Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast


Minden, Ontario, Canada


Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Cottage Country Real Estate in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario

Filed under: General Interest Odd Stuff,Specials — Sally at 5:24 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2012

When you are cottage country real estate hunting in the Haliburton Highlands we wish to help you to find the real estate person who can best help you with your real estate needs. In the Haliburton Highlands there are many real estate folks to choose from if you are wanting to find the most trust worth folks we suggest that you come and stay with us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast for a couple of nights and we would try to find the best real estate representative to meet your needs.

It is important to stay in the community of your choice to be sure that the area has all the components that you require of your cottage county cottage. If the Haliburton Highlands is your cottage country area of choice be sure to ask us about our Cottage Deal 8+1, Cottage Deal 10+2, or our Real Estate Referral Deal. Wish for more information please do not hesitate to give Sally a call at 1 888 786 6976 .

Top Considerations of Buying A Cottage in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario…our Cottage Country B&B Special!

Filed under: General Interest Odd Stuff,Specials — Sally at 5:13 pm on Thursday, May 3, 2012

There is a time in people’s lives when the they consider that being out of the urban concrete for the summer or the fair weather is something dreamed about. North of Toronto there are a number of cottage country pockets that may be considered cottage country heaven. Whether you are looking in the Haliburton Highlands, Kawartha Lakes or Muskoka all these areas can offer the dream come true….cottage country.

When considering the purchase of a cottage anywhere there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration. Take these suggestions as only suggestions and helpful hints that will make your cottage purchase experience positive.

How often will you be wanting to go to the cottage may help you to determine how far away from your city home you want the cottage to be. Initially consider day trips drives from home. If you want to be 2 hours away drive 2 hours and explore the area.

How do you believe you will use the cottage? Are you looking for solitude and quiet? Are you needing to see the sunset in the night sky over water? I recommend that you spend some time in the communities that you might consider. What better than to find a cozy bed and breakfast where you can experience some of the qualities that you are looking for. There are folks who own b&bs that are at the end of a country road in very beautiful wooded areas. There are bed and breakfasts that are on water with the comfort of the decks with a breeze so that you can sit out enjoying the evening and experience that sunset over the water.

Those of us who own bed and breakfast environments would be very willing to share our homes with you and are very willing to talk to you about what it is like to live where they live. We will often be very willing to tell you of the positives and negatives of cottaging in a certain area. Be sure to listen for these ups and downs and take what you are learning in and then go off and explore for yourself and build your own opinions.

Take year or so and be sure that you go and explore the area of your choice in all seasons. You will begin to see what services are open or closed in the 4 seasons. An example where we are in the Haliburton Highlands there are some restaurants that start up on Mat ong Weekend and close down at Labour Day. Some other adventures and outdoor activities that draw you to the community become slower and less available in other seasons. You will only really understand these pluses and minuses when you come to stay for the occasional seasonal.

Seasonal visits will also have you in the are to see the water fluctuations. If you are choosing a waterfront property you will sure want to know the water fluctuation and what impact this will be on your swimming, boating and other activities. And consider if you would rather your lake front be sand, mud or rocks.

Should you find the cottage or home that You feel is right be sure that you make it a condition of sale that there is a home inspection be done on the property. The structure it self is only one type of inspection to be done. Be sure water quality levels or septic maintenance or lack of be checked. Knowing what you are getting into in the way of repairs, replacement may mean your purchase will be more financially viable.

While experiencing a property consider how much privacy there is from other cottages. How much leave coverage would be at the difference seasons of the year.

Talk about access to the cottage. Better weather means better and easier access on dirt and gravel roads. If you plan on using the cottage in the winter find out if the roads are passable, many road associations arrange plowing of the road in the winter. Inquire about each cottages financial obligations to the maintenance of the cottage road. Besure that the cottage road association is in harmony with all road issues.

If being online is important to you make sure you have access to DSL or cell phone coverage. High Speed Internet and Cell Networks in cottage country there may be some areas of poor reception due to the hill terrain. Satellite Internet may be a solution…know your options.

Often folks are looking to the cottage as their retirement home. Your early cottage plan might wish to be more private and secluded and a distance from food, gas and booze is ok. As you age and the retirement transition happens your priorities may change. You may wish to be in the Haliburton Highlands on a Funtime basis and therefore being so secluded is less favorable and the need to be closer to a village and it’s services more important. As you age there is more of a need for medical services and attention…do you know where the closest hospital is?

