Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast


Minden, Ontario, Canada


Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Highlands Summer Festival: Live Theatre and Musical Productions in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 1:45 pm on Monday, April 14, 2014

Highlands Summer Festival are the company that offers Live Theatre and Musical Productions in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario.

Enjoy 6 weeks (June 30 to August 7) great live theatre and music with the following shows for 2014:

An Adaptation do Dickens’ Great Expectations
Atrip down memory lane Back in ’59
Musical Murder Mystery called Last Resort
The inspiring story of a World War One flying Ace Billy Bishop Goes to War
And the ghost of John Barrymore in a great comedy I Hate Hamlet

Tickets are an incredible $29.50 and can be ordered online

Make a multiple night reservation at the Sunny Rock B&B (15 minutes from the theatre) and we will offer you a discount on the purchase of your tickets upon your arrival. Call Sally 1 888 786 6976

35th Annual Haliburton Home & Cottage Show in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario: May 31, 2014

Filed under: Apr May Jun,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 1:10 pm on Monday, April 14, 2014

Join us at the “Haliburton Curling Club” for the
35th Annual Haliburton Home & Cottage Show
Friday, May 31st 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 1st 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
and
Sunday, June 2nd 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact: Wayne Hussey 705-457-2892

whether you are a perspective, new or experienced cottage or resort owner there is value to attending the Home and Cottage Show. It is your opportunity to meet and get to know the maintenance and building movers and shakers are in the Haliburton Highlands. its a must to attend.

Cottage not yet? or haven’t bought the cottage yet consider staying at a Haliburton Highlands Bed and Breakfast. Try for that last minute booking and call Sally 1 888 786 6976

Haliburton Folk Society Presents: Laura Cortese Duo

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Apr May Jun,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:59 am on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Haliburton Folk Society is presenting a home routes musical evening with Laura Cortese Duo and the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast is inviting you to attend. If you are heading to the Haliburton Highlands this weekend and you would like a terrific place to stay and want us to secure tickets for you please contact us as soon as possible.

THE LAURA CORTESE DUO (Laura Cortese and Mariel Vandersteel) from Massachusetts will be in Gooderham on Saturday April 12, 2014 at the Tamarack.

“Ambition often follows talent, and Laura Cortese has an
embarrassment of both. Her open-armed approach to her art
reveals a determination to spread the word about folk music
and dance without watering down their distinctiveness.”
~ The Denver Post

You can expect fiddle playing, warm vocals, and arresting
original songs. Refreshing musicians of the bountiful New
England post-folk scene.
Laura has made appearances with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger,
Patterson Hood and Michael Franti, and Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem.

Call the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast 1 888 786 6976 ant talk with Sally.

New Store in Minden Ontario: Unique Finds

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:37 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012

There is a new store in Minden Village that everyone should be checking out this summer. Unique Finds buy household contents and cottage contents of people selling or moving. The occasional estate content sale has many riches. The contents of his store are antiques,furniture,military medals, old photos, old postcards, collectables, hard cover books and collections. Unique Finds is located at 89 Bobcaygeon Road in Minden (beside the Wine Store). 705 935 0011

Bigley’s Shoes and Clothing in Bobcaygeon ONtario

Filed under: Friends of Sunny Rock,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 11:15 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bigley’s Shoes and Clothing is a favorite location to visit when they come to visit us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands. It’s an easy stop to Bigley’s on your way to or from Toronto.

Bigley’s is located at 41Bolton Street in Bobcaygeon Ontario. They are open 7 days a week and they represent 8stores under one roof. They also have an online store at www.bigleysshoes.com ..

Canning Lake Property Owners Association, Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff,General Interest Odd Stuff — Sally at 8:10 am on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Canning Lake Property Owners Association was formed in 1962, which makes the CLPOA 50 years old this year. A celebration is planned for August 25 at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast.

The association was the result of hard work of many people who formed the first executive. Sherman Taylor was the foundling father and the first President of the CLPOA. In 1938 Sherman and his wife Aileen Ellis purchased lakefront property on Canning Lake for approximately $10,000.

