We turned control of our Saturday this weekend over to our friends Sara and Jamie. Given that we are committed West enders, and they are East enders, Sara put together a “Explore the East Adventure” for us; taking us through their Cabbagetown neighbourhood, to the Distillery and then ending at The Beaches. They also included two other list items (Allan Gardens and Riverdale Park – more photos to come!), which we loved. So much thought was put into the details of the day, it was amazing. We loved all of it, and couldn’t possibly pick a favourite part of the day, but we did love The Scullery, putting a lock on the Love Sculpture in the Distillery (we have a lock on a bridge in Paris for us, so it was lovely to do a lock for the wee babe), and Moo Milk Bar! It was such a fun day, and we so appreciate them taking the time to put together this wicked itinerary for us!
Explore the East – An itinerary for Sam and Adam
10:30AM: Brunch with Sara and Jamie at The Scullery (YUM!) http://thescullery.ca/menu/brunch/
11:30AM: Walk to Sara and Jamie’s place to meet and pick-up Charlie
11:45-12:45: Walk Charlie around the Cabbagetown. Stops include:
o Dollarama to buy a lock
o Labour of Love
o PetValu to get Charlie a treat
o Riverdale Park/Park Snacks
12:45PM: Say bye to Sara and Jamie and drive (or walk) over to Allen Gardens
1:00PM-1:30PM: Explore the greenhouse (take a photo in your favourite room)
1:30PM: Drive to the Distillery District (south on Parliament until Mill Street)
o Paid street parking on Mill, or there is a Green P on the west side of Parliament at Mill. There is also parking in the south lot of Distillery, but it’s a more expensive option.
1:45PM – 2:45PM: Explore the Distillery District and shops.
o Go to Brick Street Bakery (get a snack or sandwich and sit outside)
o Visit the Love Sculpture (and put a lock on it dedicated to the bebe)
o Find Distillery Lane (go south until the parking lot), walk west down the Lane (toward Parliament) until you see #36. You should be able to go inside. Look up! You’re in the building where Sara works – also a tourist stop with lots of interesting information about the original use of the building.
2:45PM: Drive to ‘The Beach’ (eg. the Beaches)
3:00PM – EOD: Park your car by Queen and Woodbine – go for a stroll to the east into the neighbourhood.
o Poke around in some cute shops or just take in the atmosphere
o Visit Moo Milk Bar for some milk and cookies (1918A Queen Street E)
o Bring your snacks over to Kew Gardens (just east of Queen/Waverley), walk south through the park to the beach. Find a bench and enjoy the summery weather! Take a selfie on the sand.
o If you’re peckish/want an early dinner – stop in at Lion on the Beach (back toward where you parked – 1958 Queen Street East) for some delish, low-key pub grub (with lots of veggie options)