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Thursday, November 10, 2016

40th Wedding Anniversary

September 25th marked our 40th wedding anniversary, and after much consideration and thought we decided to get away for a few days without spending too much money.  We had previously spent a day at Niagara-on-the-Lake and enjoyed it so much we decided to go back.  What a wonderful time we had!

We drove up early and spent the day visiting several wineries.  We were surprised at how much more exquisite they are than the Finger Lakes Wineries.  We inquired about bringing wine back across the border and were told as long as we were honest with customs they would be okay with it.  The rest of the afternoon was spent strolling along Main St. in town to take pictures.

I had always wanted to experience staying at a bed and breakfast so we thought this would be a great opportunity to try it.  Our first night was spent at Britaly Bed and Breakfast and it was much nicer than we had imagined.  It was in a lovely neighborhood within walking distance to town and their grounds were beautifully landscaped as well.  Two gentlemen owned it, Aldo who was from Italy and Graham from Britain, thus the name Britaly.  Aldo and Graham were very hospitable and welcoming and so was their big dog, Marcus.  We originally booked the smaller Canadian themed room but upon arrival we were upgraded to the large Italian themed room.  We liked the fact that the owners were there if we needed them but otherwise we never heard or saw them.

After checking in we decided to take the 20 minute walk into town.  Our first stop of course was at the Harp Irish Pub for cold beer and delicious food, as well as some Irish singers followed by a walk around town.

Since this was our first time at a bed and breakfast we were a little worried about how we would feel having breakfast with other people.  We were very fortunate that only one other couple was there and they were a younger couple from Canada celebrating their 7th anniversary and they were very friendly.  Breakfast was what the owners called Egg in a Cloud.  It was their specialty and consisted of french toast with a poached egg on top and then covered with meringue and baked.  It was a little rich for our liking but that was okay.  We really enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it.

Britaly only had one night available so we took our chances and spent the second night at 627 on King, another bed and breakfast that was rated very high.  We were very disappointed to say the least. When we arrived the hyper flighty owner Maurice informed us that he had no reservation for us and was quite in a tizzy.  He did have a room for us which was more like a small hotel room.  There were three of these small rooms and no common area in the house open to guests.  The only good thing was the breakfast, which was served in our room by Maurice.  It was just a very weird atmosphere and would never stay there again if we are ever in the area.

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