Harry Stark son of the owners and operators of the Silverwood Lodge was probably the creator of the”sea flea” said to be first created and raced in 1946.

Tom Barrett bought lake front property in 1939 in the midst of “The Finnish Village”. Tom’s wife Irma , was born in Finland and knew many of the Local residence as they once were guests of the Sunny Rock Lodge (presently known as the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast). Tom was the treasurer of the first CLPOA and was very supportive of earlier initiatives.

Fred Jones bought a cottage on Canning Lake in 1950 following years of being a guest at Rest Point Lodge. His first home was built by Jalmari Kaasailnen of the “Finnish Village”. The house on the same property today is called “Rigney’s Roust” and has been the home of the Annual General Meeting form many years. Fred was very generous with his time with the Canning Lake Property Owners Association.

Paul Saarimaki came to Canning Lake with his father Adiel, mother Ilmi and 3 sisters in 1929. They bought their property from the Konni’s who went on to build the Sunny Rock Losge that became the hub of the Finnish Village. A cottage was first built but then so many friends and relatives came up to visit that more cottages were built on the property and became the Rest Point Lodge. Paul assumed the responsibility of preparing the printing and publishing in the early Association newsletters and directories.

Many of the lodge guests from Sunny Rock Lodge, Rest Point Lodge and Silverwood Lodges Later bought property on the lake, built cottages and became members of the CLPOA.

Sally Moore, owner of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast, takes guests on informative walking tours of the history of the Canning Lake. Call Sally for a reservation and a tour. 1 888 786 6976

two marvelous and sunny days

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 10:30 pm on Monday, October 10, 2011

We had two marvelous and sunny days with you at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. The place is so quiet, view beautiful and Sally & Jan wonderful.
We have now to discover it during the winter! Thanks for all and sorry for the delay morning.

Celine & Didier
Toronto, ON
Paris, France

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?

Cape Cod’s Provincetown MA: Prince Albert Guest House

Filed under: B&Bs Around the World,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 12:09 am on Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Month of May is certainly the time of year to head to the popular tourist destination of Cape Cod’s Provincetown in Massachusetts. We headed to Cape Cod without considering the need to have our accommodation planned in advance. Jan and I knew that the tourist season had not really begun yet for the Provincetown folks.

There are literally 100 accommodation options all along the Cape Cod Coast line. We still had time in our driving day so we headed for Provincetown MA. Driving into the village along Commercial street we considered only accommodation near the centre of the village. With a number of options available one of the ones that stood out as our choice was the Prince Albert Guest House. So we had arrived to 164 and 166 Commercial Street two historical house merged into one Guest house now know as the Prince Albert Guest House.

Cape Cod, Provincetown MA: Prince Albert Guest House boast of having "one of Provincetown Massachusetts' largest outdoor living areas located on Commercial Street and the homes are historical landmarks once belonged to sea captains from the whaling days!" Well no wonder it is known as "Provinvetown's Crown Jewel". Sitting in the comfy and relaxing court yard we soon realized this was the best location in PTown to let the world pass by, people watch, and to enjoy the harbor views. We clearly scored one of the best.

Stephen, the owner and innkeeper, welcomed us making us feel that we were long lost friends. Following orientation of the house and the town we set out on foot to explore the village. We were with in walking distance of many terrific restaurants, art galleries, tourist shops and the nightlife. As we were staying only two nights at Prince Alberts Guest House we asked our host for his favourite places to have dinner. Without hesitation Stephen recommended Jimmy's Hide Away and The Lobster Pot. Both offered amazing food....the very best burger,fries and salad and the second night I got my lobster fix. We learned long ago in our B&B travel accommodation history to follow the innkeepers lead and we ended up eating the very best food overlooking the sea.

Each night following our exploration of the Provincetown village we headed back to the luxury setting of the Prince Albert Guest House. We had Room 1 just in side the front door...convenient for me not to have to travel the stairs. We soon learned that if you leave the door open Shelby the puppy would come and visit and offer her goodnight hugs and kisses...she too was a very welcoming host.

