Fall Girls Getaway
Grateful. The perfect word to describe this fall girl’s getaway. Grateful is also the perfect word to describe being in the South 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 South 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 South Georgian Bay area. From long winding roads that take us from Wasaga Beach to Meaford, to the communities within each of the towns we 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 Ravenna Market.
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 before heading 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 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. 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 South Georgian Bay. As we finished our day, we decided to make this a running tradition for our circle with new stops added each year.
PS. Check out the CWOOD sign in front of the town hall (right beside Gibsons) for a moody photo-op in town.
Blog & Photography By : Kirsten Schollig from Captured By Kirsten