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Stay warm in these great local cafes

apartments for rent in Elora, local hotspotsKeep yourself warm and cozy this winter by indulging in specialty coffee, tea or new concoctions at a local café in Elora. Cafés offer a relaxing space where you can go to unwind after a long day, catch up with friends or simply sip on a beverage made specifically to your liking. No matter what your reason for visiting a café, once you settle down on some comfy furniture with your piping-hot beverage, a good book or great company, you’ll never want to leave. To give residents insight on hidden gems near their Elora apartments, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has researched some local cafés that offer coffee for connoisseurs and cuisine that will make your mouth water.

Uptown CAFÉ

Offering a full selection of fine coffees, premium quality teas and exquisite food options, Uptown CAFÉ is a provider of all things delicious and decadent at a reasonable price. Patrons can enjoy an extensive breakfast menu that includes omelettes, breakfast wraps, cinnamon French toast, pancakes, waffles, BLTs and a lot more. If you’re more in the mood for lunch, try Uptown CAFÉ’s quiche, hamburgers, tuna melts, chicken teriyaki, paninis and salads. However, don’t forget to make room for desserts like fruit pies, squares and tarts, which are always baked fresh daily. The café is open throughout the week from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on the weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Afternoon tea is also available from 2:00 p.m. until closing and hours are subject to extension during the summer months. Located on 140 Metcalfe Street, the Sandstone apartments and Executive Suites are less than a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk away.

Wreckless Eric

Situated in a neighbourhood of artists and boutiques, Wreckless Eric is an eclectic and lively space where you can enjoy some delicious drinks and treats. Come in and enjoy five different brews of organic, fair trade coffee, loose-leaf teas, local beers and a selection of signature cocktails. Chefs make menu items from scratch daily using the best local ingredients and products while sourcing the finest cuts of meat. All of the café’s meat is naturally raised and supplied by Dar’s Country Market in Elora. Satisfy your hunger with New York-style bagels, breakfast burritos, caprese paninis, chicken and avocado sandwiches and a variety of other options. The menu contains an extensive amount of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for you to enjoy. Located on 90 Metcalfe Street, the café is conveniently located two-minutes away by car from the Sandstone apartments and Executive Suites and 10-minutes away for those who prefer to drive. Make sure you leave room for sweet items like two-bite brownies, peanut butter cookies, double reverse chocolate cookies and pumpkin bitter bites. It’s best to pair these dessert items with a cup of drip coffee, specialty coffees, like salted caramel and pumpkin spice lattes, pour cover coffees and teas.

Van Gali’s Café & Inn & Catering

The next time you’re craving a cup of java or a sweet snack visit Van Gali’s Café located in Fergus, Ontario. This venue offers an unforgettable experience and a menu that is broad enough to satisfy all palates and diets, including vegans, meat-lovers, vegetarians and gluten-free. Enjoy handmade crepes all weekend long and try a new specialty crepe that is revealed every weekend in addition to traditional fare. Many of the breakfasts, mid-afternoon snacks and homemade desserts are made with spelt flour or are gluten-free, so even those with gluten allergies can enjoy them. When it comes to beverages, Van Gali’s is filled with a variety of option from smoothies, lattes, steamers, and cappuccino, as well as Reunion Island Organic Fair Trade Coffee. The region’s local supplier, Waterloo Coffee, is also available. Pick up a coffee card on your next visit and after your seventh coffee purchase, the eighth one is on the house. Located on 180 Saint Andrew Street East, this local gem is only an eight-minute drive from the Executive Suites and a 10-minute drive from the Sandstone apartments.


If you’d rather not go to a café, you can simply enjoy the warmth and comfort of your own apartment space. Located on 120-122 David Street East and 143 Kertland Street, Williams and McDaniel’s Elora apartments offer residents the quality and exceptional service that they deserve.




Hallowe’en Crafts for Kids

Decorate your Elora apartment in spooky style by enlisting the help of your kids. Not only will kids get the chance to get creative, but you’ll also have an array of inexpensive, seasonal crafts to display around your apartment space for all your guests and trick or treaters to see. Get your paintbrushes, glue and construction paper ready because today on the blog, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel has some Halloween crafts you can make with the help of your little ones.


Pumpkin and Monster Jars

Use up those empty pasta sauce jars or rescue other glass jars of all sizes and shapes from the recycling bin with this ‘Fantastic Fun and Learning’ Pumpkin and Monster Jars craft. Thin out white glue with water and paint the entire surface of the jar and roll in icing-tinted Epsom salts. You can choose any colours you desire, but orange and green seem quite fitting for the occasion. If there are spots that aren’t covered with salt, sprinkle handfuls on any areas that are not entirely covered. Apply a coat of clear acrylic paint to keep salt from rubbing off as the jars move around. For best results, it is important that you leave the jars to dry before decorating them with spooky trimmings like black ribbon, googly eyes and foam eyes. These materials are available at Michaels located on 15 Woodlawn Road West, which is a 20-minute drive from both the Sandstone apartments and the Executive Suites. The finished jars can either be filled with battery-operated tea lights or real ones, depending on where you plan to display them.


Pasta Skeletons

These Pasta Skeletons by ‘Martha Stewart’ offer an exciting and fun way to learn about anatomy by making a skeleton out of pasta noodles. Using an illustration of a skeleton as a guide, all you’ll need is lots of dried pasta, which you can pick up at Dar’s Country Market on 6458 Wellington Road. Both the Elora apartments are less than 10 minutes away from the store. This white glue and construction paper can be picked up at Stockade Wood & Craft Supply located on 785 Imperial North, which is 24 minutes away from the apartments. Depending on how you want to create your skeleton, you may need to snap some of the pasta pieces in half. If you want to get especially educational you can even use alphabet noodles to make labels for the bones.


Paper Bag Bats

Try the ‘Mer Mag’ Paper Bag Bats for a super easy craft that uses up materials around your house. Using a cardboard tube, paint and a paper bag, you and your kids can create a décor item that can be used for many things. Kids can use them as finger puppets or adults can use them as Halloween-themed napkin holders, party favours filled with sugary sweets or simply place them around the apartment. Whatever you decide to do with this cost-effective craft, it will effortlessly and eerily enhance your apartment space. Visit Michaels for the acrylic paint and whatever else you need to create this craft.


Get into the Halloween spirit by decorating your apartment space with creative crafts and getting the kids to help. For those who are looking to rent, Williams and McDaniel’s Elora apartments located on 120-122 David Street East and 143 Kertland Street offer spacious and beautiful apartments with an escape from the city.