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The uniqueness of The Briars Resort and Spa stands out as an allencompassing romantic destination, especially if you suffer from opposites attracting like most of us do. I like to sit and relax, while my better half likes to be busy.

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Letters Editor’s Note Modern Day Romance Steeped in History: The Briars Resort and Spa

A Barn by Any Other Name

Time in Paradise at Spa Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

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Change is coming..... A ‘New and Improved’ Inns Magazine starting the summer issue will partner with Spa Life Magazine and include some of the most exciting Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Spas in North America in our summer Duo Issue!

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ome partners and myself recently purchased an Inn and Spa that were open, but ran out of money a number of years ago as they were being completed. We are completing renovations of the Inn and finishing construction of the Spa with the target of being ready for this summer’s busy season. We will stay in contact and we would definitely love to have you do a story on the redevelopment!

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Brent Brownlee, Code’s Mill Inn & Spa, Perth, ON ONGRATULATIONS MARY!! It’s great to hear that you are Marketing Chair for FOBBA. Congratulations on your 2 properties!! So you’re enjoying doing the Guest Suites and B&B??? Good for you. You must come up one time and stay at my Cottage rental and give me your input. Maybe you can write about it in Inns Magazine, you’ll be my guest of course. I’m planning on coming up your way in the near future and look forward to meeting you again to talk shop and B&B trends. Have yourself a great day and once again Congratulations!! Warmest Regards, Maria Rekrut

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idden Valley Resort, Huntsville, recently expanded its reservations system. It just joined the Ascend Collection membership program from Choice Hotels International Inc., as the portfolio¹s first lodging in Ontario. This elite network is comprised of historic, boutique and unique hotels in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. As an Ascend Collection member, Hidden Valley Resort remains independently owned and operated, while the property gains international reservations and distribution systems. And it acquires a presence on ChoiceHotels.com, one of the hospitality industry¹s most visited websites. The network appeals to the growing number of travelers who like to discover upscale independent hotels with local flair when visiting new places. More information is available at www.ascendcollection.com/.

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n behalf of the FOBBA board of directors, I would like to congratulate you both on Osler House winning “B&B of the Year” at the 2012 Hamilton Tourism Awards! We have added your accomplishment to our news section on the newly revamped FOBBA website. It’s people like you that make our organization proud of the work and dedication that is put into operating a successful bed and breakfast. Best wishes to you throughout the remainder of 2012. Yours in hospitality, Troy Gee, Secretary.

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Editor’s Note

Sleeping where a celebrity once slept!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mary Hughes

ART DIRECTOR Bruce Anderson

ACCOUNTING MANAGER Wendy Kelba

MANAGING EDITOR Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman

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Editor, Mary Hughes sitting in a favorite suite of actor Christopher Plummer when he performs at the Stratford Theatre, the Westover Inn is located in St. Mary’s Ontario, Canada.

he staff of Inns Magazine ventured out for a New Year celebration early this year. We were harried, busy, and pulling our hair out as we got Inns Magazine to press over the Christmas holidays then took a few days off to recover.

So, late January, we ventured to the Westover Inn in St. Marys, Ontario where we had an overnight, plus a decadent dinner. Wow! Dinner was amazing! You will see the dessert we got to sample: ‘Angel Food Cupcakes with Amaretto Custard and Marinated Strawberries’ (see it on page 39). We really enjoyed everything about our meal, and what a fun escape to go away as a group, far away from the office. We all had our own rooms. Mine was the Manor Luxury Suite, but it is commonly referred to as the ‘Plummer Suite’, named for one of the Westover’s famous customers. It is a large suite with a private bar, living room and bedroom with a private balcony. It’s wonderfully masculine, almost with an English library sort-of-style. The inn has been a long time favorite of actor Christopher Plummer, especially when he performs in a Shakespeare production in nearby Stratford, Ontario. If not staying at the inn, he certainly stops by for dinner, these days. With an Oscar win for him this year, I am sure those creative vibes were all about the suite, the night I stayed there. All of us visited in the suite, and laughed the evening away - what a great time! If the walls could only talk, I wonder what other famous guests have stopped by to see him while at dinner or walking the grounds? But I did have a wonderful night’s sleep and that came from the sheer relaxation of the hospitality, and wonderful dinner I had earlier that evening. Sleeping where a famous celebrity slept… it’s highly recommended!

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n the 1870s, Dr. Frank Sibbald fell in love at first sight with a majestic house built on the shores of Lake Simcoe, Ontario. He was a wealthy doctor, who had great enthusiasm for entertaining, and loved people and parties. He expanded the house, filled it with treasures, and welcomed guests for the most of his life. Little did he know that very same house would evolve into a sophisticated country inn resort, while still remaining in the Sibbald family. Today, the doctor would be astonished to see its transformation into 86 accommodations, restaurants, a golf course and spa. The Briars Resort and Spa is

round or two - discover the 18-hole championship golf course that has been enchanting golfers for years. It is one of the province’s oldest courses. The tennis courts are adjacent Today, fourth and fifth generation Sibbald to the front entrance of the property, and family are welcoming new and returning there are plenty of water sports on the lake, guests. The uniqueness of The Briars Resort as well as the indoor pool. So, you don’t have and Spa stands out as an all-encompassing to venture far. Trails for walking, biking, and romantic destination, especially if you suffer hiking, are a stone’s throw away, as you head from opposites attracting like most of us do. out the front door. I like to sit and relax, while my better half After a day of activity for some of us, likes to be busy. I found a remedy at The the best part is the spa! It is an eight-room Briars! The old cliché there is something for treatment center, located in the tower portion everyone is really true! of the resort. It offers many top quality treatIf you are a golfer - most of us do enjoy a one of Canada’s leading destinations. There is something for everyone here, as I discovered on my recent visit.

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ments for individuals and couples - you can even have lunch in the tower while overlooking the property! Pencil in your calendar! Saturday nights are for the romantic at heart as couples dine by candlelight and dance the night away! Dinner and dancing is a pleasure that few of us have time to enjoy these days. It puts those dance lessons to good work! This extensive property is surprisingly intimate with all the private nooks and hidden corners you’ll discover. Many couples comment on the gracious dining room, and it, too, has private corners with tables for two. Chef Trevor Ledlie has been tantalizing taste buds here for 12 years. The menu is extensive and proudly features locally grown fare, including herbs and vegetables from right on the property. Please save room for www.innsmagazine.com

dessert, and I recommend the house specialty, sit by the fire, enjoy a drink and even toast a Sticky Toffee Pudding! Before turning in you marshmallow! can always head for a nightcap at the DrinkWherever you are in your life together - a waters Lounge. new couple or a well-seasoned pair – you can relax knowing the Briars has been welcomThe accommodations are abundant in ing guests since 1880, and has stood the test choice. Guest rooms in the original main of time. Little did Dr. Frank Sibbald know house offer a New England style charm, including rooms with balconies and fireplaces. that his contagious enthusiasm way back then would still be apparent today – and definitely For the ultimate seclusion for you and your then some! sweetheart, the Cottages have private patios, fireplaces, golf course, lake and woodlands The Briars Resort and Spa views. Jackson’s Point, Ontario, 800-465-2376 / 905-722-3271 Each night after dinner there is a roaring www.briars.ca fire outside the dining room surrounded by Muskoka chairs. Guests love to come and Inns Magazine Romance 2012

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By Keith Kehlbeck

Few structures are more quintessentially American than the barn. They are the symbols of our agricultural heritage and summon attractive images of bucolic landscapes across America.

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articularly in the last few years, a growing number of individuals have rehabilitated barns for public, residential and commercial uses. It will come as no surprise that barns seem particularly well-suited to be incorporated into inns. All of us are familiar with the old adage about closing the barn door after the horses have escaped. In the hospitality industry, innkeepers have opened their barn doors to guests.

A perfect example of this is The Inn at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont. The 19th century farmhouse, and attached horse barn, were converted, in 1986, to an inn by Jack and Doreen Simko with their daughter Anne Marie DeFreest, ending the 155-year, seven-generation Josyln family stewardship of the property. Anne Marie now runs the inn with partner, Tim Piper, and their dedicated staff.

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The Inn itself has 12-rooms, each uniquely decorated, with original pine floors, rich wallpaper and decorative accents. What makes the Inn truly unique, however, is the dominating structure on the property—its round barn. Round barns are products of an agrarian society at the turn of the last century and are examples of a long-forgotten ingenuity of a farming society that searched for innovative ways to improve their farming techniques. Now, they serve equally well as gathering places for magical weddings, receptions, concerts, art exhibits and other events. The ambitious restoration eventually qualified the property for inclusion onto the National Register of Historic Places. The strategy was to adapt “uses to the barn� instead of the barn to a particular use, as the owners considered ways to financially support their investment. The space is now used for a shop, offering products and items related to the local area and Vermont, for art

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exhibitions, and for catering and conferences. All in all, The Inn at the Round Barn Farm is a textbook example of a successful marriage between historic building preservation and a thriving family business. A search on the Internet will readily show that there are many other examples of inns that utilize barns in whole or in part— sometimes as the main structure itself and also for suites or outbuildings.

Pheasant Run Farm

The Chimney Hill Estate and “Ol’ Barn Inn” of Lambertville, New Jersey pairs a bed and breakfast with an Alpaca Farm. Located near the historic site of George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware in the Revolutionary War, The Chimney Hill Estate includes a Rustic Luxury Barn Suite, surely a combination of seeming opposites. Pheasant Run Farm is a beautifully converted bed and breakfast in picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The property includes an 1809 stone bank barn that was converted to a bed and breakfast, combining today’s modern luxuries with the barn’s original architectural features.

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The list goes on and on, and includes everything from 100-year old tobacco barns to Amish farm country barns that have been converted into luxury suites. In Ozark, Missouri, there is even a “Barn Again” Vacation Retreat. These are just a few examples of how barns have been adaptively re-used to good effect in the lodging industry. Whatever their original purpose, such structures add a unique flavor to that other iconic American staple—the country inn. Who knows? If he were around today, perhaps even Old McDonald would end up as a guest!

The Chimney Hill Estate

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by Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman Staff photo by Jane Huisman

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t’s about time, isn’t it? Imagine how wonderful it would be to discover a place where time slows down, where you and your special someone can really be together. This little island of time in paradise is what I happened upon, coming to Spa Fairmont Le Château Montebello. A hour’s scenic drive from Ottawa/ Gatineau or Montreal, the village of Montebello rests on the shores of the Ottawa River, in the Outaouais Region of Quebec. When looking for a destination spa, look no further than Outaouais, with its amazing variety of activities and splendid hospitality. Here, it is Fairmont Le Château Montebello, a resort offering all sorts of recreation, quiet time, or what you will.

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This one and only Château welcomes you into the grand cedar log lodge, warm and inviting. Don’t let the scale fool you, for its largesse, you will find the personal touch. All Château Montebello staff work hard to meet expectations, right down to the immediacy of social media, like Twitter and Facebook. “We always respond to guests,” says Nathalie Beauchamp, director of sales and marketing for Le Château. “Our guests’ experience is an extraordinarily personal connection.” Every stay here is a different one. You’ll be surprised by the versatility of the resort’s choices. Try your hand at clay shooting in summer, dog sledding in winter. Enjoy skating, tubing, year-round fishing, swimming, and hiking. Then, there’s the golf. And even the Land Rover Driving School. There’s no Inns Magazine Romance 2012

reason why you both can’t enjoy down time. Of course, that includes the spa experience. In fact, men flock to the relaxation that the Spa offers. What a perfect way for your guy to be introduced to the benefits that spaing has to offer. Sylvie Legault, the spa’s director, recommends their couples’ services, for that reason. “It is a good way to experience Spa Fairmont Le Château Montebello for your first time, with your wife,” she says. “You’ll be comfortable, side by side!” And the staff at the Spa are all about their guests’ comfort. Always a friendly greeting, whether you’re a newcomer or an old hand, every guest is guided carefully through the spa experience. Details are happily explained. Questions are thoroughly answered. You’re never rushed. Imagine!

