There’s something to be said about small towns/villages in Ontario. Yesterday the bf and I took a day-trip to St. Jacobs Ontario.
To be honest, I didn’t quite know what to expect but the moment we parked the car and looked around, I knew that I was going to love it. The town kind of reminds me of Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls reference) and maybe that’s my reason for loving it. My favourite places in St.Jacobs would have to be The Spring Street Antique Market, The Shadetree shop, and the bakery.
I haven’t walked into many antique shops in my life and it felt kind of eerie being in one. I was fascinated by the three-floors of antiques, from pens to radios to dolls to jewellery but I didn’t want to buy anything. I looked at all of the things and felt like they still belonged to someone else. I wondered what the story was behind that suitcase, behind that kid’s bike. I wondered what that man or woman used to write about with that pen or with that typewriter. I feel like when you own something, a book, a pen, a desk – especially for a long time, it becomes a part of you, a part of your story and I don’t know how I feel about taking it away from someone. I sound nuts don’t I? Hmm on to the next one…
The Shadetree is an awesome store/ lunch patio. The house itself is 147 years old and only had 3 owners in its lifetime! It’s only been an actual store for 20 years! It seems as if the original structure of the house is the same, it was just painted and stuffed with wonderful little trinkets, cottage decorations, and home decor. The bf bought me the KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON poster that I’ve been wanting for the past little while (Thanks Alex!).
Next came the bakery where we shared an apple fritter and coffee! The bakery is
huge GINORMOUS and everything is so fresh. I could probably sit in there all day and bask in the glorious sweet scents. There are a lot more stores to see but I don’t want to ruin anything for you if you plan on trekking it out there (btw it’s only about an hour drive from Brampton).
“a word or two… ” is a little stationery store – had to go in based on its name.
We ate lunch here! It was amazing! The burger tasted as if it had never been frozen – like they got the meat that morning! It was corn-fed Canadian beef and it was so light and delicious! Cue drool and apologies to all my vegetarian/vegan friends.
Overall it was a fantastic day and St.Jacobs really impressed me. It was busier than I expected but it was still quiet, peaceful, and serene. You could literally sit outside for hours and let your brain wander, take in the crisp smell of nature, and still be surrounded by so many stores and people. I love big cities (New York I MISS YOU) but I don’t think anyone should rule out rural towns.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, relaxing, and fun day-trip, I totally recommend checking out St. Jacobs and if you know of any other towns/villages in rural Ontario worth visiting comment on this post
A poster from Shadetree.
Didn’t purchase it but had to INSTAGRAM it.
It’s so important to love your life and to do things that bring you joy and laughter.
LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE.