If you’ve ever attended a bachelor or bachelorette party, you’ve probably been to Rusty’s in the Collingwood village, visited the casino in Niagara Falls, or road-tripped to Montreal to eat late-night poutine. If you’re tired of the usual getaways and looking for a new, fresh place to plan for the bride or groom, Prince Edward County is a great option. It has everything you need for a successful bachelor/bachelorette party: lots of opportunities to drink, a great food scene, beautiful beaches, and lots of great Instagram-worthy scenery. Here’s our guide to planning the perfect bachelor/bachelorette party in The County:
Where to stay:
If you’re a group of 5-20 friends looking for accommodations, you’ll likely want to rent a house on Airbnb. Staying at a B&B or hotel means you have to be respectful of your hotel-mates, whereas with a house rented just for your group you can have a bit more freedom (while of course still being respectful of the neighbours). Simply search Airbnb in Picton, Bloomfield, Wellington, Consecon, and any surrounding areas in PEC and you’ll find lots of great rental houses – but book early! Houses book up quickly in the area, so if you’re planning a getaway in the coming months, get your accommodations booked first. If you love wine we would recommend staying in or near Wellington, since it’s the closest proximity to most of the wineries – if you’re more of a brewery crew, then Picton is the best homebase for you.
How to get around:
There are two ways we would recommend getting around The County (other than a car, but we’re assuming no one wants to be DD at the party). First, you can rent a school bus or limousine to chauffeur you around for the weekend – Spotlight Limousine is a good option, or rent a school bus. Taxis are quite limited, and sadly Uber hasn’t made it to The County, so don’t plan to rely on cabs to get your large group from point A to point B. The second option is to rent bikes from Ideal Bike, especially if you’re based in Wellington. A lot of the sights – from wineries to breweries and restaurants – are within cycling distance (of course if you do a cycling wine tour with us, you’ll get to see The County on two wheels).
What to do:
If you’re planning your perfect bachelor/bachelorette itinerary for the weekend, here are some suggestions:
- Go dance the night away at the Hayloft, which has live music every weekend
- Go golfing at Wellington on the Lake golf course, or Picton Golf and Country Club
- Go on a brewery or wine tour with us at The County Wine Tours – we can accommodate groups of up to 20 people, and we take care of the tastings, getting you around to the various wineries, and ensuring the bride/groom has a great day (and we can do tours by car or by bicycle)
- Head to the beach – go to Sandbanks Provincial Park for the day and bring a frisbee, iPod speaker, and cooler full of snacks/drinks
- Go for beer, wine, or cider tastings at the 50+ breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries in The County – most of them offer tasting flights/tasting menus. Ensure you book in advance if you’re bringing a large group!
- Go to the Drake Devonshire for brunch or dinner, because you KNOW your group will want to Instagram it
- Go shopping – check out Oak Clothing Co. in Wellington, or head to Bloomfield for cute antiques and boutiques
- Book lunch or dinner at County Road Beer Co. for their “Under the Canoe” dining experience
There you have it – your guide to what to do on a bachelor/bachelorette weekend in The County. Just remember to drink responsibly – and unlike Vegas, what happens in The County doesn’t always stay in The County… (now call us if you need help planning your wine or brewery tour!).