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The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List

The Summer's Not Quite Done Bucket List

5 Things to Do in Barrie Before Fall Arrives

Although we tend to think of Labour day as the unofficial end of summer, technically speaking the warmest season doesn’t end until September 22nd.

And given how much time we had to spend indoors in 2020, it’s our civic duty to cram as much summer fun into these last few weeks as possible.

With that, we’ve compiled a list of activities around town to generate those summer vibes one last time.

The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List

Indulge in Ice cream & Frozen Yogurt

Keep your ears peeled for the telltale music of ice cream trucks cruising the neighbourhoods, as most will be out and about until the end of the month. And eat in destinations, like Kawartha Dairy and Swirleez, are open and serving. Plan to spend a night or two after dinner with a bowl or a cone of your favourite icy treat.

Go To The Drive In

Sunset Drive In has been a God send this year; allowing cinephiles a chance to see movies on the big screen despite theatre closures. They’ll be running movies throughout the next few weeks, including new releases Tenet and Bill And Ted Face The Music!

Picnic and Patios

Sometimes the simplest activities are the most enjoyable. Grabbing some lunch and a few blankets and heading to one of the great picnic locales around Barrie may not sound like a rager. But when we are in the midst of a January blizzard (again) this winter, a relaxing picnic in the sun will seem like an afternoon in paradise.

The same applies to patios. When they are tucked away for the fall, you’re going to miss them. So go enjoy a few frosties at your favorite pub while we still can.

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Cheers to Sunny Days! We are extremely happy to announce that we will be opening our patio on Friday June 12th. 🍻Patio will be open everyday 11 am – 9 pm, weather permitting. Guests will not be allowed to dine inside. 🍻We will not be taking reservations. Outdoor seating will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Stop in and add your name to the wait list. We will call you when your table is ready. Please avoid waiting for your table in front of the Brewpub or patio. 🍻Parties are limited up to five people per table. Do not move or join tables together. The tables are set up in a specific manner to follow proper social distancing guidelines. 🍻We ask that you limit your stay to no more than 1 1/2 hours to ensure everyone looking to dine with us have the opportunity to do so. 🍻We will continue to offer takeout of our menu for pick up from the Brewery or delivery through SkipTheDishes. 🍻Our Retail Bottle Shop is open everyday from 11 am – 9 pm as well. 🍻We will continue to offer same day beer deliveries to all Barrie/Innisfil residents. Order online before noon for same day delivery. 🍻If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We understand that these new guidelines can be limiting and confusing but we appreciate your cooperation and kindness through these times. 🍻Thank you again to everyone for your support. We have missed you. We look forward to seeing all our Barnstormer friends and making new ones❤️

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Hit The Lake and Splash Pads

It won’t be long until the waters of Lake Simcoe are too chilly to even wade up to your knees in. So dive in (while keeping your social distance)

Lifeguards will be in place at the major beaches. And while there is no barbecuing permitted, you could incorporate picnicking and some ice cream into the day and make it into a warm weather trifecta.

If swimming isn’t your thing, Happy Paddling will be doing Kayak and Canoe rentals until the end of today. And most of the big box stores will have deals on inflatable boats as they clear out the summer stock.

The splash pads at Lampman and Heritage park are both running as well if the beach isn’t your bag.

Take a Hike, Ride a Bike

A stroll through the city’s great walking paths is another easy outing. Hit up the forest covered trails of Ardagh bluffs or head to Sunnidale Park, if you are in need of a nature connection. Grabbing a few pics for your insta at The Sunnidale Arboretum ( a nature photographer’s dream – with the immense variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers) is another idea to capture summer.

And don’t let the bike sit in the garage! Even if you haven’t travailed the city’s cycling lanes this year, get the rubber on the road and take a spin along the beach.

What did you think of The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List? What are you planning to do in the last few weeks of the season? Let us know on FB or in the comments!

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Patio Files: Last Level & Chavo Crepes

Freakshow Crush - Flying Monkey's

Ninja turtle shots, purple drinks and crepes. What else does a Millennial need for the perfect summer day or insta post ?!

Hit up Last Level Lounge and Chevo Crepe patio this summer friends! With options of non alcoholic and one of the most beautiful collections of alcoholic drinks we’ve seen in a while, you’ll be happy you did!

Not to mention the absolutely delish crepes you can choose from, and bonus, they have other food too! Of course you’ll have to visit to see what else they offer but trust when we say, check it out!

This spot is perfect for snapping some sick photos and what a fun thing to do mid August!

What’s your fave hangout spot and why? 

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Spotlight on Barrie Restaurants & Chefs: Chris Gardiner

When it comes to good food and more particularly, the best place to eat in Barrie.  We have to tell you the honest truth – The Farmhouse is up there.  Like waaayyyy up. 

The Farmhouse Across the Bay

Located at 268 Bradford Street in Barrie.  The Farmhouse is really hard to miss.  The building was erected in 1907 and houses some beautiful historic aspects like thick beams and hardwood floors.  But those are just the minor details that help set the ambience.  The real star, to be noted, is the Head Chef – Chris Gardiner.  Chris Gardiner and Randy Feltis, owner of the Farmhouse, have an intertwined history of sorts.  You may remember way back to the 2000’s and the famous Barrie restaurant, Oscar’s on Bayfield. (beside the bingo hall.)  Oscar’s was owned by Randy Feltis and Chris was Head Chef for a good, many years.

Way leads on to way

Sort of like the line in a Robert Frost poem, Chris went his own way for a spell and then eventually partnered up with Randy Feltis for a second time.  Well, truly the second time is a charm, because Chris Gardiner is ON FIRE as Head Chef of the Farmhouse.  Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – anytime is a good time to make your way over. But if you really want to taste what Chef Gardiner LOVES to cook, it’s their house smoked BBQ ribs.  Smoked to perfection, Chef Gardiner shared with us that if he was ever to branch out on his own, a Grill House would be his passion.  One taste of those smoked ribs and you would have to agree! (oops, there’s a little sauce in the corner of your mouth)

Yum Factor?  Check!

When Barrie Uncovered went to meet with Chef Gardiner, we tried a few of his great dishes. 

One that is a comfort food favourite stood out to us – Mac n Cheese.  Certainly not just any Mac N Cheese, it was creamy goodness and hit all the marks for standing out.  We also had the dill pickle brined buttermilk fried chicken.  WOW!  Where have you been all our lives?  Burgers? 

Steve had a burger, of course!

Food Blog Facts

Okay, I wouldn’t actually say Chef Gardiner has a food blog on Instagram.  But…..if you check out #chefgardiner on Instagram – he has a food blog!  Clearly the Chef has a passion for what he does. 

Head Chef, Chris Gardiner

So let us just say this, you need to get over to The Farmhouse and enjoy some really great food.  Ask for a table on the patio and look out over Kempenfelt Bay while enjoying a fabulous meal.  Soak in the ambient surroundings and order the Chef’s favourite – the house smoked ribs – remember we told you so! 

written by: Sharon Johnston | Images by: Stephen Elliot