You get introduced to all these people who are so passionate about something and just making it workApril Brown, motelier and co-owner, The June Motel
The June Motel, complete with pink doors, white Solair chairs accenting the facade and a name that befits the mid-century retro Floridian summery beach vibe you get when you arrive, is a throwback in time.
Picton, is in the heart of Prince Edward County (or The County as referred to by the locals). And people recognize the County for having a young but quality wineries, great motorcycle touring, and a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Now you can add a cool retro-chic motel to the mix too.
Moteliers, April Brown and Sarah Sklash have done a remarkable job of playing up on everything The County offers. As April puts it “You get introduced to all these people who are so passionate about something and just making it work.” It’s contagious. Building on that passion, April and Sarah placed all their energy into the renovation of this 1960s motel.
Arriving at The June Motel, you can pull up and park right in front of your room. For the ground-floor rooms you pull into the parking lot and the second-floor rooms you ride up the hill and around back (The motel is built into a hill so each room has ride up access!).
Guests checking in are greeted with a glass of rosé and a warm smile. In keeping with the Floridian theme, there is a tile floor, modern soft seating, a bar that doubles as the registration desk and a neon pink sign that reads Peace Love Wine. To the left is a large doorway opening that leads to an enclosed patio space complete with a fire pit and lounge seating nicely laid out for an intimate conversation or to sit back and relax after your ride.
Each of the 16 renovated rooms feature a view overlooking Picton Bay.
My room has two double beds. Each bed has beautiful bedspreads with a fun throw pillow—one reading Good Wine and the other Good Vibes. Above the beds are macramé wall hangings that adorn a wall painted in a pale blue–matching nicely with the mid-century feel. At the far end of the room is a small kitchenette complete with bar fridge, a counter, a table and two chairs, a sink, a two burner cooktop with some nice amenities like the Nespresso machine, Nespresso pods, and an assortment of fancy tea. Above the sink are tumbler glasses, four wine glasses and four ceramic mugs that read, “This could be Wine”. They replace even the motel room bible with Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopaedia. You know you are in wine country at The June Motel.
Tapping into the creative energy of The County, motelier April Brown explains “We have a lot of local collaborations—like our breakfasts is made by someone who is starting a healthy café and all of our toiletries in the rooms are made by a local lady who is infusing oils with different herbs. She did that in her kitchen and (started) growing this business—and just believes in (the) apothecary and all natural products.”
There is a lot to see and do in The County. The destination is a great place to get away from it all and offers some picturesque riding. But a stay at The June Motel is a destination on its own and should be the base camp.