Oh, hi there!

First time to The County? Let us be your guide. We have three virtual markets to help you design your perfect Prince Edward County getaway. There’s the general County Market (for all the things you want to do, see, eat, drink + buy), the STAy Market (for places to stay, from bnbs to hotels), and even a LIVE HERE Market (for those who want to extend the good times permanently!) We also built you an “Experience List” (you can get to it anytime by clicking the button in the top right of the screen) where you can plan your trip by saving whichever market stalls you love and come back to them any time. Want to check out what’s what in the various PEC neighbourhoods? Check out our cool map and guides or click on PEC GUIDES section above to explore the different getaways. Want to go in-depth with us? Explore the feature stories, interviews, recipes, and more in this magazine to read about what we smilingly refer to as “The Simple Life.”  Welcome, friends. Enjoy!

Lonelle Sips wine on a patio

The official line is “Welcome!” After so many months of planning and building and dreaming, Ontario’s travel restrictions have eased and with careful measures and limited capacities—the County’s doors are opening!

For those who’re doing the ‘let’s get out there’ happy dance, here are some tips to make your visit dreamy:

> Plan ahead. It’s going to be busy. Visit our virtual markets and add your must-see stalls to your experience ‘x list’ planner so you can visit and pivot easily to your back up plans.

> Build in time buffers for your day and relax. Life is good and even waiting is a chance to chill, look around, breathe the County air and take it all in!

> Be kind and respectful to each other. The journey back to normalcy or whatever’s next will require a bit of readjustment—we’re still in this together.

> Remember that COVID isn’t over. While vaccines are helping us in the right direction, we’re not there yet—wear masks and maintain proper distancing and be considerate about people in different stages.

See you all out there, and friends, welcome back— we’ve missed you more than you know.

L.

Lonelle Selbo
Publisher + Editor-in-Chief

Some highlights of this County season: lilacs, sunshine, magnolias, rhubarb, asparagus, tomato seedlings, garden life, buds on the vine and chilly dips in the lake.