Every great voyage to the country has to start with a good meal, especially if you’re heading out early in the morning. Start your day off right with some breakfast at Ure’s Country Kitchen, located at 6000 County Road West 20 at County Road 50. Even if you’re someone who likes to sleep in and start your day later, Ure’s has you covered with their all day breakfast. Started in 1988 by Randy and Laurie Ure, this stop is more than just a place for a great home cooked meal, it’s also home to a convenience store, an ice cream shop and to a place to stop for gas. Fill up on their Big Breakfast, which includes two pancakes or slices of French toast, two eggs cooked how you like them, toast, home fries, and your choice of bacon, sausage, or ham. If you’re looking for something for lunch, try a burger or hot dog, or something from their sandwich board. Don’t forget to indulge your sweet tooth as well, and finish off your meal with a scoop of ice cream from their shop.
Next, it’s time to go exploring. One area of the country that is popular to explore is wine country. Take a trip down to Sprucewood Shores, which you can find at 7258 City Road 50. They offer not only a large selection of wines and tastings, but you can enjoy their local beach as well! Want to enjoy a lunch with your wine on the beach? Then choose one of their picnic baskets. Pick the wine that speaks to you and couple it with a basket filled with cheeses, deli meats, baguettes, fruits and veggies, antipasto and more!
If wine and cheese isn’t your thing, take a trip down the road and visit Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Get out into the forest and discover their hiking trails and bike paths, paddle down waterways with canoe and kayak rentals, and find that perfect spot on the water for those into fishing at their catch and release pond. You can also check out their Hawk Tower, where you can view hawks and other birds as they pass through on their migration journey in the fall. The tower was a donation from the Detroit Edison Company in 1988, and observes thousands of raptors and songbirds each year. If you’re looking for a fun camping, “staycation” experience, Holiday Beach Conservation Area offers a private cottage rental overlooking the waterfront. Perfect for a weekend getaway or family adventure.
If you’re looking for more fun and nightly entertainment in the country, check out GL Heritage Brewing at 8728 Howard Avenue (Essex Road 9). Not only can you sample their award winning craft beers, but enjoy so much more. Here you will find lots of great local entertainment and a weekly rotation of local food trucks! You can even bring your favourite four-legged friend to GL Heritage as long as they are leashed. There is still lots of time to enjoy what this summer has to offer out in, “Amherstburg Country”.