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Scenic Fall Drive & Foodie Adventure in Napanee, Ontario

Scenic Fall Drive & Foodie Adventure in Napanee, Ontario


Well, folks, fall is officially here! While the season is quite short and bittersweet, it sure is the prettiest and has me craving all the comfort food with that slight chill in the air. With sights and good food, our region has amazing fall foliage, especially during these times where spending time outside is a safer alternative.

So if you're looking for a safe and physically-distanced activity with the family or perhaps a solo trip, you have to go for a scenic fall drive to Napanee, Ontario and stop by to take in the charm of its surroundings. Hop in your car, take county road 2 from Kingston and you're in for a real treat. This is the best time of year to enjoy the joys the region has to offer. After being cooped up in our homes during quarantine and winter quickly approaching, 😢 let's make the best of it this season!

Scenic Fall Drive to Napanee, Ontario

SPRINGSIDE PARK

Springside Park is a must during the fall in the Greater Napanee area, especially for its charming waterfront trail. Don't miss the opportunity to take a stroll alongside the Springside Parks Falls and the Napanee River. The view is simply breathtaking, so get your cameras ready. This truly is a hidden gem tucked away where you can sit back to enjoy a picnic, throw a line in to do some fishing or simply enjoy the view.

Did I mentioned that there's free parking, a picnic area and a great food truck! (Scroll down!)

Where: 8460 County Road 2, Napanee, Ontario

Scenic Fall Drive to Napanee, Ontario

Scenic Fall Drive to Napanee, Ontario

The most beautiful scenery as you end your walk along the boardwalk.

Scenic Fall Drive to Napanee, Ontario

THE CATERING COMPANY FOOD TRUCK

This is a case of don't judge a book by its cover. We've driven by Springside Park in Napanee numerous times and yet we never stopped for a bite at this local food truck. Along with the standard fare of traditional poutine and cheeseburgers, the Catering Company offers so much more.

Bae and I indulged in cheesy mac n cheese bites along with crispy fish tacos and blackened shrimp tacos, both topped with mango salsa. The portions were quite satisfying and overall, I really have to give this spot a major thumbs up!

 Just a FYI - while normally stationed at Springside Park, sadly it is now closed for the season. Though be sure to follow them on Facebook for updates as they will offer takeout from their downtown location.

Where: 5 Water Street Napanee, Ontario
 
Foodie Adventure to Napanee, Ontario

THE DUNDAS STREET BAKERY

This is another spot that you have to try! If you haven’t tried The Dundas Street Bakery in Napanee, you’re missing out! And urgh I feel as though I’m cheating on Coffeeway Donuts in Kingston but I just had to being the foodie I am. Donuts aren't just the perfect morning snack, they also are a worthy treat after a long work week. 

Located in the heart of Downtown Napanee, this bakery makes all their donuts from scratch along with bread and other awesome treats! 🍩 You won’t regret it and definitely worth the short drive of 30 minutes from Kingston along scenic county road 2, especially with all the fall colours!

Where: 37 Dundas St E, Napanee, Ontario

Scenic Drive for Donuts in Napanee, Ontario

THE WATERFRONT RIVER PUB AND TERRACE

I couldn't write a post about Napanee and not include this restaurant! They offer outdoor patio dining overlooking the water and their food is delicious. Bonus: If you have a boat, you can simply tie it up in the canal and walk right up to the restaurant.

Where: 22 Water St W, Napanee, Ontario

Enjoy your fall scenic drive!
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New Restaurant: Wharf & Feather

New Restaurant: Wharf & Feather


Say hello to the Wharf & Feather restaurant in downtown Kingston!

📍: Kingston, Ontario 

Formerly known as The Dox, this new spot is part of the rebrand under the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront renovations, which is now fully complete. Let's just say that this restaurant is back and better than before. With delicious food, unique shareable plates, craft cocktails, and the best waterfront views in Kingston, the outdoor patio at the new Wharf and Feather has it all.

