Rosé All Day At The June Motel
The June Motel in Picton, Ontario has found great success as a motel wonderland of all things ‘gram worthy. It’s a tropical, feminine, bohemian oasis born from a typical North American motel fixed up and tailored to wine seekers and boutique shoppers alike. The motel is instantly noticeable from the street by its pretty pink guestroom doors.
Check in was an absolute breeze – although note it really doesn’t open until check-in time – which is 3 pm. The door was literally locked before then, we were happy to take a seat outside on an adorable Solaris two-seater and take in the sunshine. Once open the guest services agent offered us a small glass of rosé and before I could finish it we had our room key in hand and a solid rundown of the place.
The June Motel offers a text concierge which I think is a fun and very convenient. Also, you can get local goodies throughout your stay such as a charcuterie platter, fresh juices, and a lovely-sounding breakfast option once again put together from products by local doers & makers. As it was a weekday the front desk space was closed from 8 pm until the morning, which was kind of charming. It reminded me that I was in a county – that this is a place where people come to relax, recharge and disconnect. Slow down and sip the rosé, you could say.
I was so thrilled to get into our room and bask in the adorable-ness. Tim was less thrilled (read: a man in a pink wonderland) but tolerant and happy to have some Wi-Fi.
Truthfully, this accommodation experience far surpassed my expectations. The level of detail and anticipation of guests’ needs truly impressed me, and with a background in boutique hotels, I like to think I know a thing or two about personalized service.
In every corner of the room was something thoughtfully selected to contribute to the experience. A variety of glasses – real glasses were available ready for a chilled splash of wine. The mugs were customized with an adorable saying that instantly became a feature instead of just a mug. God I love details! From the cheeky pillows to the bulletin board “guest directory” the June has some serious charm.
Another thing that was so wonderful about the June Motel was having the opportunity to experience neat stuff like a Nespresso machine, a Saje Ultrasonic Diffuser with custom essential oil blend locally made Sunday’s Company bath products in a grapefruit & mint scent – the list goes on and on. I know I sound like an ad…but I really appreciate the opportunity to use cool stuff that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself. I operate on a solid rotation of hotel soap so having some locally made quality bath products was much appreciated.
Functionality is not left by the wayside as there are cooking supplies, a sizable fridge and a hot plate available in each unit. The beds were comfortable and the room felt squeaky clean, a feat most renovated motels are unable to achieve
From a garage door to the side of the lobby the June extends into a dreamy outdoor space complete with fire pits and gorgeous seating. The patio is licensed, so you may sip away at your leisure. The collection of eclectic and funky outdoor furniture will have you reconsidering any plans you’ve made. I hear they also offer yoga sessions on Saturdays in the summer.
I can’t wrap this up until I mention how humble and unpretentious the staff is. I think that’s an important thing to note these days as I find trendy places often have this “coolness” barrier up that can make people feel out of place. That was nowhere to be found at the June. Every interaction we had with staff members was pleasant and warm.
It may sound silly to suggest, but I feel as if the June Motel is a destination in itself (yes, I’ve said that about a motel and I refuse to take it back). I am completely biased as there is pink everywhere and it combines my love for ramshackle things made glamorous and wine. But seriously, with all the motel offers, I feel it would be the perfect place to “disappear” for a solo, couples or girls getaway.
Now browse this assortment of snapshots from our stay, you’ll be hard-pressed not to hop in the car and go.