Adventures Near the Farm
This list is far from exhaustive -- but here are some activities/things to do around our farm. Our suggestions are based on the things we have tried and liked! Page down for lots of ideas .. the first part is focused on suggesting day trips to enhance your visit to Weir's Lane Lavender & Apiary.
See Directions for a map of some of these locations -- not all are named on the map!
Page down for some suggested day trips. We suggest mapping each of the locations and creating your own order of places to visit. Please note that some places are not open on Sunday and other places are only open seasonally.
Waterfalls: Hamilton is known as the city of waterfalls -- several are within a short drive/hike of our farm: Webster's Falls, Tews Falls, and lots more. For more information go to: http://www.cityofwaterfalls.ca/
Hiking, bike trails, and more. We are close to many of conservation areas run by the Hamilton Conservation Authority (see http://www.conservationhamilton.ca) ... nearby are Christie Conservation Area, Crook's Hollow Conservation Area, Dundas Valley Conservation Area, among others. We are also close to the Dundas section of the Bruce Trail (see http://brucetrail.org/). We are part of the area for "map 8" under the Iroquoia section.
Golfing: There are many golf course near the store. Our favorites are: Copetown Woods (http://www.copetownwoods.com/), Century Pines (http://www.golfcenturypines.com/), Flamborough Hills (http://www.flamboroughhills.com/)
Food (farm gates, local stores, prepared foods to go)
Within 10 minutes from our farm:
Myers Apple Farm (open late summer to mid-fall): LOOKING for Apples and/or want to pick your own apples? Hwy 52 & Governors Road, see http://www.myersapples.com/
Mickey McGuire's Cheese Shop: The place we go when we want a special cheese. Located in downtown Dundas, 51 King Street West.
Picone Fine Food: The place we go when we want foods with a flair. It has served the Dundas area for 95 years! Located in downtown Dundas, 34 King Street West.
Dyment's Farm Market: Looking for a good country pie or fresh produce? Then check out Dyment's! 416 Fallsview Road, at the corner of Sydenham and Fallsview http://www.dyments.com
Greensville Gourmet: Just around the corner from us on Highway 8. We particularly like their blue cheese buffalo chicken sandwich and their chicken sausages.
Jerry's Berries (and Lotsa Hostas): Looking for raspberries? Follow Governor's Road out to Orkney Road. http://www.jerrysberries.ca/
Carluke Orchards: Looking for a country apple pie? Carluke is your place -- while we like pies from other places, we think Carluke has the best apple pie! Carluke also has pick your own apples!
Fenwood Farms: Wanting organic chicken? Then check out Fenwood Farms. http://www.fenwoodfarm.com/
Robinson Farms: We were driving around Freelton the other day and fell upon this farm store -- a very inviting farm store -- we purchased as strawberry rhubarb pie and it was devine. http://www.robinsonfarms.ca/
Restaurants and Coffee Shops (prepared foods sometimes also available)
Within 10 minutes from our farm:
Collins Pub: A pub in downtown Dundas along King Street. Good pub fare. http://www.collinsbrewhouse.ca/
Detour Coffee: A cute coffee shop where you can have lunch, linger over a cup of coffee, or purchase freshly roasted coffee beans. On King Street West in downtown Dundas. http://www.detourcoffee.com/
Il Fiasco: The new kid in town. Although it has relocated from Hamilton. Good Italian food on King Street West in downtown Dundas.
Matsu Sushi: A great sushi restaurant on the east side of downtown Dundas.
Winchester Arms: Traditional pub fare. Along King Street West in Dundas
Rousseau House: We like to go here to sit in there bar and eat tapas. They also have a lovely brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Located in the historic part of Ancaster on Wilson. http://www.rousseauhouse.ca/
Coach and Lantern: Another good pub in an historic building in downtown Ancaster along Wilson. http://www.coachandlantern.ca/
In the Country
The Cookhouse Bistro in Rockton: This is the place to go for a good country lunch or dinner. One of our favorite burgers -- but also more elegant fare. We recommend calling ahead for a reservation, especially for dinner. 787 Old Highway 8 in Rockton.
Don Zver Pottery/Cafe Troy: This is the place to go for beautiful local pottery and for a good country lunch or dinner. On Highway 5, west of highway 8 in Troy.
Abigail`s Tea Room in St. George: A great place for a spot of tea, lunch, or high tea. You might even get to experience a lavender scone!.
Brown Dog Cafe in St. George: A great place for coffee and freshly made apple fritters.
La Cantinella, Italian restaurant in St. George: Very good Italian fare in a casual setting.
