How to Get Here
Windsor is easy to get to – by plane, train or car. Expand any of the below options to find out just how easy it is!
Windsor International Airport Your Quick Gateway (YQG), is conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown Windsor. The airport offers frequent service to and from Toronto in under an hour with Porter Airlines, Air Canada Jazz, and seasonally with WestJet. Upon arrival, transportation to and from the airport is easy with major rental car, taxi and public transit just steps from the luggage terminal. For more details visit yqg.ca.
Looking to be on your own schedule or have the flexibility to explore more than one Windsor Essex neighbourhoods or towns? A short four hour drive down the 401 will have you here in no time. Windsor Essex boasts plenty of free or low cost parking options for you once you are here so having your vehicle will certainly not impede on your budget while offering you the freedom to explore everything from authentic cuisine in Leamington and perfectly instagrammable coffee shops in Amherstburg, to the EPIC Wine Route and the Barrels Bottles & Brews tour and everything in between!
With trains operating 8 times daily between Windsor and Toronto, riders can sit back and relax (with wifi) and travel with comfort and ease. VIA Rail provides intercity passengers with fast, convenient and affordable service, downtown-to-downtown between Canada’s largest business centres. Upon arriving at the Windsor Via Rail terminal, you will find yourself steps away from the Walkerville district and walking distance to exceptional food, drink and entertainment. The station is centrally located and an easy transfer to a taxi or car service will get you to where you need to be!
Enter to win a Windsor Essex getaway with Foodism today! We’ve curated an experience featuring some of our favourite foodie stops, Caesars Windsor, great shopping and more!
Experience culinary mecca within a 5 block radius in Windsor’s historical Walkerville neighbourhood. F&B Walkerville, Windsor’s dimly lit and almost hidden speakeasy offers purveyors an excellent wine list, creative craft cocktails, fresh oysters and world class food.
Serving up comfort food with a twist and known for their unique brunch items, The Twisted Apron prepares exceptional food with fresh, Ontario-sourced ingredients, using homemade recipes — honestly crafted and unpretentiously served. Or head to Nola’s for a taste of French food with a New Orleans twist. Their crab cakes and gator bites will leave you wanting more!
As part of our Coffee Culture, Anchor Coffee House is a locally owned and operated coffee and lunch spot specializing in paninis, soups, salads and baked goods all made from scratch in house. The menu changes regularly to incorporate local organic products that reflect the season.
Keep the night going in Walkerville with late night live music (and great bites) at The Walkerville Tavern, or head down the road to The Thirsty Butler for cocktails and cold drinks in a relaxed atmosphere.
Kingsville has an amazing food scene – warm and welcoming wait staff and unique atmospheres await you. Enjoy carefully crafted farm-to-table menus, award-winning wines, house-made burgers & entrees, regional pours and food-focused craft beers. Keep your eye out for the “Eat, Drink, Dine Kingsville” signage located a number of food, beverage and hospitality spots in town.
Erie Street is home to some of the finest Italian fare in the city such as Mezzo Ristorante, amped up steakhouse style at Take Five Bistro, offering exceptional service and a wide variety of delicious meals in a cool, modern setting, and the quaint & romantic Nico Taverna serving up both modern and traditional dishes in a beautiful setting. Via Italia is also home to unique local gems such as breakfast & brunch hot-spot Toast and the modern & eclectic Tiki Sushi, while Motor Burger’s gourmet take on burgers round out the flavours in Windsor’s Little Italy which offers a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, wineries, and bakeries in addition to salons, shops and boutiques. Take a stroll through beautiful Via Italia and enjoy!
Barrels, Bottles & Brews are booming in Windsor Essex! As the birthplace of whisky in Canada, the tradition continues today with a new generation of craft brewers and distillers. Visit the stops along the Barrels Bottles & Brews Trail where you can experience the history of Canadian Whisky, prohibition, and enjoy a flight of craft beer or small batch-ultra premium spirits.
Explore the 11 breweries on the trail, Canada’s southernmost distillery and North America’s largest distillery Hiram Walker, home of the J.P. Wiser’s Distillery Experience, , where tours will take you five stories high to see whisky through the entire process – all the way down to a VIP tasting of all their spirits.
