Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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It’s never easy finding just the right Valentine’s Day gift for the ones you love. Do you go with the standard flowers and chocolate? Or something a little more unique, like a painting or a gift pack from a local brewery? To help narrow your search, here are 18 gift ideas you can find right here in Hastings County. All of them are available via delivery or curbside pickup.

Stirling, Deseronto, and Shannonville

A fluffy whipped cream topping on a bed of Custard tart at the O connor Tea room
Photo Source: O’Connor House Facebook Page

Have a hard cider lover on your list? Then head to the online shop of Stirling’s Kings Mill Cider, pick a few award-winning brews, and get them shipped anywhere in Ontario (free shipping on orders $40 and up). You can even throw in a couple of drinking glasses.   

Roses may be the go-to Valentine’s Day flowers, but for an arrangement to remember, give Karen Clarke a call at her Stirling flower shop, Blooms. Take a look at the photos on the Blooms Facebook page for a preview of Karen’s handiwork.  

Although the reopening of theatres may still be a few months away, Stirling Festival Theatre has tickets available for multiple dates in 2021, including tribute shows to the Grand Ole Opry, Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison. 

As the novelist Maude Hutchins once put it, “love is a pie.” And if you want to really show your affection through baked goodness, it will be tough to beat the legendary coconut cream pie at The O’Connor House English Tea Room in Deseronto (pictured).  

If your love is more of a baker than a buyer of pies, they may appreciate “new” kitchenware from Karen Brown’s Antiques and Collectibles in Deseronto. This is the largest antique market in Eastern Ontario, so you’re bound to find that one-of-a-kind piece that will last a lifetime.  

Home crafting has taken off during the pandemic, so your crafter might need to restock the essentials by now or find something new to work on. Head to the online shop of Shannonville’s Ecstasy Crafts for it all. Gift cards are also available.  

Madoc, Marmora, and Tweed

Photo Source: Enright Cattle Co. Website

From its Isolation IPA to Al’s Best Bitter, Madoc’s 7/62 Craft Brewers makes some seriously good craft brews. If you don’t know what to choose, pick the Growler Box, which comes with a 64-ounce growler, a certificate for a fill of your beer lover’s choice, and two 7/62 glasses.

Hidden Goldmine Bakery in Madoc has been satisfying our cravings for all things doughy and sweet since 2004. The butter tarts will break your heart, but we say go for the cherry cheesecake for its Valentine’s worthy luscious white cheese layer and oozing bright red cherry topper.   

Who needs takeout when you can pick up all of the farm fresh ingredients you need for an impressive dinner from Ontario Water Buffalo Company? The Buff Shop, near Stirling, is stocked with the farm’s butter, cheese, roasts, steaks, sausages, tarts, gelato, and way more. You can even buy a handmade charcuterie board to take your presentation to the next level. 

Tweed’s Enright Cattle Company is famous for beef cuts, but the farm also sells a variety of high-quality leather goods. Perhaps an overnight leather bag (pictured) is just what your Valentine needs to keep looking forward to the day when it’s safe to travel again.   

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner, and Tweed’s Stonepath Greenhouses and Landscaping has everything your green thumb needs to get their gardens ready. Check out the comprehensive online store for hundreds of plants, soils, and tools. Gift cards are also available.  

As ubiquitous as digital communication has become, the almighty pen is still a necessary tool. For a truly special stylo, The North Fence has you covered. The wood for the pens comes from trees grown on the North Fence property near Tweed. Each one is hand-turned and sanded, then sealed in a finish that highlights the grain and retains the natural feel of the wood.

Coe Hill, Bancroft, and Maynooth

Photo Source: Cassidy’s Facebook Page

The Old Hastings Mercantile and Gallery in Ormsby has been a go-to spot for one-of-a-kind gifts since 2003. Details about the shop’s 11 themed rooms are online, but you might start with the Garden and Outdoor Room, where you’ll find a wide assortment of candles perfect for a romantic night in. 

For the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving, consider enrolling your love in the Chocolate Harlots’ Club. Every month, the Bancroft-based Chocolate Harlot will send a monthly package of caramels, truffles, and other special treats.

Posies Flowers and Fashion in Bancroft has a couple of dozen floral arrangements you can select online and then pick up or have delivered. Perhaps “Cup of Love”“Everlasting Love”, or “Soft Embrace” is just what you’re looking for. 

For the outdoors valentine, Bancroft’s Trips and Trails Adventure Outfitting has snowshoes and cross-country skis available for daily rentals. Staff can recommend where to strap them on, but the nearby Silent Lake Provincial Park, Algonquin Provincial Park, and Hastings Heritage Trail are good options. 

The vast Madawaska Art Shop in Maynooth has a six-room art gallery on the second floor, most of the contents of which you can now find in the online shop. Many of the original paintings are landscapes done by local and Canadian artists. 

Cassidy’s in Maynooth may be small, but it’s packed full of potential Valentine’s Day gifts, including an impressive collection of affordable and unique estate jewelry (pictured). From rings to earrings to necklaces, you’re bound to find the perfect piece for your sweetheart.

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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.)