Catch the fall colours at these bed and breakfasts in Hastings County
Autumn may just be the best season for a bed and breakfast staycation, especially here in Hastings County. From Maynooth to Deseronto, you’ll find cozy abodes perched on rural hillsides, hidden in forested valleys and tucked off side streets in sleepy towns. All of them come with views of vibrant fall colours right outside your window and smells of hot coffee and a warm breakfast just outside your door. Here are six bed-and-breakfast options to get your autumn on across Hastings County.
Dreamer’s Rock Bed and Breakfast
It’s all about serenity at Laura Smith and Gary Finlay’s modern B&B nestled along the Little Mississippi River. Both the Trillium Room and the Red Maple Room have a queen bed and share a four-piece bathroom and powder room, but it really is the surroundings that shine here. Dreamer’s Rock overlooks cascading waterfalls and is surrounded by old-growth forest that stuns this time of year. For best results, wake up early to a hearty country breakfast and then sip your coffee along the river as the mist rises with sun.
35556 Highway 28
Suite in the Bush
As one guest recently described this newly renovated B&B south of Bancroft: “paradise”. Surrounded by dense forest and solitude, Aileen and David’s home has one 600-square-foot apartment for guests. It comes with a private entrance, king-size bed, three-piece bathroom, full kitchen and living room. There is also an outdoor area with a furnished gazebo, firepit and barbecue. Make breakfast yourself or have it delivered to your suite (try the pancakes and French toast). Just don’t miss a lengthy hang in the hammock and deep breaths of all that fresh air.
373 Old L’Amable Road
Teddy Bear Bed and Breakfast
Just a few kilometres south of Suite in the Bush sits this cozy and clean lakefront B&B with six guestrooms. Each of the rooms has an electric fireplace, and there are two shared bathrooms in the house. If it’s available, go for the Tait Bear Room, which has one queen bed, one single bed and a nice view of Tait Lake. If the weather is decent, ask your host Karin to use the canoe or paddleboat, then head out on the small but beautiful lake to take in the colours and try to spot deer, elk, moose, birds and ducks.
26541 Highway 62
Jewel on the Hill Bed and Breakfast
The name nails this B&B near Coe Hill. Sitting a knoll on 100 acres of forested property, the Jewel is a 4,200-square-foot log home with three guest rooms. Two rooms share a bathroom, while the third has its own bathroom and jacuzzi, but all come with a queen bed. The panoramic view from the multi-level outdoor deck is one of the biggest draws here, but it’s hard to beat a quiet stroll in the woods of this sprawling property on a crisp fall day. When it’s time to relax, curl up with a book from the library in front of the see-through stone fireplace.
2295 Old Hastings Road
Clayton Cove Bed and Breakfast
If Jewel on the Hill sounds enticing but you’d like to be closer to the water, check out Clayton Cove, which is just south of Coe Hill. It’s also a large log home in the woods, but it’s located right on Wollaston Lake. There are two guest rooms here that have a bathroom for your use only as well as an open-concept kitchen and living room. Though chances are you’ll spend most of your time outside. The dock is the perfect place to put your feet up and soak in the colours around the lake. Or you can go for a hike on the trails that start from the front door.
402 Claytons Cove Road
Huntingdon House Bed and Breakfast
What was once a limestone church just east of Stirling is now Huntingdon House, a boutique B&B that can accommodate one group of up to six guests. Although the former church has been fully renovated, you’ll notice touches of its past life upon entering the common area, such as vaulted ceilings, original wood beams and even stained glass. The master bedroom has a king bed and gas fireplace, while the Entertainment Loft has a kitchenette, 54-inch TV and a gas fireplace. The bathroom has a jacuzzi tub and shower. The backyard is also yours, which boasts a rock garden, hot tub, fire pit and Adirondack chairs that overlook farmers’ fields.
10323 Highway 62