“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
Part of the allure of travelling by car is that you can very dramatically see the change in geography. It is different than arriving by plane where you basically teleport into the new environment. By car you can acclimatize yourself and you can begin to understand a bit more about the people, their industries and the fact that they can sell beautiful buckets of flowers at the end of the driveways, yes I am very jealous of this. Also, you can become inspired about your own home and yard with endless views. Of course the farm land was phenomenal and as we travelled late into the evening, the farmers still working with lights on their machines and barns aglow, you are humbled and reminded why good food is not bargain food.
We spattered our time visiting with family and friends with stop ins to breweries. We wanted to make sure we went off the beaten trail as it were, and ensured we tried mostly breweries we couldn't purchase in the LCBO. If we revisited a brewery, we made sure to try something we hadn't had before. The goal of our travels was to bring home different beers to enjoy on our last days of summer with friends. And bring home beer we did...
We visited, in no particular order, New Ontario Brewery, Whitewater Brewery, Big Rig Brewery, Saw Dust City Brewery, Stone House Brewing Company, Cow Bell Brewery, and Maclean's Ale. Every stop, from the largest brewery (Cow Bell Brewing Company) to the smallest (Stone House Brewing Company) was unique. I also have to report that we didn't meet a beer or a brewery we didn't like. We were met with conversation and great beer. Really, Ontario has some great people making even better beer.
So my advice to you is walk out your front door, explore, connect and have an open mind.