authenticity! Laze a day away with some offbeat, non-big box
shopping experiences and locations, where you’re likely to
meet the owners and curators themselves – craftspeople passionately
working within the diverse themes of Shakespeare to the Shoreline:
antiques, art galleries and studios, farm markets, gardening, history
and heritage buildings, theatre and music, farm to table dining
from white linen-style to casual picnics and welcoming accommodation
at the shore or along a country road.
Decelerate to a stroll and enjoy the pace of the villages from east
to west in Perth and Huron, from the Hamlet of Shakespeare to the
coastline communities. All the routes use Highway #8 as a central
corridor, to take you from just outside of Stratford to historic
Goderich, bustling Bayfield, stony St. Marys, affable Mitchell and
all the communities linked by the Side Tours you’ll find online
Left Image courtesy
of Perth County Visitors Association & photographer Susan
Farrish | Right Image courtesy of Huron County Tourism | Right Image courtest of Huron County Tourism
The theatre experience that only Stratford can offer is enhanced
when travelers make plans to stay another day and get out of town,
following the themes and routes offered along historic Highway #8.
This old surveyed road encourages theatre visitors to go west, and
take time to relish the very best of the bountiful harvests to be
found in the stops, shops, vistas and villages of the area.
The great Stratford theatre productions for 2008 continue for weeks
to come and with great fall drives added to this cultural experience
-- travelers are sure to find every reason to spend more time in
this special setting.
curious! Browse unusual shops or linger at a sunny sidewalk
table at one of the restaurants in towns – Stratford, Goderich
and Bayfield have a roster of great spots for some serious people-watching.
Great noshing and finer fare – all the creature comforts
– it’s what the B&Bs in this region of SW Ontario
are all about. The routes of Shakespeare to the Shoreline
give you options to visit many of the best locations where both
countryside and community-based hosts will welcome you and provide
their own recommendations on where to stop, shop and dine and
tour, taste and linger in a relaxed and rural setting, not far
from the city.
Huron County's bed and breakfast hosts offer lakeside and in-town
locations: visit www.ontarioswestcoast.ca
to find a comprehensive choice of lovely homes to sample.
Stratford Festival's fall season is available at: www.stratfordfestival.com.
If you start your visit in Stratford, the area B & Bs can
be found at www.bbcanada.com/associations/stratford
and the Stratford Association of Bed and Breakfast accommodation
page can also provide additional information.
western Ontario offers many B & B accommodation choices if
you wish to travel further a field. Visit: www.bbcanada.com/associations/southwesternontario.
For brochures contact Tourism Goderich at 1-800-280-7637.
For more information visit: www.shakespearetotheshoreline.ca
and for Perth and Huron County information visit: www.visitperth.ca
Enjoy the fall season and Happy Trails!