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Just six kilometres from the shores of majestic Lake Huron, and less than an hour’s drive from London, you’ll find the Village of Zurich, home to the famous Zurich Bean Festival which happens most years on the fourth Saturday in August (2020 brings a special ‘virtual’ BeanFest – visit us on Facebook for more details)!

This lovely town on Ontario’s West Coast was founded in 1856, and is known for its Swiss heritage, which is reflected in the attractive local architecture.  A perfect example of this is the Hessenland Inn, found on the outskirts of town and offering delicious meals, elegant rooms, and access to the lake, as well as their own special vintages, served at BYO Blanket picnics on the lawn or in the vineyard!

While in town, a “must do” is to visit Jerry Rader Homestyle Market. You’ll enjoy the freshly made homestyle food and baked goods, not to mention their amazing boutique where you can find that perfect gift!  Roam along Main Street to find hidden treasures at Blessings Community Store or Artizan Alley.  Then enjoy an icy cold coffee at Down to the Bean, and maybe even a strike or two at the local bowling lanes!

Make sure to check out the Hess Clock, one of only three “Canadiana Tower Clocks” in Canada still operating as it was designed to run (there’s a heritage tour of Zurich here).

End your perfect day with a craft beer at Bad Apple Brewing Company, and enjoy the sunset from the shade of the apple orchard!

Two more items to add to your itinerary while planning your excursion: the Spirits of Bluewater Tours, and the Bluewater Heritage Tours, both of which take you to places you’ll want to visit again!