Despite food and beds being two of my favourite things, I’ve had a previously strained relationship with bed & breakfast accommodations. In my traveling teen years, I wasn’t very aware of them. In my hospitality years, I avoided them. Then, in Scotland, I fell in love with them. Staying at The Roods B&B in Inverkeithing, just outside Edinburgh, offered a new insight into how comfortable (and quiet, and delicious) a hotel alternative could be. This got me curious about the gems in our own backyards. Here are some of the top choices for unique, cozy stays across Ontario.
HOCHELAGA INN – Kingston
Room types include (but aren’t limited to):
– Tower Rooms w/ queen bed, fireplace, private bathroom, living room.
– Deluxe Rooms w/ queen or king bed, high ceilings, private bathroom, living room.
– Chairman Rooms (the largest) w/ queen bed, private bathroom, sitting area.
Things to Do Nearby: City Park, Princess Street & Confederation Park, 1000 Islands, K-Rock Centre.
BEACON SHORE – Georgian Bay
Home to the 1901 Midland Point Range Lighthouse it’s named after, the Beacon Shore Bed & Breakfast offers beautiful gardens, a private bay dock, trails plus views of birds, butterflies and other wildlife (I love a good deer sighting). Room types include:
– Georgian Bay Suite w/ Georgian Bay view through 3-sided window, queen bed, private en-suite bathroom with romance tub, separate 2-person shower and 2 vanities.
– King Suite w/ king bed, private en-suite bathroom w/ 2-person shower.
– Woodland Room w/ forest view, queen bed, private bathroom w/ large shower.
– Queen Room w/ Georgian Bay view, queen bed, private bathroom with shower/tub combination.
Things to Do Nearby: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Midland 30,000 Islands Boat Cruises, Discovery Harbour, Drive-In Movies, Midland Golf & Country Club.
LAKEWINDS COUNTRY MANOR – Niagara on the Lake
Built in the 1880’s on a beautiful acre, this Victorian manor sits among vast gardens, treed views and one of the area’s oldest golf courses. Lakewinds features only 6 rooms and suites, all featuring en-suite bathrooms, fireplace units, individual thermostats and gourmet breakfast for two.
Complimentary beverages (tea, coffee, soda) are available at the games room bar and the outdoor pool is heated. The property also features a solarium, 2 verandahs, vegetable gardens and a fish pond.
Things to Do Nearby: Niagara on the Lake Heritage District, wine tours, restaurant exploration.
ANGELA’S BED & BREAKFAST – Ottawa
Within a family style home built in 1898 and one of the city’s most eco-friendly and inclusive accomodation options, visitors of Angela’s Bed & Breakfast can enjoy a connective stay featuring a communal breakfast table, common spaces, outdoor play structuring for children, bicycles for guest use and healthy, organic, local-centric breakfast options. Room types include:
– Green Room w/ 3rd floor stay, private deck.
– Queen Room w/ optional added cot.
– Family suites with bedding options for familes up to 4 persons, including children.
Angela’s Bed & Breakfast is an eco-friendly, LGBTQ positive environment.
Things to Do Nearby: Rideau Canal, Parliament Hill, the Glebe, Byward Market.
MONTROSE INN – Belleville
When I was younger, my family drove past this destination almost every weekend on our way to the mall or movie theatre. Being a kid, I imagined it belonged to someone important (political or Ritchie Rich-like) and likely even called it a palace, if I remember correctly. It was only in my later years I realized it was a venue, not one or two people living in a gigantic mansion to themselves.
Montrose Inn houses four gorgeous rooms, each with access to amenities, dining area, the library and verandahs. Built in 1916 on a now-6 acre property overlooking the Bay of Quinte, Montrose Inn welcomes guests to enjoy its multiple gardens and gazebo area. Requests for boutique weddings, private functions and use of the Grand Gatsby Speakeasy can also be made directly to the staff.
Things to Do Nearby: Empire Theatre, Zwick’s Park, Nearby Highway to Prince Edward County (& its many wineries!).
Originally written early 2018 on a former blog.