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Le Spa staff members: Marie-Helene Gauthier, Isabelle Lalonde, Spa Director Sylvie Legault , Shonda Lemay

Planes, trains, automobiles – everywhere life is on the move, but not here. I found a whole new time zone thanks to the Spa’s signature Green Blanket Body Wrap. Snug in the spa robe, you come to the quiet, candlelit treatment room, complete with its own rain shower. (The B.Kamins skincare product quality goes hand in hand with the quality of treatment, too.) A light, introductory massage, gentle exfoliation using rice and kaolin, helps you slip out of the fast lane. A step into the warmth of the shower is followed by the maple extract body butter massage, and you are cocooned in the green blanket to drift in sleep, during the soothing scalp massage. There wasn’t a muscle in my body that didn’t sigh in relief. And, at all times, my treatment specialist made sure that I was at ease, ensuring privacy, as well. At last, the moisturizing massage, and afterward? Robe-wrapped, I enjoyed tea, juice, and snacks, before the fireplace in the relaxation room, Salon La Clairière, for as long as I wanted. Ahhh.

together, before the suite’s fireplace, during their Rekindle the Flame Package, for example. “We prepare the room,” Sylvie explains. “Alone in the suite for an hour, to begin, they exfoliate one another, and then go into the Japanese Bath, finished with rose petals. We prepare a facial mask, too. They apply the clay mask for each other, too, it’s so fun for them to do that!” she says. Lastly, staff arrive to provide the couple’s side by side massage. With packages made to measure, Le Château Montebello can arrange accommodation, gourmet dining, golf and spa-ing, at a special price to introduce you to all the amenities.

This bliss is even available for two, in Salon la Source, the couples’ suite. There, couples can enjoy a glass of champagne

Hungering for gourmet fine dining, par excellence? It’s Fairmont Le Château Montebello’s specialité: imagine how delighted you’ll be that the Spa has its own gourmet menu. The two of you can stay and relax all day. Enjoy Scandinavian Atlantic Salmon, or Tandoori Chicken Supreme, even a vegetarian delight. From the appetizer through dessert, ease your way through lunch, together, overlooking views of the Ottawa River. If you want to sample the region’s maple specialties, indulge yourselves in the

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restaurant, Aux Chantignoles, offering heavenly maple crêpes, and so much more. The Spa has its own high standard that shines through the finest detail. Added to professional training, spa staff train on site in the Spa’s own protocols. “All our staff are helping, checking, asking,” says Sylvie, who always expresses her pride in her staff. I had to let her know that her staff has spoiled me, now, for any other attempt at relaxation. How can anything beat paradise where time slows down, and you slow right down with it? For me, it was about time, for Le Château Montebello. C’est magnifique. Fairmont Le Château Montebello Montebello, Quebec 800-441-1414 / 819-423-6341 www.fairmont.com/montebello Tourisme-Outaouais 800-265-7822 / 819-778-2222 info@tourisme-outaouais.ca

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The Grange at Stag Hollow, Niagara-onthe-Lake, Ontario If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking, if only you could find someplace where the two of you could spend some time together, look no more: come to this private, two-acre lakefront estate. “Our sunsets are spectacular throughout the year,” says innkeeper Philip Thornber. “Our Red Room has two oriole windows that face onto the lake, and in the evening the room is bathed in the most heavenly light.” Add that to accommodations that offer fireplaces, air jetted bath tubs, and plush linens, plus a breakfast of farm-and-orchard-to-table fresh cuisine, what else could you both ask for? “Our B&B is romance personified,” says Philip. “It doesn’t matter what I recommend or arrange for guests, everyone ends up proposing somewhere in the garden by the lake… especially at sunset.” The Grange at Stag Hollow Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario 905-938-0698 www.staghollow.ca www.innsmagazine.com

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La Casa del Camino

The Chrysalis Inn and Spa

The Chrysalis Inn and Spa, Bellingham, Washington

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Overlooking Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands, the Chrysalis Inn and Spa is a beautifully designed, waterfront hotel where guests come to relax and unwind with every comfort and convenience. Each luxurious guest room offers a fireplace, a 2-person tub, walk-in shower, and window seat view of the Bay. Guests can dine at Fino, the on-site wine bar and restaurant, enjoy a sunset walk on the boardwalk, or escape to a world of calm, serenity and positive energy at the extraordinary Chrysalis Spa. Indulge your senses, together with our unique variety of rejuvenating spa services, designed to help you look and feel healthy, recharged and beautiful. The Chrysalis Inn and Spa, Bellingham, Washington 888-808-0005 / 360-756-1005 www.thechrysalisinn.com

Hamanassett B&B and Carriage House

Hamanassett B&B and Carriage House, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania A worthy destination in the Brandywine Valley, Hamanassett is a grand 1856 English country house on seven acres where Southern hospitality and personal service is emphasized. Seven spacious bedrooms and suites feature en suite baths, hardwood floors, antique furniture, king or queen beds and all the upscale modern amenities you could hope for. Enjoy the billiards room, sun filled solarium, living room, or front porch which overlooks the waterfall and koi pond. There are also two 2-story, 2-bedroom cottages for those who wish a little more privacy. The inn is dog friendly and offers cooking classes. While off the beaten track, Hamanassett is near major attractions such as Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Brandywine River Museum, and is 30 minutes from Philadelphia. Hamanassett B&B and Carriage House Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania 610-459-3000 / 877-836-8212 www.hamanassett.com

La Casa del Camino, Laguna Beach, California

The glamorous favorite of the Hollywood elite in its heyday of the 1920s, this boutique hotel offers romance with a Mediterannean flavor. “It just speaks of romance,” says Amy Amaradio, of Casa Resorts. “From its Moorish architecture and soft lit, ocean view rooms, to candlelit dinners in our bistro, fine wine in the Spanish Courtyard with its gurgling fountain, to a fresh berry mojito on our Rooftop Lounge at sunset.” With one-of-a-kind Casa surf suites, “the beachside property has sexy Spanish style-rooms,” she says. “It’s so romantic to watch the coastal hillsides light up, reminiscent of the Italian Riviera, as a blanket of stars fill the sky overhead. Fresh sea air and ocean breezes add to the magic, as does Chef Connole’s excellent California-Mediterranean cuisine.” La Casa del Camino, Laguna Beach, California 949-497-2446 www.lacasadelcamino.com

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Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing

Washington House Inn

Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa

Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing, Moss Landing, California

Take a quaint Wisconsin town, a casually elegant historic 1886 home, add in rooms and suites with fireplaces, luxury linens, and whirlpool and steam baths, and the stage will be set for you and your sweetheart to enjoy a romantic escape for two. Take your choice of over 20 rooms, where you’ll find your perfect fit. Enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast delivered to your room, and savor each other’s company. Step back into simpler days, your stay steeped in the charm of this historic district, in a town still small enough to let you relax in quiet, together, but modern enough to offer all the amenities an escape will need. Washington House Inn, Cedarburg, Wisconsin 888-554-9545 / 262-375-3550 www.washingtonhouseinn.com

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Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing, Moss Landing, California 831-633-5550 www.captainsinn.com

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Washington House Inn, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

“A unique feature of this fine inn is the boathouse beds,” says Melanie Gideon, innkeeper at the Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing. “Each room has a bit of nautical whimsy.” That’s the unique touch you’ll find, when you two head for romance on Monterey Bay, in California. “You can walk while holding hands to the sandy beaches of Monterey,” Melanie adds. But you can enjoy those sunsets right from your room. “Our boathouse building has very romantic baths with a view,” she says. “Large soaking tubs surrounded by Italian tile, come with sea salts for your soak, with plenty of room for two. From the tub you can watch wildlife and the tide.” There is nothing missing from the inn’s list of luxurious amenities, including in-room massage. The fresh, home-made breakfast is the finishing touch.

Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa, Sharon, Pennsylvania

Steeped in history, it’s said, built and maintained on love, this American castle can transport you both to a little bit of Heaven. “We really believe that there is a magical combination of providing exquisite ambience and exceptional service that lends itself to creating a ‘romantic’ atmosphere and setting for our guests,” says Laura Ackley. Luxurious rooms, lavishly appointed bathrooms ensuite, Jacuzzis for two, fireplaces to enjoy, it’s all there, including breakfast in your queen or king size bed. Says Laura, “We are at our guests’ beck and call 24-hours a day so that they can forget the ‘real world’, relax and focus on each other and reconnect.” Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa, Sharon, Pennsylvania 724-346-3046 / 866-345-BUHL www.buhlmansion.com Inns Magazine Romance 2012

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Inn at Ellis River

Fairville Inn Bed & Breakfast

Fairville Inn Bed & Breakfast, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fairville Inn occupies a special place. Not only is it nestled in natural beauty, but it offers “ personal but unobtrusive service,” says innkeeper Rick Carro. “We take care of any special in-room amenities you may want - think flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, wine or champagne, or perhaps a couples’ massage - even a delicious selection of in-room desserts to end your evening.” This, on top of accommodation that includes canopy beds, fireplaces, and more. “Romance means different things to different people,” says Rick. “The Fairville Inn will make your stay one to cherish.” Fairville Inn, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania 610- 388- 5900 / 877- 285- 7772 www.fairvilleinn.com

Fox Creek Inn

Fox Creek Inn, Chittenden, Vermont Surrounded by the Green Park National Forest, Fox Creek Inn at Chittenden, Vermont, sits comfortably on six acres of a private valley. “Our location sets the scene for romance,” says Innkeeper Jim Robertson. “The inn is small, eight rooms, and most of them have fireplaces and jetted tubs. This size lets us give more of a personal touch,” he says. And there’s nothing like the personal touch to inspire togetherness. Every room offers plush linens and robes, king or queen beds, but, “the Honeymoon Suite is the most romantic,” says Jim. “A wall of windows looking down to the creek, it’s a huge room with a double jetted tub, double shower, double vanity and a fireplace adjacent to the tub, very romantic, warm and comfortable.” Fox Creek Inn Chittenden, Vermont 800-707-0017 / 802-483-6213 www.foxcreekinn.com

Inn at Ellis River, Jackson, New Hampshire

Secrets are so romantic. Jackson is New Hampshire’s best kept secret, and that makes the Inn at Ellis River perfect for your next getaway, together. “Our setting in the picturesque village, in the heart of the White Mountains, is surrounded by the natural beauty of streams, and waterfalls,” says Lyn Norris-Baker, Innkeeper. With rooms offering fireplaces, jetted tubs, and balconies, couples can ease into the ambience inside and out. “We are happy to help our guests create just the kind of romantic getaway they have dreamed about,” says Lyn. Plus, “We will pamper them with gourmet breakfasts, afternoon refreshments, an atrium-enclosed hot tub, and a heated pool in summer.” Inn at Ellis River Jackson, New Hampshire 800-233-8309 / 603-383-9339 www.innatellisriver.com

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Hoyt House B&B Inn

Luxury meets you at the door of this boutique hotel located in the historic seaside district. This Amelia Island inn is the perfect blend of comfort, romantic elegance and hospitality. Come be our Guest! Amelia Island, Florida Tel: 800-432-2085 or 904-277-4300 www.hoythouse.com

Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn, Cottages & Suites

“Urban Boutique Collection”
Historic Past / Modern Luxury surrounded by a cozy Caribbean-like island atmosphere with a sophisticated Mediterranean flair. Prime Downtown area location.
 West Palm Beach, FL 
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Chrysalis Inn and Spa

Overlooking Bellingham Bay, this peaceful haven offers bay view guest rooms, a luxurious spa, meeting rooms, and a wine bar and restaurant.Enjoy a sunset walk on the boardwalk or a stroll to Fairhaven’s unique shopping district. 804 10th Street

Bellingham, WA

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La Casa del Camino This historic Mediterranean-style boutique hotel features cozy rooms, ocean views, casual gourmet dining and the local surf culture with its action sports-themed casa surf project suites. Laguna Beach, CA Tel: 949-497-2446

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The Inn and Spa at Intercourse Village

The Hoyt House

The Hoyt House, Amelia Island, Florida

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Long to run away together to a desert island, somewhere? Here, find all the relaxation and intimacy, with luxurious amenities to create the perfect escape. “Romance and pampering go hand in hand at The Hoyt House,” says Innkeeper Deborah Gold. Turn of the century elegance includes Egyptian cotton sheets, king or queen beds, and jetted tubs. The culinary experience is all part of the attraction. Enjoy the B&B’s Private Dinner for Two, or even the new treat, The Hoyt House Chocolate Fondue for Two. And the ultimate? “Our 43 foot Silverton Luxury Motor yacht takes romance to new heights,” says Deborah. “Front row sunset seats are the way to go for the most romantic experience ever. Two bedrooms and two baths are yours to enjoy and relax in, while a slow tide rocks you to sleep.” The Hoyt House Amelia Island, Florida 800-432-2085 / 904-277-4300 www.hoythouse.com

