6 Things You Need to Do While in Windsor
Known for its contribution to the automotive industry, Windsor, Canada’s southernmost city, is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. With a reputation for being a bit “rough around the edges,” I was intrigued to learn more about the city with the nickname “City of Roses.”
With just under an hour flight from downtown Toronto on Porter, Windsor has a number of exciting things to do for a weekend getaway. From historical sites and museums to golf courses and large parks, there’s no shortage of places to visit and activities for those seeking a fun-filled day. However long you plan your visit, here are a few things you need to experience next time you are in the area.
1833 Wyandotte Street East, thetwistedapron.com
Voted one of Windsor’s best breakfasts and conveniently located downtown, this cozy restaurant lives up to its “home cooking with a twist” motto. With friendly staff and an extensive menu of comfort food, this place feels like home away from home.
ANCHOR COFFEE HOUSE
2187 Huron Church Road; 543 Lincoln Road, anchorcoffeehouse.com
Specializing in sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goods, everything on the menu is made from scratch, so if you’re looking for a quick hearty bite or your daily fix of caffeine, this is the place to visit.
URBAN ART MARKET
548 Chilver Road, facebook.com/urbanartmarket
This co-op boutique offering goods from local artists and artisans is the perfect spot to get a one-of-a-kind gift while supporting the community. From jewellery and fashion accessories to home décor items, you’ll find something unique to bring back with you.
WINDSOR ADVENTURE INC.
10630 Riverside Drive East, windsoradventure.com
If you’re seeking a unique experience on the water, head over to Windsor Adventure Inc. for kayak, canoe, bicycle, paddle board and longboard rentals. Pack a picnic and kayak or canoe over to Peche Island where you can get some exercise along the walking trails and enjoy the lush surroundings.
Or, hop on a bike and cruise along the Little River Corridor or the Riverfront Trail for some scenic views.
152 Lesperance Road, healthy-mama.com
Specializing in vegetarian, vegan and raw food, this friendly restaurant offers a variety of healthy bites. Satisfy your sweet tooth with their nut-free raw carrot cake squares or black bean brownies. If you’re stopping in for lunch, try their hearty salads bowls, mouth-watering burgers and nutrient-packed smoothies and juices. For brunch, stop in and try their breakfast pizza made with chickpea crust and topped with fresh berries and almond butter. This unique pizza is definitely a great way to start your day.
EXPLORE ESSEX COUNTY
When exploring Windsor, you will certainly notice (and appreciate) the lack of congested roads and traffic jams. To explore beyond Windsor, rent a car and travel to the charming towns of Kingsville, Leamington, and Amherstburg, where you can visit Point Pelee National Park. Enjoy beautiful country views, and taste the best wine and beer of the region when you explore Essex County.
If this has got you intrigued, read more about Windsor and its neighbouring cities for the perfect weekend getaway.