There are lots of wonderful restaurants in Hamilton .. try Locke Street, near the bay, or along James Street (North and South)
Hilltop Blooms: Fabulous annual planters; planting workshops and more. 109 Orkney Road (between Governor's Road and 2nd Concession), see http://www.hilltopblooms.ca/
Lotsa Hostas: Want variety in your hostas? Follow Governor's Road out to Orkney Road. http://www.jerrysberries.ca/
Northland Nurseries: Great spot for gallon sized perennials all at one price. Large variety of plants. 722 5th Concession West:
Along Highway 5, Highway 6, and in Dundas and Ancaster there are many nurseries.
Historic Sites, Museums, Galleries
Part of the underground railway is located very near to us. Griffin House is a place where the bravery of black men and women is honoured. It is open on Sunday afternoons from July to September. See http://www.hamilton.ca/CultureandRecreation/Arts_Culture_And_Museums/HamiltonCivicMuseums/GriffinHouse/ for more information.
Carnegie Art Gallery. Located in Dundas, part of its mandate is to promote the work of serious artists and craftspeople. See http://www.carnegiegallery.org/ for more information.
Dundas Museum. Located in Dundas, learn about the heritage of Dundas and all the important things it represents. A wealth of information for the history buff! see http://www.dundasmuseum.ca/ for more information.
Fieldcote Museum and Park: Located in Ancaster along Sulphur Springs Road, the Fieldcote Museum is a heritage centre with lanscaped gardens and walking trails. See http://www.hamilton.ca/CultureandRecreation/Arts_Culture_And_Museums/HamiltonCivicMuseums/Fieldcote/ for more information.
Hermitage Gatehouse Museum. It is not open very often (we think only on long weekends). But it is part of the historic Hermitage estate built around 1855 by a Scottish Immigrant.
James Street North. There is an emerging area of artist galleries along James Street North in Hamilton. And every 2nd Friday of the month there is a James Street Art Crawl. See http://www.jamesstreetnorth.ca/blog/ for more information.
Westfield Heritage Village: Learn a bit more about life way back when. Lots to see with ongoing demonstrations. A great place to take the kids! See http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/westfield/westfield/welcome-to-westfield-heritage-village for more information.
DAY TRIP: Fall Apple Picking
This day trip will focus on apple picking, gathering a bounty for your dinner, and hot apple fritters! The order of your trip will depend on your starting point. We recommend using a mapping application to map the locations. Do not forget to visit Weir’s Lane during your trip! For yummy steaks, other meats and prepared foods (great chicken kiev and meat pies), a visit to Dearsley’s Meats is a must. On Powerline Road, East of Hwy 52 (note closed on Sunday); Apple picking at Myers Apple Farm is always fun. On Hwy 52 between Governors and Hwy 5. And then a bit further afield is the Brown Dog Cafe in St. George – do not miss out on their apple fritters (they also make good coffee and good lunches).
Additional excursions: for your bountiful meal: consider stopping by Josmar Acres Farm for fruits and vegetables (568 Lynden Road, Lynden, Josmar Acres Website (this is located between Myers Apple Farm and St. George). The best ever apple pie: Carluke Orchards (closed Sundays)-- south of Wilson - follow Highway 52 -- (go south from Dearsleys) not far from Fenwood Farms a place for organic chicken (www.fenwoodfarm.com, closed Sundays). For Pecan Pie, we recommend Dyments Farm (Sydenham, near Harvest Road). And for corn on the cob that is only sold at the farm, visit Cranston Farms (37 Carluke Road East)
DAY TRIP: Fall Colours and Hiking
Any time of the year is great for hiking -- so we'll post several hiking options ... For this hike, you can do in one long hike -- or can drive and hike in parts .. we make note of these options. Also this hike will take you through conservation areas where fees are charged. If you want, start at Weir's Lane Lavender (take care when walking on the road, however, we are not responsible for your safety). Walk up Weir's Lane, and turn right onto Highway 8. Walk to first road on your left (Crooks Hollow) -- follow Crooks Hollow on your left and you will come across Darnley Cascade and a former mill on your left. If you follow the path to the left of the falls, you will be taken into the Christie Conservation. Alternatively, continue along Crooks Hollow about 5 minutes and on your right you will see a parking lot (note -- an alternative to parking at WLL and entrance to a path that if you follow it (signage is not great) will eventually take you over to Websters and Tews Falls). Other options -- park at the Optimist Park near the intersection of Brock Road and Highway 8 and hike over to Webster's and Tews Falls. Or you can always park at Webster's and Tews Falls (located off Harvest Road). Want some sandwiches to eat along your hike? Stop at the Greensville Gourmet for great hand made sandwiches and other treats.
For info on current festivals, studio tours, and other events check out the Downtown Dundas website: http://www.downtowndundas.ca/downtown-events.php Look for things like Beyond the Valley Studio Tour, Carnegie Gallery's Secret Garden Tour, Dundas Farmer's Market (Thursdays -- there is also an Ancaster Farmer's Market on Wednesdays), Buskerfest, Cactus Festival.
Hamilton also has a tourism website where you can search for events. See http://www.tourismhamilton.com/events.php