Just one and a half hours north of Toronto, nestled in bucolic Ontario farm country, you’ll find the beautiful village of Creemore. You probably already know about it from the popular beer they produce, but did you know it is the perfect family getaway? Here are a few ideas on how to spend a lovely day there, if you add it to your list of what to do in Toronto (ish).
What to do in Toronto and the Surrounding Area
Everything you need is on Mill Street which looks like something out of a movie – the historic buildings have been preserved with love and pride. If you get there early enough on a Saturday, start your day in the Creemore Farmer’s Market. You’ll find local produce, meat, baked goods and sublime honey fed on local wildflowers and lavender. Sample local cheese and pick up some jams and pickles to bring home. The kids will have fun playing around the whimsical fountain while you get into the country vibe.
If you are loving the local food movement, head straight across the street to the Hundred Mile Store where you may run into Sarah Richardson who also loves this place.
Next, it’s time to refuel with coffee and food. There is a surprisingly large amount of choice here for such a small village. I have three favourites. The Bank Café is charming and bright and I love going there for the open kitchen and the local buzz. Affairs Bakery and Café has delicious coffee and sandwiches and the kids and I love having hot chocolate there on wintery afternoons when visiting the grandparents’ farm. If a real meal is what you are after, you can’t beat Chez Michel for some delicious French bistro fare.
Head over to the Creemore Springs Brewery for a tour and tasting. Kids love the tour, especially if they are interested in science. They also get to wear cool goggles when entering the bottling area. Don’t forget to buy some beer. It tastes best straight from the brewery!
If you want to poke around in the boutiques, convince your partner to take the kids into the local toy store, Cardboard Castles. For more shopping, pop into the Curiosity House Books and Art Gallery. Like the art in there? Then walk down the street a few doors for more local art at The Mad and Noisy Gallery.
On the Way Home
Stop by the Cashtown Corners farm stand beside the gas station for fantastic produce, homemade pies and oh so gooey buttertarts. They are located at the corner of Airport Road and County Road 9, just two minutes from Creemore’s Mill Street.
Want to Sleep Over Instead?
See if they have a room available at the Creemore Inn. This option would be more romantic if the kids were sleeping over at the grandparents’ though.
Check out the local paper, The Creemore Echo before you go. There is a constant stream of fantastic, family-friendly events going on in Creemore and the surrounding communities. Canada Day festivities and the Creemore Springs Copper Kettle Festival in August are particularly fun. The village also has its own website here.