Unwind this Winter in Oxford
Unwind this Winter in Oxford
Looking for new experiences or to simply sit back and chill? Explore Oxford County (Woodstock, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg). We have a trip that’s just your speed, with room to roam and explore. Avoid the crowds this Winter and escape to small town Ontario.
Adventures for Adults in Woodstock
Who We Are
Just 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Toronto and two hours from 3 border crossings, Oxford can be found where Highway 401 & 403 meet, halfway between Waterloo and London. You may know our communities Woodstock, Ingersoll, & Tillsonburg, home to many of our residents, with the remainder enjoying rural life in our small villages and country roads.
Family Fun in Woodstock
Avoid the crowds and find the savings with a fun getaway in Woodstock. New adventures and familiar favourites can be found in all directions. Woodstock is 10-20 minutes to rural stops (including a spot to play with goats or for teens to walk an alpaca), 15 minutes to Ingersoll (try some cheesy bites and learn about Oxford’s dairy history), and 30 minutes to Tillsonburg (homemade fudge and goodies galore await). Stay closer to the city to enjoy a day at an indoor playground, trying treats at local bakeries, nibbling your way through the cheese trail, or taking a dip at the hotel pool (30 minutes after eating, of course.)
Adventures for Adults in Woodstock
Recharge your batteries with a dose of relaxation and some untapped experiences. Release from reality’s responsibilities and get in the moment with a plunge at the Nordic spa, goat encounters with some ‘kids’ with character, or treat your senses as you craft a batch of soap or coffee. Sit back and sip on some brews while taking in some tunes, stay on your feet with bowling, golf simulators, or stroll through our art galleries and museums, or find a new treasure at one of our antique shops, liquidation stores, farm markets, or as your taste your way along the cheese trail. Explore your way around Oxford without combatting crowds.
Adult Fun in Oxford County | Woodstock, Ingersoll & Tillsonburg
Looking for a place to drop your bags before heading out the door, or somewhere to cozy up and enjoy the surroundings? We’ve got you.
Woodstock | Close to Ingersoll (15 mins.) and Tillsonburg (30 mins.)
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Best Western Plus. Modern accommodations offering breakfast, pool and fitness rooms.
- Box stores and franchise restaurants are nearby (across road from Holiday Inn) and downtown’s unique shops and restaurants are a short bus ride away. You are 10-20 min drive from many rural attractions.
Ingersoll | Close to Woodstock (15 mins.) and Tillsonburg (20 mins.)
- Elmhurst Inn & Spa: An Ontario’s Finest Inn with spa services, fine dining in the mansion restaurant and beautiful grounds to wander including a short trail. Minutes from downtown.
- The Lofts: A stylish second floor flat above an even more stylish shop (your host). Café, diners and unique small town shops steps away.
- Ingersoll Cheese Museum is a minute from the Elmhurst and connects to downtown via the Thomas Ingersoll Scenic trail if you want to walk (2km).
Tillsonburg | Close to Ingersoll (20 mins.) and Woodstock (30 mins.)
- The Mill Inn & Eatery: Historic stay and great food and entertainment all under one roof. Wood finished rooms and creek view on the second floor, a restaurant known for sourcing local on the main and a pub in the basement known for live music and craft beer.
- Seven Gables Tillsonburg: Posh historic stay with modern touches in fully renovated rooms with ensuite. Minutes from cultural attractions and downtown.
- A great community for history buffs from accommodations to attractions. You are also a short 30-60 min ride to the shores of lake Erie, its biospheres, historic sites and 6 Southcoast Wineries
Rural: Spruce Lea Gatherings | Close to Thamesford (5 mins.) Embro or Ingersoll (11 mins.) Woodstock (19 mins.) Tillsonburg (32 mins.)
- Spruce Lea Gatherings: a place to gather with friends and family. Choose from 2 fully renovated, multi-bedroom units in a modern ranch on this farm property. Enjoy the grounds, gather, or get out and explore – it is your vacation. Contact us for trip inspiration based on your dream getaway.
Choose your Activity | Do something new and unwind
Find your zen or zany at these farm attractions:
Transitions Equine | 675671 16 Line, Innerkip, ON (View Map)
Horse therapy is a thing, because time with horses brings tranquility. Join Transitions equine to learn and engage with horses guiding them through a series of tasks. It makes for a fun time while having you thinking and communicating in new ways, all the while helping you live and love the present moment.
Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life | 906200 Township Rd 12, Bright, ON (View Map)
Alpacas are a sweet timid animal, so taking one for a walk gets you to slow down and connect with the current moment. You will feel refreshed from your walk and time spent with the Alpacas. If zany is your thing book a goat encounter to play like kids (pun intended). If you want zen and zany to meet half way book the Taste of Farm Life which helps you connect and appreciate farm life with great Ontario snacks along the way.
Zen Out at these local Ontario Spas:
Terra Nova Nordic Spa | 15 mins. North of Woodstock (View Map)
Do you want to brave the cold plunge, lounge in the relaxation spaces or spend all your time in the whirlpool, sauna and steam room? The choice is yours. Enjoy the Nordic spa basking in the sun or under the stars. Grab a beverage and snack and the café and book a spa treatment for a truly decadent day (extra perks with savings).
Elmhurst Inn & Spa | Ingersoll (View Map)
Book a pampering session at this Ontario’s Finest Inn. Use of the steam room, sauna and lounge are included with your treatments. If you want to make pampering an overnight activity packages are available for couples and friends (ahem pajama party?) including dining.
Explore the Oxford County Cheese Trail and Culinary Producers in Oxford:
The Oxford County Cheese Trail includes over 25 businesses across Oxford County (Woodstock, Ingersoll, and the rural countryside between) that are celebrating Oxford County’s dairy past and present. Each stop has a special dairy related offer to taste, purchase, or do on-site. Sample cheese at a local cheesemaker, visit a cheese museum, taste gourmet chocolate, fill your own glass bottle with milk, sample craft beer, play with goats, or shop for pottery. To plan a cheese trail visit, check out our website or ask us to help plan the perfect trip. We can assist with days of the week, store hours and drive time to help make your trip easy cheesy.
The food scene in Oxford does not shut down for winter. The Woodstock Farmer’s Market is year-round and many unique specialty food producers call the city home including Habitual Chocolate, Early Bird Coffee, Noods Pasta, Upper Thames Brewing, Nerd Teas, Soulful Spoon and numerous bakers. Country side you can venture on the Cheese Trail for cheese, pasture raised meat, maple syrup, and gourmet goat milk ice cream. If you want to fill your freezer and pantry with locally sourced goods – check out all of our producers on Oxford Fresh.
Connect to locals and local history at our Museums and Art Galleries:
Woodstock: The Woodstock Art Gallery offers two floors of rotating exhibits offering unique exhibits of regional and national significance. The museum is known for the largest collection of Florence Carlyle’s work. The Woodstock Museum NHS is a national historic site as the original city hall (check out council chambers). Explore their rotating exhibits and displays telling the stories of the region. Also check out the Woodstock Museum’s self-guided walking tours and a tour of the Oxford County Courthouse Square.
Ingersoll: Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum, voted Top Small Museum in Ontario, tells the Area’s rich history of cheesemaking with seven buildings to explore and a giant cheese wheel. The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is a creative space with monthly rotating exhibits by local artists, featuring art in all styles and mediums.
Tillsonburg: Take in one of the best-surviving examples of the Aesthetic Arts movement in Canada at Annandale NHS. Step back in time by taking in their current exhibit and arrange a tour of the 1880s mansion. The Station Arts Centre is a destination for art and railroad enthusiasts with rotating exhibits and a local artisan shop. Head 30 minutes south of Tillsonburg to tour a submarine at the Museum of Naval History – HMCS – Ojibwa.
Beachville: The Beachville Museum is less than 10 minutes from both Ingersoll and Woodstock (the 1/2 way point). This museum is located in a heritage home providing local history including the local limestone quarry, the first recorded baseball game, and businesses of Beachville’s Past. IPads are provided with interpretation as you explore rooms in the home. Use the online self-guided tour of their large outdoor space and its historic elements – where did the sidewalk once lead to?
Local Live Performances and Entertainment Acts from near and far:
Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts (ITOPA), Theatre Tillsonburg, and Woodstock Theatre are local community theatres offering a wide variety of shows. Seasons typically start in September and run through April with other performers graving their stages throughout the year (e.g. Ron Sexsmith, The Mudmen, and other favourites). Spring through Fall you will also find Walter’s Music Venue in full swing with musical performances by performers from Canada and Internationally. Embro’s Thistle Theatre also has a performance in late fall. See Upcoming Events.
