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The Owner's Suite at the new Drake Devonshire in Wellington, Ontario paired with Tsumori Chisato Jacquard Batwing Dress.

The Owner’s Suite at the new Drake Devonshire in Wellington, Ontario paired with Tsumori Chisato Jacquard Batwing Dress.


 

 

 

 

 

 

A Toronto stopover led to a love affair with the Drake, a hotel rich with personality in the artsy Queen West district. From afar, I continue to adore all things Drake, from its stellar concert roster and urban art focus to its do-no-wrong General Store.

And now this: the Drake Devonshire in Prince Edward County, hotelier Jeff Stober’s transformation of a 1800s foundry into a rustic-chic outpost on Lake Ontario, a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto. A hip hodgepodge of old and new, the 2-year project required restoring the original inn – a ramshackle heap upon purchase – and then weaving in modern additions like the new dining room, cantilevered over a creek and devoted to lake-to-table fare. Quintessential of the quirky vibe is the owner’s suite, a spacious studio tucked in an A-frame, colored by an eclectic mix of antique and vintage pieces, and a meticulous collection of original art.

Only six days into its extended preview, the Drake Devonshire officially opens next April, but I want to get in on the good times early with a harvest itinerary of wine tasting, fly fishing, leaf peeping and beachcombing. And lazing: I picture a perfect Sunday spent in the owner’s suite, starting with a cozy morning by the fireplace, followed by afternoon sunbathing on the private patio overlooking the lake, blanketed in this poncho dress, engrossed in shelter pubs. Yes please.

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