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editor’s note BUILDING ORIGINAL HOMES FOR ORIGINAL PEOPLE

“Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil.”

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ife is an amazing circle of cycles. As young children we quest to be teens and start dating. As teens we long to be taken seriously and start ‘real life.’ As young adults, we look to the future as a divine time when the house will be paid for and we can start enjoying ourselves. And then… some of us… the lucky ones… arrive at this magical time when life gets easier. The kids are grown and on their own cycle of highs and lows. With any luck, our work lives have been sorted out and the drama of promotions or downsizing is behind us. Retirement lurks over the horizon, just out of sight but ever in mind. That’s the place I find myself in now – in the time of downsizing – but it’s really a time of growth and change just as early summer is that time in our part of the earth’s yearly cycle. My husband and I recently sold our home and are moving downtown. Turns out we’re not alone. Though statistics tell us that a slight majority of those in the 40 plus age group are choosing to age in place, it seems that there’s a hunger among younger boomers and those at the leading edge of Gen X to

simplify. Apartment and condo builders are realizing that many of us are declut­ tering and downsizing in order to have more time and money to enjoy life. If this describes a juncture in your life, check out the story on page 49. Geoff Dale, who wrote the story, makes his debut with Lifestyle Mag­ azine, though he’s had a long career as a freelancer. Welcome, Geoff! For many of us, summer is the best time of year, when we grow in spirit like flowers grow in the sun. The Life­ style Magazine crew hopes that your life is full of abundance as we move from late spring into summer.

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space, separated from the front living room by a nine-foot partial wall, as well as upgrade the main upstairs bathroom and the lower level recreation room. The wall was removed to open the main floor space, with a dining area incorporated to separate the kitchen and living room. The Sartoris say this is warmer and more comfortable than the former eating area, next to rear patio doors. New cabinetry was custom designed and constructed by Millennium Construction, with an eye to creating better-organized storage, Vaandering says. Although the main floor boasts 12-foot ceilings, the original cabinets were only 7.5-feet high. The new cabinets were extended significantly higher to take

advantage of this wasted space. Laminate countertops were replaced with grey-veined quartz, complementing the white cabinets and wood-patterned backsplash. A 12-foot island now stretches the length of the kitchen, sporting an eating bar and granite sink with matching basin on the perimeter counter. New vinyl plank flooring has been an attractive addition and functional for ease of use and durability, the Sartoris say. Stairways to upper and lower levels, adjacent to the kitchen, were also modernized with new wood rails and posts and metal spindles. With the upper level hallway now more visible in the open space, the area was tied together by painting the walls a consistent grey tone with white trim, doors and ceilings.


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The rec room’s fireplace was moved to make the space more comfortable and usable. A stone veneer was added to enhance its visual appeal.

The recreation room got a facelift by squaring off walls and moving a gas fireplace with mantle from the outside corner to the base of the stairway and adding a floor-to-ceiling stone veneer. A pewter toned paint on the walls complements the colour palette on the upper floors. Widening a hallway from the recreation room, updating the bathroom and adding plush carpeting completed the downstairs changes. The main bathroom on the upper floor was gutted. The tub/shower was replaced with a large, glassed-in ceramic tile shower. A Caesarstone counter and heated flooring were also added. Thrilled with the changes to their living space, the Sartoris were delighted to bring the project full circle by having their home included in last fall’s Parade of Renovations tour. n

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Items to consider include a deck, room for pets and children, a garden and shed. Pascoe says if you’re creating a new garden, chart it out on graph paper. Pencil in the back of the house and trace in a deck, shed and other structures. Using this method to chart out where you want pathways is important for flow and to connect key elements, he says. A fire pit or fireplace is usually part of an outdoor living space. Christopher says they’re often off to the side if an outdoor kitchen is the focal point. A natural gas fire element is popular. Lighting is a key feature when creating your space. Christopher says security and ambience is important when considering lighting. Water is another element you’ll want to make sure you incorporate in

