The Ultimate Fall Experience in South Georgian Bay
When all we want to do is grab a good book, a cup of tea and the coziest of blankets, we need to get out there and enjoy all that South Georgian Bay has to offer. During autumn, it has a LOT to offer.
We brought some friends together and planned an afternoon of apple picking, cider tasting, finding “grandma level good” home-baked goodies, and hunting for THE best carving pumpkins.
Sounds like the perfect afternoon, eh? You can enjoy South Georgian Bay’s Ultimate Fall Experience too! Use the link here to follow the guide via Google Maps or take this page with you on your Fall Experience.
We began our experience in Meaford, stopping at Grandma Lambe’s to grab the softest ginger cookies EVER and a variety of butter tarts. We almost couldn’t decide on only two flavours, we should have bought them all! When we arrived at Grandma Lambe’s and walked into the market, we felt like we were in our Grandma’s pantry. From the fresh apples straight from their apple orchard, to the home decor, baskets, homemade baked goods, local maple syrup, honey, apple cider, brittle, granola and so many more local goodies, we could have stayed for hours. Especially because the wall to the right when you enter was covered in “yesterdays” teapots, photos of staff, owners, and the store in the news.
A highlight of the quaint market would have to be the chalk board with the quote “God gave us two ends. One to sit on and one to think with. Our success or failure depends on which end we use most.” Perhaps the quote changes, but this one was one to remember. We gathered our goodies and hopped on the road from Meaford to Thornbury for our second stop, Thornbury Village Cider and Brew House.
For most of us, this wasn’t the first time at the cidery. For those of us that were just being introduced, we were very impressed! Luckily, the rain was holding off, so people were able to enjoy their snacks and beverages on the huge outdoor patio. We wanted to experience everything the brewery had to offer, so we opted to stay indoors. The main lounge proved to be an illusion to the amount of space the brewery has to offer. After we ordered our flight of different delicious and refreshing fall cider favourites, we took off to the brewery’s lounge and games area!
Fully equipped with a ping pong table, games and plenty of seating for a large party. We hit the jackpot here! We tried our skills at a quick game of ping pong, before reading up on the local breweries history. As we made our way to our next stop, we grabbed a few ciders to bring with us. We were able to choose from a variety of seasonal and premium beverage options that they had available to purchase in their fridges.
You probably pass the Morrison Family Farm 100x a month, but did you know that fall is their time to truly shine?!
Located at Poplar Side Road and County Rd 124, you will see rows and rows of wagons filled to the top with pumpkins, gourds, dried corn, corn stalks, and squashes! A great location for a photo shoot for you and your family, friends or partner. As you walk around the property with your own personal wagon you get to choose a pumpkin (or two ;)). You can often see the owners restocking the large displays of gourds and squashes, it’s almost like an endless supply.
Before we chose our favourite pumpkins, we posed for group shots on the hay bails, another shot by The Morrison Family Farm truck and even in the beautiful Morrison Family Farm picture frame! It was the perfect stop on our fall experience and they even had some sunflowers still in bloom.
We have our baked goodies, we have our favourite ciders, the perfect pumpkins, now we need freshly picked apples. So we headed to McEachran and Sons Orchard just up the road from the Morrison Family Farm. Greeted by apple expert Debbie and the friendliest pup (who wanted us to play fletch and pet him the entire visit), we grabbed a basket and took off into the rows and rows of apple trees. Trying to beat the looming rain, we steered to the closer of rows to ensure we had our apples for our picnic. We filled our basket and headed back to the car just before the downpour started.
As we wound down for the day and all of activities that kept us moving through the area, we headed for Gustav’s Chophouse and Bar to get cozy and enjoy our baked goodies, apples, and admire our pumpkin picks. We ordered a couple of seasonal cocktails, which paired perfectly with our homemade ginger cookies and butter tarts. While enjoying our treats, we talked about our amazing day and divided our bag of McEachran apples up into an even amount for each household and made sure we each had “our correct” pumpkins.
During our drive to each location, we couldn’t help but admire how beautiful the changing autumn leaves along the shoreline of Georgian Bay were and the stillness of South Georgian Bay side roads. We are so fortunate to live in a truly four-season community.
Spending the day enjoying our community reminded us how important it is to take advantage and enjoy everything not only mother nature has provided us with, but also everything our local businesses have worked so hard to offer us. Truly unique experiences, with heart, passion and, dedication are what can be found within South Georgian Bays local businesses.
Stay tuned for our Ultimate Winter Experience hitting the blog as soon as the snow hits the ground!
Blog & Photography By : Kirsten Schollig from Captured By Kirsten
Kirsten is an Ontario based Wedding Photographer who takes the stress out of your big day, guiding you through every moment & capturing it along the way.