Host Peter P led the group and provided the following report on the days activities! Thanks so much to Peter for planning and organizing the group. Here’s the itinerary and pics for the day!
ITINERARY ( 5 STOPS …4 villages / towns !!)
STOP 1 – Picards Peanuts St. Jacobs
– used their parking lot as a ‘ staging area ‘ both before and after visiting the shops in the Village of St. Jacobs
– many took the opportunity to pop into the store to buy snacks while there.
STOP 2 – Village/Shops of St. Jacobs
– we all convened at 1 shop – a womens clothing shop called Lizzy R. Fashion – at the one end of the tiny little downtown area of St. Jacobs
– well, Lizzy R. was a HUGE hit with the ladies ! The shop had quite a few 1/2 price clothing and shoe racks…many of our members bought items in that store…at great prices
– some were so impressed with the store and the shopping in general, that a few ( Thea, Liz ) vowed to continue shopping later in the day…which they did!
– the ladies fashion shopping was great….but we spent so much time at Lizzy R ….we never got a chance to tour the many other shops on The Village!
– none of the men bought a thing ! LOL!
STOP 3 – Sittlers Bakery ( Conestoga )
– about a 10 min drive from St. Jacobs
– a very tiny bake shop located in a small cottage ….in the back yard of the owners home…next to a huge flower garden!
– run by a Mennonite owner & helpers/ bakers ( all dressed in traditional cape dresses, bonnets and aprons )
– hugely popular destination for locals and visitors alike…long lineup out the door when we arrived !!
– bakery had many home made breads, buns, cookies, pies, squares, jam & jellies etc. which many of our members bought, but also sold fresh flowers and vegetables grown at the home
STOP 4: Covered Bridge / Lost Acre General Store ( West Montrose )
– about a 15 minute drive from Sittlers
– last remaining covered bridge ( from 1880’s) in Ontario
– also known as ‘ The Kissing Bridge ‘
– Lost Acre Variety / General Store was located at the entrance to the bridge and also had many home made baked goods our members bought
– there was also a B & B with an adjoining arts & crafts shop our members enjoyed visiting
STOP 5: CrossRoads Buffet ( Elmira )
– restaurant is about a 10 minute drive from the Covered Bridge
– arrived at 1:00 and were given ‘ The Maple Room ‘ exclusively for our WF group
– enjoyed an ‘ all you can eat ‘ buffet of a traditional Mennonite / country fare – huge fresh salad bar, home made soups, extensive hot item buffet counter and an large array of home baked pies and other desserts !!
– after the buffet, many of us perused the gigantic adjoining gift & guilt shop
– left Crossroads around 3:00….some of us drove directly back home….some….raced back to shops in the Village of St. Jacobs…to do more shopping !
Great weather, great venues, great company, great shopping and food…..could not have asked for a better day….simply a perfect day trip!