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At Innercore Health, registered acupuncturist Dr. Ken Hou says an increasing number of people are coming in for cosmetic and overall wellness reasons. Hou says acupuncture stimulates blood flow and water retention to the face so it’s a good option to reduce wrinkles. “Although the effects aren’t as drastic as Botox, they provide a more natural look. It can also stimulate collagen production, which will firm up the skin.” He explains that acupuncture – in which needles are inserted into specific points on the body – helps to restore balance. The procedure can reduce swelling and inflammation, which is why it’s effective at controlling pain. Registered acupuncturist Noel Wright says easing pain is the number one reason clients see her. Studies show acupuncture increases the body’s production of endorphins and serotonin. Before Wright begins treatment, she completes an overall health assessment of her clients. “That gives me a whole picture of where the person is out of balance. Chinese medicine can treat the whole person for a lot of different things.” Insomnia is also treatable with acupuncture. She says there are different kinds of insomnia that must be considered.


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ummer and Port Stanley – they are almost synonyms. And this year, there are a variety of events and activities that you can enjoy all spring and summer long. With the nation’s 150th birthday celebration kicking off the summer in style, a visit to Port Stanley is a must-do on the Port Stanley social calendar. “Come celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in one of Southwestern Ontario’s hidden gems – PortStanley,” said Katherine Thompson, marketing and communications co-ordinator for the County of Elgin. “Experience a weekend full of family fun, fireworks, unique shopping, and warm Canadian hospitality.” A standard of summer in Port Stanley is the Terminal Rail, Thompson said. “This cute little tourist train has been a staple in the village for decades,” she said. “It takes about an hour to ride the round trip. The route follows a short portion of the historic London and Port Stanley rail route. The L&PS used to take thousands of vacationers from London to Port Stanley every weekend in the early 1900s.” One of the best parts of the summer – and a key benefit of living in Southwestern Ontario – is the opportunity to take advantage of our bounty

By Jay Menard of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. En route to Port Stanley, a family favourite has become Talbotville Berry Farm. “Talbotville Berry Farm is a farm market that recently underwent a massive reconstruction,” she said. “Now in addition to being open for the summer selling the freshest local produce, this market is open year round and features delicious homemade ‘ready to go meals’ that range from traditional lasagnas, scalloped potatoes and casseroles to Thai fresh rolls, pizzas and more. They have freshly made baked goods, vegan cheeses, Kombucha tea, jams and jellies, gift items.” With marquee ice cream shops like Shaw’s and Broderick’s to enjoy and restaurants like the recently renovated Solo On Main and late-night favourites like Shebaz’s Shawarma & Falafel, Port Stanley is a great place to enjoy dinner – before or after an incredible show. “Port Stanley Theatre is a professional summer theatre in the heart of downtown Port Stanley,” she said, adding that this year’s playbill includes productions like “Oh Canada, We Sing for Thee,” “On A First Name Basis,” “Buying the Moose,” “Five Alarm,” and “Midnight Madness.” b

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St. Thomas homebuilder Doug Tarry has received the first-ever Builder Achievement Award from EnerQuality, Canada’s certifier of energy-efficient homes, presented in February at the EnerQuality (EQ) Housing Innovation Forum Awards Gala. “I’m very honoured to have received this award,” says Tarry. “It’s an honour just to be named as a finalist. You’re going up against some extremely dedicated people, who are very talented. It’s a pretty big recognition, and it was a great feeling.” EnerQuality president Corey McBurney says the awards – 16 were presented at the gala – “celebrate change makers. Innovation is ideas brought to life. Ideas that change the world.” The theme of the forum – New, Now and Next – focused on new thinking, new products and new techniques for advancing green building performance. Doug Tarry Homes has been a leader in green building and in the construction of net zero energy homes, designed to produce as much energy as they consume. n FOR MORE INFORMATION Doug Tarry Homes • 358 Elm Street, St. Thomas 519-631-9300 • www.dougtarryhomes.com


