10 Things to Do in January in Prince Edward County⛄
The holidays are over, the family has gone home and the decorations have been packed away. Safe to say, January is one of the quieter months in The County but an excellent time to hygge, enjoy the white stuff* and recharge after a busy December. And no time like the present to get going on your new year resolutions!
Here’s a few ideas if you’re out and about in PEC this January:
*While we'd love to guarantee a beautiful snowy Prince Edward County for all, Mama Nature is calling the shots and she's unpredictable at best these days.
Start the year off right with some serious #breakfastofchampions at Jackson’s Falls Public House where Big Mike’s BBQ has the winter residency and is serving up brunch Texas style on New Year’s Day. Reservations recommended.
Looking to try something new in 2020? Journal Your Way to Success (Jan 5) is an afternoon workshop held at The Grange of Prince Edward and hosted by Susan Jaehn-Kreibaum, owner of the Empty Nest B & B in Carrying Place.
Winter walks are a thing all over The County and here are a few of our favourite places for hurt-your-lungs, winter-y fresh air: Sandbanks Provincial Park, Millennium Trail (pro tip: you can access Karlo Estates Winery from the Millennium Trail, just west of the golf course, in Wellington), Delhi Park, North Beach and Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area.
Winter wonderland? Trade in your winter boots for cross country skis or snowshoes.
Photo: Snowshoeing at Three Dog Winery
Wine! Cider! Beer! While a handful of our tasting room pals close-up shop in January for a much needed break, many of your fave wineries, cideries and breweries are open year-round. Check the hours before trekking out and look forward to a different, quieter tasting experience that often includes QT with staff or even the wine/beer/cider maker. Raise your glass and toast to all that’s to come in 2020.
Photo: By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery
Karlo Estates has you covered this January. Head to the 18th century heritage barn for a chinook of funny with Whose Wine is it Anyway?, The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe, with their appropriately titled show, The January Thaw, on Jan 9. Catch local crooners, Norris & Jones, the third Thursday of each and every month for live music. Enjoy $10 wine by the glass and plant-based munchies.
Start the new year off with a downward dog and join local yogi, Megan Lumgair, for a four-session Vinyasa Series to explore breath, body, balance and brain.
Photo: Megan Lumgair, Vinyasa Series
Take a peek at a wintery blog for the full round-up of What to Do in Winter in PEC (spoiler alert: skating, trails, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, curling, ice fishing, cozying up, fat bikes and more!)
Last year marked the inaugural Ice Box PEC, a colourful celebration of art, embroidery, portraiture, writing, music, snowpants yoga, bonfires and joyous processions in the bleak days of mid-winter.
This year, visitors will find five colourful huts transformed into a Victorian conservatory of plants, a city of the future, a map of the past and installations that offer new ways of thinking about migration and the baggage when we bring with us when we’re on the move. ICE BOX is a festive gathering place sure to inspire and delight. Make plans to step into this magical winter wonderland on Feb. 1-9.
And finally, if your wallet is empty after a spend-y December, but you need a little sumthin sumthin, A Taste of The County for Under $10 is a round-up of affordable gift ideas that will suit any money-diet restrictions . Happy New Year!