The SpaceAttractions: the beach!!! and then...
In Town: Historic Lighthouse and Marine Museum: for a paltry $3/adult (kids less) see the past glory of Port Burwell in its heyday amidst many marine artifacts and climb up to the top of the lighthous(URL HIDDEN) Submarine Ojibwa: built during the Cold War and retired in the 1990’s, this museum belongs to the Elgin Military Museum of St. Thomas. Excellent tour, $18. Located on the banks of the Otter River and accessed by the street off Robinson just below Erie Cove Restaurant(URL HIDDEN)Periscope Playhouse Cultural Centre, at last in its own home, the former scout hall, west end of Wellington Street, hosts the next comedy show of the community theatre group, the Periscope Playhouse, “Seniors of the Sahara,” coming in late September. Tickets (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Anglican Trinity Church built 1836; spire can be seen from our house. Consecrated by Bishop Strachan. A later bishop lived in our house, therefore the name Bishop’s Loft for that room.
Out of town(URL HIDDEN)Edison Exhibit: The family of Thomas Edison at one time resided in Vienna, and while the Edison Museum is not open, its artifacts are located inside the Family Table Restaurant, Vienna. Intriguing facts about the inventor and his work. By donation. GayLea Dairy Museum Small but packed with agricultural mementos, west off Imperial Rd (hwy 73) north of Vienna Line. Very modest fee(URL HIDDEN)Annandale National historic site, old mansion from art deco years influenced by Oscar Wilde, Tillson St., Tillsonburg. Gorgeous architecture. Entrance fee (not sure price) absolutely worth seeing(URL HIDDEN) Clovermead For children and adults, a bee-keeping centre which explains the life-cycle of bees, sells various honeys, and has a marvelous set of rides/activities most of which don’t use electricity, such as a bouncing bubble, jumping into hay, feeding goats so they climb a ladder… plan at least 3 hours! North of Aylmer on hwy 73(URL HIDDEN)Wineries: 1. Rushcreek, known for non-grape wines; 2. Quai du Vi(URL HIDDEN)WinterWheat One of our favourite spots! And it’s free! A woodland setting about 20-25 mins. drive, filled with whimsical sculpted creations combining tree trunks, limbs, found objects. Magical to experience(URL HIDDEN)Town of Sparta: Quaint, well-preserved buildings from earlier 1800’s (Burwell lost many of its historical properties to fires). Boutiques, teahouse, lavender farm in spring, museums. 20-25 mins. drive. Activitie(URL HIDDEN)Hiking, bicycling various trails and spurline; walk east on Wellington which becomes Lakeshore till you pass the last houses; find your way down to Little Otter Creek. Or keep walking to Monarch’s Landing and ask Ron Allenson (retired botanist) if you can see his property planted with food for the Monarch butterflies and his floral cross-breeding(URL HIDDEN)Wagon ride around Port Burwell drawn by horse Teddy and our friends Doug and Corny. Weekends. Fishing/boating rent boat to go out on lake for “deep-sea” fishing at Bradfield’s Marina, rent paddleboat or canoe at Big Otter Marina to go up river. Or dock your own boat at Bradfield’s. Or fish off the pier. Perch, pickerel, catfish, trout?, sheepshead.
Special event(URL HIDDEN) Edison Fest in Vienna in June, vendors, food, talent competition, crafts, silent auction, rides. Beachfest formerly known as SubDays, Civic Holiday weekend, beertent on beach, many activities, fabulous fireworks Sunday nigh(URL HIDDEN) Watermelon Fest in Straffordville 3rd weekend of August, vendors, food, agricultural displays, home arts, contests.
