Get your kicks on Highway 28 - See some of Northumberland's most amazing places!

Get your kicks on Highway 28 – See some of Northumberland’s most amazing places!

Get your kicks on Hwy 28

Needing to get away and experience something new and exciting? Just a short ride into the countryside will bring you to the most amazing places in Northumberland County. For a day of fun shopping and culture, make sure to visit the following memorable stores and galleries.

Primitive Designs

Just 2 kilometeres north of Port Hope and the 401 (exit 464) is Primitive Designs on Hwy 28.

A visit to Primitive Designs will make you feel as if you have been on an exotic trip to Southeast Asia. Unique, hand-made arts, architectural pieces, furniture, statues and much more are imported from Bali, Thailand, Nepal, Morocco, India and Vietnam.

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They are rated #1 on Trip Advisor and are named one of Canada’s Top Roadside Attractions. The Primitive Design’s gigantic metal statues (one being 26 feet tall) are made from recycled auto parts and brought oversees from Southeast Asia. These statues have caught the attention of MTV, the Space Channel, CottageLife Television, Canada AM and CBC. A couple even made their way to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Niagara and Florida.

To control crowds, Primitive Designs is open by appointment only Tuesday through Sunday. 905-885-7516

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts

Travel four kilometeres north on Hwy 28 to Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts.

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Walking through Herma’s doors from the countryside has been likened to Dorothy from Kansas walking out of her home and into the land of OZ. The atmosphere is so magical with gorgeous chandeliers, sparkling crystal and large vases full of beautiful permanant botanical flowers.

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While most of the gifts, home decor, body care, dishware and fashion items are located in the front of the store, a labyrinth of endless hallways and aisleways lead to a wealth of award-winning barbecue sauces, spices, pastas, soups, preserves, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, frozen entrees, steaks, chickens, breads, cheeses, salamis and so much more imported from around the world, but also produced locally as well.

And if there is a kitchen tool you need we have you covered with names like Cuisipro, Dreamfarm, BOSKA, Emile Henry, OXO Good Grips, Peugeot, Epicurian Boards and Global Knives.

Walk-ins welcome every day of the week! 905-885-9250

Barn Finds

Next door to Herma’s is a time machine that will transport you to a different era as they offer vintage furniture, antiques and just about anything.

At Barn Finds you may truly find yourself hunting for treasure as you peruse through the vast amount of furniture and knick knacks presented. From antique china cabinets, dial-up telephones, formica dining tables, cuckoo clocks, large 1950’s vanities – you name it, they’ll have it. For every visit you make to Barn Finds you will be sure to find a new unique treasure.

And let’s not forget the fun that may be had transforming a rough piece of furniture into something fantastic.

Open most days.  905-885-4356

ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery

The perfect way to end your journey is to take a picturesque 15 minute drive to Rice Lake where ZimArt’s open-air gallery is located.

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ZimArt represents 50 Zimbabwean stone sculptors culminating into the most comprehensive, eclectic selection of Zimbabwean stone sculpture in Canada.

During much of the summer season the artist-in-residence, from Zimbabwe, is on site teaching workshops or talking and demonstrating to gallery visitors.

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Gallery visitors may stroll around the gallery on self-guided tours, bird watch, count the toads in their pond, and while they are at it, picnic under a tree with a yummy piece of cheese and some baguette bread from Herma’s. Don’t forget to bring snacks for picnicing as it will lead to a glorious end to a glorious excursion!

Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Thanksgiving. 705 – 939 – 6144