The Victoria Day long holiday weekend, commonly referred to as the May two-four weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer.
There’s lots to see and do in Norfolk County. Here are some ideas:
1. Long Point Eco-Adventures: Looking for a unique outdoor adventure experience that is out of the ordinary? From zip lining through the canopy of Carolinian forest, to stargazing at Long Point Observatory, to kayaking down Big Creek into Long Point Biosphere, or enjoying a weekend of “Glamping”, Long Point Eco-Adventures provides eco-friendly adventures and vacations that develop new skills and provide exciting experiences for families and friends.
2. Enjoy the famous “Willie Burg” at Willies in Port Dover. Willie’s opened 26 years ago and it continues to grow in popularity. From the extensive menu, hungry visitors favour the Willie Burger created with its quarter-pound charbroiled beef burger topped with peameal bacon, cheese, Famous Willie’s Homemade BBQ Sauce and condiments of your choice. Willie’s offers both outdoor patio seating as well as an indoor seating area. For many people, a stroll on the pier isn’t complete without a stop at Willie’s for an ice-cream cone.
3. Visit the Long Point Bird Observatory. If you’re interested in birds or even think you might be, then a trip to Long Point Bird Observatory is in order. You don’t need binoculars or fancy equipment to enjoy birds at LPBO. During migration, banding demonstrations (from 9:00 a.m. until noon daily, weather permitting) make it possible for you to see the birds up close.
4. Visit the Barrel Restaurant for homestyle Italian food for the entire family. It’s funny – people crave the comfort of the familiar, but at the same time love a bit of surprise. The Barrel Restaurant says “we like things traditional and real, yet we celebrate individuality above all else. We know, because at the Barrel we’re the same way. We like fresh honest ingredients. A little olive oil, a dash of parmigiano, garlic, and pasta.” That is how it all started 30 years ago and that’s how The Barrel still does it today. Our Broker of Record Ray’s favourite dish is The Barrel’s chicken marsala, and of course loves their pizza and wings, too.
5. Enjoy lunch at Long Point’s only food truck, First Mates. We’ve heard rave reviews about Long Point’s “First Mate’s.” People are talking about their delicious pulled pork, Lake Erie perch and poutine. Located on site of “R & R Outdoors” (formerly “Rotten Ronnie’s) at 136 Erie Boulevard, Long Point, the red food trailer is a welcome addition to the community of Long Point. Call in or text your order to 519.410.4010.
6. Have a Crepe Day! From a propane powered mobile street cart on the Port Dover pier for three years to a European style patio and inside dining room, the Food Network got it right when they featured this one of a kind eatery on “You Gotta Eat Here”. Check out the Food Network’s visit to the Crepe House here (at around the 16 minute mark).
7. The Burning Kiln Winery. Burning Kiln Winery is a good news story: the building is an architecturally repurposed tobacco pack barn and our multi-award-winning wines carry on a Norfolk County tradition of agricultural excellence. Experience a unique, spectacular winery which honours our agricultural heritage and celebrates the culinary and cultural bounty of Norfolk County.
8. Visit Andy’s Drive-In. Norfolk’s only 50’s Inspired Drive-In. The moment you arrive, you will enjoy not only the casual atmosphere but there’s just a special ambience that adds fun and relaxation.
This place is a Norfolk County institution and has been around since the 40’s. Back then there were only a few paved roads and not a lot going on. Now Norfolk has grown exponentially, but Andy’s Drive-In is still serving up amazing burgers, fries and some seriously amazingly thick milkshakes.
9. Twins Ice Cream Parlour. That irresistible aroma in the air on Bay Street, Port Rowan is flowing from Twins Ice Cream Parlour preparing homemade waffle cones and bowls. Serving frozen yogurt and over 40 flavours of ice cream.
10. Go Fishing! If you’re goin’ fishin’ this weekend, The Old Cut Boat Livery on Roger’s Avenue has minnows. The Old Cut also has a boat launch with lots of parking that’s only $12. And, if you’re camping this weekend or BBQ’ing at your cottage and need propane, the Old Cut Boat Livery is Long Point’s only propane refill station.
Of course, we know there are a lot of other things to do in Norfolk. What did we not include on our list that you’re going to do this weekend?