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The Inn and Spa at Intercourse Village, Historic Intercourse Village, Pennsylvania Welcome to Dutch country in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Imagine old world elegance in quaint historical surroundings. “Romance is high on our priority list,” says Kim, for the Inn and Spa staff. “The majority of our guests are couples here to celebrate each others’ love.” And celebrate here, they can. Luxury accommodation offers plush king or queen beds, and sitting areas with fireplaces, plus. From “rose petal turn down service… to twoperson Jacuzzi tubs surrounded by soft candlelight for added luxury,” explains Kim. “Our approach to romance is taking care of all the little details so our guests can get back to the simple things in life.” The Inn and Spa at Intercourse Village, Intercourse Village, Pennsylvania 800-664-0949 / 717-768-2626 www.inn-spa.com

Asa Ransom House, Clarence, New York

What could be more romantic than being close to Niagara Falls? Secluded in historic Clarence, come to this 1853 elegant B&B where, according to Innkeeper, Bob Lenz, “Dinner is by candlelight, with fresh flowers and romantic music.” Enjoy a getaway for two, in the new Country Garden Suite: relax in the four-poster queen bed, or beside the fireplace, and in a whirlpool for two. Step out together through the French doors into the Herb garden. Their own Fine Dining Restaurant calls, with seasonal favorites, serving an elegant, full five-course dinner, every Saturday. While Traditional Afternoon Tea brings you back to the classic refinement of quieter days. Asa Ransom House Clarence, New York 800-841-2340 / 716-759-2315 www.asaransom.com

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The Swag

The Northridge Inn and Resort

The Chatelaine A Bed & Breakfast

The Northridge Inn and Resort , Sundridge, Ontario

The Northridge Inn and Resort Sundridge, Ontario 705-384-2252 www.northridgeinn.com

The Chatelaine A Bed & Breakfast, Pine Grove Mills, Pennsylvania Innkeeper Mae McQuade will tell you that the rooms of her B&B are, “Reveries in down, warm as honey, soft as moonbeams. They are midnight cordials toasting dreams for a lifetime.” This vintage farmhouse on the 1791 homestead welcomes you with country charm to a bit of rural heaven. “There is the layered generational effect of our collection of comfortable furnishings, comfy chairs, king-sized beds, fireplaces and decanters with pretty little goblets,” she says. Inn-keeping team of mother and daughter share the love they have for this house with their guests. “We prepare for our guests to enjoy, and then we often just get out of the way. But we keep an eye and an ear open to sense what guests may want from us.” The Chatelaine A Bed & Breakfast Pine Grove Mills, Pennsylvania 814-238-2028 / 800-251-2028 www.chatelainebandb.com www.innsmagazine.com

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The Swag, Waynesville, North Carolina

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One of the last family-run, high-end resorts, all the details are attended to here, by the owners, on site. “So you’re looked after fully,” says Innkeeper Michael Piraino. “We get involved as little or as much as you like!” Inspired cuisine, sand beach, sunsets and wildlife, all come together to rescue the two of you from the frantic day-to-day. Retire to a chalet with its plush bed, fireplace and Jacuzzi for two. Get to know each other all over again in the natural seclusion of the Muskokas, or by playing together, on the tennis court, canoeing, and kayaking, or by relaxing in the outdoor hot tub and sauna, or heated pool. Indulge in a romance package tailor-made for the two of you. Why not include Specialty Continental Breakfast in Bed?

Imagine seclusion in the natural wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then, find luxury together in one of The Swag’s 14 accommodations. Enjoy a king bed with its handmade quilt, a steam shower - some rooms offer outdoor showers, or two-person soaking tubs, or a two-person sauna, and spectacular views. “The natural beauty of wood, rock, exposed beams and individual log burning fireplaces are unique characteristics,” says innkeeper/ owner Deener Matthews, of The Swag. “Our guests can escape the stress of a brass and glass environment of the city and relish the joy of being close to nature.” Sumptuous breakfasts are buffet or special ordered, too. “The breakfast hour extends into the morning to allow for sleep-ins and unhurried arrival at the couple’s own breakfast table,” she says. The Swag Waynesville, North Carolina 800-789-7672 www.theswag.com

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Old Orchard Inn & Spa

The Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast

Old Orchard Inn & Spa, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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Here, in the Annapolis Valley, the staff strive to meet the needs of the individual traveler, whether for a vacation, business, or a romantic getaway. Find special accommodation for the two of you, in their seasonal rustic cabins, or in the Romantic Parlour Rooms with scenic views of the Bay of Fundy. “Romance...sometimes it’s spontaneous and sometimes it’s planned,” says Heather Moody-Gillis, of Old Orchard Inn. “We have been witness to many wedding proposals and sometimes have even assisted with them.” With a variety of getaway packages offered for your stay, “Couples can look forward to an intimate retreat with delicious food, breath-taking views, friendly and accommodating staff, “ she says. “We are experts at helping to pull together romantic details for our clients.” Old Orchard Inn & Spa, Wolfville, Nova Scotia 902-542-5751 / 800-561-8090 www.oldorchardinn.ns.ca

Auberge des Gallant Restaurant and Spa

Auberge des Gallant Restaurant and Spa, Ste-Marthe, Québec

The Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario

When you hear the words, ‘cozy cottages for two’, you could be thinking of The Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast, in the heart of cottage country. Of course it offers the best of amenities, including a suite with fireplace and Jacuzzi, but here you can escape with your special someone to “a luxury cottage-like environment, “ say the innkeepers, who promise to “cater to you in ways you could only dream about, until now.” Service perfect for that romantic getaway, at a waterside natural paradise that serves up a full country breakfast of “more food than you can think of in any one sitting!”

The countryside of Rigaud Mountain in Québec offers the seclusion of its green forests, and the romance of Auberge des Gallant. This quaint Victorian lodging offers so much. “Dine with your dear, and our deer!” says innkeeper, Linda Gallant. “We have a lovely dining room overlooking the deer feeding in winter or the gardens in summer.” Relax with your partner in the outdoor Jacuzzi, under the stars. Indulge yourselves in gourmet fine dining, and spa treatments for two. The Auberge, says Linda, lets you, “get away from the crazy world we live in, to relax and enjoy each other’s company. What better way for couples to rediscover themselves, than surrounded by nature, great food and fine wines?”

The Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast Haliburton Highlands, Minden, Ontario 888-786-6976 / 705-286-4922 www.sunnyrock.on.ca

Auberge des Gallant Restaurant and Spa, Ste-Marthe, Québec 450-459-4241 / 800-641-4241 www.gallant.qc.ca

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St. Jacobs, Waterloo County and Area Willow Manor an exceptional B & B!

Consistently rated one of the top B & B's in the province, Willow Manor offers guests a level of privacy, comfort and service normally the preserve of exclusive resorts.

408 Willow Road Guelph Ontario Canada e-mail: enquiries@willowmanorbb.com Ph: (519) 763-3574 Fax: (519) 763-4531

'Celebrations, Weddings & Romance' Luxury suite with hot tub & private dinners

Guelph, Ontario 519-240-0308 www.walkebrae.ca

Experience Waterloo Region’s Art, Culture, Festivals and Fine Dining at The Walper Hotel. 82 renovated and refurbished rooms and suites, The Walper seamlessly blends architectural details with all the contemporary amenities you come to expect.

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Come on up to our place

We're relaxed, gracious and barefoot in the sand. Come and enjoy the renaissance on the pristine shores of Lake Bernard ~ and be sure to bring everything you'll need ~ your favourite jeans, that book you haven't had time to read and your desire to explore the offerings of the Canadian north. Just 2 1/2 hours north of Toronto.

~ Regionally inspired lakeside dining ~ Poolside lounge, expansive sand beach ~ Specializing in weddings, conferences, and group functions of all types ~ MAP Lodge accommodations or Chalets

712 South Bernard Lake Road, P.O. Box 1189, Sundridge, ON, Canada P0A 1Z0

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The COUPLES RESORT & ALGONQUIN SPA

Algonquin Park. A touch of European hospitality since 1967.

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and relaxing, and from rustic to traditional. Every romantic getaway can be tailored just to couples’ specific needs. Resorts offer a menu of activities to choose from, soulful pampering treatments, enjoying delightful culinary fare which our resorts and inns are famous for, accommodation to fit your mood and the perfect location replete with walking trails.

These resorts and inns offer an incredible range of experiences on a year round basis. Accommodations offered range from contemporary and sophisticated to charming

Our resorts have earned a reputation for providing exceptional meals and are known for their selections of food and wine. Resort culinary teams take care and pride in delighting their customers. Each course is prepared to the highest quality, truly a feast for all your senses. Our culinary teams are adept at catering to couples and groups.

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hroughout all four dramatic seasons, there is a unique charm and appeal about Ontario’s Resorts and Inns. Nestled in magnificent natural settings throughout the province, these hidden treasures provide serenity and a mysticism ideal for romance. Resorts of Ontario offers 100 unique resort hotels, lodges, cottages and inns, each with their own unique qualities. From sunrise to sunset, every moment of your stay will create lasting memories.

Being at a resort offers opportunities for enjoying sweet indulgences, rest and renewal, and the time just to savor togetherness. This is just a little taste of the relaxing experiences available through our resort spas and best of all, customizing your needs and experiences in the perfect resort or inn. Regardless of the season, or the reason for your getaway, from sunrise to sunset, our resorts, lodges, cottages and inns offer a plethora of activities, facilities, and services so come on up to our place and let us take care of you. For specific details on our resorts, and also on special packages available, visit www.resortsofontario.com to find your perfect romantic retreat.

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or those yearning for the vacation in Canada, wilderness is a must, and Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, is the destination for a wilderness experience. For the best of the wilderness, come to Killarney Lodge in Algonquin Park. Family owned and operated, Killarney Lodge delivers adventure from the comfort of your own waterfront cabin. Choose from one or two-bedroom cabins, surrounded by luxurious Canadiana. Relax with the finest beds and linens, bathroom amenities, and views overlooking the water. Each cabin has its own canoe, of course, along with conveniences and housekeeping.

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Our genuinely friendly staff is always available to make your stay a memorable one. The Guest Lounge is spaciously available to all for reading, games, or socializing before the log stove. The waterside deck and boat dock offer lots of easy water access. The grounds of the Lodge include flower gardens for a relaxing stroll, while you’re on the lookout for the chipmunks or rabbits. Enjoy fine country dining in the rustic intimacy of our log dining room in front of the old stone fireplace. Three squares a day include slowly simmered soups, delicately seasoned fish and fresh produce, traditional roasts and tender poultry dishes that are followed by delicious homemade desserts. Or, take a sumptuous picnic lunch away with you, on your day’s adventure.

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Take full advantage of Algonquin Park, with fifteen self-guided hiking trails, from casual to ambitious. Bring your bicycle, or rent one nearby, and have some fun on the Park’s bike trails. Binoculars and camera on hand, get ready to spot the wildlife, including moose, beaver, fox, deer, and more. Catch a glimpse of the loons while you canoe along the wonderful shores throughout the Park. Or, if relaxation is more your goal, just stretch out on our private sandy beach, and soak in some sun. Was wilderness any more civilized? Come to experience it yourself at Killarney Lodge.

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ou recognise the situation: you’re both dining out and after the hostess seats you at the table with the best view, she hands you menus, together with the wine list. It’s a gesture we’re all familiar with, but what you may not know is that pairing of wine with food is a staple of gastronomy that’s been with us for centuries. Folklore tells us that wine has been traditionally safer than water in certain periods of history. In this age of knowledge we have far more information, now, about the values of wine and the contribution it can make to our dining experience. In fact, in recent

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years we’ve been learning the contributions that wine can make in general to a healthier lifestyle. Naturally we are all skeptics: it’s a necessary end result of being exposed to so much marketing, and varied sources of our information. Plus, everybody knows that too much of anything is not necessarily a good thing. What experts seem able to agree on is that, served in moderation - say, a glass with dinner, for example - wine is not only good for you, it’s exceedingly good for the dinner experience. Sommeliers will tell you that it has long been known how beneficial wine can be in aiding digestion. It is also reputed to help the body absorb nutrients. Wine is also Inns Magazine Romance 2012

known for bringing out the best in a meal. Dining traditions of many regional cuisines have, for centuries, established that certain fare is complemented by wine, some even originally produced in the same neighborhood. Your sommelier will also be able to make suggestions for new and unique pairings between wine and new dishes that can create a wonderfully new culinary adventure waiting just for you. It is Louis Pasteur who is credited with saying, “Wine is the most healthful and hygienic of all beverages.” And it was a study published in the medical journal, the Lancet, in 1979, that linked good health benefits with moderate wine consumption. Since that time, hundreds of studies have been con-

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ducted. The Canadian Vintners Association has collected much of the information that is popularly known and made it available on their website and in publication. They note consistent evidence to suggest that drinking wine in small amounts may extend your life expectancy, protect you from certain types of coronary diseases and cancers, as well as other types of disease.

cholesterol, prevent some problem inflammation, help maintain healthy blood pressure, reduce the risk of blood clots, and have other added cardiac benefits.

