I’ve been able to visit Sarnia a few times this year. Today i’ll be sharing some great places to visit in the downtown area. During my most recent trip, a few weeks ago, I stayed at the Hampton Inn by Sarnia/Point Edward and had a chance to visit some great spots in the town.
I arrived on a Friday night and had dinner at a restaurant called Lola’s Lounge . They are known for their amazing martini’s and their spicy mussels were delicious. The setting was very relaxed with dimmed lights, light music and just the right amount of chatter from neighboring converations. It was a perfecting ending to a busy week.
After stuffing my face, I took a short to the walk Centennial Park to view the Christmas Celebration of Lights display. The giant christmas tree was my favorite light display.
The next day I had breakfast at my hotel and began a City/Village tour of the town. Visiting historic grounds under the Blue Water Bridge, Canatara Park, Purdy’s Fish Market, Casino and Point Edward Red Barn.
I took a coffee break at Blackwater Coffee for a cup of freshly roasted coffee and got to watch them make their beautiful latte art! I had the chance to meet Dave, the owner, who told me about how his passion for coffee started. From our brief conversation it was obvious that his love for coffee was genuine and I he even let me interview him for my Entrepreneurship Series.
I also visited the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia to view the gallery’s permanent and current collection. The JNAAG is home to 40 original works of art by the famed Canadian Group of Seven and other talented Canadian artists. They also host year-round events for the community, family and children.
If you get a chance, stop by Salvatore’s Trattoria Ristorante in Point Edward for lunch. The Trattoria offers authentic Italian cuisine with the all-time favourite Vela Rosa pasta dish.
When you are ready to do some shopping, be sure to stop at Sarnia’s downtown Cultural district. During my trip I visited:
UE Inc – Smart, stylish and unique clothing and home decor. I wanted to buy everything in their store and bring it back with me!
Comme Moi Boutique – A trendy boutique with the cutest dresses, casual clothes, jewelry and home items. I also had a chance to meet the amazing owners and interview them for my Entrepreneurship series.
Joie de Vintage retro store – A very well curated vintage store with a great selection of clothing, furniture, jewelry and other accessories. I was able to find a vintage Christian Dior necklace and a Chanel brooch!
Maran Fashions – A men’s and women’s fashion boutique that translates the European lifestyle experience to all those who desire something out of the norm. Andre and his wife were so nice and gave a tour of their boutique.
Refined Fool Brewing Company – Started by a group of teachers, creatives, blue collars, entrepreneurs, musicians and pastors who care about beer, business, Sarnia and each other. They make small batch craft beer in Sarnia, Ontario and it’s really full of flavor!
Downtown Sarnia is vibrant and full of art and culture. It has great places to eat and is home to unique boutique stores, especially on Front Street. When you get a chance to make it to Ontario, don’t forget to stop and visit, especially with the great U.S. exchange rate and close proximity to U.S. border.
Let me know if you ever get the chance to visit!