Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast


Minden, Ontario, Canada


Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Your hospitality is amazing! Your cooking was delicious.

Filed under: Guest Testimonials,Pine Studio Guest Messages — Sally at 9:30 pm on Monday, September 26, 2011

Dear Sally & Jan…Our 40th Anniversary get-away was a wonderful and memorable experience. Your hospitality is amazing! Your cooking was delicious. We loved meeting your friends and sharing meals together. Ace is a great dog. The rooms are lovely and unique in a setting fit for royalty. That is how you made us feel this weekend – like royal guests.
It was so nice to sit on the decks and watch the Blue Heron, ducks and seagull playing in the rapids. The lake with the coloured trees was breath-taking at this time of year. We really enjoyed guessing what all the “What’s its” were.
We will definitely promote this sunny rock bed & breakfast to everyone we meet, and hopefully we will return again soon. Keep up the good work.

With much appreciation
Henry & Susan

more perfect setting for our little family reunion

Filed under: Guest Testimonials,WalterWindsong Riverview Suite Guest Messages — Sally at 10:27 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sally & Jan …we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect setting for our little family reunion! A very special thank you for arranging the leaves to change in time for our visit.

Jill & Allan
Kingston, ON

Questions a B&B Newbie Should Ask: Hint #4 Passby vs Destination B&B Definition?

Filed under: Bed and Breakfast Newby?,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:41 pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jan and I have visited close to 450 b&bs in our travel career and there are clearly a difference between the “pass by b&b” and the “destination B&B” and I will try to share the difference here. I am not sure there is any real definition for the two kinds of B&B. There is however a difference in the war you are treated during the reservation process and upon arrival.

During the “pass by B&B” reservation process you may be asked for the very minimum of information. These folks are not interested in the information for follow up contact…for example a snail mail address or an email address. They just want your credit card information. You may have noticed that the phone number is the same for 4 or 5 different b&bs…this often means that one person owns a bunch of houses or there is an answering service that answers the telephone.

The “pass by b&b” likely has a host who will meet you upon arrival and then you never see them again. Or there is just a key hidden for you to find and you never see a host. Often in these circumstances breakfast is either in a basket out side your room in the morning or in the dining room as a continental breakfast. This kind of B&B is for the folks who are Travelling from one place to another and who do not really want to be held up by chit chat. There was no host contact…you were not staying in a host home.

Personally Jan and I are not fond of the “pass by B&B” as we would much rather the personal touches that you receive when you are welcomed by the owner and host. There is a very different pride that the hosts have when you find a ” destination B&B”. There are more stories shared and the guests learn more about the community you are visiting.

The “destination b&b” is an owner occupied home. Usually a home with very special features, stories, history or close to many activities or tourism interests. This is usually a place where you would stay for at least 2 or more days. The guests would be served an incredible breakfast in the morning usually tailored to the tastes of the guest.

Well as you can expect the (Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfastis clearly a “destination B&B”. In fact our guests are simply amazed by all the service they receive when they stay with us. We have stories of the pervious owners, how the property came about, stories of the life on the river and the birds and animals that delight us day in an day out. At the reservation process we take lots of information about our guests because we want to keep contact with our new friends. We are proud of our 85 percent return rate and the friends that we have met in the past 16 years.

You will need to see if you would rather enjoy either the “pass by” or the ” destination” b& b. Both bed and breakfast types have their place and there will be guest preferences. Which one would you rather?