You don’t have to say too much about the Lincoln area as its main features are some of the most coveted and enjoyable offerings of any towns in Ontario: wineries and waterfront. Inside, it’s got these two amazing communities: Jordan and Beamsville (as well as Vineland, which intersects the two).
Town of Lincoln was always the ‘farm area’ growing up, so tons of land, big lots, and it also runs all along the Lake Ontario waterfront. Homes along the water here have outstanding panoramic views, and many even grow their own vineyards. The village in Jordan is more inland but as you move towards the lake, you’ll find Jordan Harbour – an inlet where people love to kayak, paddleboard and canoe with pretty homes surrounding to look at and gorgeous sunsets over the lake to take in. Beamsville has more of a city feel on the interior, but farm lands, vineyards and lakefront homes surround the many interior amenities.
Jordan is the most adorable little village you have ever seen. As a teenager I had a job at the Jordan Historical Museum, dressed as a Mennonite doing tours of its local United Empire Loyalist heritage. Once of drinking age I noticed this museum is on a cute mid-town street which also hosts the annual Icewine Festival in its square – drink icewine in the great winter outdoors while warming yourself by firepits & watching wine barrel rolling competitions. It’s fantastic!! Just down the road, an old school was converted into the uber-cool Bench Brewery, with some crazy good food and beer (sours – I am a major sour fan, and if you are too, you will love this place) and bordering Twenty Valley and The Bench area of Beamsville. Some world-class wines are made here that are native to the conditions created by the border of the Escarpment and Lake on either side. Make sure you drive along King Street (Regional Road 81) on a sunny weekend and stop at the wineries along the way to sample them!
When you do, you will hit the town of Beamsville. This town’s vibe can be summed up in one annual summer event (that always sells out – but not before I get my ticket!): Graze the Bench. This is a touring wine festival, where you travel across the many wineries on bus and by foot – literally, walking through vineyards – to get a glass of one of those amazing Beamsville wines paired with a gourmet dish & entertained by a different band with a different sound at each one. Need I say more? I could say more. But I will just leave that right there for you to daydream about.
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