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Of the Port Stanley Home, Frank Sherifi, of Prespa Group, says, "You have a beautiful view from each floor. By the time you get to the third floor, it's like a resort." The Prespa Group's home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a double garage. Features include a sun deck, balconies on each floor and hardwood flooring. One of the two master bedrooms, with a walk-in closet and a huge walk-in showec, encompasses the entire third floor. Sherifi estimates each floor is over 1,100 square feet. "People can't believe there is so much living space," he says. "They love the layout. We've had nothing but good comments about it." Pre-wired with the latest technology - including an intercom, smart TVs speakers, alarm system and more everything in the home can be controlled from an iPhone or iPad. "You can lay on the beach in Florida and control everything from there," Sherifi says. Carmine Gargarella, of Bridlewood Homes, says the London home has "a subtle modern t\vist that's light and fresh." It features 10-foot ceilings on


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1. Flat and chunky heeled mules and slides step out in style. These stone-toned, peep-toe slides, by Sam Edelman, are fashioned from man-made snake print uppers perched atop chunky woodlook stacked heels. 2. By Sam Edelman, these flat tan suede ankle booties, with cut-outs and low stacked heels, wear well with dresses, shorts and casual wear. 3. Chill in a pair of blue and silver flat form sneakers that can be dressed up and down to pair with dresses or casual wear. These cut-out leather kicks are by Michael Kors. 4. Patent leather makes a seasonal statement in classic pale pink pumps with gold metal oval buckles, almond-shaped toes and stylish block heels from Michael Kors. 5. From Michael Kors come these dressy cross-strap pewter-toned leather highheeled sandals. 6. Fashionable details - like perforated leather, wrap straps and tassels - walk tall on these black, open-toed, man-made leather chunky-heeled booties by Franco Sarto.

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A gracious foyer - with a large Swarovski twirling crystal and 24-karat gold-plated chandelier - will welcome you home and greet guests. Stepping further into the home, you will also find luxurious marble floors, gleaming hardwood and custom wood finishes throughout. In the warm weather, sit on your patio with a two-way fireplace. The family room features oversized windows. The custom kitchen, with sun-drenched eating area, overlooks the landscaped lot, which also has a butler’s pantry for ease in entertaining. And if you’ve got friends coming who plan to stay over, a guest house that’s fully gas heated will make them feel welcome and comfortable. The spacious home has 15 rooms in total, with four plus one bedrooms and


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striking sculpture of a majestic horse at the entrance to the Dark Horse Estate Winery in Grand Bend greets visi­ tors as they prepare to take in Huron County’s first­and­only estate and tourist destination. The proudly defiant animal is also a symbolic reminder of the founding family’s personal ties to the equine world. The realization of John and Sue Ann Rasenberg’s dream, they and their daughter Ashley (Horlor) and their son­ in­law Craig (Horlor) established the 85­acre winery and estate in 2014, just a stone’s throw from the shores of Lake Huron and next door to the acclaimed Huron Country Playhouse. After a complete under­tiling in the fall of 2014 and a public opening in July 2016, the dark horse has been victoriously surging past the crowd, crossing the finish line in style. “Attention and detail is paid to our 31,000­square­foot manor house, all

of it accessible. While luxury was on our minds, we also strove to provide surroundings that have a comfortable small­town feel to them – the best of all worlds,” says Ashley. Then there is the trio of fine wines – Valegro, named after the legendary dres­ sage champion, the refreshingly bold Unapologetically series, and One Horse Town – crafted to perfection in white, red, sparkling and a dessert wine. “This is a major focus for us, a three­tier selection of fine wines provid­ ing a delightfully tasty journey for our guests,” says Ashley. “We have wines for everyone.” Visitors from Sarnia, London, Toronto, Kitchener­Waterloo, Michigan, Ohio and beyond alongside Huron County natives stop by the year­round attraction to sample wine­ by­the­glass, gourmet snacks, take both daily public and private VIP wine tours and tastings, or glance from the foyer at the state­of­the­art production area.