Wharf & Feather Restaurant and Patio in downtown Kingston - Holiday Inn Waterfront

Whether you're looking to enjoy breakfast, a casual lunch, after-work cocktails, or relaxing dinner, this restaurant is definitely a must-visit this season. And don't worry, they also offer indoor dining if the weather doesn't cooperate (now that it is allowed again.)

It has a fully revamped menu, which now features several local ingredients and suppliers which makes me so incredibly happy! They include Mackinnon Brothers Brewing Company, Otter Creek Farms, The Fungi Connection, Patchwork Gardens, Seed to Sausage and more. With new executive chef Jeff Ryan, the team has certainly elevated the dining experience as Wharf & Feather now offers a unique pub-gastronomy feel, that is also contemporary and welcoming.

And if you were wondering, pricing is very reasonable!

Wharf & Feather Restaurant and Patio in downtown Kingston - Holiday Inn Waterfront

My foodie partner-in-crime aka bae and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves even amidst our current situation. We felt quite safe dining on the patio, had to wear our masks when we got up and of course, came ready with our own bottle of hand sanitizer. Honestly, you can never be too safe these days.

Scroll down to see a few of the dishes we sampled:

Wharf & Feather Restaurant and Patio in downtown Kingston - Holiday Inn Waterfront

CHOWDER

The perfect dish to warm right up! Be sure to save the buttery biscuit for after to dish up the remaining chowder!

Fresh mussels, baby clams, shrimp, fresh fish, lobster, cream.

Wharf & Feather Restaurant and Patio in downtown Kingston - Holiday Inn Waterfront

PATATA BRAVA OUR WAY

The perfect shareable dish packed with flavour that will fill your appetite.

House cut fries, salsa Brava with aioli, scallions topped with queso fresco cheese.

Wharf & Feather Restaurant and Patio in downtown Kingston - Holiday Inn Waterfront

ZESTY CONFIT DUCK WINGS

These were sweet but not too sweet with a nice crispy crunch. We will certainly be reordering these again.

Honey glazed duck wings with scallions on crispy rice noodles.

Wharf & Feather Restaurant and Patio in downtown Kingston - Holiday Inn Waterfront

CRISPY FISH TACOS

Probably my favourite dish that we sampled, these fish tacos were the perfect afternoon dish paired with the white sangria I ordered - battered fish with crunchy kale slaw, crumbled cheese drizzled with a creamy sauce. 🤤

Ontario yellow perch served on corn tortillas with kale slaw, pickled onions, grilled corn, cotija cheese and remoulade sauce.

Wharf & Feather Restaurant and Patio in downtown Kingston - Holiday Inn Waterfront

Enjoy your visit!

Where: Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront
2 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario

Thank you to the team at Wharf & Feather for the gifted experience!
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The Inn Thing: The Frontenac Club

The Inn Thing: The Frontenac Club


Here's your exclusive look at the newly renovated historic Frontenac Club!

📍: Kingston, Ontario 

Only steps away from Market Square and City Hall, this boutique hotel is officially redefining luxury in Kingston. As a limestone landmark, this building features a rich sense of history and recently underwent renovations that led to a major transformation from a traditional bed and breakfast to a luxury getaway in the nation's first capital.

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario

The changes reflect a contemporary yet elegant style with influences of what makes Kingston special. Each space within the Club is a curated experience with a story - a window to the past and a chance to create new memories.

As a boutique hotel with a strong backstory, the building has been standing for close to 175 years aka since before Confederation. From a bank to a gentlemen's club, a strong emphasis was placed on preserving the storied history of the building and elements of times past found within the walls including stunning stonework, love letters, old coins, magazines, and more items that have been displayed throughout the site.

The Frontenac Club now offers a sense of grandeur that Kingston has not seen before, you'd think you were in Toronto or Montreal perhaps. No detail was left untouched as the renovations and restoration took place. A perfect blend between maintaining the historic look and feel and including modern amenities that guests come to expect. Kington is truly the perfect backdrop as it resonates with the mix of old and new.