If you have trouble kicking off your day without coffee, Windsor Essex has a cup of perfection waiting for you! Whether you’re looking for a latte, flat white, or Americano, our cafes have you covered. By providing outstanding coffee and service, you will feel right at home at some of our top-quality cafes here in Windsor Essex. Ciao Caffe, Green Bean Cafe, Old School Deli & Cafe and Taloola Cafe make your favourite cup of coffee more refreshing and tasteful! If you’re a little less traditional and want to try coffee prepared in a new way, we definitely have options for you! Red Lantern Coffee Co, Colonial Coffee and Chance Coffee are roasting their beans locally, and have perfected recipes from around the globe including from Peru and Colombia. The varieties you get when you buy from a local roaster are unlike anything else you’ve ever tasted – make a stop today! Take a stroll through our Coffee Trail and indulge in the aromas and flavours that make Windsor Essex coffee so special!
Escape to the Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) for a memorable wine experience that will make you never want to leave! Experience the EPIC Wine Route by meandering along the Lake Erie North Shore and visit any one of the almost 20 wineries to sample award-winning vintages. See, smell, sip and savour robust reds, crisp whites and delicate ice wines that our region’s winemakers so diligently create. ch winery holds a unique story and history you can taste from the glass. You can visit our wineries by bike, trolley, or car. It is completely up to you! Delectable tastings, tours and food pairings will make your trip a wine-lover’s dream come true. We guarantee we will exceed your expectations when you visit our region’s wine country. Check out our wine route map and visit one of our many events that celebrate food, wine and song.
With beautifully appointed accommodations peppered with outstanding services, like complimentary valet, concierge, indoor pool & spa, and fitness centre Caesar’s Windsor Hotel will make your stay truly unforgettable.
This CAA/AAA Four-Diamond hotel, which offers 758 guestrooms and suites overlooking the beautiful Windsor riverfront defines modern luxury and boasts six world class restaurants, three contemporary full-service lounges. and world-renowned entertainment in the 5,000 seat Colosseum theatre!
Caesars Windsor also offers non-stop slot and gaming table action! Try your hand at Blackjack, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Craps, Caribbean Stud, Let it Ride, Three Card, Four Card and Pai Gow Poker.
Kingsville is home to boutique hotels such as the newly renovated Grove Hotel, with 18 creatively themed rooms in the historic 1850 structure offers a unique and memorable visit each and every time. All the comforts of home are provided, including high speed wi-fi, newly renovated bathrooms and beds, pillows and linens made from clouds (we’re pretty sure). A 24-hour self-serve coffee bar – always stocked with local homemade treats and hot bevies to get you through the day.
The Distinctive Inns of Kingsville, Kingsville’s premiere multi-property Boutique Hotel Group, proudly boasts multiple properties for visitors to choose from. From INN31 Pub Suites at JACKS Gastropub, to INN136 Guest Suites at Heart & Soul Guest House, and INN15 Brewery Suites at Banded Goose Brewing Company on Main Street.
These unique accommodation options offer guests a unique and memorable experience as guests enjoy the many amazing restaurants & wineries located in this charming town.
With the perfect blend of hip and historic, the Walkerville District is one of the most unique neighbourhoods you’ll find in Windsor Essex, with a rich history steeped in the rollicking days of smugglers, Prohibition and the birth of the labour unions. With vibrant boutique shopping, dinning and craft brewing nestled among Windsor’s largest collection of heritage properties, Walkerville is a one-stop for all of your shopping, services, dining, and entertainment needs. Attend one of the Distillery District Night Markets held monthly on the last Friday from May – October to eat, drink, shop and enjoy live music under the stars and strings of edison lights.
Visit Kingsville Main Street where boutique shops line the streets and offer an assortment of unique clothing, desserts, gifts, wellness products, gardening essentials, and so much more. Pop into one of the quaint bakeries or produce markets and get a taste of local. Walk the trails, explore our parks and visit our beaches. Spend an afternoon biking through lush EPIC Wine County, play a round of golf on one of our championship courses or simply take in our stunning Victorian-era architecture.