The estate features a vineyard with more than 22,000 vine plantings includ­ ing Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Baco Noir, Vidal and Marquette. “We’re very excited about the summer season and the future of this enterprise,” says vineyard and facility manager Craig. From hearing the fascinating grape­ to­glass story to sampling exceptional handpicked wines with every imagin­ able vintage offered at the tasting bar, Dark Horse Estate Winery is the ideal destination. “We’d love to see you,” says Ashley. “One of our most frequent visitors is from Mount Brydges so it’s a place you come back to again and again.” That majestic horse guarding the entrance awaits your visit. b FOR MOR E INFOR MATION Dark Horse Estate Winery 70665 B Line, Grand Bend • 519-238-5000 www.darkhorseestatewinery.com

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ith an increasing focus on trends like the 100-mile diet, foodnot-lawns and edible gardens, growing one’s own food is in vogue. Gardeners and wannabes like the potential lower cost of veggies and fruits, but the true attraction is knowing – really knowing – where their food comes from. Knowing that it is truly organic; knowing that they can be somewhat self-sufficient; knowing that they are living within a smaller carbon footprint. Directly consuming and using those fresh ingredients in dishes during the growing season is a real ride on the flavour train; however, an overabundance of produce often results in attempts to lob bumper crops of zucchinis to neighbours, friends and co-workers. Preserving and fermenting are traditional skills that have become somewhat lost in recent decades as much of the population became urban dwellers. But more people growing their own food mandates learning to preserve it to enjoy in non-growing months. Since many restaurants also focus on using local ingredients in their dishes, canning has become a trend for them as well. Plant Matter Kitchen, a vegan restaurant, gets the lion’s share of its vegetables from a local farmer. FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Sunchokes preserved for use in many delicious dishes at Plant Matter Kitchen. Photo: Jill Ellis-Worthington

As the restaurant moves into its second year of operation, Chef Elyse Keegan and sous chef Hillary Watson are developing recipes that highlight preserved ingredients. Pickled beets and apples, canned sunchokes and cauliflower and house-made kimchi are among the preserved vegetables that were being served during the colder months at this completely plant-based eatery. “In addition to canning vegetables, we’re preserving fruit to make jams and tomatoes to make our own ketchup. Because the area we live in is so seasonal, it’s important to preserve flavours and nutritional values,” says Watson. Eating fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, is becoming more popular. Raised awareness of possible

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benefits to digestive health has pushed these traditional favourites into the limelight. Plant Matter Kitchen offers a popular dish, termed the belly bowl that features kimchi, pickled vegetables, beans, dried kale, blueberries drizzled with a house-made dressing made with kombucha, a fermented tea mixture. The allure of eating local, fresh, organic greens and herbs in the cold winter months can’t be denied and doesn’t have to be because Slegers Living Organic Greens produces them year round in their large greenhouse, located near Strathroy. These veggies aren’t cut but rather are packaged in soil, so they are still alive until time to use them. According to Pauline Slegers consuming living greens is a much healthier option. “Our greens are full of living energy, so you’re getting the benefits of active enzymes as well as energy from the plant, along with the vitamins and minerals.” Slegers plants and harvests greens, herbs and microgreens weekly to supply the many restaurants that are using this option to offer patrons fresh ingredients year round. Home cooks can take advantage as well by picking up Slegers Greens at many local distributors. Southwestern Ontario residents are able to enjoy a plethora of produce and summer’s bounty is ready to enjoy and preserve for months to come. n