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

PERKS OF YOUR STAY

From complimentary private parking onsite to gourmet breakfast to start your day, the Frontenac Club is also pet-friendly, so bring your furry friend with you on your next getaway or staycation!

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

THE BANK

Did you know the Frontenac Club was once the home of the Bank of Montreal Branch? Well, it only seemed fitting that the bar and lounge take on the name of its previous establishment.

This certainly makes this space quite unique as you sip on a handcrafted cocktail, whisky or glass of wine while enjoying locally sourced creative food dishes. So toast to the end of the day, a special occasion or just because, sit back and relax in the Bank.

Honestly, this space gave me all the Sex and the City vibes! Cheers!

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

THE VAULT

The most amazing part is that the bank vaults within the Frontenac Club were kept intact and now one of them plays host to a spectacular dining area that allows for private tastings or dinner parties.

An unforgettable dining experience awaits!

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

THE ROOMS

Each key unlocks a unique experience. This boutique hotel expanded from 16 rooms to 20 distinct rooms, that are anything but standard. Each room is uniquely designed with elegance, contemporary flair and sophistication. From limestone walls, private patio, deep soaker tubs to great views, every room immerses you in a different story of Kingston, our nation, and travel experiences of the owners.

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

MACKENZIE-KING ROOM

You will have plenty of room to unwind in this spacious junior suite. With a luxurious king-bed and a sitting room around your fireplace, you will be able to entertain friends and family before heading out to explore Kingston. This is a large bright space with room for up to 4 guests.
This room is inspired by none other than Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and you may come across an Ouija board as King had a bit of a spiritualist side and enjoyed conducting séances.

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

BACKSTAGE ROOM

Dubbed the Backstage room, this room celebrates Kingston musical artists such as The Tragically Hip. It features high ceilings and large windows with a king bed, fireplace, a fabulous 4-piece bath and guests can also listen to a curated collection of Kingston music on vinyl.
 This spacious junior suite has high ceilings and large windows. Your king bed is framed by exposed brick and you can be the DJ spinning Tragically Hip records on the turntable by the fire. Your bathroom boasts a soaker tub and a large walk-in shower. We can guarantee there’ll be no knock on the door!
The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

BUBBLE BATH

The large bathrooms are modern and sleek - everything about the room lends itself to a comfortable stay especially with a soaker tub that is begging for you to linger and enjoy.

Featured below is the Churchill Suite.

The Frontenac Club in Kingston, Ontario - Boutique Hotel

THE ROOFTOP

In case you thought I was done, nope. Welcome to the new private rooftop terrace reserved for guests aka Kingston's coolest rooftop with stunning waterfront views! This sure is a hidden gem of the Club.

Rooftop patio in Kingston, Ontario

Enjoy your stay at The Frontenac Club!

Where: 225 King Street E, Kingston, Ontario

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Paddling with Ahoy Rentals in Kingston, Ontario

Paddling with Ahoy Rentals in Kingston, Ontario


Hard work, perseverance and a challenge are what encouraged proud Kingstonian Andrew Kelm to establish Ahoy Rentals, located just steps away from the Pump House Steam Museum on Ontario Street.

Paddling with Ahoy Rentals in Kingston, Ontario

It all began in 1997 with only a few sailboats and bikes, that a modest business grew into being Kingston’s sole source for “on the water” rental equipment. Originally from Aylmer, Quebec and with over 15 years of sailing experience, owner Andrew makes it his mission to create a rewarding and happy experience for all who walk through his doors.

A visit to Ahoy Rentals is a chance to unplug, disconnect and spend a leisurely day on the water. From kayaks and canoes to stand-up paddleboards, there’s something for everyone at Ahoy Rentals.

Paddling along Kingston’s waterfront is soothing and spectacular, but easy to take for granted. From time to time, it’s important to put down your iPhones or Androids and just disconnect and get back to nature. Try surrounding yourself with friends or like-minded people to take the plunge and support a local business!