Where to Eat in Woodstock
Woodstock Retro Icons:
Have an old fashioned burger or footlong and fries at Fritzies. Fritzies, located on Perry Street, has been an economical treat for 40 years. If you love the chippy, visit Mel’s Fish n’ Chips for classic British style Fish and Chips. Step back in time in this simple venue. Enjoy the old wall murals, watch how they wrap take-out in paper and admire the art-deco fryer. If an old fashioned deli sandwich is your craving head to European Meats and Deli for their hearty sandwiches including the iconic Austin (takeout only) or Big D’s Sandwich Shack for a fresh take on Deli dishes served with their iconic pickle.
Gastro Pubs & Breweries:
Enjoy a brew and some good eats at one of Woodstock’s gastro pubs, each with its own vibe. Brickhouse Brew Pub is a craft brewery known for their hearty beer infused dishes. Take in Ironworks Grill’s industrial décor as you nibble on small plates and mains. Finkle Street is the spot for wood-fired pizza plus steaks, seafood, handhelds and cocktails. Head to Charles Dickens Pub for the traditional British pub vibe with a local focus on the menu.
Casual Fine Dining:
sixthirtynine is a local farm to table restaurant ambassador for FeastOn, a program that certifies restaurants serving a minimum of 25% Ontario food and beverage. For culinary explorers book the chefs menu or book a seat at the chefs table where you watch the kitchen in action as you dine.
Visit Sushi Cove for Korean and Japanese favourites. For authentic Indian (and Nepalese momos) visit Tandoori Nights. Note service is a bit slower here but is well worth the wait.
Looking for something familiar? Woodstock has their own Boston Pizza, Crabby Joes, East Side Mario’s, Kelsey’s, Montana’s, Swiss Chalet and numerous fast food options. Whether you’re craving a burger, burrito, or souvlaki, you’re covered. Have a gift card – bring it with you!
Where to Eat in Ingersoll
Olde Bakery Café | Fresh specialty coffee, baked goods, house-made soups, paninis, and salads. Locals love the All-Day Breakfast Sandwich and Cheese Cake.
Dino’s | Traditional Diner vibes, great service and friendly staff in a homey atmosphere. Try their award-winning ribs.
Miss Ingersoll | Traditional Diner with home-style cooking and all day breakfast. Be sure to try one of their homemade pies with a scoop of ice cream.
Louie’s Pizza & Pasta | Home of the Big Ass Panzerotti, You Gotta Eat Here! No seriously, the TV show You Gotta Eat Here featured Louie’s Stormin’ Norman burger and other satisfying menu items. Try their Deep Friend Cheese Curds.
Elm Hurst Inn Mansion Restaurant | Enjoy fine dining in an historic setting. Enjoy a prix fixe chef’s selection menu or more choice from the menu.
Mango Salad | Take-out some fresh, authentic Thai food in Ingersoll. Try one of their rice dishes or their classic Pad Thai that Oxford County residents flock to.
Ingersoll has many familiar franchises including Chuck’s Roadhouse, Wild Wing, and your fast food go-to’s.
Where to Eat in Tillsonburg
Fast Casual Whole Foods:
Indigo Lounge | Organic eatery with locally-sourced ingredients with food-sensitivity-friendly and hearty fare.
D’Lish | Feel good diner with whole eats and soul food. Try one of their delicious smoothies or the 3 Pigs sandwich featuring their house-made pork schnitzel.
Korner Perk | Home-made food made fresh including all-day breakfast. Great eats for great prices.
Classic and Gastro Pubs:
The Mill Eatery Underground | The Mill’s BRAND NEW Gastro Pub offers delicious pub fare made with locally sourced ingredients, surrounded by the sounds of live music on Thursdays. The Copper Mug | Munch on classic pub favourites at this watering hole. Check in with their Facebook page before your visit to find Karaoke and live music nights.
Casual Fine Dining:
The Mill Eatery | Enjoy a meal with a water view overlooking Otter Creek in this historical mill from 1878. This menu has something for everyone including classic fish and chips, broasted chicken and other delectable dishes featuring local ingredients.
Pho Vn | Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine with fantastic portion sizes. Locals love their pho – a good warming meal for the soul. Try one of their bubble teas (Mango, Honeydew, Lychee, and more!) or ask to combine two flavours.
Nha Trang | Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine that is a lunchtime go-to for locals with delicious vegetarian dishes and Vietnamese Ice or Hot Coffee.
