Drake Hotel Properties is set to open an escape north of the city when its first-ever hotel outpost, Drake Devonshire Inn, opens early 2013 in the picturesque town of Wellington, Prince Edward County. The initiative involves restoring the existing historic building nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario and transforming it into a thoughtfully curated boutique hotel. With Prince Edward County’s amazing beaches, internationally acclaimed vineyards, resident artists and an exciting local culinary community, it marks an appropriate location to reflect the Drake brand of hospitality, culture, community and country traditions.
The Inn will boast six stylishly updated rooms and will feature farm-to-table dining with Drake’s signature twist on classic dishes that Drake Hotel-loving YPs know all too well. Chef Chris Sanderson will use locally sourced ingredients and in-season produce to ensure visitors and local residents alike are well fed at Devonshire’s restaurant, while delicious baked goods will provide a warm welcome to a morning cup of coffee. The Drake Devonshire drink menu will feature classic and innovative cocktails from Drake’s renowned cocktail program and the menu will showcase VQA wines from Prince Edward County. The expansive food and beverage offerings will be available year-round to all, as will the personalized hospitality extended to hotel guests.
In Drake Hotel style, the hotel will feature an unmatched cultural programming mandate featuring local musicians, artists and performers. A welcomed counterpart to Toronto’s beloved Sky Yard patio, Drake Devonshire Inn will showcase a breathtaking colonial-style deck that will hover over Lake Ontario. In the winter months, offerings include an old-school games room, trailblazing visual and performance art, regional festival celebrations and more.
So, sit tight! Soon Toronto YPs can escape the city to this cozy summer camp for grown ups and experience Drake’s style of hospitality in a smaller, more intimate setting in this picturesque part of Canada.