Bloomfield is a beautiful little town that lies on Loyalist Parkway in the heart of Prince Edward County. Despite its small size, it is mighty in its wealth of art studios, antiques, quaint eateries, and specialty shops – making it a key destination on the region’s Taste and Arts Trails. If you’re looking for the perfect place to unwind, this is it.
Start your day off by searching for old-fashioned treasures at Dead People’s Stuff Antiques. If the name isn’t enough to pique your interest, perhaps the mixture of vintage furniture, tools, and eclectic décor will do the trick. I was especially intrigued by a bin of old maps and a vast record collection available for customers to pick through.
If you’re feeling hungry, I suggest grabbing lunch at Saylor House Café. I enjoyed their honey ham sandwich and a refreshing glass of lemonade outside on the garden patio. The setting was lovely all on its own, but the experience is heightened by the soothing sounds of a live acoustic set. After you’ve whet your appetite, check out the selection of baked goods and local products for sale throughout the café.
Make sure you save some room for dessert, because right across the street you’ll find Slickers Ice Cream, 100% hand made using all natural ingredients. I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a cone of their “Campfire” ice cream, which tastes exactly like roasted marshmallows (perfect for those missing summer). “Apple Pie” is another popular option, undoubtedly because it has chunks of actual apple pie mixed into it. That being said, there are many delicious and unique flavours to try, and there’s still plenty of time to indulge in the treat of your choice, as the shop is open daily until October 15th.
While you’re exploring Main Street, be sure to grab a souvenir from the Prince Edward County T-Shirt Company. Don’t let the name fool you, as this shop sells much more than just T-shirts. You can find hoodies, bags, magnets, and flags – all of which are branded with the company logo or other local emblems.
Just outside of the downtown core, you’ll find art galleries in abundance. I suggest visiting Love Nest Studios, which consists of two splendid galleries in one stop! Step inside a charming restored chicken coop, where Tara showcases her sculptural bird nests and photography, and then explore a century old barn where Andrew displays his encaustic paintings (a style involving colored beeswax). The creative atmosphere and serene location make this a personal favorite.
Another must see is the Oeno Gallery; a popular hub for contemporary art in The County. There’s plenty to admire inside the main building, but the delight doesn’t stop there. Make your way outside and take a stroll through the sculpture garden, where the beauty of nature and art collide, with pieces scattered throughout the trees, roses, and grapevines. Speaking of grapevines, Huff Estates Winery is only a stone’s throw away if you’re interested in tasting some local wines before you head home.
It’s easy to find fun and relaxation here amid the picturesque countryside. With something to please your inner art lover, shopping enthusiast and antiques hunter (not to mention your taste buds!) – Bloomfield is sure to capture your heart before the day is through.