My First B&B Experience
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A couple weekends ago my amazing husband sent me off on a solo night away.

We woke up on Saturday morning both feeling crummy with headaches that were lingering from the day before and the day just did not start well. There were frustrating moments with the kids and a few more blow ups on my part than I am comfortable with.

I needed a break.

Recently I haven’t gotten as many breaks as I have in the past. The winter weather made it difficult for us to travel to my in-laws and strangely enough we’ve been busier this school year with appointments and general life. With each new stage comes its own challenges, am I right Moms?

So, after the breakfast fiasco, my husband suggested that I get away for the night. I sat and thought for a while if it would even be worth it but then good sense kicked in and I downloaded the hotels.com app on my phone and proceeded to search for a place to stay.

Stonemaiden-foyer-sittingroomI started looking in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, but most of the listings that came up were for the Stratford area so I went with it. I always drive through Stratford and pine for the chance to stroll the shops on my own and now I was being handed the opportunity. It was a beautiful weekend weather wise, and I intended to take full advantage of it.

So of all the options I settled on The Stone Maiden Inn. The reviews were good and it would be the perfect time for me to stay in a bed and breakfast for the first time. My husband isn’t big on the idea of B&B’s, but I have a strange fascination with old victorian homes and I have always wanted to stay in one, the decision was a no-brainer!

So I booked my room, packed an overnight bag and headed off.

I literally spent the entire afternoon shopping and browsing the shops of downtown Stratford and enjoying Every. Single. Minute. It was glorious.

Stonemaiden-AnaelThe Inn itself was beautiful. There were so many rooms and each had its own personality. I couldn’t believe how it felt like the house was going on forever. It was so beautiful and so cozy. If I ever plan to go to Stratford again I will be staying here.

You’ll have to forgive my less than stellar photos, I wasn’t planning on writing about my stay, but I just had to. The staff were so helpful and made sure I was comfortable. They even upgraded my room when I got there because the room I had selected was on the main floor and had no attached bathroom. So I selected another room that had a bathroom and I was all set.

Soon after checking in, a menu for the morning’s breakfast was slipped under my door and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they have made a commitment to support local farmers and growers and that as such their menu would change with product availability.

The breakfast, which is included in the price of the room, was huge and so delicious. You had your choice of drink, a delicious looking pastry, and three main dishes to choose from. I chose to have a two egg omelet with sausage, grape tomatoes, spinach, and feta. It was amazing! They even had some delicious hot sauces from Manitoulin Island, which I must buy for my husband. :)

Stonemaiden-BreakfastOh and I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t make a special mention of the coffee. The coffee was THE best cup I had ever had that I didn’t make myself. It was amazing right from the first sip. They use coffee from Balzac’s Coffee Roasters and I now I wish I had stopped at the cafe for a cup of coffee. But now I have an excuse to go back ;).

All in all my first B&B experience was amazing and I am itching to go to another one!

How about you, have you ever been to a B&B, got any suggestions for my next solo outing?

 

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