I’ve never spent much time in Bayfield, Ontario. I grew up just down the road from the pretty little town on Lake Huron, but besides the occasional pit stop for gas, never saw much of it. A recent opportunity to stay at a bed and breakfast there changed that though, reminding me of how awesome it can be to be a tourist close to home.
The verdict? Bayfield kicks butt. The downtown area is filled with quaint shops and restaurants and only a stone’s throw away from the beach. Cottages line the shore and the chance to catch a Lake Huron sunset is well worth the rental fees.
I stayed at the impressive Camborne House B&B, a former Anglican minister’s residence dripping with charm. Absolutely spotless, this three-bedroom inn offers modern comforts while keeping a cool old-fashioned aesthetic.
… Including a painting of the creepy kids in the front room.
Speaking of kids (but the very un-creepy kind), I was treated to a tour of the place by Kate, the enthusiastic and very professional granddaughter of the innkeeper, Catherine. I even got to see Kate’s entry into a local art competition – a masterpiece made entirely of painted beans. Very cool.
Not to be outdone by her granddaughter, Catherine proved herself a gracious and accommodating hostess on all fronts. While the bed was comfy, it was Catherine’s breakfast that was out of this world.
Treating yourself to a close-to-home outing can be a great way to have fun. Why not skip the traffic, the airports and the jetlag and explore your own neck of the woods for a change? Check out a nearby community’s festival, make a reservation at a fancy restaurant in your hometown, or book a romantic stay at a local B&B. Awesomeness may literally be around the corner.