Monday, August 24, 2015

13 Fun things to do on Grey Road 13

13 Fun things to do on Grey Road 13

Day tripping or just getting out and about for an hour or two led us to a drive along Grey Road 13 from start to finish so we’d thought we’d share some of the fun, neat and cool things we discovered on our gorgeous drive through the Beaver Valley.

Stop in at #1 Goldsmiths Orchard Market and grab everything you need for a gourmet dinner a la Maison. Technically, Goldsmiths is located right at the end of Grey Road 113 and Highway 26, but we included it because it’s a great place to shop and a stop not to be missed. It’s also where we decided to start our journey.

Next we followed Grey 113 until we met up with Bruce Street in Thornbury and then we hung a right and cruised on into cute as a button Clarksburg AKA Artsburg. We parked the car and headed out on foot.

Check out #2 The Honey House. You can get a bee education, grab some amazing honey to take home and do a little gift shopping while you’re there. Lots of bee and honey products to choose from at modest prices.

Stop in at #3a Matilda Swanson Gallery in Clarksburg and take in some gorgeous artwork from some of the 45 different artists they are showcasing and a visit to #3b The Loft Gallery right next door and meet resident artist Debra Lynn Carroll.

We also checked out #4 The Shabby Shack, relatively new to Clarksburg and bought a new quilt for our guest bedroom and a replacement knob for my dresser that had somehow gone missing during our recent move. Fabulous prices. 

Then we hopped back in the car and headed out of Clarkburg on Grey Road 13. We stopped in at #5 The Farmer’s Pantry and fed Mike and Molly, the goats, pet the bunnies and on our next visit look forward to some U-Pick Apple activity with the family. Dan grabbed a few bars of lavender soap which is his favourite.

Continuing on Grey 13, next we came to Heathcote where you’ll discover #6 Free Spirit Tours. If you have the time, take a paddle on the Beaver River. Good for all ages and abilities, you can take a guided paddle or go on your own, they offer 1, 2 or 4 hour paddle packages in SUPs, Kayaks or Canoes. This is a must do activity. When we had our relatives over from Switzerland last summer we did the 2 hour paddle and they said it was absolutely the highlight of their trip here in Canada and that included a trip to Niagara Falls and the CN Tower.

You can also fuel up at the #7 Blackbird Pie Company where you can order fresh made sandwiches on freshly baked bread and also stock up on some take it to go frozen entrĂ©es and of course you can buy pie…all kinds of pie. Think Pie Factory…Yum.

Back in the car we went and headed towards #8 The Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery. They offer wonderful hard apple cider which is also quite dry…so perfect for my pallet and you can also order a cheese tasting plate which is delicious and comes with house made pate. You can purchase tasting flutes of cider and also pick up a 6-pack (or more) to take home.

Back in to the car we went and continued on to Kimberly. We popped into the #9 Kimberly General Store and bought a coffee and some of their home made granola.

Next, we continued our drive up the hill and stopped at the #10 Beaver Valley Lookout. Gorgeous views and they've got some picnic tables there as well so it’s a great place to stop for a picnic lunch that you might have packed yourselves or picked up at #7 The Blackbird Pie Company.

Then we popped into the #11 Eugenia Falls Emporium and grabbed some of our favourite Pickle Guy Products and a delicious Montreal smoked meat sandwich from Danielle’s . Right beside, you’ll find The Brilliant Bread Company where you can purchase…you guessed it…brilliant fresh bread made daily.

Walk across the street and check out gorgeous #12 Eugenia Falls. Patricia Schupp the owner of the Eugenia Falls Emporium is a wealth of local area knowledge and will tell you everything you need to know or what to know about the area.

Last but not least we come to #13 The Flying Chestnut Kitchen. It gets rave reviews and is open Thursday through Sunday from 5-close and offer Sunday brunch from 11-2. Reservations are highly recommended.

Whether you cycle or drive, we know you’ll enjoy your day trip on Grey Road 13.