Cottaging is a fabulous option for families looking for an option away from the city for the summer. Couples looking for a cottage may like to explore an area to see it’s merits before taking the financial plunge into cottage ownership. Know that there are many bed and breakfasts throughout cottage country with varying degrees of waterfront, seclusion, village, experiences to choose from.

In our bed and breakfast ownership of the last 17 years we have helped hundreds of visitors to Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast find their cottage country real estate. Some folks have even realized that because of our location on water, a water falls, rooms with an incredible view, large common areas, access to their own kitchette and BBQ, incredible breakfasts each morning, 1000s of square feet of decking to rest and have happy hour, lake swimming, flat water canoeing for 5 lakes, kayaks, paddleboats and bikes available….and so much more that Sunny Rock B&B offers…our guests have even forgotten about the need to buy a cottage. Our 9000 square feet of buildings means we own the capital expense of cottaging and our guest can enjoy looking to our home, B&B and property and facilities as their cottage….with out the financial burden. Hmmm,….food for thought. As us Sally or Jan about the cottage deal when you call 1 888 786 6976 .

Fishing in the Haliburton Highlands: Bass and Trout

Filed under: Highlands Links,Specials — Sally at 11:49 pm on Monday, June 21, 2010

Fishing in the Haliburton Highlands: Bass and Trout
The fourth Saturday in June is a welcome day to many anglers in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario and across the province.

Pound for pound, bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) are arguably the hardest fighting fish in our waters. Better still, they are aggressive, prolific and fairly easy to pattern on most days. They can be caught right off the dock or from a boat. And they will take a swipe at flies, live bait, topwater offerings, crank bait, jigs and anything in between. This means that even the most casual angler probably has something in the tackle box that will interest the bass.

Lake trout another option in our Haliburton Highlands lakes are another great catch. The quality of our bass and trout fishing may be out Haliburton Highlands best kept secret. I fact, Haliburton County has some of the finest trout fishing in Central Ontario. You do not have to drive far to find good fishing for brook, rainbow, lake trout and splake. There are even pockets of brown trout within the Highland Lake Country.

Our deep, coldwater lakes and a stocking program that favours trout are 2 reasons why, onany given day from Jan 1st to September 30th, an angler can go out and have a reasonable chance of catching trout of some kind. The Highlands also have several lakes that are open year round.

Consider the ultimate fishing experience just 2.5 hours North of Toronto in the Haliburton Highlands. Sometime you make have the fishing itch and need to get to the North and go fishing however your partner may not be so willing….The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast has the solution. A B&B with upscale tastes and decor with thousands of feet of decking overlooking a river full of Bass, Lake Trout and Brown Trout, and Pickerel. Picture this leaving your partner in bed while you get up for your dawn fishing and in less than 3 minutes you can be back for the Sunny Rock full breakfast. Or …your non fishing partner can be sipping on an iced summer beverage, reading a great book occasionally glancing over the book to see you fishing the hours away. How good is that?

The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast will provide the canoe, paddleboat or rowboat on a first come first serve basis. If you are a fly fisherman the rocks of the Scotts Dam Falls is a perfect place to cast the day away. Your room may look out on the falls.

Rates at the Sunny Rock B&B start at the two night weekend for a riverside room are $300 for 2 people 2 nights. Call us if you are interested in the fishing package.

For more information call Sally at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast 1 888 786 6976
www.sunnyrock.on.ca

Last Minute Deals for Weekends in April or May

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Apr May Jun,Specials,Up to Date Availability — Sally at 8:23 pm on Monday, April 26, 2010

Last Minute Deals for Weekends in April or May
Looking for somewhere to stay, but left everything to the last minute? Not to worry! Right now at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast, if you call to make a reservation within 48 hours of your stay (for instance, you want to come on Friday and Saturday and it’s Wednesday or Thursday), you can have any room that is available for a multiple night stay for $195 plus tax/night! This is a great deal for the budget conscious traveler, or anyone who just likes a great deal! Check out our website at www.sunnyrock.on.ca to see details of our rooms and facilities.

