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FULL LIST: Gladstone Commons, Iron Kettle Commissary, The Salty Dog, Grove Hotel, Others Win 2024 ‘Best Of Windsor Essex’ Awards

Thursday April 4th, 2024, 1:02pm


Tourism Windsor Essex has announced the winners of the 2024 Best of Windsor Essex awards.

Voting ran from February 13th through March 3rd with the goal of putting together the most comprehensive list of the “best things to see and do” in the region.

The popular social media campaign drew a tremendous response where Windsor Essex businesses received over 8,200 votes, and handed out 47 awards.

“It’s an annual kick off to the year at Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island – the Best of Windsor Essex Awards celebrate some of the best things to see and do in Windsor Essex and allow locals to have a voice about what they feel is the best of our region” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor Essex. “Now in its 9th rendition, each year we see growth in votes but also new suggestions for businesses and attractions to be featured which truly demonstrates the interest in residents to celebrate their favourite places to eat, drink, shop, play and stay in Windsor Essex.”

“The number of votes for the Best of Windsor Essex Awards campaign showcases how important a local audience is to help our tourism and hospitality businesses thrive, but also how devoted their customers are to celebrate their successes” said Orr. “In an industry that generates over $1 billion in economic impact and employs almost 10k jobs, it’s important to engage locals and remind them of great things to see and do in their own backyard, and also share with family and friends when they visit.”

Attractions & Events

Best Attraction
Family Friendly Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens

Best Attraction
Gaming Caesars Windsor

Best Attraction
Historical Willistead Manor

Best Festival
Harrow Fall Fair

Best Parade
Kingsville Santa Claus Parade

Best Holiday Event
Bright Lights Windsor

Best Street Event
Amherstburg Open Air Weekends


Arts & Entertainment

Best Art Gallery or Art Space or Artist
Art Windsor-Essex

Best Outdoor Art
Windsor Sculpture Park

Best Live Performance Venue
The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor

Best Tour Experience



Best Bakery & Baked Goods
Iron Kettle Commissary

Best Breakfast
The Twisted Apron

Best Burger Joint
Mamo Burger Bar

Best Date Night Spot
Gladstone Commons

Best Diverse Eats
El Diablo – Kingsville

Best Farmers Market or Shop
Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market

Best Fried Chicken Sandwich
The Grand Cantina

Best Ice Cream Parlour
Dairy Freez

Best Lunch Spot
The Salty Dog

Best Pasta House

Best Patio
Oxley Estate Winery

Best Pizza Pie
Original Guys Pizza Pies

Best Plant Based Eatery
Taloola Café

Best Wing Spot
The Loose Goose RestoPub & Lounge



Best Hotel
Caesars Windsor

Best Unique Stay
The Grove Hotel & Motel

Drink Best Bar, Pub or Sports Bar
The Grove Brewing Company

Best Brewery Experience
Walkerville Brewery

Best Café, Coffee Shop or Roaster
Anchor Coffee House

The Art of a Cocktail
Wolfhead Distillery

Best Winery Experience
Pelee Island Winery



Best Beach
Colchester Beach

Best Birding Hub
Point Pelee National Park

Best Golf Course
Kingsville Golf & Country Club

Best On The Water Activity
Urban Surf Co.

Best Park or Garden
King’s Navy Yard Park

Best Picnic Spot
Point Pelee National Park

Best Trail
Ojibway Park

Shopping Best Boutique Shop
Cindy’s Home & Garden

Best Locally Made Store
Urban Art Market

Best Mall
Devonshire Mall

Best Shopping District
Kingsville BIA

Best Spa or Wellness Resort
Estate of Health


Photo Op

Best City Photo Op
Dieppe Park & Windsor Riverfront

Best County Photo Op
Point Pelee National Park Tip

Best Pelee Island Photo Op
Pelee Island Winery Pavillion


You can watch the entire award ceremony below:

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