No matter where the outings are, my friends and I always return saying the day was too short. There are so many fabulous places in Central Ontario to visit, that it is difficult to fit them all in. The older I get, the more I am convinced that time has gone peculiar and there are only 40 seconds in every minute. With this thought in mind, we decided to experiment by not fitting so much into a day. Our new destination was to be the Dufferin County Museum, followed by a luncheon at The Globe Restaurant in Rosemont
If you're not familiar with the location of the museum, it is at the crossroads of Hwy 89 and Airport Road, between Shelburne and Alliston. Mary had chosen this location, because she had visited it with a friend two weeks prior, and promised we would not be disappointed. She was bang on! To begin with, the drive there was lovely. We came west on Hwy. 89 from Hwy. 400. As we passed through Cookstown and Alliston, I wanted to jump out the car and embrace the character of each community. Alliston has lovely older two-storey brick homes that speak of expected prosperity lining their streets. The store windows looked so inviting, that I thought I would come back and enjoy a day shopping at Christmas.
Between the towns, Hwy. 89 travels through a scenery of vastness and undulating fields; and leading into Rosemont there is a panoramic view that is breathtaking. The farmer gives glory to the countryside! It must be for this reason that they located the museum just past Rosemont. Built to look like a bank barn, with a silo and additional historical buildings, it focuses on the history of Dufferin County. It is very unique! While we were visiting, they had on display a large private collection of animal art and sculptures. Some of the pieces were not only interesting but exquisite. The museum is a fair size, containing historic buildings within the building and outer buildings. They boast of having more than 20,000 artifacts in their collection. In the centre of the main floor, there is a wrought iron circular stair case that came from the Orangeville Jail. It is absolutely gorgeous. If you climb the stairwell in the silo and look down into the grounds, there is a rectangular garden made out of cedar rail fencing, that probes the imagination. I really enjoyed our trip to the museum and thought it was well done. There is lots of information on the website — www.dufferinmuseum.com.
Our next stop was The Globe Restaurant in Rosemont. Mary had picked this venue because of its superb reputation. We made reservations a few days in advance to ensure seating and I am glad we did. For a Friday luncheon, it was remarkably full. And, after eating there, I understand why. The food was fantastic! Of all the restaurants I have visited, this one is in my top five. The costs was quite reasonable, about $100 for the four of us, including tax and tip. It is located on Hwy. 89 in the middle of the village. The restaurant does not stand out, so it is easy to drive by. I'm not sure when it was built, possibly mid to late 1800s, but it comes an interesting tale of greed and survival that would have Dallas writers salivating. This came from their menu:
"In the early days, Rosemont boasted four hotels, one of which was the Globe. One night, a fire broke out in the hostelry built where the Anglican church now stands. The wife of the owner of the Globe rose from her bed, and grabbing her husband's shotgun, ran outside in her nightgown and mounted guard over the well — the main source of water for the village, but located on her husband's land. She stood there, daring anyone to fetch water to aid her chief rival for business until the building was past saving. The pump she guarded so valiantly is still to be seen outside — a tribute to the competitive instincts of our forebearers!"
The rustic country decor is wonderfully charming. The staff was great, and I felt as if I had stepped back in time, to a world where everything was homemade. It was truly a delightful experience, and one that I would highly recommend.