Be a tourist in your own backyard: The Camborne House B&B, Bayfield, Ontario

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.

Learn more about the Camborne B&B in Bayfield, Ontario.

Josh is the creative force behind Badge of Awesome, where he noodles and doodles about life and the lessons learned from it. He's the author of Simply Blunderful and creator of The Overcoming Obstacles Toolkit.

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