We recently had guests from out of town that we couldn’t put up at our home (all the other beds were full!) so we made arrangements for them to stay at two of the local Bed and Breakfasts in Almonte. They are both located on one of the main streets in Almonte – Queen Street – across the road from each other, and located along the banks of the Mississippi River.
Menzies House is an 1850’s home, originally constructed of stone, with a white frame house built overtop. It was once a Merchant’s store, and had a blacksmith building at the end of the property. The House is of Anglo-Norman design which features a long verandah entranceway and dormers. This style was more popular in Quebec. The hosts, Pat and Frank Vetter, are a delightful couple who have owned the B&B for many years. Included with the delicious breakfasts that Pat serves up for you are tales of the town. Pat and Frank are very social – and are happy to tell you all about Almonte. This was a first B&B experience for our guests that stayed here, and they couldn’t have been more delighted.
Menzies House has 3 rooms of various sizes and prices are quite reasonable. There aren’t any hotels or motels in Almonte, so this is an excellent option for out of town guests visiting you.
The rest of our guests were housed at The Almonte Riverside Inn. The innkeeper, Rob Prior, has owned the Inn for about 5 years, and although it started out with a quaint little restaurant this has since closed and now just serves up breakfast to the guests. The Inn has 6 rooms of varying sizes with comparable pricing to Menzies House. ARI is a beautiful stone home that was previously known as the “Judge’s House”. The grounds are simply beautiful and Rob is an equally friendly host.
If you weren’t going anywhere this summer, it might be an interesting idea to play “tourist” right in your own community… a night way to enjoy the town as a visitor can do a lot to restore the soul…. Hmm… something to think about!