Whether looking for adventure, connection or relaxation, you don’t have to go far. Oxford County is filled with excellent adventures that will fuel your adventurous side or chill you out. Discover this hidden Ontario gem, 90 minutes west of Toronto, for transformative experiences. Make up for lost time with the perfect travel gift to enjoy with someone special!
GOAT CUDDLING AND ALPACA WALKS
Where: Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life, Bright, Ontario
Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life has a whole suite of experiences from Goat Cuddles and Goat Yoga to their signature Taste of Farm Life experience including winter walking with soft alpaca across a stunning pasture. Check them all out here. When you’re done, visit the farm store stocked with gourmet and farm fresh Ontario goods including goat cheese, warm alpaca socks, artful food crayons and Udderly Ridiculous award-winning goat milk ice cream from dark chocolate and red wine to lemon and lavender.
FLY IN A WWII HARVARD AIRCRAFT
Where: The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, Tillsonburg, Ontario
Take to the skies in a vintage WWII Training Aircraft at the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association. You’ll learn the history of these magnificent machines before hopping in the back and enjoying a flight experience with the pilot.
Where: Early Bird Coffee, Woodstock, Ontario
Join roaster and co-owner of Early Bird Coffee, Elio Caporicci, in his one-of-a-kind roasting lab experience. Enjoy fresh-baked treats from a local bakery as you cozy up at the front counter for a tasting flight of Early Bird Coffee’s different roasts. Learn the roasting process, and about the climatic and regional effects on each bean variety and how that effects the coffee. Finally, as a group, you’ll select your favourite roast and Elio will craft in front of you, walking you through the different steps, to bag it up to take it home!
THE OXFORD COUNTY CHEESE TRAIL
Where: 24 stops across Oxford County, Ontario
The Oxford County Cheese Trail is a self-guided tour of 24 stops in the Dairy Capital of Canada for experiences. Visit award winning cheesemakers, sample cheese menu items at local restaurants, tour local museums to learn about Oxford’s dairy heritage and discover local artisans.
ELM HURST INN & SPA PACKAGES
Where: The Elm Hurst Inn, Ingersoll, Ontario
Treat yourself to the relaxing vibes and charm of a historic inn. The Savour and Refresh package includes a gourmet three-course meal, gift card for the on-site spa, and breakfast. The Oxford County Cheese Trail package includes a gourmet cheeseboard chock full of local cheese with accompanying sparkling wine and chocolates.
TREE TO TABLE
Where: Ottercreek Woodworks, Tillsonburg, Ontario
Carve your own charcuterie board at the award-winning Tree to Table Experience from Ottercreek Woodworks. Woodworker David Schonberger leads you on a walk to explore the Carolinian forest life, and guides you through the process of making a charcuterie board in his workshop with your own two hands and a few of his grandfather’s tools. Afterwards enjoy a traditional charcuterie feast with a selection of ingredients from Southwestern Ontario’s rich terroir. Finally, end your experience by bringing home a beautiful board that you crafted yourself.
SOAP AND SOLACE
Where: Wild Comfort Body Care, Woodstock, Ontario
Danielle Paluska loves to share the aromatic magic of soap making with guests in the Soap and Solace Experience. Learn about the science behind soapmaking as you craft your own hand-made custom batch with scents and colours from natural ingredients to box up and take home.
Where: SixThirtyNine, Woodstock, Ontario
Dine in the heart of the kitchen at Oxford County’s premier Feast ON-certified restaurant, SixThirtyNine. This farm-to-table spot has a menu that changes with the seasons. Reserve their Chef’s Table for a lovely dining experience where you’ll not only have a view of the kitchen but you’ll get to interact with the chef and his team, watch as your plate comes together and enjoy a few special tastes along the way. Book your seat online now as spaces fill up far in advance.
Adam Waxman is an award winning travel journalist focusing on food, wine and well being. As well as an actor in film, television and formerly, the Stratford Festival, he is the Publisher of DINE and Destinations magazine.