harvest Brunch experience, you can stop for a beautiful hike at Chesney Woods on the way to Mountain Oak Cheese. Parking for this trail is at the road. We recommend using the AllTrails app to help navigate the main trail.
Wrap up a busy day enjoying a selection of small plates, boards and flatbreads at Ironworks Kitchen or head to Ingersoll and check into a beautiful room at the historic Elm Hurst Inn and Spa. For dinner, choose between a delicious meal in the Inn’s dining room, or venture out to KALOS for an unforgettable culinary experience in the Oxford Hills.
On your second morning, make your way toward London for another fun-filled day. Fuel up with a delicious breakfast upon your arrival at The Early Bird, The Singing Chef, or Black Walnut Bakery Café, or just enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee at Locomotive Espresso.
Walk off breakfast with a brisk morning hike exploring one of the Forest City’s most beloved parks.
- The Sifton Bog Environmentally Significant Area is home to a floating acid peat bog and interesting boreal plant life.
- The Thames Valley Parkway offers over 40 kilometres of trails with scenic river crossings and links to additional pathways connecting all corners of London.
- The Fanshawe Lake Trail winds around the Fanshawe Reservoir through mature forests and open meadows.
Be sure to keep an eye out for London’s fascinating murals, including:
- The Market Lane murals
- Hamilton Road’s Neighbourhood Laundromat Café
- The 18,000-piece tile mural on the London Clay Art Centre (LCAC)
- The Old East Village Wayfinding Mosaics and Gateway Mosaics
Make a plan to stir or shake things up for the afternoon. Forest City Culinary Experiences offers hands-on, from-scratch cooking classes that will help you master the art of French or Italian cooking basics, like soufflés, sauces, homemade pasta and more. Paradigm Spirits Co. offers a Cocktailing Essentials experience where participants join mixologists in creating two cocktails in a fun and interactive group class.
No matter what you’re in the mood for at dinnertime, London has you covered!
- The Church Key is London’s destination pub.
- Grace serves up delicious modern Canadian cuisine.
- Waldo’s On King Bistro and Wine Bar has tasty casual bistro-style selections and excellent vegetarian choices.
- ANNDining offers a menu of dishes inspired by the staff’s travels around the globe.
After dinner, catch a show at the historic Grand Theatre. This beautiful venue’s event calendar offers something for everyone, from plays and concerts to comedy shows and Shakespeare.
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