Hotel Style | The June Motel

Jun
20th

The June Motel

Wine. Food. Fun. Repeat.

There’s no denying that Prince Edward County is having a moment, with new inns and restaurants and festivals popping up every month. It seems like everyone is talking about weekend getaways to ‘The County’ this summer, Ontario’s wine country that’s just a short few hours east of Toronto. But there’s also no denying that the hottest new property on everyone’s must-stay list is The June Motel, a unique strip motel that’s unlike anywhere else in Ontario (or even Canada, for that matter).

Clad in a sea of pink, palms, and rose gold accents, The June is an Instagrammer’s dream. I checked in for a mini-bachelorette weekend at the start of the month with my mum, sister and good friend Diala, not knowing what to expect besides the little details I saw on the ‘Gram (obv). We rolled up to what looked like an old-school motel, with a long two-storey body and reception at the end. Save for the pink doors and retro plastic lawn flamingoes, you’d have no idea of the vibrant fun waiting inside.

Rocking up to our room, we squealed over every detail, from the rose-patterned wallpaper to the neon sign saying ‘Namaste & Rose’, and the do-not-disturb door hanger printed with the phrase ‘Not ready to adult yet’ for those mornings when you need a sleep-in. There was even a sparkly ‘Feyonce’ banner and facial kit from Sunday’s Company welcoming us into the suite. I gotta say, as a monochrome girl at heart, I’d never been so excited to be surrounded by so much playful pink.

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The June Motel

The June Motel

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But you’ll be happy to know that The June isn’t just lipstick slapped on a pig – behind the great design is the incredible #ladyboss duo of April Brown and Sarah Sklash. The two friends were working in PR and government jobs respectively, and were craving a change in their careers. They then happened to stumble upon an old motel up for sale in The County, and on a whim (and a lot of guts) decided to buy and renovate it. The ladies left Toronto and headed east, spending a year renovating the property into what it is now – a bohemian Palm Springs-esque playground for adults with wine… lots and lots of wine.

And the reception area? More than just a place to check-in. April and Sarah have turned it into a community space for nightly gatherings where locals mingle with guests in a fun, music-filled environment, and a big open garage door that leads out to a firepit where you can roast marshmallows and enjoy a night cap. When I was there, they also had a Greenhouse Juice pop-up breakfast and yoga on the lawn (well, until it rained… but that’s why there’s mimosas!). Although there’s plenty to do in PEC in the summer, these savvy moteliers aim to make SURE there’s always something going on at The June.

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Now peep the essentials:

Location: You’ll find The June on Loyalist Parkway in Picton just a few minutes drive from the bustling Main St, where you’ll find plenty of food and drink options as well as some shopping.

Best time to book: I wasn’t kidding when I said The June is the hottest new property in PEC. Weekends are almost booked for the summer, so if you can’t get a Saturday stay, try a weekday getaway when there will still be plenty going on in The County.

Food recos: Travel about 20 minutes to Wellington to The Courage Bar for one of the best damn meals of your life (I HIGHLY recommend the oxtail arancini followed by the steak frites). Word on the street is that they also do a mean brunch.

Heading off the main roads, you’ll find two new breweries that are worth a drink and a bite. Parsons Brewing has an amazing outdoor patio and serves up awesome Mexican fare, whereas the surf-inspired Prince Eddy’s has live music and chill outdoor vibes.

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The June Motel

The June Motel

The June Motel

The June Motel

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Want to book a night of fun at The June?

Check out their rooms + rates on the website,
including their exclusive Bachelorette/Girls Weekend package!

*My stay in PEC was courtesy of The June Motel, but all opinions, smiles and photos are my own.

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  • This motel is seriously the coolest and these renegade gals seem super cool! The Namaste & Rose sign is too good – totally speaks to me haha. This is a place I need to check out!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Megan

    @meganmarsiglio
    http://www.theommlife.com

    • Lauren | This Renegade Love says:

      Haha I know, I need that sign in my life. Same with the ‘Peace, Love & Wine’

  • Jessica Lam says:

    An acquaintance of mine stayed there when it first opened and I thought it was adorable, but once I saw your posts about it I fell head over heels in love! I definitely want to stay there sometime, but for now I’m just going to daydream about it through their Instagram posts hahaha!

    • Lauren | This Renegade Love says:

      You have to plan a night there!! It’s such an easy trip from the city and April and Sarah are so much fun.

  • Sounds like a fun time in the PEC. I can’t believe how it has grown in popularity. The June looks punchy and inviting. How are the beds? Bathrooms?

    • Lauren | This Renegade Love says:

      It’s CRAZY how much it’s growing. I think it’s “the Drake effect” (the brand, not the rapper haha). Honestly, the June was fantastic. Everything had been renovated and so is new and fresh. White and black bathroom, spotless, and local Sunday’s Company toiletries. Beds were super comfy – we ha d a suite so there was the big main room with a queen bed, then bunkbeds in another room that had great, thick mattresses on them. Super fun 🙂

      • Alison says:

        As someone living in the county, while the drake has without a doubt helped bring a tourism explosion to the county, they are not the only reason. Sandbanks Summer Village has been said to bring over 500,000 people to the county last summer alone by their exploding cottage community, and their weekly full page ads in Toronto papers. Many people are also choosing to live here based on the incredible arts scene, traditional farming, and the community vibes. While yes, the drake has done a lot, the county was already cool long before them.

        • Lauren | This Renegade Love says:

          Hi Alison! 100%. I meant more that the tons of new businesses and accommodations popping up (especially from people outside the County) are due in part to the Drake’s success in the area.