Category Archives: Participant

Signs of Summer

The first signs of summer are popping up here on the shore.

You don’t have to wait until July 28th and 29th to enjoy all we have to offer out here along County Road 50. Come on out and explore the shore!


It’s Maple Syrup Season

John R Park Homestead (915 County Road 50, Harrow) re-opened yesterday, February 27th for the maple syrup season. They will be offering 5 weeks of heritage education programs and maple-themed tours.  Check out the Calendar of Events for March here:

While you’re there, why not pick up some locally-produced maple syrup from the gift shop to take home. I will be getting some for myself so I can try a slightly modified version of this recipe, Ontario Maple Apple Rings ( Do you have a favorite maple syrup-topped breakfast?

Festival of Ice, February 11th & 12th

This weekend is South Western Ontario Vintner’s Association’s (SWOVA) Festival of Ice. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday from noon- 5pm. Make your way along the wine route and be sure to stop by  some of our County Road 50 wineries. Learn more by visiting Hope to see you there!

Windsor Square’s List of Top Wines from 2011

Three bottles of wine from Sprucewood Estate Winery - Explore the Shore 2011


Check out Windsor Square’s list of top wines from 2011. Three of our County Road 50 wineries made the cut joined by some other great Lake Erie North Shore neighbours. Congratulations Colchester Ridge Estate Winery, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery and Erie Shore Vineyard!

Meet Our Participants: Viewpointe Estate Winery

“Wine making from a Different Pointe of View!”

Viewpointe’s mission is to showcase Essex County’s fine wine and culinary diversity. With a breathtaking view of Lake Erie’s North Shore, Viewpointe makes for an ideal destination for any occasion.

Influenced by the history of the region, the plans for Viewpointe were inspired by a charming piece of the past: the “Mettawas”, a luxury hotel and casino built by Hiram Walker (Canadian Club founder) in 1890.

Viewpointe was developed to enhance the region’s charm. The design process considered the best way to move the vision forward, while supporting regional resources and talent. Viewpointe stands as a modern connection to the region’s rich history.

We look forward to seeing you at The View!


Viewpointe is stop # 16 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 151 County Road 50 East.

Meet Our Participants: The Fruit Wagon

We began growing fruit on the shore of Lake Erie in 1984. Our farm was settled in 1794 by the first arrivals from Europe, and our farmhouse still contains the original log cabin. Over the years, we expanded with new crops, two other orchards, four daughters, built “The Fruit Wagon” for our roadside sales, a greenhouse, and more recently built a larger barn and cooler to replace our older ones.

Peaches and apples were our first crops. Now we are produce seven kinds of tree fruits, including apricots, sweet cherries, peaches, pears, apples, Japanese and European plums. We grow greenhouse and field raspberries for a 6 month harvest. We also grow beautiful gladioli all summer, and mums
and pumpkins for fall colours. Our recent additions include fresh vegetables.

Our goal is produce the high quality fruit, vegetables and flowers that our customers appreciate. We hope you visit The Fruit Wagon often, and enjoy the
“fruits” of our efforts.

The Fruit Wagon is stop # 22 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 793 County Road 50 East.

Peaches from The Fruit Wagon

Doug Balsillie of The Fruit Wagon

Meet Our Participants: Meleg Lakeview Orchard

Meleg'sWe are a family owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm on 65 acres of land. We have been at this location since 1951. Our main crops are apples, peaches and strawberries followed by potatoes, cherries, plums, raspberries, sweet corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, pickles, seedless watermelons, honeydews and apricots. We also make sweet apple cider, cider vinegar and our own hot and sweet paprika spice.

Meleg Lakeview Orchard is stop # 27 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 158 Arner Townline.


Meet Our Participants: Meadows by the Lake

The historic Meadows has been a landmark in Essex County since 1923. Canada’s most southern roadhouse brings back many fond memories of years past.

Owners Neda & Wayne Jahn purchased this historic building in 2005 and have since renovated and nurtured it back to the once extremely popular establishment it once was. The extensive menu has over 100 items and, in 2008 won the Biz X award for best home cooking in Essex County.

The Meadows is most famous for its fresh local fish and locally grown ingredients, but also offers homemade pizza & amazing burgers . Offering a full bar, cold draft & local wines to quench every taste on our patios.

The Meadows also operates its own 24 seat shuttle bus and provides wine tours of our local wineries.

Meadows by the Lake is stop # 4 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 9278 County Road 41 (at 50).

Meet Our Participants: La Roos Maison B&B

La Roos Maison B&B, with over 7000 sq. feet of living space is nestled on two acres of Lake front property right in the heart of Essex County’s wine region.

Whether it’s a couples retreat or casual tour of the wineries, La Roos Maison has all the amenities to accommodate your every want and need. We offer 5 luxurious and spacious rooms, all the rooms have balconies overlooking the lake or the country side. Your stay includes a delicious breakfast served in the morning.

We can arrange romantic horse and carriage rides that will take you to weddings, special events or wine tours. We are the perfect spot to spend the night before or after your wedding at the wineries. We host birthday parties, anniversary parties, girls get away or that romantic weekend. Gift certificates are available for all occasions.

Let the south shores of Essex County be your playground. Indulge yourself at La Roos Maison; “Your pleasure is our goal”.

La Roos Maison B&B is stop # 6 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 309 Martin Lane.

Meet Our Participants: Four Willows Farm

Willows Farm was built and established by Heather Loree and Kurt Downes, both school teachers in Windsor.

Purchased in 2005, the dream of running a hobby farm and riding facility became a reality in 2006. It is a picturesque farm surrounded by vineyards
and Lake Erie. Private riding lessons are taught personally by Heather, an Equine Canada and PATH (formerly NARHA) certified instructor, for riders of all ages and abilities.

There are currently four horses in the Four Willows Farm herd including, Tavi, Rolo, Montana and Sparkle.

Four Willows Farm is stop # 19 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 410 County Road 50 East.