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Chill Out in the Bay of Quinte: Winter Hangouts

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We’re at the point in the winter where we have two options: give in to the desire to hibernate in a blanket burrito until spring or get out of the house, be social and try new things. Leaving the house in the winter doesn’t have to be all about bundling up and braving the elements (or it can be if that’s your jam—we do love a good hike). The Bay of Quinte region has a bunch of spots to hang out where you can still keep snug indoors. 

Written by Jenn Lindsay

Read time: 2 min

The Lark

199 Front St, Belleville

Step out of the cold and into The Lark with a delicately handcrafted drink (Suburban Divorcée is my fav!) and share a plate of fresh sourdough and burrata, topped with seasonal fruit or vegetables. The bar at The Lark is my favourite spot to cozy up for a chat and delicious food. 

Empire Theatre

321 Front St, Belleville

Get out of the house for some evening entertainment with the Quinte Film  Alternative and its premier of The Persian Version, or catch a live show in the charming atmosphere of the Empire Theatre

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Pictured: Burrata and sourdough with cocktails at The Lark
a hand holding up a burger while dining in a snowglobe tent outside in the winter
Pictured: Dining in a snowglobe at The Waterfront River Pub

Waterfront River Pub Snowglobes

22 Water St. W, Napanee

I can’t get enough of embracing the beauty of winter while keeping warm! The Waterfront River Pub snowglobes can be booked online at $25 per reservation, where you can enjoy dinner or a hot drink in a toasty warm snow globe with a 360° view of the outdoors.

Fool's Kitchen

19A Market Square, Napanee

A mouthwatering addition to Greater Napanee, Fool’s Kitchen is an Asian fusion resto with flavourful bites. From pho to dumplings to ginger chicken, these delish plates will warm you right up when nothing else does the trick. The sleek decor and beautiful plating give the feel of big-city eats with small-town vibes. 

Northumberland Fine Food

39 Richardson St, Brighton

The tasting lounge at Northumberland Fine Food has a warm and inviting atmosphere, topped off with live music and local beer and wine. You can watch a film during their Thursday Night Films, enjoy a live performance or order up a charcuterie board for your next hangout with friends.

Lighthouse Books

65 Main St, Brighton

Looking for the latest read from BookTok? Stop into Lighthouse Books, located in the heart of downtown Brighton. I always leave here with a good book (usually a new thriller) to snuggle up with after a good chat with the owners. 

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Pictured: Northumberland Fine Food's tasting lounge
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Pictured: Meyers Creek Brewing Company

Meyers Creek Brewing Company

60 Dundas St E, Belleville

Not just a place for beer, but for community. Meyers Creek serves up delicious brews and a good time—they also won Best Brewery in Best of the Bay 2023. From open mic to knitting classes, they’ll have you forgetting that it’s  blustery and cold outside. My favourite is the Back Roads Vanilla Porter, perfect for a winter treat while catching up with friends!

The Brake Room

34 Dundas St E, Belleville

I enjoy spending a snowy afternoon at The Brake Room, chilling out at a window seat with a hot oat vanilla latte and a Flossie’s sammy while watching the busy streets outside. An inviting spot for any day of the year, but something about winter makes it extra special.  

The Cardinal

56b Quinte St, Quinte West

Relatively new to the scene, but always a good time, The Cardinal hosts live music and events like Wizard Bingo, Monday Trivia Night, and Ladies Nights in their intimate environment. I highly recommend a pint of the Fat Tire beer and an order of sweet potato fries with spicy mayo.  

Centre Theatre

120 Dundas St W, Quinte West

A staple of Quinte West, Centre Theatre is a great spot for a winter hideout. Snuggle in for a flick and snack on hot popcorn at a fraction of the usual theatre price, while supporting local! The old-school feel of this historic theatre makes it one of my favourite places to visit on a weekend.

Tyendinaga Tee Time

283 Hwy 49, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Miss golfing, but not willing to lose a putter in the snow? Tyendinaga Tee Time has you covered (literally). Book a two-hour slot in the golf simulator to make the most of your time, and keep those swings on par! 

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Pictured: Live music at The Cardinal
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The Bay of Quinte RMB Land Acknowledgement

The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board is committed to acknowledging, appreciating and understanding the Indigenous peoples’ historic connection to this land and to raising awareness by building relationships in collaboration with Indigenous partners and communities. 

We recognize and acknowledge that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Wendat, Mississauga, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee which includes the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte) with whom we work in direct partnership with. 

This partnership focuses on the common goal of celebrating the region with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka who are equal partners within the organization and at the Board of Directors table contributing to the mandate and operations.

This mandate includes listening to, learning from, and collaborating with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka and actively incorporating their culture and heritage into the practice of responsible destination marketing and management of the region.

We understand that this land acknowledgement is only a small step towards the larger process of reparations and reconciliation.

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