If you’re looking for an ideal summer getaway in Ontario, look no further than the quaint village of Wellington. Situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario in the beautiful Prince Edward County, this place has country charm with all the spoils of a city. And one of its prominent hotels just got some epic summer upgrades!

The village of Wellington is right in the heart of wine country and just a short drive from the famous Sandbanks Provincial Park, home to pristine white sand dunes, inviting blue water, and hiking trails.

On a warm day, you can enjoy one of the many outdoor activities in the region, like cycling, hiking, kayaking, and fishing.

And one of the beloved hotels in this area is not just well-known locally, but recognized globally. The Drake Devonshire is recognized by Condé Nast Traveller UK making its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and is in the Michelin Guide‘s “Nine Boutique Hotels to Know in Ontario.”

According to the Michelin Guide, “Drake Devonshire is full of personality: a 19th-century foundry transformed into a 21st-century farmhouse hotel, full of contemporary artworks and inspired modern design.”

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And this summer, the beloved hotel got its first ever onsite swimming area for guests.

The Drake Devonshire, which placed 18th in the Readers’ Choice Awards last fall, is a perfect getaway from the city – located right on the lake, and has a beautiful restaurant on site that offers brunch and dinner.

Another addition this summer? It has added a new beachside bar, along with a raw bar offering fresh seafood and cocktails, so you can enjoy drinks right along the water.

The Drake Devonshire may also just have 13 rooms (with plans of expanding in the coming year), but it has recently added a custom 10 person outdoor sauna, with floor to ceiling views of the lake.

For those who enjoy outdoor games, you will find boules and pickleball at the location now too.

And outside of the property, you can explore the town’s galleries, check out the fascinating heritage museum, its local farmers’ markets on weekends, or walk the scenic boardwalk to a lighthouse.

PEC is most famously known to most as a wine region, and you will find a huge variety of local wine-makers here where you can wander among the vineyards, sample some sips, and purchase a bottle to take home.

Get ready to enjoy country charm. It truly is hard to believe that this summer paradise is only two hours east of Toronto!