Holidays in the Highlands

As 2020 draws to a close, continue to support our communities, and to get outside and enjoy the wondrous nature that abounds - in Grey Highlands.

Gillian Griffin
Gillian Griffin

Guest Writer: Gillian Griffin from Flora Grey

I’m a Gill of all trades who loves growing flowers as much as I do crafting a good story. Nature, the power of community, and my young daughter inspire me. I moved to Grey County three years ago in pursuit of a life surrounded by beauty. I have not been disappointed. I currently live in Maxwell and I am proud to call Grey Highlands home.

For me, the holidays are a time to reflect on the year gone by. As 2020 draws to a close, I invite you to take stock of all that you/we have achieved over the course of this wild and unprecedented year, to continue to support our communities, and to get outside and enjoy the wondrous nature that abounds. Below I’ve included some of my favourite local businesses and activities to help you do just that over this holiday season.

Coffee, Treats & Eats

 Savvy Salvage is one of the new kids on the Flesherton block, and they most certainly have the right stuff: specialty coffee and unique salvaged finds. While in the hood, pop over to Artemesia Cheese & Fine Foods to stock up on your holiday cheese board essentials and squeeze in a quick chat with your local (and delightful) cheesemonger, Gary.

 

Who doesn’t love a good general store? Well why not make a day of it and do the Grey Highlands General Store Tour? I just made that up, but we can make it a thing. Start in Walter’s Falls at the charming Sideroad Farm Store to grab local, organic veggies and meat for dinner. Head across to the Rocklyn General Store to warm up with a homemade hot chocolate (don’t forget the whipped cream), and admire the scenic views as you drive down through the Beaver Valley to the Kimberley General Store for freshly-baked sourdough bread and pie. If you’re in the mood for a hike or just a gander, drive up to the top of Old Baldy to fully appreciate how stunning Grey Highlands is. Last but not least on the tour is the Feversham Heritage General Store, operating in-situ since the mid 1800s! Grab yourself a bottle to enjoy with your locally sourced dinner goodies, and take in the town’s festive light display.

If you’re not in the mood to cook, take a bite out of Grey Highland’s newest pizza venture, Cutie Pies Pizza & Wine. Machaella is a sommelier turned pizza maker and her sourdough crust is on point. She does pre-order pickups on Thursdays in Eugenia, alongside her equally delicious counterparts, Pineapple Sage Fine Foods and the Flying Chestnut Kitchen - something for everyone!

Cutie Pies Pizza & Wine
Cutie Pies Pizza & Wine

Shopping  

I love finding those small town gems you’d be hard pressed to find in a big city. Furniture Farmhouse Finds is my local go-to for antiques and vintage items. You’ll find everything from clothing, to kitchenware, to larger furniture pieces. I could spend hours exploring everything in the shop!  
Further along Main St. visit The Bargain Centre, a local fixture, to pick up your essentials and pay a visit to their “hidden room”. If that doesn’t spark intrigue, I don’t know what would!  
While in Markdale, have a peek in The County Line’s window to see what seasonal goodies and trends Susan has in store. Here, you’ll be sure to find beautifully curated gifts and women’s fashion and accessories.  
Oh. Don’t forget your furry friends! We’ve got Mullins Pet Market in Markdale, and Barkhouse Pet in Eugenia, both offering quality food, treats, toys and more. And if you’re in need of a blowout, Barkhouse offers an excellent grooming service!  

Experience and Explore

If you’re looking for something different to do this holiday season, check out Kickin’ Back Alpaca Ranch outside Markdale. Carolyn and Doug offer private tours, giving you the opportunity to handle, pet and feed the alpacas as you get to know each one of their unique personalities.  
Or for the wine lovers, have a go at making your own wine with Grist Mill Winery in Eugenia. Dane and Jessica make the process fun and easy, and you’ll end up with a healthy supply of vino to get you through the winter!

Finally, what better way to enjoy the holidays than to get outside and take advantage of the beauty right in our backyard. Grey Highlands is home to many landmark hiking trails, but most people have their own secret trail that they like to keep hush hush. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Then you’ve got some exploring to do! Enjoy the holidays my friends.

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