Looking for a day of treasure hunting to beat the winter blues? Head on out to the pretty little hamlet Glen Williams. Glen Williams is one of the last remaining hamlets in Ontario – perhaps in Canada – and a village with character and a true sense of community. Life in Glen Williams is reminiscent of simpler days.
Nestled on the banks of the Credit River valley at the north end of Georgetown along the Niagara Escarpment, Glen Williams is home to The Williams Mill a unique collection of artist studios including; glass blowing, stone carvers, pottery, jewellery, encaustic, pencil and oil painting. These are working studios where you can meet the artist and perhaps catch them creating their next master piece.
The glass studio is home to seven artists and the only place you’ll see artists in shorts and t-shirts in the dead of winter. Working amongst the three furnaces is hot work that creates beautiful pieces.
Once you’ve had your fill of art studios and packed your car with all the new treasures you’ve found it’s time to fill your belly. Right on site is the Glen Tavern which boasts seasonally inspired, contemporary dinners. Note this Tavern is open for dinner only and a reservation is highly recommended. Another option is the Copper Kettle Pub a 1 minute walk from the Mill and offers fresh, home cooked and delicious takes on your pub favourites.
Further down the road about a kilometre (and two bridges over the meandering Credit River) are two more shops for the treasure seeker. Feathered Nest Furnishings and The Beaumont Mill are home to an eclectic variety of antiques and upcycled furnishings. They occupy two sides of the same building making getting everything you discover to the car that much easier.