Who knew that raising just a glass of wine with dinner could boost your evening, enjoying a dinner out with your special someone? Louis Pasteur would be pleased. But no more so than when the Merlot your sommelier suggested adds just that touch of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your filet mignon. Bon appetit!

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It’s not only the Canadian Vintners Association that confirms what we know about the benefits of moderate wine consumption. Some health-based sites, including the Mayo Clinic’s popular health information website, note consistent study results. The chemical gems responsible for these and some newly discovered benefits? The flavonoids and non-flavonoid pholyphenols found in red wine that are not found in any other alcoholic beverage. These are known for their antioxidant properties - popularly recognized as the body’s warriors against free radicals. These warriors are believed to increase good cholesterol, decrease bad

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Atlantic Canada NEWFOUNDLAND EXPERIENCE Trinity & Carbonear  

Exquisite, contemporary B & B , which takes advantage of the magnificent views and surroundings of Porters Lake, Lake/ beach access, Home cooked Breakfast, free parking , Free Internet, Outdoor decks.

370 West Porters Lake Road, Nova Scotia (866) 759-6730 www.a1lakeview.com kim@a1lakeview.com

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3-Night Romantic Castle Adventure Luxuriate in this enchanting 5-STAR Inn. Pkg includes Champagne; Breakfast, Deluxe Room-Whirlpool,Fireplace & Lake views; Schooner Cruise; Whale Cruise. Baddeck Area. from $435 ppdo + tax valid June-Oct 2012

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Bras d'Or Lakes Inn

Owner- operated, this 20 room log country inn provides safe “at home ambience” on one of North America’s best islands. Listed in Where to Eat in Canada. Fresh lobster. Packages available. St. Peter's, Nova Scotia www.brasdorlakesinn.com 1-800-818-5885

We cater to those who want the very best! Nous nous adressons a ceux qui veulent ce qu'il y a de meilleur! 310 Main Street Shediac, NB, E4P 2E3, Canada phone 506-532-6098 toll free 1-877-466-8496 innkeepers@innthyme.com www.innthyme.com

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B e a u t i f u l   A w a rd   W i n n i n g   Ac c o m m o d a t i o n s

Enjoy Ontario’s Finest Ontario boasts some of the finest travel, anywhere. And Ontario’s Finest Inns boasts some of the best accommodations you will find. Our organization is committed to providing you with a source for those inns, hotels, and spas providing exceptional hospitality in a unique setting. Observing the highest standards of cleanliness and service, each member property exudes a regional flare, for a particular experience. Pretty River Valley Country Inn

Nestled on 125 acres of the Niagara Escarpment near Collingwood. An Agro-Tourism destination voted Top 25 on Trip Advisor! Relax, reenergize and reconnect with each other at the Inn. Nottawa-Collingwood, ON(Blue Mountain) Tel: 705-445-7598 or 855-445-7598 www.prettyriverinn.com

Ste. Anne’s Spa

Canada’s largest allinclusive destination spa is nestled on 400 acres, featuring 28 guest rooms, most with private bath and fireplace. Guests can enjoy delicious country cuisine, pools, hot tubs, a eucalyptus steam room and more. Ste. Anne’s Spa Grafton, ON Tel: 888-346-6772 www.steannes.com

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The Old Mill Inn and Spa

Eganridge Inn & Spa

A heritage boutique hotel in Toronto’s Humber River valley, offering deluxe rooms and suites, luxurious on-site full service spa, fine dining, banquet facilities, and private chapel. One of the most flexible venues in Toronto. Toronto, ON 416-236-2641 or 866-653-6455 www.oldmilltoronto.com

Fenelon Falls Ontario Located on the tranquil shores of Sturgeon Lake, Eganridge Inn and Spa is the perfect place to unwind from the stresses of daily life. Fenelon Falls, ON Tel: 705-738-5111 or 888-452-5111 www.eganridge.com

Trinity House Inn

Domain of Killien

circa 1859,is located in the beautiful 1000 Islands.The award winning Inn is well known for its gracious hospitality,fine cuisine and well appointed accommodations in an ambiance of casual elegance. Gananoque, Ontario Tel: 613-382-8383 or 800-265-4871 www.trinityinn.com

Charm of a small personal inn for 30 guests amidst 5,000 acres of private wilderness. Quiet sophistication in Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands. Historic Inn and lakeside chalets and wonderful French cuisine. 3 hours from Toronto, Haliburton ON Tel: 800-390-0769 www.domainofkillien.com

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The Old Mill Inn and Spa

Pretty River Valley Country Inn

Eganridge Inn and Spa

The Old Mill Inn and Spa For more than a century, this ‘bit of England far from England’ has enchanted guests with impeccable service and splendid atmosphere, in the valley of the Humber River. Offering deluxe rooms and suites, a luxurious on-site spa, and fine dining, you will find everything here that the two of you will need for your romantic escape. Drop out of the fast lane in the comfort of a Luxury King Room with its all-season fireplace and deep soaking whirlpool tub for two. Ease that workaday stress with a side-by-side Swedish massage. And afterword, relax over fine cuisine and enjoy the best in entertainment, as you take a little time out, for yourselves. The Old Mill Inn and Spa Toronto, Ontario 416-236-2641 or 866-653-6455 www.oldmilltoronto.com

Eganridge Inn and Spa ‘A natural beauty’, this heritage estate overlooks Sturgeon Lake, on the Trent-Severn Waterway. The elegance of the square-timbered Dunsford House, or the luxurious Terrace rooms of The Clubhouse offer you and your special someone a retreat to romance. Enjoy the golf course together, ease into togetherness at the premier spa, indulge in fine dining par excellence on the porch overlooking the scenic Kawarthas. Lose yourselves to the natural wilderness of over 100 acres, yours to stroll. Drink in the views along the natural shoreline, slowing down from the day-to-day hectic pace, taking advantage of real time together.

Pretty River Valley Country Inn Perched on the Niagara Escarpment, this intimate country inn nestles on its own woodland property, offering meadows, hiking trails, streams, all the tranquil necessities for your getaway, together. The rustic touch can be found here with Homefarm flavor, like the horse paddock and outdoor barbecue, even evening bonfires. But accommodations offer everything on your list for a luxurious stay. In room fireplaces, king and queen beds, private bathrooms ensuite, while the luxury Crofts offer double Jacuzzis. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub and saltwater swimming pool, when you’re not lingering over your country breakfast. Pretty River Valley Country Inn Nottawa, Ontario 705-445-7598 www.prettyriverinn.com

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By Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman, Managing Editor

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y web browser reads my mind, these days - funny when you consider how muddled my mind is – so, when I was online, recently, up popped an advertisement promising me my dream come true. Don’t groan – really, just wait until you hear – you see, my husband and I are coming up on a pretty big anniversary. And if I’ve learned nothing else over the years, I know all this social media helps us stay connected because life just conspires to keep us apart. Commutes, family demands, home repairs, let’s face it: life’s just hard on relationships. After you’ve racked up a few years together you realize that vacations together mean the whole family at the cottage, or a whirlwind trip to Disney World for the kids, or, more often than not, a long weekend for the hockey tournament. Then, it happens: your ‘together time’ turns out to be that moment you wave to each other, from different cars, heading in opposite directions. I have to confess when that happened to me, it took me a moment to figure out who that guy was, waving to me. And so it was for that reason I found myself online looking for my husband – um, sorry, looking for a way to connect with my husband, I mean.

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So up popped a website of this little bedand-breakfast, tucked away in the middle of nowhere. It promised a cozy room with a fireplace waiting for us. The list of amenities certainly conjured up other in-room activities we could consider, given these luxurious, private, surroundings, too. Intrigued - hopeful, even - I wanted to find out more. Turns out, they offer a ‘Recommitment Package’. No kidding! All the ingredients for a second honeymoon at your fingertips. I guess we’re not the only couple on the planet who want to find each other, again. In fact, I’ve discovered many B&Bs and inns offer a special opportunity for you and your loved one. The more I searched, the more I remembered how my husband and I met. I was remembering our first date, and I remembered why I said yes. And, I was determined to do just that, all over again. How about sneaking away, just the two of you, for dinner and a movie? Try the Gananoque Inn brand of romance, in Gananoque, Ontario with their Winter Rendezvous Package. Or, in Hope, British Columbia, at the Evergreen Bed and Breakfast, you can simply enjoy what the hosts call a “small romantic event for two” that includes the services of a pastor to conduct the renewal of vows. Or, for your historic event, try a colonial 1746 center chimney historical home, at Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed and Breakfast in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Year round, Inns Magazine Romance 2012

enjoy a private ceremony conducted by a Justice of the Peace in the quaint parlor, or in the picturesque gardens. At the Gastonian, stay in the ‘most romantic suite in Savannah’, Georgia, where the Concierge will be happy to help with your special requests to make your romantic escape a perfect one. In St. Louis, Missouri, The Beall Mansion is a member of Best Romantic Inns, no less! It uniquely offers a honeymoon suite with a heart-shaped whirlpool for two, among its amenities. Watch the stars overhead, from the private porch hot tub, a part of The Wildrose Retreat, at The Star of Texas (of course!) Bed & Breakfast in Brownwood. Then again, an inn that offers Jane Austen weekends just has to be romantic. Come to Vermont, to The Governor’s House in Hyde Park, near Stowe and renew your vows, heavenward, literally, in a hot air balloon. Now, that’s got to top it all. But, if you really want to do it up right, consider White Doe Inn, Manteo, North Carolina. Celebrate your ceremony in the Roanoke Island Marshes Lighthouse, then add on in-room massage for two. Wherever you find your paradise together, and whether you renew those vows officially or just between the two of you, you’ll both know it’s a promise that’s a keeper!

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ome to the forests of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for year round recreation, and stunning scenery. Come to the Rabbit Hill Inn, in the little town of North Waterford, for a romantic taste of the New England experience. Here, amid the historic architecture of the 18th and 19th century, slow your pace in days gone by. Relax on the front porch, and indulge in true country dining. Owner Leslie Mulcahy says, “Phyllis Grech, our pastry chef has shared this recipe with guests at the Inn for years. It is a recipe that has been handed down over generations. It is the most requested item at the inn, and is the combination of two things that people adore, donuts and muffins but without all the guilt!”

STRAWBERRY DONUT MUFFINS of Rabbit Hill Inn Ingredients:

Dry ingredients mixed in bowl: 4 cups all purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp nutmeg

Wet ingredients in separate bowl: 1 cup oil 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 2 cups sour cream 2 tsp vanilla Strawberry jam (optional)

Topping mix in separate bowl: 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 cup melted butter in separate bowl

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Method:

Whisk dry ingredients together in bowl. Whisk wet ingredients together in separate bowl. Gently fold wet and dry mixtures together with spatula until just combined. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350º degrees. Whisk ingredients together. Using your hands, scoop out batter and fill each muffin half way. Put a teaspoon of strawberry jam in the middle and then top up with more batter to top of tin. Bake 15-20 minutes (test to make sure they’re done). While muffins are baking, stir together the topping ingredients and set aside. When muffins are cool enough to handle, take each muffin and dip tops into melted butter then dip into cinnamon/sugar mixture and coat tops generously - let sit for a few minutes. Makes 12 largesized or 14 medium-sized muffins. Inns Magazine Romance 2012

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njoy a full breakfast, courtesy Pam and Randy Vogel at Granville House B&B, Vancouver’s only Canada Select 5 Star B&B. Located in upscale Shaughnessy, ‘connected, contemporary and comfortable’ is the B&B’s motto. The B&B is close enough for guests to enjoy Vancouver’s star attractions, like Granville Island, and VanDusen Botanical Garden, Sea Wall, and of course, Stanley Park.