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Good from the Ground If you’re a bit stretched for time, energy or space to raise food in your own yard or don’t want to commit to the preserving process, which can be lengthy and takes some equipment, ready-made options are available. Based in Stoney Creek, Ontario a company called La Dee Da Sauces capitalizes on the bounty of produce available in the Niagara region to locally source its ingredients. Fusion – 12-vegetable tomato sauce – is bright, fresh and tastes like a sauce grandma would have served for Sunday dinner. It’s great in lasagna or chili. While Fresco is a white wine based sauce, with large chunks of mushrooms that are so firm that you’d swear you added them fresh yourself. It’s lovely over fresh pasta with just a touch of parmesan grated over the top. Simple and delicious. The Fire and Ice Gourmet Relish can be enjoyed over a barbecued sausage for hearty types who prefer their foods at the three-alarm level. Want less heat? Add it to your Caesar cocktail for a fresh perspective or as an ingredient in your guacamole or cheese dip to get the creative juices and endorphins flowing. Perfect for vegans and vegetarians, these low-sodium sauces are rich in goodness from the ground and have no added gluten, sugar or preservatives. La Dee Da sauces are available at Remark Fresh Markets in London.

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By Beth Stewart In a world of disconnect, nurtured by electronics, live theatre is a refreshing upgrade. And few do it better than the London Fringe Festival. The 18th annual London Fringe runs May 30 to June 10 in locations across downtown London and Old East Village. Dedicated to the promotion, production and prosperity of independent artists, the London Fringe will host close to 50 theatre companies and 30 visual artists. Executive producer Kathy Navackas says, “Theatre and live performance art is such an important experience.” She extols the value of shared laughter and emotion. Venue sizes vary from an intimate 40 seats to an inclusive 300. The maximum ticket price is $14, and most shows are 60 minutes in length. Artists are chosen by lottery. National performer Mike Delamont, of God is a Scottish Drag Queen fame, is back with Mama’s Boy which he describes as “a true story of addiction, music and love.” International real life couple – they met at the Fringe – Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle and their company Concrete Drops offer a fast-paced, two-character play Love Is A Battlefield. Not sure what to see? Jump start your Fringe experience with the Performer Showcase at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday, May 30 for a free taste of each show. And don’t forget to feast your eyes on the visual art on exhibit at The Arts Project. n

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off the Wall and off the Vine, July 16, Quai du Vin estate Winery, 45811 Fruit ridge Line, sst. thomas. enjoy a little mid-summer magic at this annual show that combines work by some of the finest artists in southwestern ontario with wine, craft beer, food and music in the great outdoors. For more information, visit www.offthewallartshow.com.

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Budweiser Presents the ttrackside music Festival, July 1 and 2, Western Fair district. enjoy 13 boot-stomping country music acts, including nine new artists and headliners tthomas rhett and Kip moore. still tBa are local acts who will perform in the Home grown showcase. For more information, visit www.tracksidefestival.com.


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o buy or rent – the question facing homeowners eyeing downsizing. Willem and Marjon Nyholt moved from their two-storey 2,100-squarefoot house in Burlington to a 1,100 square-foot condo on Ridout Street north of Base Line in London, a decision they’ve never regretted. “Why rent, the money goes to a landlord,” he said. “When you buy it’s yours. Even if you sell after five years you’ve still been living rent-free. We bought our Burlington house 33 years ago, sold it for a reasonable price, invested and here we are today.

Some homeowners want maintenance-free living a condo provides while others eye a smaller house with lawn, garden and no condo rules. “If you’re not ready or don’t have the finances, you’ll regret it. We were ready. We had a business for 25 years and the time was right. We love the Old South area so we’re happy as can

be. The condo quality is unbelievable and a daughter is in London. We often walk to get groceries.” Ann De Bono, a REMAX Advantage Realty Ltd. sales representative, says thoughtful discussion is necessary because lifestyles, age, finances and retirement savings vary from individual-to-individual. “You might like to travel and want the stability of home ownership,” she said. “Look at the market price London is quite affordable for buyers. Consider factors like condo fees, property taxes, mortgage and cash. I’ve never had anyone say they regret buying and should have rented. 