Further away(URL HIDDEN) Tillsonburg Ribfest July 15, 16, 17; Fri. & Sat. 11am-11pm Sun. 11am -7pm. FREE ADMISSION Free Parking in and around the arena area. 3 Ribbers – Ribs Royale BBQ| Railroad Ribs | Dinosaur BBQ Pit. Live Performances all 3 days Food trucks Rain or Shine. Turtle Fest Tillsonburg’s ‘turtle-tastic day of fun events for the entire family’ celebrates the town’s founding by George Tillson. The festival features arts, entertainment, historical and nature exhibits. Date (2012): Saturday, June 16 Visit the festival website for schedule and information on being a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer at the festival. Aylmer Sweet Cornfest happens every summer in August. This amazing event is hosted by MainStreet Aylmer, your downtown merchant's association. Sidewalk Sales downtown all day, and in Palmer Park Art in the Park, Farmers Market, Crafts and Baking, Live Music. Free Family Activities including jump 'n bounce games . BBQ with the Aylmer Splash Pad Group. Sno Cones & Candy Floss, VogelJoy Concer(URL HIDDEN)Fair 2nd weekend of Augus(URL HIDDEN)St. Thomas Performance Unlimited Street Legal Friday, July 22, 2016, 6:00 PM St. Thomas Raceway Park 45633 Sparta Line, Saint Thomas, ON, Canada Ingersoll: The Canterbury Folk Festival is an annual festival of music, dance, arts and crafts for the enjoyment of the people of Ingersoll, Oxford County, Ontario and surrounding area. It provides opportunities for families, young people and senior citizens to, participate in and enjoy festival activities, all for free. Admission: Free! Dates (2012): July 13 - July 15 (EMAIL HIDDEN) Ingersoll Harvest Festival The Ingersoll Harvest Festival is a Town of Ingersoll event and runs annually during the 4th week of August. The Festival features harvest dinners, food and wine tasting, contest, sidewalk sales, entertainment, a classic car show, children’s games, and the Ingersoll Harvest Run. Dates (2012): Wednesday, August 22 - Sunday, August 2(URL HIDDEN) Woodstock: Cowapolooza: Concerts, a soap box derby, strongman competition, cow milking contest, Champions of Wrestling exhibition, and a skate park Thrill Show. Dates (2012): Friday, August 12 – Saturday August 13. Visit the festival website for schedule and information on events, sponsors to the festival, and how to get involved. Each year, Woodstock hosts Canada's premier outdoor agricultural showcase, Canada's Outdoor Farm Show. Farmer come from across the country to shop and view cutting edge innovations in agricultural products and services. Dates (2012): September 11 - 13 Admission: Adults $17.00, Youth (6-17) $5.00, Children (Under 6) Free Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN)
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21 Wellington Artists’ Coop and Gallery Unique unusual crafts from local artisans, local artists of merit, very reasonable prices. Lovely jewellery and furniture. Roro’s Rock shop with class; reiki, healing arts, looseleaf tea, crystal skulls, hand-made fairy sculptures, resonant pots to balance energy, healing books, great jewelleryand more. Sweet Spot Serge and Margot have assembled a wonderful supply of chocolates, artisan cheeses and crackers, local preserves, smoked pork chops(URL HIDDEN) Treehouse Treasures What goes around comes around… gently pre-experienced clothing. Red & White Groceries modest grocery store combined with dollar store Lucky Star Convenience Store not open Sundays. LCBO open all week; check hours for Sundays.
