We had just left Hell Holes and decided to continue our drive east into Kingston for some dinner. Our drive took us away from the country roads and back onto Highway 401, and eventually down the main downtown strip in Kingston. The restaurant we had planned to visit was Harper’s Burger Bar on Princess St. since they had a couple of interesting veggie burgers on the menu. From there, we were hoping to make it back in time to stop at a familiar roadside attraction off the highway on the way home – The Big Apple. More about that later.
We were really hungry by the time we got to Harper’s and parking was an issue. There wasn’t any street parking available on a weekday afternoon near the restaurant, but we found a Green P parking lot around the corner. We took a look at the menu and (like many times) we both decided to order the same thing! Their chickpea burger looked very intriguing as most restaurants tend to have the same ol’ veggie burger. They also offered a veggie burger, but we both went with the chickpea burger for something different. Onion rings as an appetizer sounded like a delicious decision! They were yummy, deep-fried goodness, although feasting on these rings may have destroyed my appetite when it came to the burger!
Everything was delicious! The chickpea burger was thick and kinda smooshed when you bit into it. It was flavorful and incredibly filling! The burger also came topped with soya-glazed mushrooms and smoked paprika ketchup. As you can see, it wasn’t your typical burger joint and I think there was something on the menu for all discerning tastes!
After dinner, we went for a short drive across a bridge and around an army fort. I was looking for a beach area that had sea glass that washed up on shore as I like to collect it. I heard that Kingston was a great spot for collecting sea glass and the only park region on Google maps I could see that may have it was Arrowhead Beach Park. So, we drove down Yacht Club Road to the park and ended up at…shockingly, the Kingston Yacht Club! We walked down to the water and didn’t find any sort of sandy beach, but just a very tiny rocky beach. There was hardly any sea glass to be found, but instead, many broken bottles. Broken beer bottles are not the same thing as sea glass! The view across the water was still very nice, which I later found out was called Deadman Bay.
Even though this was an area around a yacht club, it still felt a little bit sketchy to us. The park looked a bit unkempt with graffiti everywhere and there was a lot of garbage and broken bottles around. The main yacht club building had a nice facade, but when we walked around the side, we saw the wall pictured above. Now, it is lovely that the boys have a bathroom entrance, but where are the girls supposed to go?
I guess something must have happened to the door…or the bathroom itself…it seems easier to replace a door than to put bricks there and seal it off! I guess we’ll never know. It did look pretty funny though.
With coffees in hand, we continued our drive back towards home, hoping to make one final stop at The Big Apple. It is an attraction that you can see from the side of the highway and it is exactly what it sounds like – a giant apple! The Big Apple has a main building where they make lots of apple products, including hundreds of apple pies every day. The sun was beginning to set and we weren’t sure we were going to make it before closing time! I read online that it closed at 8, and when we arrived, it was 8:10. However, the apple gods must have been smiling down on us as The Big Apple didn’t actually close until 8:30! We made it!
We raced over to the giant apple structure, snapped a couple of photos, and went inside. There was a girl that was starting to close things up, but she allowed us to venture up to the top. At the top of the apple, we were able to go outside and enjoy a view of the property (or the highway, depending on which way you looked).
At the Big Apple, they served more than just apple pie! There was a whole area to purchase lunch or dinner, including pizza and poutine. There were other apple-related products for sale, including the delicious apple bread. Other than eating, you could take the family there for a couple of hours because they had mini putt and ping pong tables set up for free use.
There was also imagery of this cartoon apple everywhere. In some situations, he could look quite creepy! Apple Man, please don`t murder us in our sleep!
The highlight of the trip was seeing all of the adorable farm animals. There was a small zoo of animals and it was feeding time! There were goats, donkeys, lambs, llamas, bunnies, chickens, and geese. We had fun watching them and petting some of them, although they were way more interested in their yummy hay!
We also took a video of all of the animals!
We didn’t want to stay too long past closing time, so we were on our way home. We had such a fun day together, partly planned and partly improvised. We love road trips!