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How to Spend a Summer Day in Quinte West

View from a kayak paddling on the Trent River looking toward the Bay of Quinte in the summer in Quinte West

Local resident Jenn Lindsay takes us through some of her favourite ways to spend a summer day in Quinte West all the way from morning coffee to capping off the evening with live music.

POP-UPS, PATIOS AND PADDLING

Local resident Jenn Lindsay takes us through some of her favourite ways to spend a summer day in Quinte West all the way from morning coffee to capping off the evening with live music. Explore the Quinte West Pop-ups, get out for a paddle and dine on a patio—all within a close walking (or paddling) distance.

FUEL UP AND HIT THE STREETS

An iced latte with cinnamon on top and a danish sitting on a granite tabletop at the Grind and Vine in downtown Trenton We love to start the day with a coffee at The Grind and Vine, located in downtown Trenton. This chic and modern cafe offers delicious coffee made the way you like it. I suggest the Maple Oat Iced Latte, or Iced Caramel Macchiato. Settle into a window seat while enjoying a Flossie’s sandwich and watch the boats and paddlers cruise by on the water. If you’re visiting a little later in the day, grab a glass of wine and charcuterie board to nosh on.

Once we’re caffeinated, we pop into one of the many shops located nearby. Wish Etc. offers decor and flowers for your home inspo, while Vivacious Clothing, The Red Shark Menswear, Sox It To Me, and Studio B will have you looking fabulous for any occasion.

In the market for a good book? J & B Books is perfect for browsing for your next great read. It has a great selection of used books, as well as board games, sports cards and other collectibles. If you’re lucky, you might meet the shop dog, Nelli, snoozing under the table.

Stop by some of downtown Trenton’s newer businesses on the block, Tasteful Trends Cafe and Cakery or Rollin’ Oats, for some scrumptious take-home cupcakes and cookies. If you’re in need of more options, check out the Trenton DBIA website for more shops to explore.

MID-DAY ADVENTURING

All that shopping will certainly put you in the mood for an afternoon treat. Head down to Centennial Park and wander through the Quinte West Pop-Ups, featuring Wannamakers Bakeshop, The County Emporium, and rotating artisan vendors. Grab a picnic table in the shade and snack on wood-fired pizza, donuts, and cold treats.

The photographers hand holds up a donut with icing and rainbow sprinkles from Wannamaker's at the Quinte West pop-ups.
The Wannamaker’s Bakeshop pop-up features a variety of mini donuts not available in their main location. They also sell Dough Melts, which are ice cream sandwiches in one of their famous donuts—are you drooling yet? We are.

A woman on a kayak on the Trent River facing the Bay of Quinte. The photographer's SUP board is seen in the foreground of the photo.Quinte West is home to the beautiful Trent River just waiting to be explored so now it’s time to get out on the water! Grab a kayak or a SUP board at the Trenton Rowing and Paddling Club and get your paddle on. Rentals for kayaks, SUP, and canoes are available during July and August (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) and at only $20 for the first hour, you can’t pass up such a unique way to tour around Quinte West. We paddled down the river to see a different perspective of the Trent Port Marina and the Bay of Quinte.

CAP IT OFF

A pasta dish from Tomasso's Italian Grille with a creamy sauce, red peppers, broccoli and parmesan cheese.
Another delicious dish Jenn has enjoyed at Tomasso’s. They have a variety of pasta to suit anyone’s tastebuds.

After your paddle, you can refuel at Tomasso’s Italian Grille with some authentic Italian dining. Dig into their delicious Chicken Penne Al Forno while sipping a Tomasso’s Lemonade on their gorgeous patio overlooking the river.

Wrap up the night with live music at Promenade on Front, a new addition to downtown Trenton this summer! Snag a table at These 4 Walls and listen to local talent while socializing with friends before journeying back home. Be sure to pop inside to see their current art display before you leave.

Looking down Front Street in downtown Trenton at the Promenade on Front, there are several Muskoka chairs and picnic tables in the pedestrian only zone - the southbound lane of the street that has been blocked off from traffic.
Promenade on Front is a new pedestrian-only area in downtown Trenton this summer featuring extended patios and seating areas.

From pop-ups to pasta, cafes to kayaks, the area has so much to offer. Find everything you could need in a day (or two) and explore the best of Quinte West.


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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.