The town of Creemore and surrounding area are a wonderful place to visit, in part due to the following spots that we recommend.
Fourth-generation dairy farmer John Miller and his wife Marie are an example of local residents involved in food production who are passionate about creating high-quality products. Initially known for their exquisite milk, they’ve expanded their product line in recent years to include, most notably, their premium ice cream in a dozen flavours. Today, they also make eggnog (seasonal), chocolate milk, whipping cream, coffee milk, and strawberry milk (seasonal). Although Miller’s Dairy isn’t open to the public, their products are available at the local Foodland grocery store in Creemore.
Located in a beautiful, century-old building on Creemore’s main street, this is arguably the town’s best-known business. Creemore Springs is a brewery whose flagship beer is a premium amber lager brewed with specialty malts, fire-brewed in a copper kettle. Eschewing the use of preservatives during the brewing process or pasteurizing afterwards, the brewery uses only four ingredients – malted barley, hops, water, and yeast. Opened in 1987, it offers tours of its facility, seven days a week, including free samples as part of the visit. Check website for hours of tours.
- 139 Mill Street, Creemore, ON. Phone: (705) 466-2240. www.creemoresprings.com
Reflecting the appreciation of husband-wife owners Laurie Severn and Pierre Armengol for vintage furnishings and artistic talent, this store features carefully curated vintage and modern home décor from both Canada and Europe. There’s a great mix of time-honoured pieces with history and their own story, antiques and a selection of paint to refinish your own pieces. New items include custom-made rugs, draw pulls, fragrant soaps and candles along with vintage French pewter tankards and milk jugs with antique linens. Before moving to Canada, Laurie and Pierre had a store in France.
- 142 Mill Street, Creemore, ON. Phone: (705) 520-0142. www.heirloom142.com
Housed in an historic heritage building that was formerly a bank, this inviting meeting place serves breakfast and lunch daily (closed Tuesdays) and wonderful locally-focused, Mediterranean-inspired menus on Friday evenings. It’s popular with both local residents and out-of-town visitors, all of whom appreciate Bank Café’s simple, farm-fresh food with a gourmet twist, including scrumptious baked goods – especially its divine carrot cake and cinnamon buns – along with other savoury treats.
- 179 Mill Street, Creemore, ON. Phone: (705) 520-2233. www.bankcafecreemore.com
Founded in 2003, this elegant boutique is known both for its lovely appearance and wonderful selection of bedding, bath accessories and home décor products. Despite the high quality of its modern and classic merchandise, prices are quite reasonable. Among the products it sells are 100% linen, cotton quilts and high thread count sheets.
- 128 Mill Street, Creemore, ON. Phone: (705): 466-6327
At a time when many newspapers have disappeared, Creemore’s independently owned and operated weekly publication continues to be an important part of the community. In addition to the newspaper, the Creemore Echo operates a small retail space where it sells beautiful stationery and office supplies and provides advertising, printing, design and online services. The Echo, which is also the producer and promoter of community events, operates out of the same building that originally housed the large printing presses that produced Creemore’s first newspaper more than a century ago.
- 3 Caroline St. West, Creemore, ON. Phone: (705) 466-9906. www.creemore.com
The Old Mill House Pub
Located next to the Creemore Springs Brewery, this family-owned and operated, nearly century-old establishment is popular for its tasty, home-cooked pub classics, excellent selection of draught, bottled beer, wine and cocktails, and its welcoming atmosphere. Favourites include homemade AAA Canadian Beef burgers, steaks, wings, Creemore Springs beer-battered fish and fresh-cut local chips, and a broad selection of local and imported beers. Vegetarian options also available. In the summer, make sure to enjoy their outdoor patio.
- 151 Mill Street, Creemore, ON. Phone: (705) 466-5244. www.theoldmillhousepub.com
100 Mile Store
A culinary paradise whose owners, Linda de Winter and Christian Klockl-Greimel, believe in supporting small to mid-size natural and organic farms, artisanal and fair trade producers of quality food products sourced from within a 100-mile radius of the store. Its devoted customers appreciate the curated selection of goods – including produce, meat, fish, cheeses, baked goods, diverse local specialities and prepared foods – all beautifully displayed. Friendly staff know their products well and are happy to provide advice and recommendations to customers.
- 176 Mill Street, Creemore, ON. Phone: (705) 466-3514. www.100milestore.ca