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Garage sales all over! Great bargains in this area. Catch them starting Fridays-Sundays(URL HIDDEN)JCJ Apiaries That’s where we buy farm-fresh eggs, sometimes honey, various preserves, jams, pickles. Glen Erie Line about 5 mins. drive from our house off Plank Rd (hwy 19) Valley Variety Store in Vienna; gasoline, small grocery store(URL HIDDEN)Rustic Post raspberries, black and red, neat crafts on Plank Rd. (Hwy 19), between Port Burwell and Vienna. Farm produce stands: various locations; Calton Line, Nova Scotia Line… DaVida Gardens: nursery, bouquets, potted plants, décor, great folks own it. Plank Rd. between Calton Line and Straffordville(URL HIDDEN) Mudford’s in Straffordville, independent grocers Wall’s Cherries delicious cherries, in containers or pick your own, in July. Nova Scotia Line about ½ km. after the bridge(URL HIDDEN)Jean & Antoinette Chalyssin’s Roses and honeyCharming couple cultivate roses in beautiful garden and sell honey. Cross bridge, from Nova Scotia Line take right fork onto Brown Road, and when the road ends, their property is just slightly across it to the right. You can’t miss the roses. Gerry’s Berries blueberries; cross bridge, from Nova Scotia Line take right fork onto Brown Road, then left on Vienna Line; farm is about 2km on right(URL HIDDEN) Ramsay’s If you like the concrete base of the towel rack in the Bishop’s Loft, then you’ll want to visit Ramsay’s. We’ve bought wedding and birthday gifts there as well. Amazing selection, ranging from classic elegant benches and fountains to whimsical animals, and the ubiquitous gnomes. Shades of Green amazing collection of hostas, species lilies, other perennials. John Wise Line just west of Imperial Road(URL HIDDEN) Hope EcoFarm a bit off the beaten track but oh so worth the adventure. Organic; products from ducks, buffalo and sheep (divine cheese). Cross the bridge, from Nova Scotia Line take right fork onto Brown Road, turn left on Vienna, turn right on Richmond Road, turn left on John Wise Line, turn right on Carter Road. Cross Glen Colin Line. Turn at first left. Pass one road, farm is on your left.
do and see. Nature, arts, exercise... Guest AccessBedroom, bathroom, upper hallway with minifridge, living room, dining room, shared light use of kitchen, sunporch, gazebo, garden. Interaction with GuestsWe enjoy meeting visitors from everywhere (and practicing our language skills),and will look forward to chatting, but we know when to withdraw and respect your privacy. The NeighborhoodThe shady trees on our street, the lovely and well-separated homes on the block, quiet neighbours and friendly townsfolk give us a home among homes. Getting AroundEverything in Port Burwell is in walking distance of the house. Other Things to NoteWelcome to the Bishop’s Loft
You may park on the boulevard in front of the house or to the rear of the driveway. Please do not try to lock or latch the front door; we’ll take care of that. Port Burwell is quite safe.
By now, if we couldn’t greet you personally, you have found your way in the front door, up the stairs and to the left to your accommodation. The main light switch is just on the left as you enter the room; if it doesn’t go on, try the white remote (which also controls the ceiling fan) in the box on the nightstand to left(URL HIDDEN)
Other remotes control the television and Netflix and airconditioner. The lights above each night table are controlled on the walls, and an additional light switch near the green vase controls recessed lights. The switch next to that controls power to the television system. If you hear a little whishing noise periodically, it is the air freshener atop the vanity in the bathroom. Bathroom lights are just on the right as you enter the bathroom. There is another light/vent control on the wall to the right of the vanity, and light and shower vent fan control to the left of the vanity. Please do turn off lights and air conditioner when not in the room(URL HIDDEN) There are extra towels in the bathroom cupboard. In a bathroom closet there is a sportsbag with a sheet, beach towels and water bottles for your use. Please remember to leave them here on departure. There is a hair dryer in a drawer on the left of the sinks.
You may have visited the living room, dining room (where we serve breakfast, unless you care to take it on a tray to the front porch or back yard gazebo or patio) and kitchen. There is a refrigerator for the use of guests in the upstairs hallway, and if you need to warm something downstairs, just ask us. You’re also welcome to borrow wine glasses from the dining room china cupboard(URL HIDDEN)We have provided some bottled water, but we drink the tap water. Breakfast is served at 8:30am. If you haven’t already had the opportunity to inform us of any allergies or aversions, preferences in tea/coffee, etc., please write us a small note with your names to relax on the front porch, in the living room or back garden areas. We have a variety of games to loan you as well(URL HIDDEN)
When dining out, remember that in this modest hamlet, many kitchens close at 8:00pm. You’ll find later in this notebook a guide to restaurants and more.