Wednesday April 19, 2023

Top 10 Reasons to Check Out The Windsor Essex Staycation Expo

Original blog by Tourism Windsor Essex

The summer season is right around the corner and now is the time to start planning your fantastic Windsor Essex Staycation. Start your planning off strong with plans to be at Devonshire Mall Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th to learn and experience great things to do in your own backyard this summer (and beyond!).

The Staycation Expo will run 10am through 8pm on Friday April and Saturday April 29th from 10am through 6pm.

our Top 10 Reasons To Check Out The Windsor Essex Staycation Expo:

1. You Could Win $500!

Does it get any better than cold hard cash? When you arrive, be sure to pick up your Explore & Win Passport. Visit the stops along the way and get a stamp at each zone as you explore. When your passport it filled, drop it into the Tourism Windsor Essex ballot drum as you leave and you’ll be entered to win a $500 Devonshire Mall gift card!

 

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2. Pick Up The Just Released 2023/2024 Tourism Windsor Essex Official Visitor Guide

The Staycation Expo will be your first chance to get your hands on the latest edition of our popular guide. You’ll find trip ideas, top restaurants and attractions and great places to shop and stay, plus some exciting upcoming events!

 

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3. EPIC Wineries Wine Tasting

Visit our EPIC Wineries Wine Tasting in partnerships with VQA Wines of Ontario each day starting at 12pm. Taste some of your favourite local wines from:

  • Colio Estate Winery
  • Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards
  • Dancing Swallows Vineyard
  • Muscedere Vineyards
  • Oxley Estate Winery
  • Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery
  • Viewpointe Estate Winery
  • Vivace Estate Winery

There will also be onsite bottle sales available from select wineries!

 

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4. Barrels Bottles & Brews Tasting

Our Barrels Bottles & Brews partners will be serving up tastings of your favourite local spirits and craft brews each day starting at 11am. Check out what the following partners are serving up:

  • Banded Goose Brewing Co.
  • Beerded Dog Brewing Co.
  • BREW
  • Chapter Two Brewing Co.
  • Cured Craft Brewing Co.
  • FRANK Brewing Co.
  • G.L. Heritage Brewing Co.
  • Kingsville Brewery
  • J.P. Wiser’s
  • Lot 10 Brewing Co.
  • Sandwich Brewing Company
  • Walkerville Brewery
  • Wolfhead Distillery

You’ll want to purchase our Flight Log to explore & pour the 11 craft breweries and 2 distilleries in Windsor Essex that make up the Barrels Bottles & Brews trail all summer long!

 

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5. Shop Our W.E. Made It Pop-Up Market

Shop our W.E. Made It Pop-Up Market in partnership with Urban Art Market to purchase locally made goods from local artisans:

  • beaderbeaderbasketweaver
  • Birk Boutique
  • Created With Us
  • Empowered Moon Designs
  • Gentle Wolf Collection
  • Handmade With Love Windsor
  • Iris & Marnie
  • Jennie B Designs
  • Madd Resin
  • Pawsitively A Dog Thing
  • Urban Art Market
  • Vibrant Grainz Inc.
  • Vincent & Jules
  • Walkerville Candles

 

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6. W.E. Heart Local

Celebrate the taste of the season and sign up for the newly launched 2023 W.E. Heart Local digital pass with partners:

  • Colour Pop Florals
  • Hawksview Honey
  • Ruscom North Shore Maple Farms
  • Ortaliza Farms
  • The Fruit Wagon
  • Essex County Federation of Agriculture

You can also pick up tasty treats from Green Heart Kitchen, Pelee Island Winery and What’s Poppin’ Popcorn

 

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7. Take Flight With the Canadian Aviation Museum

Grab a seat and imagine your flying skills with the Canadian Aviation Museum in a real cockpit that will be on display. Plus enter to win a gift pack valued at over $100!

 

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8. Practice Your Putting

Take a swing with Ure’s Country Kitchen & Mini Golf as well as Golf Indigo who will have have displays set up for you to try luck for a hole-in-one!

 

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9. Take It To The Water

We’re fortunate to be surrounded by water in Windsor Essex, add some boating to your summer plans with RAW Watersports. You can check out their newest boat and jet ski, perfect for that summer staycation!

 

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10. Festival Season Fun

Plan your summer with stops at great festivals and events happening all summer long, check out a car from the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Imagine Van Gogh Windsor and Woofa-Roo Pet Fest displays!

 

Click here for more information and a full list of exhibitors at the 2023 Staycation Expo and for staycation inspiration head to our Blogs to see the unique ways visitors have experienced YQG!

 

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