We call this the Innkeepers Special…call Sally for more information 1 888 786 6976>

Last Minute Deals Weekdays in April or May

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Apr May Jun,Specials,Up to Date Availability — Sally at 8:19 pm on Monday, April 26, 2010

Last Minute Deals for Weekdays in April
Looking for somewhere to stay, but left everything to the last minute? Not to worry! Right now at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast, if you call to make a reservation within 48 hours of your stay (for instance, you want to come on Tuesday and it’s Sunday or Monday), you can have any room that is available for a multiple night stay for $150 plus tax/night! This is a great deal for the budget conscious traveler, or anyone who just likes a great deal! Check out our website at www.sunnyrock.on.ca to see details of our rooms and facilities.

We call this the Innkeepers Special…call Sally for more information 1 888 786 6976>

Christmas Special in Haliburton Highlands 2009

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff,Oct Nov Dec,Specials,Up to Date Availability — Sally at 11:09 am on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located 2.5 hours North of Toronto, 4 hours west of Ottawa and 3 hours south of Sudbury. This year we are inviting our guests to stay with us for 4 nights for a very special rate that includes the following: arrival night house dinner, a typical Canadian Turkey dinner and all the fixings on Christmas Day, leftovers hot dinner on Boxing Day, and a 10% discount for food at a favorite local restaurant…and did we mention that 4 incredible breakfasts tailored to your tastes and at a time convenient to you in the morning. Holy does that ever sound like allot of food…and we take care of it all… including the dishes.

There are a couple of ways to join us. If you are an individual person and you wish for a crowd for the Christmas holidays or a couple of adults or a family of adults looking for a house or home for a 8-10 bedrooms we have an Exclusive rate for you.. If you are planning an exclusive use of Sunny Rock and there are children in your group please call to discuss your suitability for our property.

We invite you to go to our Sunny Rock B&B website. Choose the rooms that best suite you or your group and call for a quote.

Central Ontario Loop Trail Links Cyclists to 450 Kms of cycling trails that travels through the Haliburton Highlands.

The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast located in the Haliburton Highlands is an incredible trail enthusiast dream home located near the Haliburton Rail Trail along the Central Ontario Loop Trail.

The Central Ontario Loop Trail (COLT) is a marketing partnership promoting a shared-use regional trail system passing through five counties in Central Ontario, Canada. Some of the Cities along the route…Lindsay, Kinmount, Gelert, Minden, Lochlin, Haliburton, Bancroft, Cambellford, Peterborough. This system is a unique 450–km loop of publicly owned trails. Two thirds of this loop are rail trails connected by scenic secondary roads.

This 450-km trail system provides an opportunity for trail enthusiasts of every age and skill level to experience diverse natural and cultural landscapes 12 months of the year. Some of the ways to enjoy the trail include walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Each segment of the trail is unique and permitted uses vary. Following COLT and see how it leads you to the Haliburton Highlands Rail Trail. Between Kinmount and Haliburton Villages are two communities called Gelert and Locklin. A simple County Road 1 (Gelert Rd) bike ride will take you to the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast

We are located less than 1.5 Km from Gelert and 2.5 km from Lochlin. Making a multiple night reservation with us at the Sunny Rock B&B and tell us what kinb of food you would like your host to by and it will be in house for yoour arrival so yoou can prepare your own BBQ or ask us to cater yoour meals while you are here enjoying our unique swimming against a current, our natural whirlpool, canoeing or kayaking (our canoes/kayaks) a piece of the the 5 lake chain, easy cycle to the Minden Wild Water Preserve (perhaps we could plan the timing for you to experience a white water canoe/kayak lesson), visit to Minden Village or Haliburton Village are an easy cycle or drive away.

Ask Sally at Sunny Rock to assist you with plannning other B&B accommodation also through out the Haliburton Highlands.

Make your multiple night reservation with us during July and August weekdays, cycle onto our property and we will offer you a tax free holiday. AS we move into the fall ask us what extras we ca

Call Sunny Rock Sally today 1-888-786-6876

Winter Weekday Packages Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast Special Individual, Couples or Group Packages

Filed under: Apr May Jun,Jan Feb Mar,Specials,Up to Date Availability — Sally at 9:47 pm on Monday, February 9, 2009

It is outragious what Packages the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada is offering this winter. Check this out!

Starting now (Feb 9th) until to May 1st, 2009: special deals and considerations will be made for reservations made during weekdays for these dates. The perfect holiday idea for March Break.

Make a “weekday reservation” at the Sunny Rock B&B in the Haliburton Highlands for 2 nights and receive the third night FREE. Rooms starting at $300 for the 3 nights. Wow that is up to a $150 savings.

