Best Of Windsor Essex Awards 2017 Announced Showcasing “Best Of” Fun Things To Do & See

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) has revealed the 2017 Best Of Windsor Essex Awards winners featuring fun things to do, fascinating attractions, unforgettable places to see, the best restaurants to eat at, sizzling summer festivals and more on March 29, 2017.

(Pictured above cyclists from the Windsor Tweed Ride stop for a photo op in front of Willistead Manor which was voted the Best of Windsor Essex 2017 Best Photo Op. Photo by Brent Groh/Eyes On Windsor).

2017 marks the second edition of the Best of Windsor Essex, a campaign that ran from January to February 2017 with the ambitious goal of putting together the most comprehensive list of the “Best Of” things to see and do in the region.

Group photo of the 2017 Best of Windsor Essex Awards Winners.Drawing on the success of last year’s inaugural campaign, this year’s the Best of Windsor Essex campaign drew an even more enthusiastic response from local residents and visitors eager to share their favorite attractions. In Phase I, over 785 unique Windsor Essex locations were nominated for the 43 awards. Those nominations were then pared down into the top five in each category. Phase II then began with over 7,000 people voting again on the top 5 in each category for their favorite spots in Windsor Essex – where they like to eat, shop, dine and play.

Winners of the Best of Windsor Essex were announced at a special Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 29th 2017. In addition to commemorative plaques, a letter of congratulations and bragging rights, winners will also be mentioned in TWEPI’s 2017/18 Official Visitor Guide and TWEPI’s micro-site, This specifically designed site will feature a mini-profile and photo of each winner and a highlight of the top 5 finalists per category.

wners of The Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast, Chef Benjamin Leblanc his wife Ginette Tremblay with their child hold their 2017 Best of Windsor Essex AwardFinalists and winners will be able to use this campaign to differentiate their business, increase their visibility, validate their achievements, and act as a strong testimonial of their offerings. Furthermore, this campaign has created an authentic list that is expected to resonate with visitors, giving TWEPI the opportunity to highlight some of the best of what the region has to offer.

“This year’s campaign drew an even higher engagement rate than last year from both businesses and their fans alike. Locals are justifiably proud of our area and we anticipate that this list will inspire locals and visitors alike to explore our region’s iconic experiences, hidden gems and everything in between,” says Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island.

Best Of Windsor Essex Award Winners 2017 | Full List

Willistead Manor
Best Photo Op

Art Gallery of Windsor
Best Art Gallery or Art Space

Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens
Best Family Friendly Attraction

Art in the Park
Best Local Festival – Arts & Music

Anchor Coffee House
Best Coffee House

Pelee Island Winery
Best Winery Experience

Urban Art Market
Best YQG Made Store

Jack’s Gastropub
Best Chef Inspired Dining

Viewpointe Estate Winery
Best Patio View

Sweet Revenge Bake Shop
Best Sweet Treat

Point Pelee National Park
Best Picnic Spot

Caesars Windsor
Best Hotel

Windsor Sculpture Park
Best Community Art Piece

Caesars Windsor
Best Local Attraction – Gaming

Harrow Fair
Best Local Festival – Family & Fairs

Jack’s Gastropub
Best Local Watering Hole

Freeds of Windsor
Best Clothing Store

Devonshire Mall
Best Mall

Rock Bottom Bar & Grill
Best Chicken Wings

Sandbar Waterfront Grill
Best Perch

Kingsville Golf & Country Club
Best Golf Course

Ganatchio Trail
Best Two Wheeled Adventure

Sturgeon Woods Campground & Marina
Best Cottage/Campground

Walkerville BIA
Best Cultural or Historical District

Fort Malden National Historic Site
Best Local Attraction – Historical

Carrousel of the Nations
Best Local Festival – Food & Drink

F&B Walkerville
Best Craft Cocktail

Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
Best Entertainment Venue – Over 1,000 seats

Twisted Apron
Best Breakfast

Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine
Best Global Eats

Armando’s Restaurant
Best Pizza Pie

Urban Surf Co.
Best On The Water Activity

Point Pelee National Park
Best Walking, Hiking or Running Trail

Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre
Best Museum or Heritage Space

WFCU Centre
Best Local Attraction – Sports

Walkerville Brewery
Best Brewery Experience

Wolfhead Distillery
Best Windsor-Essex Distillery Experience

Capitol Theatre
Best Live Music Space – Under 1,000 seats

Mamo Burger Bar
Best Burger Joint

Spago Ristorante E Pizzeria
Best Pasta House

The Carvery
Best Sandwich Shop

Ojibway Nature Centre
Best Park or Garden

Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast
Best Bed & Breakfast