Fall inspired food and drink is something that makes travelling to South Georgian Bay in the fall season a must do this year. Crisp air, golden leaves, apple cider, and more! From Georgian Bay to the Niagara Escarpment, this region is ready to be discovered. A three day getaway to the South Georgian Bay region in fall is the perfect way to experience the food and drink scene with intermittent visits to local travel must-dos.
Arrive in Collingwood and check in at the Georgian Bay Hotel. This accommodation will act as the perfect central location to act as your “basecamp” for the weekend.
Grab lunch from Black Bellows Brewery, where the beer menu is vast and the food menu changes with the seasons. Enjoy steins full of toasty golden lager and seasonal vegetables incorporated into a delicious and creative brewpub menu.
After finishing your meal, explore Hurontario St. to browse the many boutique shops and local vendors that Collingwood has to offer. Follow the street all the way down to the water to experience the marina and the Collingwood Terminals, large grain terminals that were built in 1929 and operated for 64 years. Now the terminals serve as a beautiful figure characterizing the skyline in Collingwood. Surrounding the terminals is Millennium Park, where you can sit and enjoy views of the Niagara Escarpment.
After stretching your legs, travel south to Clearview where you will discover the magical town of Creemore. Creemore’s streets are filled with wonderful local businesses, the most delicious café for baked goods – Bank Café Creemore, and of course Creemore Springs Brewery. Check out this well known brewery and then pop down the street for some fine dining at Chez Michel where you know the food will be amazing and the Creemore Springs beer will be fresh. This cozy atmosphere in a century building will make you feel like your fall getaway has taken you on a flight to Provence.
On your route back to the Georgian Bay Hotel, enjoy the starry skies and peace and quiet. Feel free to stop at Tesoro’s back in Collingwood on the way home for espresso or dessert before retiring for the night.
After a well deserved rest, head out to Thornbury for coffee and treats from Good Grief. Their baked goods change with the season and will pair so well with a fall-inspired beverage. Enjoy a walk down to the water in Thornbury and gave out towards Georgian Bay. On clear, crisp days can see from Meaford to Wasaga Beach and across to the islands.
After exploring the shops and local vendors that Thornbury has, drive inland towards the stunning apple region that is the apple capital of Ontario. You will pass apple orchards, wineries, and cideries as you drive up and down the unique topography of the Blue Mountains. Stop for lunch at Ravenna Country Market and enjoy the locally famous sandwiches, soups, and baked goods.
Carry on to partake in tastings at Georgian Hills Vineyards and Spy Cider House and Distillery. Wander the fields (where permitted) and sample some of their delicious beverages while you take in the stunning views of Georgian Bay and the surrounding fields rolling over hills.
Drive back toward Thornbury and end this glorious afternoon with a flight and some snacks at Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House. Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House is well known for their impressive selection of rotating ciders and beers. The flavours and feelings change with the seasons.
Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House is located a short walk from Sterling’s Restaurant. A new edition to the culinary scene in South Georgian Bay and a must see. You can sit overlooking the marina while you enjoy excellent wine and culinary creations comprised of local ingredients.
After a good-nights-sleep and enjoying the amenities and breakfast at the Georgian Bay Hotel, check out and head to the Scandinave Spa to enjoy the baths, saunas, and fireplaces that lie under a canopy of fall colours. You can book ahead for massages or other treatments that will include access to the baths. You will leave this experience feeling relaxed, refreshed, and glad you came.
Leave the Scandinave and head to Gibson’s and Co. for lunch. A food and drink trip to South Georgian Bay is not complete without experiencing this cool café located down a brick alleyway. They are well known for their coffee, drinks, and light fare. Enjoy everything that their fall menu has to offer while you cozy up in this fun and open environment.
After indulging in a delicious lunch, take the scenic route out of town and stop at Wasaga Beach to go for a beautiful fall walk on the world’s longest fresh water beach. Take in the crashing waves and gorgeous colour contrast between the water and land. What a perfect way to cap off your travels to South Georgian Bay.
Planning to visit South Georgian Bay in the near future? As Ontario slowly re-opens, so do our local businesses; however, many tourism-related operators, shops and restaurants are operating differently than normal. Please contact individual businesses to confirm method and hours of operation. Visit our “Know Before You Go” page by clicking here.