Namu Japanese Restaurant | Authentic, quality Japanese cuisine. Spicyphiles love the Diablo. Namu is offering take-out only during the Winter months.
Daksh Restaurant | Authentic Indian cuisine and Canadian classics for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Boston Pizza, Kelsey’s, Swiss Chalet, Fast Food Favourites. Bring your gift cards along if you have them!
Specialty Treats & Eats:
Nectar | Café and Bar with all types of beverages to fuel your adventure. Arrange a High Tea or try one of their Dutch specialties including Nasi & Bami bites, Frikandels on a toasted bun, Croquettes, or locally made Dutch Apple Pie.
Special Occasion Cakes | This bakery and café is the perfect spot to stop for a quaint cuppa paired with a big, fluffy cinnamon bun. Sip on an espresso or opt for a chai latte before ordering some tarts or squares for the drive.
Retail in Woodstock
Downtown Woodstock is the perfect spot to shop for a gift, or for you. Sodapop + Marigolds, On Trend, and Roberts & Co., make gift-giving a joy with stylish women’s clothing and accessories, home décor, and luxurious items. Take care of your body, home, and the earth with products from Jarful Refillery. Head to Record Works for Oxford County’s largest selection of music and video games. Flip through the vinyl and find your new, er old, favourite record. Be sure to visit local foodie stops while in the downtown area.
Retail in Ingersoll
In Downtown Ingersoll you will find women’s wear at Hometown Style, Little Town Beauty Boutique and Roberts Ladies Wear. If you have a green thumb check out the plants and décor at Little Leaf Haven then head over to Dwell Urban Boutique a lifestyle shop with fashion, self care, sustainability items and home items. You will also find a craft shop for yarn, an old-fashioned hardware store, and several gift shops. For snacks visit the Wine Cellar and Cheese Shop (order a nosh box), the Olde Bakery Café or Heavenly Sweets. Also check out Modern Hipster Antiques. Owner Marty curates with a love for MCM but carries a wide variety of pieces from all eras to appeal to a broad array of shoppers.
Retail in Tillsonburg
Explore Downtown Tillsonburg. This small community has been able to keep retail centralized in the downtown, meaning you can park your car, go into the downtown mall and explore the streets for unique shops. Grab gourmet cheeses at Two Girls and a Cheese Shop, explore an artisan market at Betty’s Marketplace, find home décor with English and European flare at Pedlar’s Quay, plant lovers should visit local florist Twigs and Trinkets offers women’s fashion accessories and home decor. If a quilter is in your group, Cherished Pieces is a must. Minutes north of Tillsonburg you will find Coyle’s Country Store. This business has been around for decades as a small town mercantile, evolving over the years. They are known for their store-made products including roasted nuts and delicious fudge. You will also find house-packaged baking needs, snacks, gourmet goods and a large selection of giftware for all occasions. Ten minutes north (almost to Ingersoll) is the Salford area and home to Rombouts known for arteflame, flowers, décor and pottery with a European flare. Shop by appointment only. Stop at Orange Door Acres if you want to stock your freezer with pasture-raised chicken. Visit Red Dragon Dairy, a sheep’s milk cheese factory. Stop in to try their cheeses, fresh baked bread and a wide selection of locally produced goods and British imports.
Antique Markets in Woodstock, Tillsonburg & Ingersoll
If vintage finds, Pinterest projects, and antiques are your jam we have options. In Woodstock Visit One of a Kind Antique Mall – Canada’s largest antique mall with 3 floors of antiques, décor & vintage. In Ingersoll visit Modern Hipster Antiques with everything from primitives to mid-century modern. The Tillsonburg Antiques Plus has a diverse mix of vendors with antique and vintage finds.
Rural Liquidation Stores
In Drumbo, Norwich and Otterville you will find liquidation stores-the new small town department stores. These are shops that purchase skids of end of season, last items, and returns from places like The Bay, Costco and Amazon. They provide a valuable rural service providing a diverse mix of items that normally wouldn’t be available to purchase in a small town. If you love finding bargains check out a liquidation shop. You never know what you will find but we expect you will be impressed with the price! Twenty minutes east of Woodstock is Morrows of Drumbo (HWY 401 exit 250), and Twenty minutes east of Tillsonburg you will find Norwich’s Liquidation City, and Otterville Premium Outlets.