Sometimes the best adventures and most beautiful places are just a few hours away from home. Most days, I dream about long walks on sandy beaches in the Caribbean or a day exploring the souks of Marrakech. The truth is, right here in our backyard and just a few hours away from Toronto, lies an amazing place called Grey County.
“Not like that,” says my ski instructor for the day, Jean Marc “Tazz” Charing. “You want to have your arms out here, like you’re driving a cool sports car,” he tells me, holding his hands a foot from his chest. “You don’t want to drive like an old lady in a Cadillac.”
Canadian winters can be brutally cold with lots of blowing snow and frigid wind chill. While many head for warmer climates, I much prefer to stay close to home and enjoy the fluffy white stuff. Call me crazy, but winter’s my favourite season… hence why I was psyched when Grey County Tourism asked me to come and partake in some winter activities!
Grey County is about 2 hours northwest of Toronto and includes some of teh best ski slopes in the province, but therea re plenty of other surprises in store for those who visit the area. Much more than just a 4-season outdoor playground for Toronto escapees, this region is fast becoming a popular destination for foodies, spa-seekers and nature lovers, and even wine enthusiasts, thanks to an emerging wine region in the Southern Georgian Bay area. Here are a few recommendations for accommodations that reflect these grownup tastes.
"Long before Gord Downie made “road apples” famous, apple farmers in southwestern Ontario’s Grey County grew an idea that’s become a national celebration. All those apple blossoms have flowered into the newest, tastiest booze trend around these days: hard cider."
Jane and photographer husband Henk recently wandered Grey County backroads taking in the fall splendor through the camera lens. Take in their visuals and hear what they have to say about Grey County during the autumn season.
Lisa Jackson, Eat Drink Travel Magazine Lisa took in the autumn colours, local harvest and fall menus at local eateries in Grey County mid September and has developed a story based on her experiences and the flavours had in the region.