Ready to explore some wide-open spaces this spring? Hamilton Halton Brant’s got a relaxed, rural side you really need to get to know! Whether you opt for a day trip or an overnight adventure, you’ll return home feeling rurally recharged after any of these trips.
Rural Retreat Idea #1:
The County of Brant’s Craft Breweries and Cideries
Whether sipping on a pint on the patio overlooking the acre-long pond at Flux Brewing Co., taking in the spring orchard views at Howell Road Cider Co., or enjoying a flight on the on-site hops farm at Steelwheel Brewery, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Rural Retreat Idea #2:
A Woodsy Walk Amongst Waterfalls
Melting winter snow and rainy days make spring the perfect time to go off the grid and set out on a waterfall wander. If you’d prefer to have someone else take care of all the details, Grand Experiences’ guided Bruce Trail Waterfall Walks are a great option. Available in both a two-day and five-day option, these packages include the services of an interpretive guide, hotel accommodation, fabulous meals and transportation to and from the trailheads each day.
If you’d rather be your own guide, our Waterfall Walk itineraries are a helpful resource for planning your trip:
Rural Retreat Idea #3:
Hamilton Halton Brant’s fabulous greenhouses and garden centres make for a spectacular escape on a sunny spring day. Great options include:
Terra Garden Centres in Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and Waterdown
Harper’s Garden Centre in Ancaster
Walter’s Greenhouses & Garden Centre in Paris
Jade Gardens in Milton
Van Dongen’s Garden Centre in Milton
Turn your green thumb galivant into an all-day adventure with this Halton Hills Gardening Road Trip itinerary.
Rural Retreat Idea #4:
Hit The Hay on a Farm Stay
Rural vacation rentals are a great way to unwind and get a taste of what country living is all about. Some Hamilton Halton Brant options to check out include:
Five Star Hay Loft in Milton
Heart’s Content Organic Farmstead in the County of Brant
Rural Retreat Idea #5:
Take Your Pick Of The Patch
Ontario’s strawberry season is short, so plan ahead to know just where to head when those tasty red berries are ripe. A trip to a pick-your-own strawberry patch is a perfect way to spend a country day. Excellent Hamilton Halton Brant options include:
Lindley’s Farm and Market in Ancaster
Brantwood Farms in Brantford
Josmar Acres Farm Market in Lynden
Murphy’s Country Produce in Binbrook
Stonehaven Farms in Campbellville
Andrews Farm Market in Milton
Rural Retreat Idea #6:
Set Out on a Barn Quilt Quest
Barn Quilts are large pieces of wood painted to look like a quilt block. Some Barn Quilts replicate famous traditional quilt patterns. Other Barn Quilts tell a story about the community, the region’s history, or the property where they hang. Brant County is home to over 30 different Barn Quilts located on private and public properties throughout the county. Exploring country roads while searching them out is a pleasant way to spend an art-filled afternoon. Get tips for packing a perfect picnic to bring along in our Beyond The Basket article.