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Exteirio view of Tweed Desi Indian Cuisine Restaurant

Indian Food Meets Hastings County and it’s ‘Truly’ Authentic

An authentic Indian food restaurant recently opened its doors in the village of Tweed and the food is incredibly delicious! Given the timing, this new venture is an example of ‘smart risk-taking’ that not only benefits the community but adds to the cultural diversity of Hastings County. Tweed Desi is a welcome addition to Tweed …

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Coffee, comfort food and good conversation at Rustic Roadside Restaurant

At a roadside restaurant in Gilmour, about halfway between Bancroft and Madoc on Highway 62, there’s a sign above the cash that reads, “The secret ingredient is always love.” This statement is certainly true for entrepreneur Maggie Thrasher, co-owner of the newly opened Rustic Roadside Restaurant. The warmth a customer feels when entering her establishment …

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Janice Chrysler – Mindful Journey

Headquartered in Marmora & Lake, Janice Chrysler started Mindful Journey to assist others in awakening spirituality in all aspects of their life. Having grown up in Hastings County she could live anywhere else in the world, but describes why Hastings is a great place to live and run her business as a Spiritual Growth Facilitator. …

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Natasha Kasmaii Alves – Technical Curriculum Developer, Presenter & Entrepreneur

Natasha and her family wanted to live full-time in a rural community like Hastings County. So they left the big city where she works remotely as a technical curriculum developer, presenter and entrepreneur owning and operating For the Halibut Fish & Chips with her husband in Bancroft. Learn more about Natasha in the latest episode …

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Laura Reavie – Skootamatta Environmental Consulting Inc.

In this episode of the I Left The City Show Podcast, Andrew Redden chats with Laura Reavie, founder and owner of Skootamatta Environmental Consulting Inc. Listen to why Laura chose Hastings as the place to live and become the home base for her consulting business. I Left The City Show · I Left The City …

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Limerick Lake Lodge and Marina

Limerick Lake is a unique body of water. Although it has 75 miles of shoreline, the entire lake has less than 160 cottages, many of which have been passed down through family generations since the 1920s and 1930s. The lake is quiet, pristine and mostly untouched, with no new builds since 1980. The reason? Limerick Lake is only accessible by boat.

John Bondar – Shannonville Motorsport Park

In this episode of the I Left The City Show Podcast, Andrew Redden chats with John Bondar, President of Shannonville Motorsport Park. Listen to why John thinks Hastings is a fantastic place to live and operate a business. I Left The City Show · I Left The City – Episode 22 – John Bondar

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Tim Porter – Tweed & Company Theatre

Andrew Redden, Economic and Tourism Development Manager for Hastings County, recently interviewed Tim Porter, Canadian Musical Theatre Performer, writer, director and producer. Tim founded Tweed and Company Theatre and recently chose to make Tweed and Hastings County his permanent home where he’s also restoring a historic house. I Left The City Show · I left …

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Dr. Sandy Musclow

Andrew Redden, Economic and Tourism Development Manager for Hastings County, recently interviewed Dr. Sandy Musclow, a naturopathic physician offering services in North Hastings through Foundation Stone Medicine. After living and studying in different communities across North America, Dr. Musclow chose to return to her home community of Hastings. I Left The City Show · I …

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Dionne Baker

Meet Dionne Baker, a Digital Professional Who Left The City for a Refreshed Pace of Life

What have you been working on lately? For this period of my life it’s more like, “What haven’t you been working on lately!” In addition to being a Shopify Partner and Expert, I build websites and manage marketing campaigns for corporate clients throughout North America. I’m also helping the Business Improvement Association (BIA) in Stirling …

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Melanie Williams

Law in Motion

Economic and Tourism Development Manager Andrew Redden recently interviewed Melanie Williams who has built her law practice in the beautiful community of Marmora right in the heart of Hastings County. When she’s not helping people with her law practice, Melanie loves the shopping options in her hometown. Watch the interview below, or further down on …

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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

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228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)