Pam and Randy Vogel

“We love to incorporate fresh ingredients,” says Pam, “and adore the simplicity of this topping. We use this recipe for waffles, now. It’s also great to add into a parfait! With running B&B’s for 12 years now we are always looking for new recipes, but our favorites always include natural and unprocessed ingredients.”

STRAWBERRY BREAKFAST SALSA of Granville House B&B Ingredients:

1/3 cup apricot jam 3 tbsp water 1 tsp cinnamon 2 pint basket strawberries, stemmed and diced into 1/4 inch squares

Method:

In a medium bowl, whisk jam, water, and cinnamon; add strawberries. Toss gently to combine. Serve salsa over pancakes, waffles, french toast, hot cereal, or mix into plain yogurt. Serves 4

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STRAWBERRY MARSALA SAUCE of the Fairville Inn

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t the heart of Colonial America you’ll not only discover the locale for the Battle of Brandywine, but in Chadds Ford Pennsylvania, you will also find the Fairville Inn, a Brandywine Valley landmark. With The Main House over one hundred and fifty years old, the three buildings of the inn are situated on five lovely acres. Come into country elegance, and friendly comfort. Here, you will find the romance of history, as well as the culinary signature of a romantic. Rick, and his wife Laura, became the owners/innkeepers of the Fairville Inn in July 2007. Rick began cooking seriously in the 1970s, and invitations to the couples’ dinner parties are coveted by their friends. Rick and Laura have 2 daughters (the eldest heading to college this fall), an amazing inn dog and 2 cats.

This versatile sauce is very easy to make. At the Inn, we often pair it with our pear-raisin French toast soufflé (pictured), as well as with a variety of waffles and pancakes. It also makes a wonderful desert sauce (try it with pound cake and/or ice cream). While you can use fresh strawberries, we prefer frozen for this recipe. The sauce will freeze well for months. Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients:

2-1/2 lbs. (40 oz.) frozen strawberries 1-1/2 cups sugar 1 cup Marsala wine (or more to taste) 2-3 tbsp cornstarch 1-3 tsp fresh lemon juice (optional)

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1. In a large pot combine the strawberries and sugar. Add water to cover by about one inch (about 5-6 cups). Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for one hour, stirring occasionally. 2. Strain the strawberry mixture into a bowl. Press the solids with the back of a large spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids. 3. Rinse the pot in which the strawberries were cooked. Return the liquid to the pot (you should have 4-5 cups). Add the Marsala and simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 4 cups. Blend the cornstarch (using the higher amount for a slightly thicker sauce) with an equal amount of Marsala or cold water, and quickly stir the mixture into the sauce. Bring the sauce to a slow boil, stirring frequently, until it thickens. 4. Let the sauce cool for a few minutes and then taste for acidity. If necessary, add the optional lemon juice, one teaspoon at a time, to taste. Note: The sauce will further thicken as it cools. For breakfasts, serve warm. For deserts, serve chilled or at room temperature. Variation: Add a cinnamon stick and/or 2-3 whole cloves in Step 1.

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ANGEL FOOD CUPCAKES AMARETTO CUSTARD with MARINATED STRAWBERRIES, of the Westover Inn There is always a touch of romance to be found at the inn. Not your everyday cupcake, this light dessert is rounded off with that romantically sweet strawberry.

Cupcakes

Ingredients:

6 egg whites – save yolks ¾ cup sugar ½ cup all purpose flour pinch of salt 1 tsp cream of tartar ½ tsp vanilla

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Victorian luxury.

randeur of the past carries on, in many an Ontario market town. Come to the quaint village of St. Marys to find that old style grandeur you’ve always wanted to taste. Staying at the Westover Inn brings you through grand stone gates onto a village estate property that offers romantic accommodation choices. The Manor, the main house, especially revives true

Most recently purchased in 1983, the Westover Inn opened its doors to guests after extensive restoration. Anthony Gosselin joined the inn staff as sous chef in 1993, and has been Executive Chef since 2002. Originally from Sherbroke, Method: Quebec, Anthony brings that flare and professional experience to the Westover’s Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cupcake pan with liners. impressive kitchen. In bowl sift together flour, salt and half the sugar. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form, gradually add other half of sugar and beat until stiff peaks. Gently fold in the dry ingredients. Divide batter in cupcake liners and bake for 12-18 minutes or until golden. Let cool. Remove liners and cut a hole in the top of the cupcake and remove.

Strawberry Marinade Ingredients:

2 tbsp of Cointreau 2 tbsp of Amaretto 3 tbsp sugar 3 cups sliced strawberries

Method:

Combine ingredients, cover and let stand for at least one hour.

Amaretto Custard Ingredients:

¼ cup toasted sliced almonds ¼ cup sugar 4 egg yolks ¾ cup of milk 1 cup 10% cream ¼ cup Amaretto 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Method:

Beat yolks and sugar until well blended. Add vanilla, milk, cream and Amaretto. Place on double-boiler over boiling water and cook stirring constantly till thick (15-20 minutes). Place plastic wrap onto surface of custard and cool. Fill cupcakes with custard, strawberries all around cupcakes, top with toasted almonds. Serves 12

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Entrepreneurs share their stories about leaving their old lives and embarking on a new innkeeping career. By Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman

Michele and Eiran Gazit, of Gateways Inn It’s a lot of work to realize your dream, but congratulations to Michele and Eiran Gazit, who have achieved their goal of becoming innkeepers. Just recently, the couple purchased Gateways Inn and Restaurant in Lenox, and, as their announcement tells us, “already things are happening!” It was a challenging road, in this time of economic troubles. Says Eiran, “When the market crashed a couple of years ago, two of the victims were the owners of an inn here in Lenox, who eventually abandoned it. We were hired by the bank, who held the note on the loan, to reopen it and turn it around. That was our introduction to the innkeeping world! When we began it was number 19 of the inns in Lenox. When we left a year later, it was number three.”

Michele and Eiran Gazit, of Gateways Inn

It was these circumstances that led the couple to work together, when they bought their new inn. It’s the hundred year-old mansion built by Procter and Gamble founder Harley Procter. It had been his summer cottage. Now, says Eiran, “We love it!” It brought them some surprises, too. “We get to see each other more than before,” he says, “and we get to see sides of each other we were not used to!” So far, there haven’t been any pitfalls, in working together. In fact, just the opposite! They approach the daily tasks, “with a smile,” he says. Gateways Inn and Restaurant Lenox, Massachusetts 413-637-2532 / 888-492-9466 www.gatewaysinn.com

Ron and Rachel Reid of Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast For Rachel and Ron Reid, working together is serious business. Already co-workers, Rachel and Ron were personal trainers, working as independent contractors. “But we still wanted something we could do together as a team,” says Rachel. So, on the lookout, while on vacation, the duo stayed in B&Bs, traveling in California. “By the time we got to Carmel we really began to talk about it,” she says. “When we returned home we signed up for an Aspiring Innkeeper weekend and joined PAII. From there we took four years to learn as much as we could about the business.” They wanted a property that could dazzle, and found it in Andon-Reid, a meticulously renovated historic home. They dedicated themselves to continuing the homestyle traditions of the bed and breakfast. “Every day is different and we know who will better take care of each task at hand,” Rachel explains. “It being our own business we take pride in everything we do.” Ask Ron and Rachel about the pitfalls of working together as a couple, and they’ll tell you that there aren’t any! “Knowing that the one person whom you have complete trust in is by your side every step of the way, we know that by the end of the day 100% of the work is completed,” says Rachel. Working together has its rewards, for this couple. For example, “110% guest satisfaction,” she says, “and the friendships we have developed by meeting all the people that walk through our doors!” Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast Waynesville, North Carolina 828-452-3089 / 800-293-6190 www.andonreidinn.com

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Eric Miglin and Poppy Rowland of Killarney Lodge At the heart of Killarney Lodge, lies the all the magic of Algonquin Park. And, Algonquin Park lies at the heart of the innkeeping duo, Eric Miglin and Poppy Rowland. Out of university, Eric came to Algonquin Park with his brother to operate the canoe outfitting company in the Park. “Back in 1982,” remembers Eric, “as a joke the Lodge’s owner said to me ‘I’m thinking of selling. Why don’t you make me an offer?’ But I said ‘Come on, let’s have a cup of coffee and talk.’ Two years later here I was.” Poppy grew up attending summer camp just outside the Park. Meeting through friends, Poppy, as it turned out, was very interested in Lodge life. “The outdoor life is really the main thing,” says Eric. And that’s the draw for the repeat guests and international visitors who come to Killarney Lodge. “It’s the quintessential Canadian experience!” he says. Killarney Lodge can host up to 70 guests. Eric says, “We have 35 staff!” Some have been with the Lodge for thirty years. Most have been on staff for at least ten. “They work with us, not for us. We’re not managers,” Eric explains. The work of Eric Miglin and Poppy Rowland of Killarney Lodge the Lodge is a team effort. “It’s like a big family,” he says. “And our guests feel like part of the family when they come!” The most rewarding part of innkeeping with his partner? He says, “Sharing the interest and excitement our guests have in experiencing Algonquin Park!” Killarney Lodge Algonquin Park, Ontario 866-473-5551 www.killarneylodge.com

Jennifer Hart and Milton Haynes of Little Lake Inn Bed & Breakfast Jennifer Hart calls their B&B in Midland, Ontario, their ‘Jeckyl and Hyde’ house. Although it’s on a main artery, and right in town, it’s a very deep property. “At the back, it’s like being at the cottage with the trees and lake views,” she says. And it’s what got them both into the B&B business. Milton agrees, “It was the property more than us.” They both knew, the moment they saw it. Walking the grounds, Jennifer remembers saying to Milton, “Well I don’t know what the house is like, but we have to have it!”

Jennifer Hart and Milton Haynes of Little Lake Inn Bed & Breakfast

About division of the work, Jennifer confides that Milton is not a natural cook. He just says he has other duties. Scratch that surface, and you’ll find he was a housing contractor and in real estate before being an inn owner. He says, the house “was purpose-renovated to be a B&B. I drew up the plans and was the contractor.” Jennifer admits running a B&B proved a challenge, but now celebrating their sixteenth season, she smiles, “By now we should know what we’re doing!” She insists experience is the key. Oh yes, and “getting up early enough in the morning!” she says. “It’s taken me years, but I’ve finally done it!” Little Lake Inn Bed and Breakfast Midland, Ontario 888-297-6130/705-526-2750 www.littlelakeinn.com

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Inn Life

Cheryl and Kirk Grantham of Casa Grandview B&B Some things just naturally fall into place. “We didn’t plan it,” Cheryl explains about their B&B. The duo, a lawyer and former banker, successfully operated a vacation rental business prior to opening their inn on their estate. Years before, they learned that historically significant buildings were threatened with demolition. “We were instrumental in helping save these beautiful residences,” Cheryl remembers. She and Kirk followed their progress and seven years ago made Casa Grandview their family home with knowledge of prior B&B approval in their historic district. “Both homes were relocated to this site and joined together,” with care not to ‘rip and tear’, as Cheryl put it. So impressed with the conversions that maintained the integrity of the 1925/1919 structures, friends in the know urged the couple to open it to guests, as their own B&B. The business developed as well, says Cheryl, as “a way that Kirk and I didn’t have to leave our beautiful home as we look toward future retirement!” Casa Grandview has been a family project. “We all bring our expertise to the table and divide the duties – it’s not just Kirk and I, it’s the whole family,” says Cheryl. Although the couple has had separate careers, they have always loved being together. Kirk puts it this way, “We’re at a stage in our lives, there isn’t anything we’d rather be doing.” And the reward? Kirk insists, “When we learn our guests are enjoying themselves and recommend us to others!”

Cheryl and Kirk Grantham of Casa Grandview B&B

Casa Grandview, West Palm Beach, Florida 561-655-8932 / 877-435-2786 www.casagrandview.com

Nina Belott and Vicki Hadley of The Cypress, A Bed & Breakfast Inn Together in New Jersey, both in successful teaching careers, it was winter that convinced the couple to look for sun and beach. “It was really tourism that grabbed our attention,” says Vicki, as they both started to extensively research a potential career change. “If Nina were to tell the story,” says Vicki, smiling, “she’d tell you she thought she was on vacation!” The pair began their search in Florida from the Panhandle all the way down the coast. “We ended up finding this great house, and purchased it there and then!” Vicki says.

