A Country Christmas Gathering

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Shop & Tour

– 2021 –

 with lots of stops in Hastings County

We’ve all heard the warnings about supply chain issues and the need to shop early this year. And of course we know how important it is to shop local, especially now.

A Raggedy Ann doll holds the brochures for A Country Christmas Gathering

 The “Country Christmas Gathering Tour” takes place over two weekends in early November, and it’s the perfect opportunity to beat the weather, support local businesses and artisans, and find original, locally made gifts that will bring joy to those you love.

            Local businesses have been SO busy preparing for the tour and their stores are filled with gifts that are more than impressive. So, plan your route by checking out the sites below, or just make it an impromptu adventure.

There are several stops located outside Hastings County which can be viewed on the tour’s Facebook page. Note that this tour coincides date wise with the Heart of Hastings Christmas Tour, a similar driving event that offers more than thirteen stops in Marmora, Madoc, and Tweed (there’s a list of its stops below).

The Marmora Christmas Market will also be open on these dates. All locations will require a face mask and will have COVID safety precautions in place. It’s also a good idea to bring along some cash. Note, too, that several stops are only open for the tour.


The interior of Simply Eclectic, a barn strung with fairy lights and full of antique goods.

            New to the tour, Artisans on 37, located just north of Trillium Golf on Highway 37, a home-based retail, consignment shop that is packed with everything from custom dog collars and fused glass creations to honey and art in a variety of mediums. They even promise a ‘surprise’ Christmas item only available during the tour.

Madoc’s little gem,  Fish & Co. , is the perfect place to find fishing accessories for the fishing enthusiast or cottager on your list. The store isn’t just about fishing tackle and bait -there’s lots of fish-themed décor, clothing, and hand-made items.

In Marysville, Simply Eclectic is an amazing barn space filled with one of a kind Christmas wreaths and arrangements made by Vintage & Bloom (Rachel de Wal), as well as handmade pillows, stained glass, antique furniture and giftware. Prepare to be awed!

There are FIVE stops in and around Stirling.

            At Cranberry Hollow, located at 65 Townsend Road, Stirling, prepare to be transported back in time. The 1863 carriage house is packed with new and vintage gift items, as well as handmade furniture and Christmas wood crafts. This stop also includes two different food vendors: Cupcakes by Jen is a home-based bakery that will have a selection of seasonal and classic favourites, and Pies and Pages will offer everything from mini pies, tarts, and cookies to handmade nuts and bolts.

Decorative items on display at Cranberry Hollow
Cute scarves and other items at Cranberry Hollow
Cozy blankets on display at The Studio in Stirling

The Studio in downtown Stirling has re-purposed furniture, Christmas themed and other home décor and gorgeous water colours by Jean McDonnell. It’s sure to be all decked out.

A red heart-shaped pendant made of resin containing metal cogs

Aura Studio is another not to be missed stop in downtown Stirling. Local artist, Barb Turner, makes and sells hundreds of artful items ranging from watercolours, oil and acrylic paintings to jewellery and resin art. There are lots of stocking stuffers and tree ornaments, too.

Joan Belanger, an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay, located outside Stirling, will offer cosmetics and skin care items in ‘interesting Christmas packages’ – great gifts and stocking stuffers!

            Check out the unique wall art and ornaments at DW Metal Expressions, also located just outside Stirling. They also do custom orders from their home-based store.

If you’re looking for pottery, Fine Pottery Design, also located just outside the village of Stirling, has a “wide variety of functional and decorative pottery.”

Or, why not add something sweet to your sweetheart’s stocking? KR-Bee Honey & Beeswax Candles, located outside the village of Stirling, sell honey, beeswax candles and gift bags.

 In Tweed, two stops on the tour are show- stoppers.

You can find beautiful cutting boards, wooden games, baskets, and more at Generations Carpentry, located north of the village.

And a stop at the grain bin where Enright Cattle Company showcase handmade leather purses, wallets, and meat products is the perfect place to add style and panache to your shopping adventure. They also sell gift cards and food boxes that include produce from three local businesses.

Check out all the stops on the map and plan your route!

Christmas excitement begins in November!

This year there are all kinds of markets and tours to explore. See below for more ideas…

More Tours & Markets to Explore…

Check out the Heart of Hastings Christmas Tour

November 5, 6, 7th and 12, 13, 14th

Brochures are available at participating vendors 

Marmora Christmas Market

November 5, 6, 7th and 12, 13, 14th

Frost House Presents:

The annual Tweed one-of-a-kind Christmas market

Opening November 5

Featuring 20 local artists and artisans and a curated selection of holiday antiques and vintage.

Holiday Market in the Village

November 12

A Vendors Market full of local, handmade, handcrafted with LOVE items, along with food and drinks to as well as late night shopping in the downtown Stirling core.

Deseronto Waterside Market

November 13

It may not be called a Christmas Market, but it doesn’t mean you can’t find some lovely Christmas Gifts!

Maynooth Farmers’ Market 2021 Christmas Shows

November 27

December 4

December 11

Deseronto Waterside Market

December 4 & 5

For those of us who don’t start shopping until December!



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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)