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A quiet elegance in the charming Village of Brussels…..

The Grays of Brussels Bed & Breakfast

52 Thomas Street at Turnberry, Brussels, Ontario N0G 1H0 ● 519.498.1852

9489_90_91_tonemappedMoving from the city to a country village has enabled Terri and Peter Gray to explore possibilities, slough off limitations, and bring dreams to fruition.

9425_6_7_tonemappedThe striking 1856 Brussels residence, which they purchased in 2012 was vintage-perfect for establishing a guest house offering bed & breakfast.

9332_3_4_tonemappedWith Peter’s skill as a caterer and Terri’s experience at Cambridge’s prestigious Langdon Hall, they knew how to create an idyllic atmosphere for guests.

9359_60_61_tonemappedTheir attention to detail has restored The Grays to its former grandeur with heritage colours, period fixtures, luxurious linens, and comfortable furnishings, all enhancing the exquisite woodwork of its interior.

9371_2_3_tonemappedBeyond its gracious veranda — just right for enjoying a cup of tea or a good book—beautiful gardens welcome visitors to step back in time, to play croquet, or stroll the expansive lawn to a nook that’s ideal for personal retreat time.

9329_30_31_tonemappedAs hosts, Terri and Peter encourage lodgers to enjoy The Grays as a their “home away from home,” to settle in, make use of the entire house and property, and just let them take care of everything else.

9407_8_9_tonemappedTheir goal is simple—happy guests. Given the repeat visitors they’ve welcomed, Peter and Terri have been successful on all fronts.

9383_4_5_tonemappedFollowing a delicious country breakfast served on Terri’s favourite china, which could be “The Grays Specialty Crepes”, visitors have much to choose from in the village and area.

9284_5_6_tonemappedWhether it be the interesting walk through town to see other historic residences, the butterfly garden, the main street art gallery, historic Logan’s Mill, a hike along the Stephenson Tract, fishing in the mill pond, or snowmobiling the nearby well-groomed trails, the Village of Brussels has much to offer.

Brussels Carnegie Library Building with horsesFriendly local restaurants serve up home cooking for lunch and dinner, adding to the enjoyment of a getaway to Brussels.

Cinnamon Jim's CafeAnd close by are the wonderful beaches and watery playground of Lake Huron, the Shakespearean theatre of Stratford, and many interesting towns and villages.

9356_7_8_tonemappedQuaint never goes out of style.  The Grays of Brussels, Huron County’s newest B & B, has everything needed for a memorable stay: comfort food, cozy beds, and scenic gardens all set in country quiet.


Picture perfect…….and so much more!

9132_3_4_tonemappedWhile Max Bickford has enjoyed various careers, he has always been a creator at heart, someone with an artist’s eye who has long worked in design as a sideline. And thanks to the Municipality of Huron East’s “Win This Space” contest, he has now gathered all his artistic talents under one roof, as Studio Art & Custom Framing, including Huron County Graphics Design & Print. The visionary municipal competition provided a refresher course in start-up requirements and procedures for Max and led to his leasing the business space he had hoped to win even before the contest was completed. Someone once said “He who hesitates is lost.”

9108_09_10_tonemappedMax had no intention of hesitating or being lost! What this new business means for regional clients is ‘one stop shopping.’ No need to drive long distances to larger centres for a wide variety of services. Exceptional quality and excellent customer service are now available close to home. 9054_5_6_tonemapped9057_8_9_tonemappedMax is able to enlarge your favourite wedding photos and custom frame them beautifully. He can design business cards, letterhead, brochures, posters and advertising material, and then arrange all the printing. If it’s a particularly special photograph of your business property or eye-catching poster you’d like blown up and framed for your reception area, Max can look after that too.

9093_4_5_tonemappedHis newly renovated storefront also carries a number of stylish promotional products which can be embossed with your company logo or name. And all these high end services are offered at reasonable prices.

9087_8_9_fusedAs a further attraction, Max’s storefront carries outstanding pottery, some designed by local artisans, such as Beechwood Pottery, as well as a line from Prince Edward Island, and unique hand-painted Cedar Mesa pottery from Arizona.


9081_2_3_tonemappedWhether for home, office or as an exceptional gift, these superbly crafted pieces will enhance any space, adding colour, form and function in any setting. If you’re looking for the best in service and products, it’s here now.

