The Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington, Ontario has given me the opportunity to spend a week as artist in residence. I jumped at the chance and have been quite taken with the vistas, rambles and fireside luxury in what is generally thought of as a summer holiday town.
Wellington is situated at the southern edge of Prince Edward County with a view to Lake Ontario and the dunes of Sandbanks. It boasts Ontario's oldest home (pictured below), a museum housed in a Quaker Meeting house an artist studio tour and extensive winery tours adjacent (not to mention the beach). Although the town swells to three times its winter size during the summer months, the main street is still bustling in mid February and the lake really couldn't look more magnificent.
I've enjoyed walking around the town and seeing summer properties blanketed by a layer of snow and vast beaches looking quite arctic and unimaginable as hot summer sand. It's been a long time since I've dropped knee deep into a drift and the white peaks are cold enough to make a satisfying crunch.
The Drake Devonshire opens officially this April; look for an upcoming post to see what it's like inside.