Make a reservation for 3 nights during the week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and receive the 4th (Wednesday)and 5th (Thursday) night FREE. Holy a five night holiday at an incredible B&B starting at $450 for the 5 nights. Where can you get such a deal?

All reservation are subject to 10% taxes and the rate and taxtes are to be paid in full at the time of booking.

In addition to what already seems like an incredible deal your Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast host will prepare a “house dinner” for you on your arrival night…another $50 saving on your holiday. And your host will present you with coupons (10% off) to the referral restaurants. We want to make your holiday affordable and very special. Are you planning a holiday?

What have you got to lose…call Sunny Rock Sally and inquire about the Winter Weekday Package.
Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast is located at the end of a country road…the perfect place for that winter getaway for an individual, couple or a group of friends. What are you and your friends doing this MARCH BREAK? Call and make your reservation now…

1-888-786-6976

That Place in Carnarvon Restaurant in the Haliburton Highlands, 2.5 hours North of Toronto

Dining in the Haliburton Highlands is a wonderful experience. The options available to guests reach from the casual finger food to culinary cuisine. I enjoy the ambience and taste senations of That Place in Carnarvon Restarant as it offers guests their choice of foods, there is something for evey taste. That Place in Carnarvon is located at the junction of Highway 35 and Highway 118 on 118 E of 35.

When you visit with us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast i it is an easy 20 minute drive to That Place in Carnarvon Restaurant . Come visit us and then go visit them.
Call Sally at the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast and let us know that you saw this post on our blog and we will offer you 10% off the value of your multiple night booking.

Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast locatered in the Haliburton Highlands, Minden Ontario Canada.
www.sunnyrock.on.ca
1-888-786-6976

Haliburton Winter Folk Camp at Camp Wanakita: March 6-8, 2009

Filed under: Activities in the Highlands,Jan Feb Mar,Specials — Sally at 1:59 am on Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Haliburton County Folk Society and Camp Wanakita are colaborating towards the creation of the Winter Folk Camp taking place in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario 2 hours North of Toronto. The Winter Folk Camp is a weekend (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon) full of all kinds of Folk Music created for a social weekend for adults in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario.

The Winter Folk Camp is being held at YMCA Wanakita near Haliburton, Ontario and is intended to be a late winter, affordable get-away with lots of music (concerts, classes, workshops, song circles, jamming and so on) in pleasant wooded surroundings with wonderful camaraderie, comfortable accommodations and great food.

The The Winter Folk Camp program has been designed to engage novice players, more experienced musicians and interested, but not particularly musical, Folk Music devotees. A weekend with us and those dreaded February “blahs” will be banished for another year!

The Winter Folk Camp program includes classes and workshops on Saturday morning and afternoon and on Sunday morning.

There will be evening concerts on Friday and Saturday featuring our Artists in Residence and showcasing some of our wonderful local talent.
Friday evening, Eve Goldberg and Katherine Wheatley will play our mainstage and Saturday evening Anne Lindsay will be joined by her long time collaborator and guitar wizard Jason Fowler.

Ample time has been left for a variety of complimentary outside activities (cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking etc.) and for jamming, snoozing or anything else you may wish to do.

Early Registration Incentive: One of our major sponsors,Yours Outdoors, www.yoursoutdoors.ca , has graciously donated two (2) of their very popular experiential tours as a draw prize for all those who register for Winter Folk Camp prior to January 15, 2009, taking advantage of the “Early Bird” fee. The winner will have their choice of one of three one day “Pedal Your Arts” cycle tours (15 km. Tour du Village, 35km Gears for Guilford or 65km Rolling Hills of Harburn) or of the one day Tastes of Haliburton tour.
Yours Outdoors experience packages are for individuals, couples and small groups looking for distinctive single and multi day adventures in the Haliburton Highlands. They are fully guided and offer a rich variety of experiential, informative, active, and entertaining activities led by professional guides and involving local experts, naturalists, artisans, and personalities. All packages will get you outdoors and offer delicious food, fun, and unforgettable memories. Register before January 15, 2009 for your chance to win one of these unique adventure packages.

For all information regarding rates and who to call regarding registration please consult the Winter Folk Camp website.

When you plan your registration for the Winter Folk Camp we hope you will come and stay with us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast and mention the Winter Folk Camp for a special rate on accommodation.

When you make contact and a reservation with Sean regarding your attendance to the Winter Folk Camp tell them you found out about thiis Folk Weekend on Sallly’s View of the River. See yoou there!!!

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