Buying local just got a whole lot better!

9117_8_9_tonemapped18 Main Street, Seaforth, Ontario • • 519.600.6601

Grapes of Faith Equal Wonderful Wines

Huron County’s first commercial Winery & Cidery are open for business.

9531_2_3_tonemappedJim Landsborough and Catherine Peckitt-Landsborough have roots deep in Huron County. Jim and his ancestors have farmed in Tuckersmith Township located in the Municipality of Huron East since 1834.   And the present 100-acre spread Jim and Catherine call home was once part of her family farm. However since 2009, this industrious couple has put down quite different roots, while embarking on an enterprise that‘s brought a new industry to Huron County—wine making.

6034And not just ordinary wines. Their goal has been to produce the highest quality wine from the very best grapes that Huron County can grow. Following considerable research, which included hiring renown cool climate consultant, Kevin Ker to assist with site and vine selection and visits to numerous wineries in Canada and the USA, as well as a one acre test plot and several trial batches. Maelstrom’s vineyard now spreads over eight acres and comprises 9,600 vines.

5950_1_2_tonemappedHuron East has proven to be just the place to deliver the moderate adversity that grape vines require to produce excellent fruit—the plants need stress to condense the grapes, which results in the most flavourful wines. This boutique winery is growing several hybrid grape varieties developed as cold-hardy, disease tolerant, and early ripening. And Jim and Catherine have also put in vitis vinifera, pure bred European vines, planted on a root stock that makes them hardier. Maelstrom Winery will produce red, white, and rosé wines as well as blends and sparkling cider.

6043Ably assisted by their sons, Brett, Blaine and Brian, who are very much involved with the business, this visionary couple is looking forward to further developing this unique initiative, one that’s sure to heighten the profile of Huron County with wine-lovers and tourists alike.

Grapes and glassWith perseverance, and passion, the Landsboroughs have nurtured their dream to reality. Maelstrom Winery & Cidery with its exceptional products  is now ready for sale, and open to the public Friday to Sunday (each weekend) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at their acreage, just west of Seaforth at 78925 Sanctuary Line off Highway 8.

5968_69_70_tonemapped“We know how harsh it can be here,” says Catherine, “and we love the area because of that. It’s one of those ‘beauty of the storm’ situations where from harshness can come beautiful things.”

“Our business is an adventure and a venture,” she goes on. “The weather here is just what specialty grape vines need to thrive. A bit like those who come to Huron County—and either see the beauty of its storms or move on. We make the cold and snow work for us at Maelstrom Wines.”

Rows of grape vinesThe Landsboroughs retained winemaker Marius Gitoi, a knowledgeable and skillful vintner experienced with cool climate wines and cider, and who, at one time, taught university courses on wine analysis and wine chemistry in his homeland of Romania. To say Marius “knows” his wines is an understatement! Recent tasting parties have been a huge success—Marius has taken Maelstrom’s excellent wines and made them superb.

6167_8_9_tonemappedWhether it be their ruby red Marquette, the unoaked fruity Chardonnay, or light and spicy red blend, aficionados are sure to be impressed with Maelstrom wines—especially as they are the first ‘grown and bottled’ in Huron County.

9546_7_8_tonemappedAnother coup for the winery is that it includes the only commercial plot of mutant Frontenac Blanc vines in Ontario. This sure-to-be-popular white—only just being released for sale now—started out life as a red. However, its grapes mutated on the vine and evolved to what became Frontenac Blanc, a fruity, light, semi-dry wine, often chosen over Chardonnay by wine tasters.

applesOf note as well is Maelstrom’s cider, another specialty of their vintner Marius. Flavourful, semi-dry, with a softness, crispness and aroma that is unmistakably of apple, this cider is all natural—wild fermentation, natural yeast, pure processing and finished with natural low carbonation.

bin of grapesBe the first to partake of these firsts for Huron—outstanding wines made from the very best grapes Huron County can produce and a cider like no other. Maelstron Winery & Cidery – the toast of Huron East.

9514_tonemappedShop in person, order online at or telephone 519-233-WINE (9463). Retail store open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Maelstrom Winery & Cidery  78925 Sanctuary Line. Just 5 kilometres west of Seaforth Ontario off Highway 8


Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer

Municipality of Huron East (519) 527 0160