Nina Belott and Vicki Hadley of The Cypress, A Bed & Breakfast Inn

The renovation took the better part of a year. “Innkeeping is a lot more work – you hear that, but until you experience it, you really don’t know how much work it’s going to be!” But working together was a good fit for the pair. “We find we know each other very well,” says Vicki. “We have a good time!” Especially with their guests, she explains. “We’re both really involved with our guests, and really love that part of it. After all this time, it’s like they’re staying with relatives.” The Cypress is celebrating 16 successful years, this August. The Cypress, A Bed & Breakfast Inn Sarasota, Florida 941-955-4683 www.cypressbb.com

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Two Inns experts, Mary White of BnBfinder and Mary Hughes, Editor of Inns Magazine, field questions from Innkeepers and travelers I’ve heard that there are many nice B&Bs in the Hudson River Valley of New York. Do you have one that you recommend? If I leave after work on Friday, I won’t be arriving until very late Friday night. Can I check in after midnight or should I stay in a hotel as I want to have the full day on Saturday? Mary, Pennsylvania, USA Recommending a B&B is hard because there are many wonderful ones, everywhere. We recommend you visit several B&B sites. Read about the inns and check out their pictures to get an idea about each property, and then read the reviews for inns that you are considering. As for checking in very late, tell the innkeepers your approximate arrival time when making your reservation. Most innkeepers have a system for you to let yourself in, get your key, find your room and get yourself settled. Since B&Bs don’t have a 24-hour front desk, you will not be the first one they have had to accommodate this way, so systems are in place to welcome you.

cially in the US, a conditional use permit is required. Then, ask yourself the following questions: Will couples want to be married at your inn? Does it provide a beautiful background for pictures? Where on your property would the services and reception be? How many guests can you accommodate for the event? If you plan to offer outdoor weddings what is the contingency plan for inclement weather? Don’t forget to consider if you have enough bathrooms!

What services, such as food, officiate, flowers, etc., will you provide? How much additional staff will you have to hire? What are the costs to you for the services and what would you charge for them? Do you have adequate parking for guests? When you create your wedding packages, be clear what is included, and be sure to protect yourself by collecting deposits and having strict cancellation policies. After calculating your costs, can you make a profit that covers your time as well as wear and tear on the property?

I am very interested in offering weddings at my B&B. Do you think that would be a good business plan, to bring in extra revenue? Shelly W. North Carolina Evaluating whether your property will make a successful wedding venue is not an easy question to answer and may even be out of your control. Start by finding out about local zoning laws that could prohibit you from hosting weddings or small events on your property. In many locations, espewww.innsmagazine.com

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Specializing in weddings is a good thing for many inns, but only those that are prepared and firmly in control of the costs and process. Most small B&Bs can’t accommodate large gatherings; however, they are the perfect venue for intimate occasions. For example, Mary Hughes opened the Walkerbrae House B&B last year where she can comfortably seat 12 and hosts only intimate weddings and celebrations. I am now finished University and I majored in business. I am an aspiring innkeeper and I want to open an inn. Is there a calculation of rooms times the expected income per room that I should be considering when I buy a property? Carrie, Ontario For the answer to this question, INNS consulted with Mariette and Claude Gagne of The B&B and Country Inn Marketplace, Inn Specialists. Mariette gave us some insight, based on her experience in the US. This is a difficult question with no absolute answer. There is no special or easy formula for a buyer to use to establish a value per room. Each property is unique and has different features, square footage, amenities, and so on. Even the revenues

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from Bed and Breakfasts in the same area may vary significantly depending on the innkeepers’ abilities to market their facility and how friendly they are with their guests. Satisfied guests will recommend B&Bs to their friends and family and they will be loyal, repeat guests and a source of many referrals, keeping the occupancy high, even if there are only a few rooms.

mortgage and operating expenses as you are building the business and you need to plan for this reality. Good luck!

Once you have determined the amount of your initial investment, we suggest you contact an Inn Broker to determine the type of loan you will need and the agent will guide you through the pre-qualification process with a lender. In the US, an SBA loan will require an initial investment of 15%, several points and closing costs. A commercial loan in the US will require an initial investment of between 20%-30% with lower points and closing costs. The Inn Broker will explain the details for each loan and help you with the process of purchasing a B&B. If you are thinking of starting a B&B, we recommend reading some of the publications to guide you through the process of opening your B&B. The income for the first few years will probably not cover all the

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Lakelands

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

Rheinhessenestate B&B

Lakefront B&B with european touch. The wine and tea lovers B&B. We are happy to meet you.

St. Catharines, Ontario Tel : 1 (905) 937-5237 veronikadecker@hotmail.com

Lakefront Bed & Breakfast

In Niagara on the Lake 'Oak Haven' B&B will become your home away from home because there are no strangers here, only friends we have not yet met. Gourmet Breakfasts. 6 Oak Drive, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Toll Free: 1-866-818-1195 Phone Direct: 1-905-468-7361 Email: info@oakhavenbb.com www.innsmagazine.com

A unique, vintage, 2 acre lakefront estate with 21st century amenities: luxury, elegance and comfort combined with vineyards, restaurants, theatres, golf and history; breathtaking sunsets and views of Toronto’s skyline.

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Pilgrim’s Inn, Deer Isle, Maine

Pilgrim’s Inn, Deer Isle, Maine What could whisk you away together any better than this historic inn, lovingly restored and maintained? Run away to a quaint seaside village, and step back in time to simpler days, sharing stories with the lobstermen and sailors. Nestle into the New England comfort offered in the 12 guest rooms, and three cottage suites, or enjoy a pint with friends in the Tap Room and Bar, or linger over a casual dinner for two in the Whale’s Rib Tavern. www.bbteam.com

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Hemlock Hollow B&B , Hemlock Valley British Columbia What could hold greater allure than a remote, luxury, ski-in/ ski-out log home? Find four thousand square feet of rustic romance, overlooking splendid mountain vistas. Enjoy open concept great room with flagstone fireplace, and choose between cozy bedrooms, or a private suite. www.peterbirrell.com

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Battenkill Inn, Manchester, Vermont Palm Springs Bed & Breakfast, Palm Springs, California

Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, Upper Peninsula, Michigan Dramatic shores call to you from this historic conversion, overlooking Lake Superior. The unparalleled sunsets are outdone only by the stunning views of the Northern Lights. Snuggle in, in one of the keeper’s cozy guest rooms, or curl up, together, before the fire in the warmth of the sitting room. Located in unspoiled, natural surroundings, the Lighthouse is just thirty minutes from the city with its university, and medical centre. The best of both worlds, awaits. www.innmarketing.com

Palm Springs Bed & Breakfast, Palm Springs, California If the view can’t entice you, the ambience can. Come sample the heady days of Hollywood glamour in its heyday, as you lounge poolside together in the style of Bogey and Bacall. This luxury B&B offers a hint of art deco, with its enclosed courtyard and pool. Palm trees sway against the backdrop of the California west coast mountains. Where better to get away from it all? www.innpartners.com

Battenkill Inn, Manchester, Vermont With all the charm and seclusion of a true country inn, lose yourselves among the ponds and riverfront walks on this six-acre property. Enjoy your celebration the traditional way, in the restored barn. Find romance comfortably in your pick of one of 11 guest rooms, with fireplace, four-poster bed, and the ease of yesteryear. Lounge together, hand-in-hand, on the wraparound porch, overlooking the sunny countryside. www.hospitalityconsultants.com

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Marketplace The Turkish Towel Company

A leading provider of luxury Turkish towels and bathrobes, our brand is recognized for its incredible softness, absorbency and durability. Feel the difference of 100% genuine Turkish cotton. Tel: 866-631-1676 www.turkishtowelcompany.com

Softub Canada

Canada’s Truly Portable Hot Tub Lightweight (only 22kgs), portable, sets up in just minutes. Plugs into 110V. Indoors or out, year round. #1 in Energy Efficiency. Call for discount pricing for Inns and B&Bs. 967 Falconbridge Rd., Sudbury, ON Tel: 800-668-8827 or 705-525-6155 www.softubcanada.com

Little Luxuries of Virginia

A small enterprise based in rural Virginia. We offer elegant amenities of hand engraved soaps and custom signature fragrances to the small upscale B&B. Quinton, VA USA Tel: 804-678-9900 www.littleluxuriesofva.com

Caber Sure Fit Inc.

Enhancing mattresses, sofas and more with innovative products that protect, refresh and transform. Sure Fit™ slipcovers - fashionable, economical, décor makeovers. Protect-A-Bed® mattress protectors - waterproof, breathable, allergen and bed bug proof. Tel: 800.520.3152 email: bandb@caber.ca www.surefit.ca

Sealy Canada Ltd.

Supplier of the finest mattresses to the Hotel industry - Now available for B&B’s- owners can purchase Sealy products – small orders welcomed. You and your guests will enjoy a perfect night’s sleep on our signature products. Call for wholesale pricing. Toll free Canada 800-268-4414 request our hotel division www.sealycanada.com

Merchant Processing

Tom Weiskotten has been in the credit card processing business for 14+ years and he specializes in the lodging business. Get great rates and service. Hundreds of Inns and B&B’s across the country utilize his services and they receive low rates and excellent personal service as well as a 24/7/365 toll free help desk. Tel: 518-963-7272 www.tom-weiskotten.com

Great Lakes Design Ltd.

Producer of unique amenities for Hotels, Inns and B&Bs including, soaps, liquids, Pens & Pencils, Door knob hangers and necessities. Beauty wipes, room supplies, ice buckets, spa slippers and more. Call for samples - we ship USA and Canada. 519- 426-3098 / Toll-free: (800) 785-9192 www.greatlakesdesign.com

Deneen Pottery

A family pottery company that has been hand-making stoneware since 1972. Specializing in crafting function, beautiful, DURABLE mugs for Inns, Boutique Hotels, Spas B&B and restaurants throughout North America. Lead and cadmium free, dishwasher, oven, freezer and microwave safe and durable. St. Paul, MN Tel: 888.646.0238 or 651-646.0238 www.deneenpottery.com

Indulge Yourself In A Cup Of Comfort

40 Mountain Road, Brookline, NH 03033 603-249-9111 www.TheCozyTeaCart.com

Teas • Tea Lectures • Tea Tastings • Tea Functions • Wholesale

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Services for Current Innkeepers

Bill Oates & Heide Bredfeldt have been aiding Innkeepers in planning and executing successful exit strategies. Evaluation • Valuation• Transfer Consulting

Seminar for Future Innkeepers

In-depth one-day seminars Our seminar will help you understand the business side, as well as personal side of Innkeeping. $75 per person or $99 per couple (includes lunch)

Services for Future Innkeepers Let us help you make the right choice. Bill Oates and Heide Bredfeldt Successful matchmakers since 1983.

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Inn the Business Merchant Processing by Tom Weiskotten Choice is the key to lower rates and customer satisfaction, according to Tom Weiskotten of Merchant Processing by Tom Weiskotten. “I write business for three different processors,” Tom says, “so I can offer different options to different accounts based on their needs.” One size doesn’t fit all. “I like to educate the B&Bs and inns,” says Tom, “The biggest thing I do is tell the truth and keep my rates very reasonable.” Tom learned years ago that the average merchant will only stay with their credit card processor for two and a half years. Tom quickly realized that by becoming a partner with his clients, and not gouging them with high rates, he was able to create long term, satisfied clients who have been with him for more than a decade! Tom Weiskotten strives to help his clients in every way possible, and works for complete customer satisfaction! Willsboro, New York 518-963-7272 www.tom-weiskotten.com

Softub Canada A luxurious dip into the posh waters of the hot tub at a well-appointed inn, is always near the top spot of the luxury wish list. Bring that luxury spa experience home. Softub Canada makes that a wish come true for its customers looking for the ultimate in flexibility. Softub is a light weight (as little at 50 lbs), fast-to-set-up hot tub, made of soft polypropylene foam and LeatherTex, a marine grade vinyl. Locate it almost anywhere, since it only requires a standard 110V household electrical outlet, and can remain outdoors throughout the winter. Softub has sales locations across Canada, and offers a variety of sizes, and colors, and accessories. Check out their new Euro Series line available with Espresso poly rattan surround decking. Softub Canada Sudbury, Ontario 705-525-6155 / 800-668-8827 www.softubcanada.com

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Real Estate A Place by the Sea Bed & Breakfast

Sunshine Coast, B.C. Canada. The Award winning A Place by the Sea Bed & Breakfast! 4000 Sq ft oceanfront home with 3 luxury self-contained suites: private beach, dock, hot tub, and sauna. Included: kayaks, 28ft cruiser boat, furnishings, fixtures & B&B inventory. Contact Shay Moudahi at www.homesonthesunshinecoast.com

Vernon, BC

Award Winning Historic Inn c. 1859 located in the town of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. 13 guest rooms and 12 acres of land in an estate setting. Walking distance to local attractions, shopping and dining. Visit www.Novascotiainnforsale.com or call 902.532.2345.