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Some sold their home, rented an apartment and a year later were back saying they weren’t ready for an apartment. Now we’re house hunting for them.” She said some homeowners want maintenance-free living a condo provides while others eye a smaller house with lawn, garden and no condo rules. Renters like Kathy and Larry Breau, who moved from their large family home in Dorchester to a downtown London apartment, have a different perspective. “The biggest plus for us was freedom – no lawn maintenance, driveway, pool maintenance or home repairs,” she said. “We lived in a condo before and didn’t like the rules. Condo fees rose considerably over four years and that was frightening because you have no control.” Besides the carefree lifestyle, they’re pleased with the apartment they chose. “The layout is great. We love the location, and you know your expenses. You can travel – just lock the door and away you go for as long as you like. However, we could have put more thought into it because there’s no central air or ensuite laundry. So we’re looking to move to another apartment.” Brandi McIlvenny, director of residential rentals for Sifton Properties Limited, sees a trend of homeowners opting for more high-end rental properties. “It’s not a lack of choice or not being able to afford a home,” she said. “The rental lifestyle is appealing. It’s security because when you’re away, a professional looks after your home. Over the last decade management groups and owners invested funds for upgrades to a high standard - not just maintaining bricks and mortar. Landlords have a more customer-centric approach. Units feature sophisticated and high-end technological appliances. Higher expectations are met.” Some luxury rental home units have a community feeling with shared gardens and other amenities. n


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Now owned by the City of Windsor but previously the home of Edward Chandler Walker, the second son of Hiram Walker, Willistead Manor is one of the highlights of the self-guided walking tour of Walkerville. INSET Majestic Romaninspired statuary greets visitors to Caesar’s Windsor Casino.

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ead south – but not too far south – for a whole new libation experience because big things are brewing, fermenting and distilling in Ontario’s southern-most region. Essex County has come to be recognized as a third wine region in Ontario – following the more established ones in Niagara and Prince Edward County – and the vintners there display their wares to visitors along the wine trail that winds its way along the north shore of Lake Erie, a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Many of the wineries are located right on the shores of the lake, offering stunning views to enjoy while sipping samples. Couples heading off for weekends or longer retreats which respect the Canadian dollar and offer no border challenges can drive along the wine trail or leave the driving to professionals by hopping aboard the Windsor Essex Wine Tour Trolley. With all the vintages to sample along the way,

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the latter is definitely the smarter choice. Smaller settings, like Muscedere Vineyards, are family-run and you’re likely to be served a story, along with your sample. Surrounded by 12 acres of vines, Nona’s wood oven pizza is served to those who choose to rest a moment and enjoy the pastoral vista. In an elegantly converted tobacco barn, food and fire are available at Oxley Winery. The menu concentrates on locally produced ingredients, and those who enjoy a full-bodied red will love their Red Ripper. Oxley’s sommelier has paired samples with appropriate musical choices; both can be enjoyed next to the large outdoor wood-burning fireplace. To check out a variety of wineries and get your EPIC passport, go to www.epicwineries.com. Windsor and Essex County are becoming real foodie destinations, with choices in the larger centres as well as the smaller towns. For instance, City Grill in Windsor is an elegant setting for a night out down-

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town, and features a large selection of cocktails and menu items. Conversely, a relaxed meal while sitting on The Keg’s patio affords a panoramic view of Detroit’s night skyline. Or, if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, a cozy dinner featuring handmade pasta awaits in Amherstburg at the Artisan Grill. Before heading out on a self-guided walking tour of the historic Walkerville district (download a map at www.citywindsor.ca), stop into Twisted Apron for a quick breakfast or lunch. This funky eatery offers original twists on traditional faves, such as homemade pretzel rolls topped with maple glaze and smoked salt. You’ll work off the extra calories checking out the many turn-of-the-century homes on the tour, including the grand Willistead Estate, which belonged to Hiram Walker’s son. Local craft breweries carry on the proud tradition of supplying the area with tasty libations by offering a mind-boggling


