Enjoy fall and all its splendor in Greater Napanee

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Downtown Napanee is home to unique shops, steps away from the Napanee River. Photo by Jacob Côté.

Greater Napanee has something for everyone — in every season. This fall, make the short drive west to take in the colourful scenery, visit unique shops and restaurants, and enjoy some art and history.

The visual highlight of the fall season is the changing leaves. Take a drive along the Loyalist Parkway, Highway 33, and enjoy waterfront views and all the seasonal highlights at these local businesses:

  • Longrid Estates, run by a mother-daughter team, can be found at 10941 Highway 33, and offers wine tastings and a stunning lake view on its new patio.
  • Bergeron Estates Winery and Cider Co., located at 9656 Highway 33, is a destination not just for wine, but where everyone can gather to enjoy drinks, food, and company in a peaceful and natural landscape.
  • 33 Vines, located at 9261 Highway 33, is a locally owned and operated winery that has undergone renovations over the last few years. Enjoy a wine tasting in the rustic barn or outside with a view of the vineyard.
  • At Loyalist Trading Co, visitors can play with and feed rabbits and goats — and even see them on the roof! Stop for an ice cream, and browse gifts and locally made treats.
  • St. Alban’s Centre, a historic former United Empire Loyalist church, was constructed in 1884. Their escape room is open through October. Learn more and book a time here.
  • Wynn Farms and Spring Meadow Orchards both offer apple picking, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes for a quintessential fall experience.

If shopping is more your thing, there’s plenty to visit in downtown Greater Napanee. From vintage finds to gourmet items, the unique shops and small-town feel make for a perfect day trip this fall.

  • Make a stop at Starlet for their endless selection from some of Canada’s leading companies and designers, including jewelry, shoes, purses, lotions, and hilarious greeting cards.
  • From vintage finds to your new favourite pieces, you’ll find it all at 23 Market Square. Their home décor and curated areas of the shop are a must-see this fall.
  • Black Barn Co. features thoughtfully curated home décor. Ethically sourced, high-quality items are what their collections are known for.
  • Grab a cappuccino and a pastry at Ellena’s Café & Pantry, and take a look at their endless kitchenware and gourmet pantry items, as well as a unique selection of craft beer and wines.

No road trip is complete without some snacks! Whether you’re looking for something on-the-go, or ready to sit down and indulge in a delicious meal, try these local restaurants.

  • The Waterfront River Pub and Terrace offers pub-style dining on the Napanee River. They serve traditional Canadian pub comfort food, as well more inventive and leading-edge cuisine.
  • Fool’s Kitchen offers an assortment of Asian fusion and Western dishes from different parts of the world.
  • What’s better than soup on a chilly fall day? Warm up from the inside with a hearty bowl from The Soup Can. With over a dozen homemade soups to choose from, you’re sure to find a new favourite. They also offer sandwiches made with freshly baked baguettes.
  • Take out or eat in at Santorini Mediterranean Grill. Offering classic Greek meals, sandwiches and burgers, Santorini is not to be missed!
  • If you’re in the mood for a beer tasting, make a stop at the Napanee Beer Co. The award-winning brewery offers a variety of beer, and a patio to enjoy it on.
Waterfront River Pub and Terrace. Photo by Courtney Klumper.

Take some time to enjoy the great outdoors. There are amazing art installations in parks and public spaces, and large murals on both L&A Mutual Insurance and the Royal Canadian Legion building downtown.

‘Pallet’able Art can be found throughout the Town of Greater Napanee. Have fun navigating your way around our beautiful community discovering each pallet in person! 

Consider a stop at local parks to take in the fall colours:

  • The Napanee River Boardwalk is an accessible waterfront trail from Springside Park to Conservation Park. Take in the waterfall, and learn more about the town with the historical plaques and kiosks along the boardwalk.
  • More ambitious hikers might be interested in the 627-hectare nature reserve maintained by Ontario Parks, located about 17 km northwest of the urban area of Greater Napanee. The Menzel Centennial trail is located near the hamlet of Roblin, and protects one of the largest examples of open and treed fen in southeastern Ontario.
Napanee Falls. Photo by Justen Soule.

The Museum of Lennox & Addington, housed in the historic County Gaol (Jail), highlights the history of Lennox & Addington County. Through feature exhibits and travelling collections, the museum strives to show visitors how local history has shaped every aspect of today. Find out what’s happening at the museum on their website.

Learn more about all there is to explore and discover at greaternapanee.com.

This article is sponsored by the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board. Interested in a Business Feature on Kingstonist? Contact [email protected]

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