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1. Woodlawn Inn

You’re sure to run into a member of the Della Casa clan – the family has been running the stately manor since its 1988 restoration – while roaming the elegant halls of the Woodlawn Inn, located a few minutes’ walk north of the downtown core. Maybe mother Gerda is bringing flowers in from the courtyard, or son Stephen might be in the dining room, discussing wines (he’s an accredited sommelier and has a 5,000-bottle cellar). Built in 1835, Woodlawn was originally home to town leader Ebenezer Perry and many original architectural details are still intact, like the grand Regency-style entryway, framed in intricately carved oak.

420 Division St., 905-372-2235,

2. Northumberland Culinary Bike Tour

Tracey Lafleche-Gainforth’s tours of the best eateries in Cobourg include a stop at The Mill for a modern twist on classic Peruvian dishes, like the Papa a la Huancaína egg and potato recipe with locally sourced chorizo and fiddleheads grown on the premises. She recently enlisted Sue Throop to start a cycling excursion to visit more far-flung locations like Gord Burdick’s new barbecue smokehouse, Sizzle.


3. Treetop Trekking

The vibe at this aerial course is infectiously upbeat. Make your way through the zip lines, rope swings, cord walks and other obstacles amid the trees, while your guide – not to mention your fellow trekkers – cheers you on. The canopy also offers the ideal vantage point for taking in the surrounding Ganaraska Forest; at 45 square kilometres, it’s one of the largest continuous blocks of forested land in Southern Ontario.

10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd., Campbellcroft, 905-797-2000,

Om Sup yoga

Photo: Melanie Woolsey

4. Om Sup

Find balance (in more ways than one) atop Lake Ontario’s lapping waves, thanks to yoga instructor Melanie Woolsey and her enthusiastic team. First, you’ll work on your stability and core strength by stand-up paddleboarding away from the Cobourg shoreline. Then, go beyond walking on water with a meditative yoga session of sun salutations, cat-cow poses and even head stands. (Thankfully, it’s easier than it sounds.)


5. Waterfront Trail

Cobourg’s former industrial harbour is now laid-back and untouched, with grasses and sandy expanses, perfect for watching the sailboats enter the marina or strolling the boardwalk that runs from Hibernia to Ontario streets. Grab a Pumpkin Pie ice cream from Harbourlight Delights or fill your picnic basket at Harden & Huyse – the chocolate shop-turned-bistro has everything from chickpea and kale salads to marzipan.



3 Ways to wet your whistle

At Marca on the Wharf, manager Lee Covert relishes in sourcing rare varietals and limited productions like McManis’ North Forty red.

201-165 Division St., 905-377-9100,


It may be pint-sized but the 1,200-square-foot William Street Beer Co. makes outstanding craft brews (with labels by Port Hope designer Luke Despatie that would look at home in a Wes Anderson film). Try the seasonal Orange Cream Cycle, infused with orange zest and vanilla beans.

412 William St., 905-377-9090,


In addition to organic olive oils, balsamic vinegars and more than 600 vanilla beans, Steepleaf offers over 30 organic teas. Try our favourite, Morning Peach.

206 Third St.,



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