Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery

The Archibald family planted their orchard in 1968 and opened up to the pubic with pick-your-own apples in 1983. Since then, owners Sandy and Fred have made it their mission to perfect their apple wine recipes, which they certainly have. From the eight wines on their original wine list to more than 20 today, you’re bound to find a bottle (or two) you’ll love. Did we mention they do ciders, too? 6275 Liberty St. N., Bowmanville archibaldswinery.com


Calm Surrender

This holistic wellness centre uses “alternative forms of energy for your physical, mental and emotional needs.” Come here for massage therapy, guided meditations, reiki and reflexology, among other services. Proprietors Nancy and Jody also offer yoga and astrology. 5284 Main St., Orono, calmsurrender.ca


Sift Bakery

We’re complete suckers for a good bakery. Sift is full of the most delectable treats in the area. We’re talking everything from cinnamon buns and toffee and dark chocolate cookies, to lemon ricotta thyme cake and sangria cupcakes. Dessert, anyone? 109 King Ave. W., Newcastle, bakedatsift.ca


Skin Envy Medspa

You had us at “spa.” This cosmetic clinic offers a tranquil environment while you indulge yourself in one of its sought-after services. We’re partial to the Fire and Ice Facial Treatment (known as “the red-carpet facial”), which brightens and tightens skin while you’re being pampered. Sign us up. 1415 King St. E., Courtice skinenvymedspa.ca


A Gift of Art

This gathering place in Newcastle is the perfect spot for those who love collecting art. You’ll find artists displaying and selling their work — it’s the perfect opportunity to support local. And if you’re feeling like getting creative, take a class while you’re in town. There’s acrylic, watercolour and drawing classes and workshops, to name a few. 187 King St. E., Newcastle, agiftof-art.com


Three-Six Kitchen & Lounge

Award-winning chef and owner Michael McKay uses local produce, meat and delicious ingredients when preparing his equally delicious menu. Start with the charcuterie board (featuring a selection of Ontario cheeses, meats, house-made pickles and house-made mustard) and try the buttermilk fried chicken, which comes with cheddar mac and cheese. We’re salivating. 36 King St. E., Bowmanville threesixkitchen.ca


Courtice Flea Market

We don’t even know where to start with the Courtice Flea Market, but if you’re looking for an eclectic mix of collectibles, novelties and gifts, look no further. This place is an institution. Prepare to spend hours searching the 12-acre site and be prepared to find some true treasures — this is the biggest country market east of Toronto with dozens and dozens of vendors. There’s also a farmers’ market that runs from May to October. 1696 Bloor St., Courtice, courticefleamarket.com

Orono Antique Market

Antiques, furniture, vintage finds, toys and more — it’s all at the Orono Antique Market. This place is filled with cool finds. If you’re looking for an idea of what they have on site, check out their Facebook page. They routinely post images of awesome pre-loved merchandise and answer questions from those looking for specific items. 6 Park St., Orono, facebook.com/oronoantiquemarket

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