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.
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.
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.
Want to book a night of fun at The June?