Looking for a nice way to spend the afternoon in Norfolk County? I’ve got a great afternoon itinerary for you!
Plan to start your visit in the late morning. I love to start with some physical activity so there is no guilt when we get to the last phase of the day- wine drinking!
The Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club grooms and maintains amazing trails, so this is the best spot to start your adventure. Travel to Normandale located on Front Road and keep right on Mole Road as you leave town. Drive to the end of the road where you can park your car and head out for a hike or a mountain bike ride. The network of single track trails through the Carolinian forest is spectacular. Quite a few beginner and intermediate trails leave from this location. The trails are very well labeled so you can navigate through quite easily. For interactive or downloadable maps, visit the club’s new website.
After an hour of riding or hiking, let’s get back to the car and head to our next destination for a picnic! Get back on Front Road going south west along the lake shore. Enjoy this scenic view of the multiple wineries, veggie stands, farms and much more! Expect to drive for about 20 minutes to find the most amazing lunch spot – Port Rowan. If you came empty handed, make a pit stop at the Country Fork restaurant to pick up fresh sandwiches, salads or paninis and make your way to the Port Rowan Harbour to set up. Soak up the sun and the view as you enjoy your lunch. I love looking at the old boathouses, so charming! Great place to get out your camera and walk around.
You got your physical activity in, you are fed, let’s get back on the car to enjoy the rest of the day! If you feel like a little shopping and antiquing is your thing, make sure to stop by Dizzy Lizzy’s and Franni’s Attic on the main drag in Port Rowan to find some treasures.
- Thirsty? A detour to First Mate’s food truck in Long Point may just have what you are looking for on a warm day, including fresh squeezed lemonade.
From there, get back on Front Road because we are slowly making our way back. This time, you are not just driving by the wineries, you are stopping in!
First up is Blueberry Hill Estates. Check out the rustic winery retail store and the seasonal farm market. Sit outside sipping a cider or wine while you enjoy the stunning lakefront view.
Let’s keep rolling as there is a lot to explore on Front Rd. Next stop may be Inasphere Winery if you are up for more tasting. Burning Kiln Winery is only a few kms ahead and it’s worth a stop. Sample on their patio or stroll around the vineyard or sit by the pond. The patio offers live music on a regular basis and some food from David’s Restaurant on Wheels, a gourmet food truck.
By late afternoon make your way back on Front Road and travel through Normandale where you can stop in and get your toes wet at the public beach access. Continue on to Fisher’s Glen and Port Ryerse. I absolutely love this drive, the views are breathtaking and the feel of these quiet villages is just magical to me.
Maybe you are getting hungry again? Drive another 8-10 mins to get to beautiful Port Dover for a walk along the sandy beach and have dinner in one of the fabulous restaurants in town.
Amélie Chanda is a Norfolk County based wellness coach with a passion for active living. She works with individuals and organizations that are ready to make a commitment to a healthy life. She provides support, tools and motivation to help her clients reach their health goals. In 2017 she launched the #GoNorfolk community initiative to empower people to get off the couch and to explore Norfolk County. She is now the Active Living Ambassador for Norfolk County.