If you haven’t quite yet developed your sea legs, Ahoy also offers bicycle rentals and instructional programs tailored just for you! Their convenient waterfront location makes it easy for anyone to get out on the water for an hour or two. The staff at Ahoy Rentals are available to help customers learn how to securely maneuver their equipment and make their experiences safe and enjoyable!

If biking is your more your speed, cruising along the Waterfront Trail or touring Kingston’s beautiful downtown has all the makings for an active and fun-filled day. Other options include packing a lunch or visiting the Kingston Public Market for some healthy snack options before taking the 20-minute ferry ride over to Wolfe Island and cycling to Big Sandy Bay (closed for 2020 season)! Don’t forget your bathing suit!

Aside from rentals, Ahoy Rentals also provides tourists and locals with skippered sailing charters that include a leisurely sail and delicious picnic catered by Pan Chancho Bakery & Café. Let your skipper Andrew take you out on a personalized sailing trip and enjoy an afternoon or sunset sail aboard a 24-foot sailing sloop – no experience necessary!

Visit them online at www.ahoyrentals.com/

Where: 21 Ontario St, Kingston, ON

Previously published on VisitKingston.ca
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Explore Kingston's Amazing Waterfront

Explore Kingston's Amazing Waterfront


The Kingston waterfront might not see much traffic during the colder months, but when spring and summer hit, one of Kingston’s favourite attractions starts to comes alive!

Explore Kingston's Amazing Waterfront

Spanning over 8km, the possibilities are endless! You can hop on a Kingston Trolley Tour, enjoy a boat cruise around the 1000 Islands, or take in a free ride on the Wolfe Island Ferry! Don’t underestimate a leisurely stroll along the Waterfront Trail or along the streets of Kingston, either! Enjoy the historic buildings and settle down afterwards at one of the many downtown patios for a refreshing beverage while looking out onto the water.

Consider the waterfront an opportunity for self-discovery and an outlet for entertainment. Whether you want to learn how to stand up paddleboard or just enjoy the warm glow of an evening sunset, Kingston’s waterfront is for young and old with many breathtaking spots.

There are plenty of opportunities for water sports along the waterfront: try your hand at boating, canoeing or kayaking! If you left your equipment at home, Ahoy Rentals is located a quick 10 minutes away on Ontario Street and will rent you whatever you need to hit the water! Paddle your way along the shore or glide along on one of their many sailboats, taking in the beautiful, historic views of Kingston from the water.

Given its picturesque views, it’s no wonder that Kingston’s shores are home to the Kingston Rowing Club, Yacht Club and Canadian Olympic-training Regatta. The city’s numerous water sports and events are considered a crown jewel of the city, fostering community involvement and participation from the most affluent sailor, to the newest enthusiast.


 If you’re an avid biker or enjoy walking, then the Waterfront Trail is for you – a pathway connects downtown Kingston to the newly renovated Lake Ontario Park and beyond. Pack a picnic and you’re ready for a day of adventure and exploring in town! Start your journey at one of the many coffee shops in downtown Kingston to enjoy a cool beverage. No bike? Don’t worry! Bike rentals are also available at Ahoy Rentals!

On a warm summer afternoon, Kingston's youthful self comes out to play amidst its historic backdrop. Students, professionals, retirees and tourists are all out admiring the stunning views from the shore or cruising along on water. Step outside your door and the Kingston Waterfront awaits you – fish, sail, swim, or waterski! 

THE SIGHTS

Rideau Trail
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour
Kingston Penitentiary & Museum
The Tett Centre
Bellevue House National Historic Site
Murney Tower
Newlands Pavilion
Pump House Steam Museum
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
City Hall
Springer Market Square
Fort Frontenac
The Woolen Mill

The Waterfront Pathway can be entered at various points and parking may be found at the following locations: 

ACCESS POINTS 

Lake Ontario Park
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour *
Macdonald Memorial Park
An Gorta Mor Park
Confederation Park *
Downtown Parking Lots *
Wolfe Island Ferry Dock
Douglas Fluhrer Park
Emma Martin Park

* Accessible Parking and Pathway Access Available

Previously published on VisitKingston.ca
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