Now part of the larger region of Mississippi Mills, Almonte holds true to its mill and textile heritage with lovingly-preserved stone buildings, a textile museum, and a couple of antique shops
. There are good views of the many former mills from riverside parks throughout Almonte. Drive through downtown where there are several interesting craft and gift stores, among them, Textile Traditions, which stocks supplies for home crafters and quilters.
The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
is found at the heart of a handsome stone industrial complex. Main floor mill offices with high tin ceilings, lovely hardwood floors, and wainscoting now house exhibits on the valley textile industry. The building’s top floor, originally used to store raw wool and finished goods (it still smells very much like sheep!), displays historic and contemporary looms. True to its roots, the valley has an active spinning and weaving guild and its handiwork is available at the museum’s craft shop. Next door to the museum, Rosamond Woolen Mill has been turned into upscale condos.
For a meal, try the Heirloom Café and Bistro
. Formerly the Victoria Woolen Mill, this casual fine dining option brings the charm with many features to take you bake to its milling days, including soaring wood beams, wood floors, and a roaring fire in the fireplace. Both lunch and dinner menus are inventive, including a sage roasted chicken and molasses bacon sandwich with feta and corn relish. For something more substantial, try the bison, elk, duck confit, and Berkshire pork tourtiere with house chutney and sundried cherries.