Ideally located in the heart of Prince Edward County, Bloomfield’s central location makes it a convenient base from which to explore the County. Settled in the late 1700’s, the architecture here is a throw-back to a different time: red brick homes with distinctive cornice treatments, trim and verandas line the main street and there are still working farms tucked in behind. While some of the Loyalist homes have been converted into quaint B&B’s, the village’s 250 homes house almost 600 residents.
What to do in Bloomfield? Savour, sip and shop of course.
Bloomfield is a favourite with local gourmets, with farm-to-table restaurants, cafes and even a speakeasy. Of note: The Agrarian, the Hubb at Angeline’s (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ate there in 2016) and the Kin Cafe.
And of course, there’s Slicker’s artisanal ice cream, handmade daily in small batches. It’s worth standing in line for. Try their apple pie ice cream with chunks of real homemade apple pie.
Not to be left out of the County’s thriving wine scene, Bloomfield is home to two notable wineries. Huff Estates Winery is more than just a winery, with an inn, restaurant and an on-site art gallery Oeno too. Take in their 35+ acres of sprawling vineyards from the patio, while sampling their lovely wines (we love the Cuvee Peter F Huff and their reisling). TerraCello Winery is best-known for their delicious wood-fired pizza, served on the Italian-inspired patio overlooking the vineyards (and accompanied by a respectable blush).
Bloomfield is also home to Ontario’s second craft distillery, Kinsip House of Fine Spirits (formally 66 Gilead). Makers of small batch gin, vodka, and some aged spirits and whiskies, they also produce a line of bitters.
Make sure to pack a picnic lunch and dine al fresco at the Bloomfield Mill Pond.
Art and antique lovers flock to Bloomfield to browse the art, pottery, crafts, glass and wood treasures or take in one of the vintage shops (we love Dead People’s Stuff). Weaved in between the galleries and studios, you’ll find clothing boutiques and unique home stores.
The Mustang, the County’s drive-in theatre, promises old-school fun while screening first-run movies. In the summer months, shows are seven days a week.
Looking for live music in Bloomfield? The Agrarian Speakeasy has live music on the weekends (and makes killer cocktails). During the summer months, the Quarter Moon Coffee House (located in the Baxter Arts Centre) welcomes professional and amateur musicians to share an open stage.
Bloomfield’s Festival of Lights (at the end of November) is a festive way to usher in the holidays (and the only night-time Santa Claus parade in the area).
Real Estate in Bloomfield
Love heritage homes? Then make your way to Bloomfield. Undoubtedly one of Prince Edward County’s hot real estate markets, the homes in Bloomfield are BEAUTIFUL. The heritage homes on Main street are complimented by farmhouses and artsy homes just out of the downtown area.
Demand outpaces supply here, so expect high prices and homes that sell quickly. Prices start in the $200’s for a small wartime house and can easily exceed $600,000.
Must See and Do in Bloomfield
- Sample wine at Huff Estates
- Take in the many artist studios and antique shops along Main Street
- Grab lunch on the patio at the Hubb
- Sip on a cocktail at the Agrarian Speakeasy
- Get your caffeine fix at the Kin Cafe
- Indulge in a pizza overlooking the vineyards at Terracello
- Pack a picnic and head to the Bloomfield Mill Pond
- Delight in an ice cream cone at Slickers
- Catch a movie at the Mustang Drive-in