Drake Hotel will open a lakeside inn in Wellington, Prince Edward County
The Creative Economy in Prince Edward County will get another boost early next year. Local wineries, food producers, artists and musicians all stand to benefit when Drake Hotel Properties opens the Drake Devonshire Inn in Wellington, Prince Edward County. The historic building on the shores of Lake Ontario will be restored and transformed into a boutique hotel.
Chef Chris Sanderson will use locally sourced ingredients and in-season produce to tempt both locals and visitors alike in the Devonshire’s restaurant, while delicious baked goods will accompany a morning cup of coffee on the screened, colonial-style deck hovering over Lake Ontario. The menu will also showcase VQA wines from Prince Edward County. Cultural programming will feature local musicians, artists and performers.
Along with the Sanderson’s, Innkeepers Chris and Jessica Loane are Toronto transplants and veteran Drake Hotel employees. They look forward to moving to Prince Edward County with their young families, and will oversee the 30 new team members that Drake will hire locally and welcome into key roles and positions at the Inn.
Local firm Loyalist Contractors is helping to get the property ready, exposing, reclaiming and restoring the historic inn while turning it into a world-class boutique hotel featuring six stylishly updated rooms. Drake hopes to create the feel of a summer camp for grown-ups, alongside a genuine local hangout and next-generation getaway for the metropolitan cottage crowd.
The decision to replicate the Drake brand of hospitality, culture and community in Prince Edward County was made simple by the County’s amazing beaches, internationally acclaimed vineyards, resident artists and an exciting local culinary community and Taste Trail.
Drake Devonshire Inn is located at 24 Wharf St. in Wellington, Prince Edward County. For more information, visit www.devonshire-inn.com.