$779,000.00 Bed & Breakfast with 3 lake view suites on 2.37 acres overlooking Lake Okanagan Contact Joyce Stewart 866-539-5117 or 250-549-5117 harbourlights@telus.net www.harbourlights.ca

Mont-Tremblant Area

B&B near New Mexico's San Juan River's "Quality Waters", one of the world's top trout fishing destinations. 6 rooms in 3600 sq ft + 12 RV storage rental units. Built in 2004, $1.5 million. Seller financing; terms neogtiable. Call Jeff, San Juan Realty, 505-330-8915 or 327-4837 jelogue@advantas.net

Fabulous B&B only 15 minutes from Tremblant's renowned mountain and resort village. With 4 private rooms plus a suite, the  property is adapted for wheelchair access including an elevator. The home also features  a fabulous chef's kitchen, large living areas, beautifully landscaped grounds, swimming pool, spa, access to a river, a separate owners apartment and much more. $575 000. Ann Jeffreys, Chartered Broker Century 21 Opt/Immo, Agency 819-425-1524 annjeffreys@yahoo.com

High Street Inn A maintained Four-Star B&B in Baddeck, Cape Breton, NS. In two houses are 7 guest rooms all private bath, two apartments, one owner's residence with 2 bathrooms. Completely renovated 4 years ago.

495,000.00

Email: paulahigh@highstreetinn.com Phone 902 295 1400

9 room Inn for sale on Pacific Ocean 45 mins from Victoria British Columbia

This stunning 4.5 acre oceanfront property has commercial zoning allowing a myriad of uses. The inn features 9 beautifully maintained spacious guest bedrooms and bathrooms, spa area, new gazebo and hot tub area, beautiful wood working studio, with plexiglass ceiling, out buildings for catering weddings and much more... Stunning fir floors throughout. Wonderful business in a beautiful private country setting. Offered for sale at $1,170,000.00

Peter Birrell

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North America's collection of the world's finest restaurants and hotels ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD Auberge Saint-Antoine

Not just another boutique hotel, the Auberge SaintAntoine is a journey into QuÊbec City’s past. In this unique contemporary space, the past has been audaciously re-interpreted for you to savour. Quebec City, QC Tel: 888-692-2211 or 418-692-2211 www.saint-antoine.com

Trout Point Lodge

Positioned so that every room boasts water views, Trout Point encourages you to unwind and forget the cares of the outside world. The enchanting location makes for a most relaxing and restorative Nova Scotia vacation. Each stay holds myriad possibilities for guided and unguided adventures. East Kempville, NS Tel: 902-761-2142 www.troutpoint.com

Glenmere Mansion

Perched on a Hudson Valley mountain, one hour from New York City, sits this 150-acre, Gilded Age Mansion/Inn /Spa. Voted #1 Romantic Hideaway in the World for 2011. Chester, NY Tel: 845-469-1900 www.glenmeremansion.com

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Staging by Angela Karges n the Fall of 2011 my husband and I were faced with a decision. Let me fill you in on a few details: we have an investment property. Behind the main house, was a large garage that had once been a reupholstery shop. These days, it has just been used for storage. (It also was home to some raccoons and squirrels!) Our contractor had said to us, ‘You need to decide to fix this building up, or tear it down!’

So, we asked him for a quote to turn the space into a luxury bed and breakfast suite. It had all the bones, water, hydro and sewage all within it. With some design decisions and our fingers crossed, we went ahead and decided to resurrect the space into something wonderful. We decided on 700 square feet. That would still leave us a space on the end of the building for storage. The tearing out of the old wood, fixtures - walls upon walls of damaged drywall and insulation filled four dumpsters. Surprising what you find in a Reno isn’t it? What went back in filled two pick-up trucks. As the renovation started to take shape, I decided where the walls and

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rooms were going to be. It was very exciting. The good news is that there weren’t many glitches, and the contractors worked fast. In fact it took only a month to have the space totally transformed! I was a frequent shopper at the Reuse store and at the local building stores. We found a five foot luxury shower for half price. The windows came from a window company, which was putting new samples in the showroom. Our best friends gave us the beautiful front door that they had never used. We bought a cosy furnace that fit perfectly between the studs. Before we knew it we were at the painting and finishing stage. We love the Eco paint line, as it is a recycled paint that is inexpensive and goes on like a dream. My husband, John, is a great painter and went to town painting the suite. We put an electric Dimplex Featherston fireplace in the living room - it adds great ambience without the hassle of a wood fireplace. Time to stage the suite. The bedroom was so large, 22 x 16, it easily accommo-

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dated a Serta King bed, a chaise, and desk and chair. The kitchenette was furnished with a lovely wrought iron set that I bought from an estate sale. I covered the chairs with Surefit cotton chair covers. The living room was a grouping: a sofa bed that I bought from a friend, and two comfy chairs, one from a neighbor, and the other we scored at the Reuse store. We saved a great deal of money as the kitchen we put in came from our house. (We were getting a new one.) Our budget was for 20k and it came in at 30k due to unexpected surprises and the many dumpster loads that were removed. So it all came together! Our first guest booked for Christmas Day. Then, our cottage was booked by two professionals for four months solid. We were off to a great start and thanked our lucky stars that it went smoothly! www.surefit.net Slipcovers can be Relaxed Fit Slipcovers or Form Fit Slipcovers. Surefit products are machine washable, fit most styles of furniture, and are fabric tested for fading, shrinkage and durability.

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Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast

Historic elegance in the Brandywine Valley. Southern hospitality, personal service, candle light breakfasts on private estate. A Select Registry and Diamond property. "The elaborate breakfasts are a highlight" NY Times.

Chadds Ford, PA Tel: 877-836-8212 or 610-459-3000 www.hamanassett.com

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West Hill House Escape to a quiet haven: rekindle your relationship, restore your soul, renew your energy. Tranquility awaits, yet with so many things to do and see all seasons of the year. Warren, Vermont Tel:1-800-209-1049 | (802) 496-7162 www.westhillbb.com 2/12

Fox Creek Inn Nestled in a peaceful valley, Fox Creek Inn feels wonderfully secluded. A full service inn with cozy pub. Most rooms have spa tubs and fireplaces. Close to Killington, Woodstock, Manchester. Chittenden, VT Tel: 800-707-0017 or 802-483-6213 www.foxcreekinn.com 1/12

Fairville Inn

Elegant accommodations in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley just minutes from world-famous Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, the Brandywine River (“Wyeth”) Museum, fine dining and much more. Gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea are, of course, included. Enjoy the elegance!

Chadds Ford, PA Tel: 877-285-7772 or 610-388-5900 www.fairvilleinn.com

The Swag Country Inn

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On top of a 5000’ mountain near Asheville awaits rest and relaxation in the luxury century-old hand hewn log inn. The Swag featured as a top romantic hideaway and “most memorable retreat” Waynesville, NC Tel: 800-789-7672 or 828-926-0430 www.theswag.com 4/12

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El Farolito & Four Kachinas B&B Inns In the Heart of Santa Fe - Award winning Select Registry B&B compound offering privacy, comfort, exquisite décor, and great service! Santa Fe, NM Tel: 505-988-1631 www.farolito.com

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The Captain Lord Mansion

Make enduring memories when you experience the timeless elegance of large, beautifully-appointed & exceptionally-detailed guestrooms at The Captain Lord Mansion, each will pamper your senses! Come celebrate, relax, retreat and indulge yourself. We specialize in “Couple’s Spa Treatments”.

Kennibunkport, ME Tel: 800-522-3141 or 207-967-3141 www.captainlord.com

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Asa Ransom House

A 10-room historic village inn with award-winning dining, wine list & high tea. Each room created with its own distinctive character, most with a fireplace and/or porch. Flower and herb gardens for strolling.Clarence, NY (15 miles NE of Buffalo)Tel: 800-841-2340 www.asaransom.com

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Auberge des Gallant

Quebec’s Romantic destination - featuring country charm in a wooded surrounding. Famous for gourmet fine dining, honeymoons, weddings. We offer an escape from the world. Full service spa on-site. Within 1 hour from Montreal and Ottawa. Ste-Marthe, QC, Canada Tel: 450- 459-4241 or 800-641-4241 www.gallant.qc.ca 2/12

Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa

One of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns. Experience royal treatment in 10 exquisite guest rooms, or world-class spa with over 100 indulgent services. Perfect for Castle weddings or executive retreats. Sharon, Pennsylvania

Tel: 724-346-3046 www.BuhlMansion.com

The Washington House Inn

The Washington House Inn combines casual elegance with historic tradition. 34 guest rooms with luxury bedding include whirlpool and steam baths, fireplaces and antiques. Guests enjoy a complimentary social hour and a homemade expanded continental breakfast. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cedarburg, WI Tel: 888-554-0515 or 262-375-3550 www.washingtonhouseinn.com

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Tara – A Country Inn

Clark, Pennsylvania Tel: 724-962-3535 ww.Tara-Inn.com

Inspired by the greatest movie of our time, Gone With the Wind. Tara offers 27 luxurious guest rooms, seven-course candlelight or casual dining. The beautiful gardens provide a fairy-tale wedding venue.

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Inn at Ellis River

Set along the Ellis River in Jackson, a picturesque village in the heart of the White Mountains, the inn offers a quiet, cozy relaxed atmosphere, gameroom/pub, atrium-enclosed hot tub, and heated pool (seasonal). Most of its 21 rooms have fireplaces, many have whirlpool tubs and/or balconies.Jackson, NH Tel: 800-233-8309 www.innatellisriver.com 2/12

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The perfect atmosphere for a relaxing romantic couples getaway. This historic main house is close to shopping, has exceptional dining and is located in the Historical Village of Intercourse in the heart of Lancaster County.

Intercourse, PA Tel: 800-664-0949 or 717-768-2626 www.inn-spa.com

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CANADA Alberta

West End Guest House

The Overlander Mountain Lodge

Jasper East, AB Tel: 877-866-2330 www.overlandermountainlodge.com 4/12

British Columbia Cottage Al Sole

Roberts Creek, BC Tel: 604-886-8490 cottagealsole@yahoo.ca

Prancing Horse Retreat

Malahat, BC Tel: 877-887-8834 or 250-743-9378 www.prancinghorse.com

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Sooke Harbour House

A romantic boutique hotel and restaurant on the edge of the Pacific offering twenty-eight water-view guest rooms and restaurant, organic gardens, soothing in-room spa treatments and an unconventional art gallery. Sooke, BC Tel: 800-889-9688 or 250-642-3421 www.sookeharbourhouse.com 3/12

Elegant, boutique style heritage bed and breakfast, located in the quiet tree lined streets of downtown Vancouver’s residential ”West End” 2011 Travelers Choice Winner – Top 10 B&B in Canada Vancouver, BC Tel: 888-546-3327 or 604-681-2889 www.westendguesthouse.com 1/12

Nova Scotia Old Orchard Inn & Spa

Make this delightful inn your home base, while exploring beautiful Annapolis Valley. Relax at our indoor pool, sauna, sundeck, outdoor chess, tennis courts and full service spa. Gourmet dining in the Acadian Room, which features heritage architecture and a spectacular view. Wolfville, NS Tel: 800-561-8090 or 902-542-4487 www.oldorchardinn.com 3/12

Ontario

Amadeus Haus Bed & Breakfast Stratford, ON Tel: 519-271-6919 / 866-576-9139 www.amadeushaus.ca

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St. Jacobs, ON Tel: 519-664-3731 www.stjacobs.com

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Benjamin’s Restaurant and Inn

Bonnie View Inn

Haliburton, ON Tel: 800-461-0347 www.bonnieviewinn.com

The Briars Resort & Spa

Jackson’s Point, ON Tel: 800-465-2376 or 905-722-9698 www.briars.ca

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The Caversham House Bed & Breakfast Stratford, ON Tel: 519-271-7882 / 866-998-7882 www.thecavershamhouse.com

The Cove Country Inn

Westport, ON Tel: 888-268-3466 or 613-273-3636 www.coveinn.com

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Gananoque, ON Tel: 613-382-2165 or 800-465-3101 www.gananoqueinn.com

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Green Woods Inn

Moffat Inn

Kingston, ON Tel: 613-544-1922 or 866-878-1884 www.greenwoods-inn.ca

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Waterloo, ON Tel: 519-744-3534 www.hillcresthouse.ca

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Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast

Hotel Belvedere

Travel writers and guests from around the world agree that the Belvedere is Kingston’s and the Thousand Islands’ most comfortable and gracious inn.

