Country Inns: Ontario's Best Getaways


157 pages
Contains Maps, Index
ISBN 1-55046-236-9
DDC 647.94713'01




Illustrations by Mary Firth
Reviewed by Janet Arnett

Janet Arnett is the former campus manager of adult education at Ontario’s Georgian College. She is the author of Antiques and Collectibles: Starting Small, The Grange at Knock, and 673 Ways to Save Money.



The criteria for inclusion in this select directory were simple: to make
the cut, an inn had to be high-quality in all respects and unique in its
natural setting or historic characteristics.

The 29 inns selected range from large B&Bs with 8 to 12 rooms to large
establishments with more than 160 rooms. Most are in the 25- to 40-room
size. A few offer only breakfast; most have full-service dining rooms
open to the public for all meals.

Carpenter writes with passion about the unique features of each inn.
Antiques, handmade quilts, special scenery, beautiful appointments,
luxurious goods and extra pampering are all noted with enthusiasm. For
each inn she describes the decor, meals, extra facilities (pools, tennis
court, conference room), architecture, setting, historic features if
relevant, and nearby attractions. Although no prices are given, the
author does indicate the range to expect for a weekend for two.

Country Inns will appeal to business travelers and vacationers as well
as those seeking a little weekend R&R.


Carpenter, Donna., “Country Inns: Ontario's Best Getaways,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 13, 2024,