Get on out to Amherstburg “Country”

Amherstburg has so much to offer downtown, but maybe you’re ready to get out and explore. It’s time to pack your bags and head out on a journey to the country. Just outside of the town of Amherstburg you will find many more fun activities to experience in the countryside. We’ve got a whole day of activities, food, and fun in the sun planned for you in this post!

omelette and potato breakfast from Ure's Country Kitchen

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, mini golf course, 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 burn off some of your calories afterwards with a round of 18 hole mini golf course which includes some spectacular water features!

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!

Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery


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 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.

Hawk Tower at Holiday Beach with family looking out
a glass of beer from GL Heritage brewery

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.

Right next door you will find Dancing Swallows Vineyard. It’s a small vineyard on a century farm with equisit wines and a small tasting garden under the maple trees.

Take the time to enjoy what “Amherstburg Country” has to offer.

Dancing Swallows Winery located at 8704 Essex Road 9 is a great place to relax and grab a nice glass of wine. It was started by the Hutchins family in 1881 as a small family farm that has been evolving ever since. Each bottle of their small batch wines feature original art of Swallows in flight. The varieties include Baco Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Cabernet. A visit to this heritage farm under the large maple trees with a unique outdoor tasting lounge, a reconditioned shipping container, is an experience to remember.

Dancing Swallows Barn Quilt
Inside Vivace Winery

Vivace Estate Winery located at 5141 Concession Road 5 N. promises to offer a remarkable experience and a melody to your senses with excellent wine. Stop by and try their VQA wines are produced in a viniculture climate, creating wines such as their Sonatina, Blanc de Blanc, Brilliante Rose, and even their Vidal Icewine.