Located downtown. Kingston, ON Tel: 613-548-1565 or 800-559-0584 Fax: 613-546-4692 reserve@hotelbelvedere.com www.hotelbelvedere.com 2/12

Jennie Forbes Cottage B&B

Stratford, ON “Regency Style Cottage Built in 1857” Tel: 519-273-7818 www.jennieforbes.com

Killarney Lodge

Algonquin Park, ON Tel: 866-473-5551 www.killarneylodge.com

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Legacy House A passion for great food is shared with guests during Gourmet breakfasts; including fresh organic fruit and juices, homemade breads and pastries, and local jams and jellies. Legacy House is an ideal location for your next stay in Stratford. Stratford, Ontario 519.273.6521 or 1.800.532.0248 www.legacyhouse.net 3/12

Mornington Rose Bed & Breakfast

Willow Manor Bed and Breakfast Guelph, ON Tel: 519-763-3574 or 866-763-3574 www.willowmanorbb.com www.innsmagazine.com

An elegant, beautifully restored Victorian home built in 1905. Classic taste and inviting furnishings blend with a contemporary bright, airy atmosphere to create a fresh, but still traditional look. Stratford, ON Tel: 519-275-2626 / 866-277-9577 www.morningtonrose.com 3/12

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Charming Niagara-onthe-Lake inn centrally located on the main street. 24 lovely guest rooms, one elegant two-bedroom penthouse suite. Walk to Shaw theatres, shops, dining and spa. Golf, wineries, casino nearby. Long considered one of Niagara’s best values. Niagara-on-the-lake, ON Tel: 905-468-4116 www.moffatinn.com 2/12

Serenity Ranch Bed and Breakfast

Jerseyville, ON Tel: 289-346-0278 Cell: 905-537-8040 www.serenityranchbb.com 1/12

Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast

Haliburton Highlands, 2.5 hours north of Toronto. Adult. Waterfront view suites guaranteed to pamper. Fireplaces, steam showers/Jacuzzis. Sip a deckside beverage while enjoying nature’s peace and quiet. Deliciously tempting breakfast. Seasonal Natural Whirlpool. Much more than your average B&B. Haliburton Highlands, Minden, ON Tel: 705-286-4922 or 888-786-6976 www.sunnyrock.on.ca 3/12

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Atherton House Bed & Breakfast

Atherton House Bed and Breakfast Large rooms with ensuites. Luscious breakfasts. Close to Jordan Village on the Twenty Valley wine route. Vineland, Ontario Tel: 905-562-8902 or 877-562-8902 www.athertonhousebb.com 1/12

The Brass Bell Bed & Breakfast Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Tel: (905) 468-9596 www.brassbell.ca

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Tel: 905-468-4157 or 888-804-8181 www.butlercreekhouse.com

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Butler Creek Hot Tubs and Suites B&B

The Grange at Stag Hollow Lakefront Bed & Breakfast

A unique, vintage, 2 acre lakefront estate with 21st century amenities: luxury, elegance and comfort combined with vineyards, restaurants, theatres, golf and history; breathtaking sunsets and views of Toronto’s skyline. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Tel: 905-938-0698 www.staghollow.ca 3/12

Niagara-on-theLake (Circa 1871) Historical Cottage Rental

Rental Cottage of Canadian Soprano Maria Rekrut, with all the comforts of home - two suites with color digital cable TV, VCR, DVD, bathrobes, Egyptian duvets and sheets, Turkish towels. Fireplace, A/C, BBQ, fridge stocked with breakfast. Gift Basket included with your stay. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Tel: 905-980-0346/866-226-4730 www.niagara-on-the-lake-cottagerental.com 2/12

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1835 Heritage District INN with luxury interior design, Jacuzzi, fireplace, full breakfast. In room breakfast/ private dining available. Year round. Early/late check-in available. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Tel: 877-349-7678 or 905-468-9991 www.historicinnsofniagara.com 4/11

Québec Auberge Harris

Riverside luxury 77 rooms and suites with personal service. Whirlpool bath, heated outdoor pool, cardiovascular and fitness room, sauna and wireless internet. Direct access to the bicycle path. St-Jean-Sur Richelieu, 20 minutes south of Montreal. Ask for our packages. Tel: 800-668-3821 Fax: 450-348-7725 www.aubergeharris.com 3/12

UNITED STATES California Waterfront Views. Wildlife Watching. Nautical rooms. Soaking tub, Luxury shower, fireplace, antiques, feather pillows, robes, highspeed, massage. Home cooked breakfast. Walk to beach, shopping, dining, sunset. Sea otters, Birds. Monterey Bay, Moss Landing, CA Tel: 831-633-5550 www.captainsinn.com 2/12

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Waldo Emerson Inn

Kennebunk, ME Tel: 877-521-8776 or 207-985-4250 www.waldoemersoninn.com

Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel Taneytown, MD Tel: 410-756-6812 or 800-858-1844 www.antrim1844.com

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The Columbia Inn at Peralynna

Multi-award winning 5 star, Diamond Collection, Columbia Inn at Peralynna, 18 luxury suites with private baths or Jacuzzi’s, flat screen TV’s, Tempurpedic mattresses, fireplaces and balconies. Wifi, full breakfast, evening appetizers, desserts and beverages. Near golf resorts, Ellicott City, Baltimore, Washington & Annapolis. Columbia, Maryland Tel: 877-737-2596 or 410-715-4600 www.peralynnainn.com/

Massachusetts Devonfield Inn

Lee, MA Tel: 413-243-3298 or 800-664-0880 www.devonfield.com

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Provincetown, MA Tel: 508-487-3232 www.gabriels.com

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Cape Cod, MA Tel: 800-211-5551 or 508-771-1880 www.harborhouseinn.net

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Gabriel’s at the Ashbrook Inn

Captain’s Inn on Moss Landing

West Palm Beach, FL Tel: 561-833-9023 www.grandview-gardens.com

Maryland

Harbor House Inn

Michigan

Stafford’s Bay View Inn

Petoskey, MI Tel: 800-258-1886 or 231-347-2771 www.staffords.com

New Mexico

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Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast

Southwest Style Adobe Inn Jetted tubs in all rooms. Outdoor Finnish Sauna. Healthy full breakfast every morning. Central ABQ location close to Old Town/Downtown. Comfortable, relaxing, laid back. Albuquerque, NM Tel: 866-435-6436 or 505-344-1310 www.adobenido.com 2/12

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Follow the Lake Huron shoreline into scenic, exciting Grey-Bruce! From the Bruce Trail to Sauble Beach, from Owen Sound to Chatsworth, from the Saugeen River to Lake Huron there are places to play, things to do, and retreats to relaxation. Offering charming inns, unique bed-and-breakfasts, many that overlook those spectacular Lake Huron sunsets, find the accommodation that’s just right for you. Come visit us, for the finest hospitality anywhere! www.explorethebruce.com www.visitgrey.ca www.chatsworth.ca www.owensound.ca

Culinary weekends with Certified Chef / Patron Wine Classes with Certified Sommeliers Executive Boardroom Residential Spa Event Management & Catering Service Wine Education / Event Management Rooms: 4 142 Hume Street, Collingwood,Ontario, Canada Tel: 705 443 8995

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Buffalo, NY Tel: 800-278-0245 or 716-882-6116 www.beaufleuve.com

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The Edward Harris House B&B Inn

A retreat of urban serenity, this c.1896 boutique style Inn offers business and pleasure travelers the quiet relaxation of neighborhood living with the convenience of a central city location. Rochester, NY Tel: 800-419-1213 or 585-473-9752 www.edwardharrishouse.com 2/12

Genessee Country Inn

Mumford, NY Tel: 800-697-8297 or 585-538-2500 www.genesseecountryinn.com

North Carolina

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Sobotta Manor B&B Mount. Airy, NC Tel: 336-786-2777 www.sobottamanor.com

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Manteo, NC Tel: 800-473-6091 www.whitedoeinn.com

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The Maple Leaf Inn

Beau Fleuve Bed & Breakfast

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Barnard, VT Tel: 800-516-2753 www.mapleleafinn.com

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Virginia

Prospect Hill Plantation Inn and Restaurant Charlottesville, VA Tel: 540-967-0844 or 800-277-0844 www.prospecthill.com

Washington

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Mt. Baker Lodging Inc. Maple Falls, WA Tel: 800-709-SNOW (7669) www.mtbakerlodging.com

Wisconsin

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The White Rose Inns

Be our guest at our three romantic turn-of-the-century Inns with glorious views of the Wisconsin River, in the heart of the Dells; intimate settings in every room; delicious homemade breakfasts and friendly staff. Wisconsin Dells, WI Tel: 1800-482-4724 email: info@thewhiterose.com www.thewhiterose.com 2/12

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Chatelaine Bed & Breakfast

“On the Purple Heart Highway, but Edged by a Pastoral Village, Mountain Ridges, Sparkling Waterways. Six miles from ( PSU.) Minutes from the Heart of Things, Miles & Miles from your Concerns.” Please reference Chat3 when reserving from this ad. Pine Grove Mills, PA Tel: 800-251-2028 or 814-238-2028 www.chatelainebandb.com 1/12

Texas

The Sanford House Inn & Spa Arlington, TX Tel: 877-205-4914 or 817-861-2129 www.thesanfordhouse.com

Vermont

The Hermitage Inn

West Dover, VT Tel: 802-464-3511 or 877-464-3511 www.hermitageinn.com

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Romantic B&B’s of North Carolina

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The Burke Manor Inn is an historical, full-service inn offering eight luxurious guest rooms www.burkemanor.com/rooms.htm

The ambience of the home, combined with elegant French food and elegant service is second to none.

Gibsonville, NC 336-449-6266 or 1- 888-679-1805 www.burkemanor.com www.innsmagazine.com

North Carolina’s romantic destination in the Outer Banks on Roanoke Island. Enjoy our beautiful guest rooms, we also offer weddings, honeymoons, and renewals. Shopping, special tours, and the unexpected adventures that can be found all along the way; kayaking, birding, hang gliding, parasailing, and sport fishing.

The White Doe Inn offers an unparalleled list of amenities and services. Manteo, NC

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Sobotta Manor is nestled in the heart of the Yadkin Valley Wine Region and just minutes from many of North Carolinas finest wineries and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Inn is located in the center of historic downtown Mount Airy and walking distance to restaurants and shops.

Sobotta Manor Bed & Breakfast

347 West Pine Street Mount Airy, NC Phone: 336-786-2777 www.sobottamanor.com

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by Mary Hughes

Who doesn’t like PINK?

It is a happy color used for many reasons throughout the year and the best part is that you get to eat it, in this issue’s featured recipe. B&B guests and travelers alike LOVE fudge, with its creamy texture and homemade–terrific with your favorite cup of tea!

Raspberry Truffle Fudge Ingredients:

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup raspberry flavored liqueur (I used Chambord) 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method:

Spray a 9x9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray, and line with wax paper.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine 3 cups chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Heat in microwave until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to let it scorch. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Spread into pan, and cool to room temperature. In a microwavesafe bowl, combine cream, liqueur, and 2 cups chocolate chips. If you want it pinker add a few drops of red food coloring. Heat in microwave until the chocolate melts; stir until smooth. Cool to lukewarm, then pour over the fudge layer. Refrigerate until both layers are completely set, about 1 hour. Cut into 1 inch pieces.

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