A home away from home
In an effort to wait for a spring that seems to be a long time arriving this year, I started thinking back to some of the places we visited last summer on our bikes.
(Okay, so it’s also been a long winter after a rainy summer and I only have so many things to write about. Please, humour me.)
I remembered this wonderful inn where the three of us stayed last August on our trek around the southern end of the province. I’m pretty sure I’ve already told you all about the day mid-trip when it poured rain and Steve and I got soaked to the skin. Jake stayed pretty dry since we put the rain cover over his carrier, but hubby and I were pretty miserable. It was my first experience riding on my own in that much water, so I was pretty exhausted by the time we called it a day.
That’s why it was a really nice surprise when we found ourselves riding up to this old-style manor house with huge overhanging trees and lovely lawns and gardens. Manor Inn Lakeside in Hebron, just outside Yarmouth, was just so welcoming after our day on the road.
We had, of course, made a reservation and stayed in the coach house, the part of the inn where they allow pets. We were able to park our bikes right outside the door in a quiet corner of the parking area and the room was lovely. In no time, we had things drying out and were able to explore the grounds since the rain had finally pretty much stopped. The inn boasts all kinds of amenities, including a deck with a hot tub, tennis courts, a beach with boats, even croquet set up on the main lawn. It was sort of like a small version of the way I’ve always pictured the resort in the movie Dirty Dancing. I know, total chick flick, but hey what can I say. You have to do something girlie when you ride around on a motorcycle.
Jake was particularly fascinated by a beautiful garden with a big central fountain. He spent a lot of time gazing over the edge watching for frogs jumping around. Every time he went outside, he had to go back and see the fountain again.
The food was fantastic too. We started with drinks and munchies in the bar, before sitting down to a beautiful and delicious meal, which was all part of the package. And the next day started out well with a really nice continental breakfast and, even better, clear skies.
I think it’s safe to say we’d recommend the inn and would love to go back there, preferably on a drier day. And I know Jake will want to visit the frogs.