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Sunset in downtown Port Hope highlighting the old buildings and shops

Highlights of Downtown Port Hope

Posted on Friday, October 02, 2020 10:43 AM

Recently, I travelled to Port Hope, Ontario, about an hour east of Toronto, to participate in a community-based initiative for VIA Rail’s 40th anniversary. While there, I had a job to do, and I hadn’t planned on falling in love with the setting. But every once in a while, life gives us the gift of serendipity: the small town of Port Hope was a lovely surprise, and I was instantly charmed.

Lucky for me, I was granted a return visit to Port Hope – and you best believe I took full advantage...

A photo of the historic buildings on a street in downtown Port Hope

Weekend Getaway!

Posted on Friday, October 02, 2020 10:42 AM

Adam and I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful town of Port Hope. It was both of our first times in Port Hope, and we were super excited to explore and see what this charming little town had to offer. If you’re into exploring cute small towns, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit.

Here’s how to spend the ultimate weekend in Port Hope!

Toronto to Port Hope

We’d just gotten back from Ireland and Adam was exhausted from doing so much driving, so I took the wheel for this...

Photo of the storefront of Trattoria Gusto by Stenoodie

Trattoria Gusto

Posted on Friday, October 02, 2020 10:38 AM

Trattoria Gusto is an Italian restaurant situated in a 19th century hotel in Port Hope.

Our dinner reservations were made at 6:45 p.m. but since we were already in the area and ready to eat, we arrived at 6 p.m.  We entered from the main entrance of the restaurant and discovered that their reception desk is actually past the bar (the restaurant is connected right to the Waddell Hotel and thus has another entrance).  The hostess was able to bring us to our table inside the dining...

Two chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing and raspberry jelly on top on a glass tray

The Sweet Side of Port Hope - Queenies!

Posted on Friday, October 02, 2020 10:37 AM

Writing a series of features about the many sweet spots in one quaint little lakeside town, the question is, where to start? In Port Hope the Ganaraska River runs through the heart of this sweet little community – and is as good a place to begin as any.

First up, Queenies Bake Shop.

Located adjacent to the river at the bottom of Walton Street on the North Side, baker/owner Adam Pearson is well-known for his delicious pastry, squares, tarts, bars and a lot more. You can even purchase a custom cake...

The storefront of Local No90. Photo by Stenoodie

Local No90 Bar + Kitchen

Posted on Friday, October 02, 2020 10:35 AM

August 18, 2018:  Local No90 Bar + Kitchen is a relatively new restaurant in downtown Port Hope, Ontario.  This restaurant is a bar and grill that serves artisan savory pies and local shareable dishes as well as a host of rotating feature items.  They also have wine on tap, local craft beers, and cocktails.

Local No90 is a restaurant right at Mill Street and Ontario Street.  It’s hard to miss this restaurant when you drive into downtown Port Hope from Highway 401 (it’s...