Our room was one of the 17 guest rooms with private bath, an oversized bay window with a water view. Just outside our door was a private patio. Our suite had a flat panel HDTV, ceiling fan, mini-fridgeand WiFi so we could plan our next days journey. Beautifully landscaped gardens are found amidst the patios along the front of the inn, as well as private patios in the rear where there is a large hot tub. In May one does not think of bringing a bathing suit to enjoy the hot tub. We will be sure to remember next time.

We sort of took the long way to get to Cape Cod amd Ptown, stayed only two days and then drove all the way home. A whirl wind 5 day adventure put 27 hours of driving, 2,600 klms, many fond memories, lots of pictures, plenty of culunary delights to tell others about and many new friends. You know what...we forgot to dip out toe in the cold ocean waters...meaning we are destined to return to Cape Cods Provinvetown for longer next time.

If you find your way to The Prince Albert Guest House to visit Stephen please tell them that Sally and Jan of the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada sent you.

Cape Cod’s Provincetown Massachusetts USA: Land’s End Inn

Filed under: B&Bs Around the World,General Interest Newsy Stuff — Sally at 7:13 pm on Monday, May 16, 2011

Land’s End Inn: Provincetown Massachusetts USA
On a recent 5 day holiday Jan and I “escaped everyday life as we know it” and headed on a driving tour into the USA which lead us to Cape Cod Massachusetts. While in Provincetown Cape Cod we visited and toured an Inn that has the same “WOW” qualities that our Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario.

Jan and I had no accommodations planned so we drove up and down Commercial Street and Bradford Street in Provincetown. Two Inns made impressions on us The Prince Albert Guest House Inn and the Land’s End Inn. As we had a limited time visit and wanted the Centretown experience, walking through the galleries, stores and eating at a couple of village restaurants we ended up staying at the Prince Albert Inn. However we asked Stephan, our innkeeper/owner of the Prince Albert Guest House Inn, to contact the owner/Innkeeper of the Land’s End Inn and ask if we could visit and tour. Our request was honoured and Joe, an Innkeeper/associate of the Land’s End Inn took us on a very extensive tour.

When Jan and I arrived to the Land’s End Inn we parked the car on the Commercial Street road side and ascended the stairs to the most incredible view. With each step up came another and then again another “WOW”. Both Jan and I were in “AH” of the view. Mmmmm….It was at this point that we were reminded that this is the same ‘WOW” our guests experience when they arrive at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast. In both environments guests/visitors must get out of their parked car, walk the stairs or onto the higher ground to see what sets both B&B’s apart from all the other Bed and Breakfasts in our respective areas.

We were struck by the blue of the ocean, the view, the solitude of the space, the view, the collection of comfy sitting areas, and oh…did I mention the view!

This is a quote from the Land’s End Inn Website:

“Set high atop a hill in Provincetown’s charming West End, Land’s End Inn offers exquisite inn accommodations with panoramic ocean views. The New York Times describes Land’s End Inn as “a lavishly decorated outpost atop the West End with extravagant views and gorgeous grounds.” Seventeen luxury guests rooms commanding ocean views, just steps to the beach and just a short walk to downtown Provincetown makes Land’s End Inn the perfect place for romance and relaxation. has Michael Macintyre created a signature destination that is like no other. Treat yourself, or a loved one to some of the finest luxury lodging accommodations available on Cape Cod.”

You will notice that I rave about the view and have not at all talked about the interior of this incredible Inn. With the exception of maybe two rooms Joe, Jan and I visited the bedrooms. I was invited to take picture if I liked. I did take a few however they we amateurish. So I would like to lead you to see the video that the Land’s End Inn has on their website. This Land’s End Inn video takes you inside and out.

Owner/Innkeeper Michael MacIntyre has certainly made the decore work for this property. There are things everywhere in the colloection of neat things from all over the world.

For those who know Sunny Rock B&B and who might want to travel to Cape Cod and Provincetown there are interesting parallels to be drawn between the Lands End Inn and Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast: each have a “WOW” view, a very large house with interesting nooks and crannies, decks/padios with a view and a breeze, beautifull room decore and bed settings, ensuite bathrooms, breakfast nook and deck sitting for breakfast and a hospitality package that includes first class service and a value added experience.

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