If you haven’t already checked out photos from last year’s event on facebook, head on over to the gallery. We had multiple photographers and 27 participating businesses, so here is just a fraction of the good times that were had.
July will be here before you know it so be sure to mark the 28th and 29th down on your calendar! Planning is under-way and the participating businesses are being rounded up. We will be doing our best to keep you up-to-date on all the happenings around here on County Road 50 throughout the spring and summer so be sure to check back here often, like us on facebook, or follow us on twitter.
On August 5, organizers of Explore the Shore gathered to draw the winning names for prizes generously donated by Explore the Shore participants.
There was a good mix of winners from Ohio, Michigan, Windsor, around the county and a even a few from close-to-home Harrow.
The Grand Prize:
“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.
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.
We 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.
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).
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.
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.
Our home is situated on the top of a bank which gently rolls down to the Lake Erie shore. The view from the front of the home is breathtaking all year round and at night we enjoy the twinkling lights of the freighters as they pass by during shipping season.
My family and I have lived in our home since 2003, and have enjoyed decorating and customizing it in our own unique way. The house is a comfortable mix of country and rustic European, with many unusual and attractive antiques and reproduction pieces in every room. Because of the proximity to the lake, we especially enjoy taking our living out doors during spring, summer and fall. We change the outdoor decorating scheme with the seasons, both with natural landscaping (including a bounty of annual and perennial flowers), complemented by silk and faux flower wreaths, boughs and arrangements.
In addition to the main home, we have a small, separate cottage where we can host guests with a full-facility kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and cozy living room. This home, too, enjoys the beautiful vista of Lake Erie from the large picture windows.
Wreaths & Florals by Janice is stop # 25 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 959 Waters Beach.