For The Love of The Neighbourhood - The Drake
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    For The Love of The Neighbourhood

    No one knows and reps their neighbourhoods in Toronto or Prince Edward County like a Drake team member. To live like a local the next time you stay with us at The Drake HotelDrake Devonshire, and Drake Motor Inn, study up on our staff’s recs for all the homegrown favs and hidden gems to hit during the perfect 24 hours in Toronto or Prince Edward County. 

    James Rogers, Chef de Cuisine, Drake Devonshire

    Coffee: Beacon Bike Brew, Picton
    Baked Goods: Farmhouse Eats, Picton
    Farm/Produce: Hagerman Farms, Picton
    Beer + Snacks: Midtown Brewing, Wellington
    Outdoor Tour: Millennium Trail + Sandbanks Provincial Park, Wellington
    Wine Tasting: Drake Devonshire, Wellington
    Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner: Drake Devonshire, Wellington
    Ice Cream: Slickers Ice Cream, Wellington

    If timing permits, rent a bike too or go for a walk and check out the local stores in Picton, Bloomfield, and Wellington and then head to West Lake Water Sports and rent a boat or jet ski and check out the Lake and Sand Dunes.

    Bayley Dathorne, Front Desk Manager, The Drake Hotel

    Morning Coffee: Jimmy’s Very Own, Ossington
    Outdoor Tour: Trinity Bellwoods Park, Trinity Bellwoods
    Sights/Sounds:The Bentway, Lakeshore
    Late Lunch: Pennies, Trinity Bellwoods
    Pre-Evening Drink: The Drake Hotel Lobby Bar, West Queen West 
    Later Night: Tonight Bar, Parkdale

    Waking up the next morning, I would grab a quick brunch at The Drake before heading across the street to the new neighborhood SJ Tattoo Studio to ink myself with a permanent memento of my night in West Queen West!

    Dylan Turner, Senior Bar Manager, The Drake Hotel

    Quick Coffee: Larry’s Back Pocket, Dundas Street West
    Light Bite: Lambo’s Deli, Trinity-Bellwoods
    Outdoor Tour: Trinity Bellwoods Park, Trinity Bellwoods
    Sights/Sounds: The Dakota Tavern, Dundas Street West
    Tattoo: War Tooth Tattoo, Dundas Street West
    Cocktails: West End Cocktail Tour (Cry Baby Gallery, Project Gigglewater, The Shameful Tiki Room Toronto, Black Dice Café, Hank’s Liquor and Wasted Youth Bar).

    Last stop: Some late-night Ponzo from Fourth Man in the Fire fixes you right up. Pro tip: if you order a three-pack of doughnuts, they’ll give you six, but let’s keep that one a secret!

    Damien Smith, Server, Drake Devonshire

    My ideal 24 hours in the County would be a whirlwind tour spent with friends visiting out of town and catching many sweet sites to be seen and experienced.

    Breakfast: Drake Devonshire, Wellington
    Lunch on the Go: Piccolino Mercato, Wellington
    Healthy Snack: Good Place, Wellington
    Beach: Sandbanks Park or Wellington Rotary Beach or one of the secret beaches
    Day Spa: Wander The Resort, Bloomfield
    Wine: Rosehall Run Vineyards, Prince Edward
    Dinner: Darlings Pizza (Bloomfield), Bocado (Prince Edward), Stella’s Eatery (Wapoos)
    Post Dinner Cocktail: Russ + Co., Picton
    Last Breakfast: Creekside Café, Wellington
    Last Lunch: La Condesa, Wellington

    Saurav Sharma, Front Desk Manager, Drake Devonshire 

    Bike Rental: Ideal Bike, Wellington
    Breakfast: Drake Devonshire
    Coffee: Beacon Bike + Brew Café, Picton
    Lunch: Lake on The Mountain
    Shop: Vintage/Thrift/Local Art Shopping on Main Street, Picton
    Show: Regent Theatre, Picton
    Dinner: Flame + Smith, Bloomfield
    Drinks: Koenji Whisky Bar, Wellington
    Ice Cream Shop: Slickers Ice Cream, Wellington

    Josue Vergara, Senior Sous-Chef, The Drake Hotel

    Start the day with a morning cruise on a longboard to Lakeshore Blvd., being sure to stop at Brodflour in Liberty village for the best croissant in the city before they are all gone!  They mill all their flour on-site and as a result, have a unique flavour profile to all their sourdough loaves and pastries.  A hot coffee and croissant at the lake enjoying the view of Sailboats, swans and families of ducks is a splendid vibe to start your day.

    Breakfast, Burger or Milkshake: Originals, Parkdale  
    Lunch: UFO Restaurant, Trinity Bellwoods
    Date Night: Midfield Wine Bar, Dundas Street West
    Post Dinner Play: Tilt Arcade Bar, Parkdale
    Beer / Cocktails: Bar Hop, Shameful Tiki Room Toronto, Pharmacy, SIMPL THINGS
    Later Night Cap: Food + Liquor, Parkdale 


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