Changing Seasons and New Traditions
Changing Seasons and New Traditions
Grateful. The perfect word to describe this season of life, this season of the year and this
season with our circle. Grateful is also the perfect word to describe being in the Southern
Georgian Bay area during this time, you know this crazy time in life that we are all experiencing
together but in so many different ways. In honouring those differences, I wanted to take my girls
on an adventure around the area supporting and experiencing the amazing community we are
surrounded by. Cue the blundstones and oversized sweaters.
Morgan, Courtney, Maddie, Briley and I hopped in the car to drive the scenic routes of the
Georgian Coast while making stops at some of the most intimate and friendly places in the area.
Ones that include family owned markets in Ravenna to orchards on the top of the mountain,
surfing on bay in Wasaga Beach and finishing in Collingwood with two of the most iconic spots
to enjoy some beverages.
We made our way around the area beginning with a carpool in Collingwood to head out for a
sunrise lookout at Irish Mountain in Meaford. A view we all knew of but had never experienced
for ourselves, especially not at sunrise, but wow was the early drive out there worth it. The sun
poured over the mountain and gave us the most stunning view of the entire Southern Georgian
Bay Area – the backyard we are all lucky enough to call home and one many are transitioning
into their home.
As we gazed out over the rolling hills and stunning bay, we couldn’t help but share some of the
things we are most grateful for about the Southern Georgian Bay area. From long winding roads
can easily access and support. We headed out to visit some of those amazing businesses, first
up, Ravenna Market.
If you haven’t been to Ravenna Market, you probably aren’t familiar with what makes their
market so darn popular, especially at lunch. They have THE BEST sandwiches in the area.
Ones that ooze homemade dressing over the edge of their flatbread and amazing fillings like
stacked montreal steak. Along with their freshly prepared sandwiches they also stock local
favourites like Collingwood Kombucha, Meredith’s syrups, pies, a pickle on a stick and even
vegan cookies. What we didn’t pickup but went back for later were all of the INCREDIBLE meals
they prepared and stocked in their fridges to cook later. From shepherds pie to lasagna and all
the best pies. After spilling our pickle juice and overflowing sandwiches all over the outdoor
patio, we headed out to walk the orchards of TK Ferri Orchards just down the road from the
The never ending rows and rows of apples welcomed us as we drove up their driveway. Then
came Apple, their sweet pup who wagged her tail and welcomed us into the orchard. We
weren’t able to pick our own apples as you typically can at TK Ferri, but the lovely women let us
take some photos in the rows of the orchard that towered over us. We were able to still
purchase apples from the orchard, just couldn’t pick our own, which was still an amazing
experience with all the knowledge the women shared with us about what types are best for
eating and others for cooking. We said our goodbyes to the ladies and to Apple, the dog and
headed out to find the best scenic routes over the hills and to Wasaga beach.
Belting it out to our favourite songs and watching the leaves fall as we passed the most stunning
tree lined roads, we pulled over for some photos, of course.
Taking county road 2 into Ravenna and Side road 15 out and over to 119 around Blue Mountain
to hwy 26. There are so many routes around the area to enjoy the views, but this was our
favourite for the views of Collingwood as you come down the mountain.
Continuing on hwy 26 over to Wasaga Beach, Maddie grabbed her surfboard to brave the
chilled water of Georgian Bay. We met up with some of her friends who were already at Beach
Area 6. While we weren’t ready for our lessons quite yet, Maddie and her 3 other friends
practiced their paddle on the small but mighty waves with us cheering them on from shore. It
was amazing to see what we thought was only a tropical sport on the edge of our longest
freshwater beach, in the fall to boot.
After Maddie caught a few swells, we gathered her things and headed off to warm up with some
snacks and caesars at 1858 Caesar Bar in Collingwood.
Heading just after the lunch rush and pre dinner rush, we grabbed a table and placed our orders
for our caesars at the only caesar bar in Canada. Courtney and Maddie built their own caesars
from the list of options to enjoy. From the type of rimmer to the alcohol in the glass, and even
the “meal” you can add as the toppings such as a lobster tail, pickles, bacon and so much more.
While Courtney and Maddie enjoyed their beverages, Morgan and I (we lost briley to her shift at
work) were more there for the snacks than the caesars. We also added some chips and dip,
their delicious fries and even a hummus trio as appetizers before our dinner down the street.
Making our way north on Hurontario by foot from 1858, we headed to Gibson’s & Company for
our dinner on the town just a block away. Down the alleyway to the hidden side door, we snuck
our way in to find a table for the four of us, the perfect size for their new protocols right now. We
ordered a charcuterie board and a couple of glasses of the most amazing wine the staff
recommended for us from red to rose. Sitting under the skylight with the biggest selection of
handpicked bottles of wine from all over the world beside us, we couldn’t help but shop their
selections while nibbling on our dinner. We stayed for almost two hours chatting, eating and
shopping at Gibson’s to finish off the perfect fall day in Southern Georgian Bay. As we finished
our day, we decided to make this a running tradition for our circle with new stops added each
PS. Check out the CWOOD sign in front of the town hall (right beside Gibsons) for a moody photo
op in town.
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