Looking for a reason to get out of the city for a quick trip? Why not tuck into the charming small town of Lumsden, a mere 15 minutes from Regina? Nestled within the hilly panorama of the Qu’Apppelle Valley, this photo-worthy pit stop teems with charm and beauty but there’s a lot more than just the view to enjoy.

Though it may appear a bit sleepy, especially on Sundays when a lot of vendors are closed, don’t be fooled. The sweet reprieve from the city is home to an award-winning distillery, quirky shops, nearby nature activities and much more.

Main Street Check out Main Street’s boutique shops, which are conveniently housed together in the same building. Offering offer a hip, friendly and urban appeal is clothing store Thr3e Clothing Connection. Beyond having an incredible selection of chic women’s wear, the friendly staff will keep you coming back for more. Across the way in the same building is La Vault Decor, which features unique and eclectic upcycled/recycled home décor. 215 James St. N.

La Vault Thr3e La Vault Decor                                                                                  Thr3e Clothing Connection

Take the kids across the street to the Painted Parasol Gift & Toy, a shop that sells a mish-mash of knick- knacks and toys, but more importantly a great selection of candy (including so many faves from my childhood)! Or, indulge in an ice cream cone from the Street Treats ice cream trailer (open 11-9 July 1 onward), located just outside of the shop.

While strolling, don’t miss stopping in the Fourth and James Bakery for some fresh baked goods and locally roasted coffee. This quaint little bakery also offers a changing lunch special and daily bread. Everything is made from scratch and a word of warning is necessary – best to get there early in the morning as the shelves tend to empty quickly. 220 James St. N

Fourth and James baked goods. Fourth and James baked goods

Celebrated spirits Saskatchewan’s first micro distillery, Last Mountain Distillery, has grown exponentially since its inception in 2010 and shows no signs of slowing down. Gaining notoriety a few years back with their naturally infused Dill Pickle vodka, they also offer over a dozen products, including their award-winning handcrafted whiskeys.

Sure to be this year’s best seller is the Sweet Tea Vodka. This sweet treat is a blend of their premium Vodka and in-house tea brewed. Try mixing it with lemonade and it may just become your go refreshment this summer.

Last Mountain Distillery cocktail resized courtesy Last Mountain Distillery Last Mountain Distillery cocktail courtesy Last Mountain Distillery

Be sure to pop in for a tour and tasting offered every Saturday ($10/person) or call for an appointment. They’d be happy to host you! Or, try to make it out to their Caesar Fest on July 23rd! 70 Highway 20 (just on the right as you enter the town)

Tasty organics and new offerings Like Last Mountain Distillery, Over the Hill Orchards has grown and diversified but continues to offer premium homegrown local products in addition to their famous “prairie cherry” products.

They’ve added several delish new wine offerings including Pinot Noir Cherry, Reisling, Chardonnay and Peach flavours. Within the month they’ll be adding Strawberry and Apricot. The existing line up of Cherry, Raspberry and Apple wines are still available as well.

Prairie Cherry product Over the Hills Orchard

Also new this year, is a series of suppers called #supperintheorchard. Chefs from the Regina area such as Crave’s Johnathan Thauberger, Flip’s Dave Straub and Copper Kettle’s Destiny Slobodian, to name a few, will come out and create an outstanding four-course meal. The suppers are happening every 2nd weekend on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to call ahead and book your spot as spaces will be limited (306-535-1278). The price is $65/guest. Be sure to try one of their special Over the Hills Orchard wines while there!

View from Over the Hills Orchard

Book a tour to learn more about this incredible orchard.

Get active

Another way to take in the fantastic valley view includes a visit to Beaver Creek Ranch and Horse Centre, a working cattle ranch located just minutes from Lumsden. Hop atop a horse and trot across their over 200 acres of the Qu’Appelle Valley’s rolling hills; take in a summer hay ride or visit for a cowboy cookout!

As I wrote about in this post a little while ago, the Lumsden and Deer Valley area offer a few choices for those seeking to explore the area on foot. Try the Lumsden Walking Tour or head out to Deer Valley section of the Trans Canada Trail, stretching from Lumsden River Park to Deer Valley. The 16km trail is for beginner-intermediate hikers and features both natural terrain and paved walking surfaces.

Lumsden hillside Lumsden hills

If tee time is what you have in mind, play a quick nine or 18 at Deer Valley’s championship golf course. Situated along Wascana Creek, the impressive course measures almost 6,800 yards from the back tees.