Soak up the sun, patio-side: Top summertime patios in Lanark County
Nothing says “summer” more than basking in the sun on an outdoor patio, a frosty drink and delicious nibblies at hand. If patio weather gets your heart beating, you’ll find there’s no better place to savour the patio experience than in scenic Lanark County, where waterfront and streetside patios offer the perfect summertime experience in the coolest settings.
Imagine relaxing with a drink while the summer breeze cools you from the sun – the right patio experience can be like being at the cottage, only without the mortgage payment! With so many bodies of water in Lanark County it’s easy to find a waterfront patio with fantastic views, while the charming small towns that make up the region create the perfect backdrop for “people-watching” in a quaint downtown landscape.
From picturesque Almonte to Carleton Place, Perth, and beyond, Lanark County has the best patios in the ultimate summertime locations. Read on for a full list of Lanark County’s patios for the perfect summertime experience.
Enjoy a yummy cocktail or local brews along with a trendy food platter on a beautiful patio overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. Located in the Almonte Riverside Inn, the Lobby Bar is a fresh and inviting location that is sure to become your next favourite foodie destination.
Take an international journey and savour English-style beer and culinary creations in one of Canada’s most authentic English-style pubs. Ashton Brew Pub’s outdoor patio overlooks the Jock River, and is a good spot to escape from the summer’s heat while savouring a frothy ale.
There are few waterfront spots that can match the beauty of the Barley Mow’s location overlooking the falls in beautiful downtown Almonte. Set in a historic converted mill overlooking the Mississippi River, the Barley Mow offers a welcome respite from the summer’s heat, not to mention a fantastic view. The unique double-decker patio offers a bird’s eye look over the river as it rushes towards Almonte’s iconic waterfall.
If you’re looking for a patio with a stunning view and delicious, high-end food options, you need to visit Boulton House. Located only feet from the Mississippi River in Carleton Place, Boulton House is one of the area’s newest restaurants, and has been working hard to create the ultimate patio experience, and they have nailed it!
Set on the shore of Rideau Lake, you’ll love both the view and the food at this fun restaurant that really comes to life during the summer months. Sit outdoors on their expansive outdoor patio, or combine the best of both worlds with a seat on their screened-in porch. Boaters will love the option of mooring at the docks at CC’s!
The Tay River slows to a babbling brook along Mex & Co.’s prime waterfront location, providing a scenic backdrop for any meal. Indulge in tasty Mexican fare while basking in the breeze from the water flowing mere feet from your table. This is the perfect spot to enjoy some pre-or-post-shopping downtown.
Delicious pub fare finds its home on the outdoor patio at the Waterfront Gastropub in downtown Carleton Place. Make this your go-to spot for a weekend night out and enjoy delicious food complemented by the Gastropub’s public house atmosphere.
Known for its homestyle cooking with healthy ingredients, Michael’s Table offers a menu that has something on it for everyone. Relax on their outdoor patio overlooking downtown Perth’s Gore Street, and breathe in Perth’s historic ambiance. Try one of their delicious signature cocktails for the ultimate summertime patio experience.
Featuring live music on most weekend evenings, O’Reilly’s is a happening spot in the food and drink scene in Perth. Their outdoor streetside patio is just right for people watching or just taking a break with a frosty drink on a hot summer’s day. The menu offers unique takes on old favourites – and all of them delicious!
If you love seafood this is the place for you! Located on the ground floor of the Perth Parkside Inn & Spa, The Locks has a fantastic patio surrounded by beautiful foliage, and just out of sight of the scenic Tay River and Stewart Park. Relax on the patio with a cool drink in the heart of downtown Perth.
This is the place to stop for a fine dining experience combined with a cool outdoor setting. Relax beneath The Stone Cellar’s many shade umbrellas on their back patio and take in the view of Perth’s Crystal Palace, only feet from the Tay River. Savour delicious culinary creations in a relaxed setting.
In a shady streetside location, this breezy little patio is a welcome break from the summer sun. The food is fresh and delicious, and the staff are happy to accommodate food sensitives and preferences. The menu includes summer favourites like mandarin pecan salad as well as hearty dished like butter chicken.
6. Cafe Postino (Almonte)
Located in a vintage Post Office in the heart of downtown Almonte, Café Postino is the realization of owners Steve and Claire Falsetto’s vision of having a restaurant in the community they now call home. Having owned numerous restaurants in Ottawa and Miami, they bring decades of culinary experience to their customers, and it shows! Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a beautiful small town setting.
Roasting, delivering, and serving fresh, fair trade, organic coffee since 1998. Founded by Craig and Amber Hall with the goal of making a difference globally and locally, the name was chosen for a reason: to ‘Equate’ the benefit of drinking coffee, not just for the consumer but for all the people along the way, from our staff who pack and serve it- to the farmers who grow it.
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