If you are a city slicker that is used to booking your hotel online, checking in electronically and dropping your key in the box when you’re ready to check-out, we would probably be the best of friends.
While I have stayed in many hotels, motels, and even apartments that I have rented out, I am almost ashamed to admit that I have never checked into a bed and breakfast. The stereotype about B&B’s is that they are primarily intended for couples who want a quiet romantic getaway. While that is still certainly the case, there is also room for singles who are looking for great conversation, a delicious breakfast and some of the best recommendations from locals who know the area better than your touring self ever will.
I checked into Windsong By The Lake Bed & Breakfast (19 Manor Road, Bobcaygeon ON) on Sunday and was immediately welcomed by owners Julie and Steve Fulford. The proprietors recently took over the Lakehouse which features 250 feet of beautiful Bobcaygeon waterfront. If you are feeling warmer than you’d like, there is central air conditioning and ceiling fans available for your comfort. With only two guestrooms available, the “Lola” room and the “Bella” room (named after dogs owned by the Fulford who are certainly just as friendly), this is the ideal option if you are looking for the charm of a B&B with a little privacy.
The Lola room offered me access to my own deck with one of the most picturesque views of Sturgeon Lake that I have ever seen. Boats can be seen as they approach lock 32 in Bobcaygeon and the beauty of the Windsong is the ability to see them from the comfort of your bed or to wander out onto your deck for a better view. Each room has a private bathroom and features a TV and DVD player. The Fulford’s graciously offer up their own extensive library of DVD movies which is a big pro if you don’t feel like being outdoorsy on a particular night.
Should you decide to arrive to the Windsong by boat (yes, that happens), you can feel free to dock it before you check in.
A home-cooked breakfast awaits you in the morning and is served in a special sunroom which offers you another view of the lake as you down your eggs and coffee.
The village marketplace is also within walking distance.
After my one-night stay at the Windsong, I will be singing its praises and am already in the process of planning my next trip there.
For more information, visit WindsongBNB.com
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