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ABOVE CLOCKWISE The Canadian Transportation Museum features both antique and contemporary automobiles, a historic village and an Emergency Medical Services Museum. • Each of the 18 rooms is decorated differently at The Grove Hotel in Kingsville. A craft brewery and eatery will be added to this unique boutique hotel this spring. • Visitors to Amherstburg can stroll along the historic Detroit river waterfront and enjoy the gardens of King’s Navy Yard Park.

array of beer like those being produced at places such as Windsor’s Walkerville Brewery or Jack’s Gastropub (under the Banded Goose label) in Kingsville. These are just two of the stops on the Barrels, Bottles and Brews Trail. Trying a sampling of brews (usually called a paddle or flight) at each of the stops will ensure that you have a good handle on the local craft brewing scene. (Download passport for tour at www.barrelsbottlesbrews.ca.) Hiram Walker knew a good thing when he settled in Windsor and new kids on the block at Wolfhead Distillery have assumed the mantle. Located near Amherstburg, these distillers are taking whisky and vodka over the top by infusing them with naturally derived flavours, like grapefruit (vodka) and coffee beans (whisky). Lodging choices aren’t in short supply, either. From cozy B&Bs, like Honor’s Country House in Amherstburg, to

the splendour of Caesars Windsor’s luxe casino setting or the family-friendly Best Western Waterfront, you’ll be able to change rooms each night to try something different. The newest offering in Kingsville is The Grove Hotel and it’s a fun place to lay your head. With hints of a steampunk décor, each room in this boutique hotel is differently decorated and the service is as friendly as it is efficient. Arts and culture are also always on the menu in this travellers’ destination. Enjoy wandering through Windsor’s waterfront park, featuring original sculptures, or taking a guided tour by Robert Honor to learn about Amherstburg’s role in the War of 1812. This local historian is also one of the area artists featured at the Mudpuppy Gallery, a co-operative gallery. Those who love antique automobiles will want to stop into the Canadian Transportation Museum and Historical

• When visiting Windsor-Essex, couples will enjoy partaking of locally-sourced ingredients at excellent restaurants, like the Twisted Apron in Windsor (top), and local beers from the area’s many craft breweries, like Banded Goose at Jack’s Gastropub in Kingsville (bottom). • As one of Ontario’s newer wine-producing regions, fruits of the vine are plentiful along the Windsor-Essex wine route. • Oxley Winery’s sommelier has paired each of its wines with a piece of music.

Village outside of Kingsville. Transportation through the ages is highlighted indoors, while a walking tour through area history is available in a park-like setting. Fuel up first at its 1950s Diner, located inside the museum building, with a bite of all-day breakfast at old fashioned prices. When all the walking involved in touring has tired you out, drop into the Dalhousie Bistro in Amherstburg for a glass of local wine or a Spanish coffee. Positioned across from King’s Navy Yard Park, this rest stop offers the added attraction of a nice view of the Detroit River. Heading south for a taste tour of Windsor-Essex is a sure way to flavour your summer travels.n FOR MORE INFORMATION

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JACK’S GASTROPUB A staple in the town’s amazing restaurant scene since 1989, JACK`S invites you to be a part of what we ‘LOVE’ to do. When in town, please join Us on our wrap-around porch, outdoor patios or distinctive inside dining rooms. Enjoy wine from the surrounding EPIC wineries, local brews featuring in-house BgB and seasonal menus created with our local farmers, producers & artisans. INN31 In THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, 31 Divison Street, South, downtown Kingsville. Enjoy one of our three distinctive suites on the second floor of the original circa 1880 homestead. Surround yourself with all the comforts of today’s modern amenities while charmed with its history. Enjoy our Inns while touring the town’s wineries, breweries & amazing restaurants. Down the street at 136 Mill West our partner Inn, Heart & Soul offers the same luxuries with its own historic charm.

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