Sally’s View of the River

The Official Weblog of the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast


Minden, Ontario, Canada


Just 2.5 Hours from Toronto

Sunny Rock makes a list of the top 100 Bed and Breakfasts in the World folks should take note of!!!!!

The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast has just recently been listed as one of the Top 100 Bed and Breakfasts in the world. Can you believe that…. the whole world. I took a break from strutted around for awhile with my fingers in my suspenders feeling very proud and with excitement forwarded this link to everyone i know. so important as it is I decided to record it here for all to follow also.

Top 100 Bed and Breakfasts in the world.

Wait Until You Hear: your favorite room has a New Bed

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff,New Value Added,What's New at Sunny Rock — Sally at 12:57 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We have been in business at Sunny Rock B&B for 15 years…yes I said 15. Holy Cow! Anyway what that means is that we have had just under 5,000 visitors. Translation is that we have made a few beds in our 15 years. In 2003 when we built the new Timberframe addition that included the new 1200 square foot sun room (with the 28 windows) we also added 2 new bedrooms above (the Riverview and the Fallsview Suites).

These 2 Suites by far have been the most popular and so therefore the beds have has allot of visitors. We are very happy to say that we have found the perfect replacement for them and they are now in place and ready for your visit.

The Pine Studio now also has a new addition…a Queen Bed. Holy what a wonderful addition that is to that already wonderful space.

I haven’t taken new pictures yet however when I do I will be sure to post them on our website.

It will be our pleasure to welcome you to this new and improved feature of Sunny Rock. Have you planned your winter holiday yet?

We recommend your winter include Winterdance Dogsledding…mention Sunny Rock when you make your afternoon reservation in January through to March. We recommend the afternoon as I am sure you will be wanting to linger over our huge gourmet breakfast.

hope to see you soon. Sally

Fearing Lost and Founds stuff in a B&B

Filed under: Lost & Found — Sally at 2:19 pm on Thursday, October 15, 2009

One might expect that there would be no fear in finding stuff in and about your B&B left by the new friends and guests who have just left your home. As a result of a recent experience I am now wondering if I should be calling a guest when I find their lost article. Here is the tale.

I spent three nights with a wonderful couple I will call Ken and Barbie for this article. It was clear to me that Ken and Barbie were in love and simply wishing for a retreat and a change from a hum drum yet stressful work and family life. I learned so much about them…they have 6 children within their blended family, however no children together. They like travel, food, sport, exercise. When they met they fell in love instantly…the story was so romantic and the kind that would make up a great plot for a Harlequin Romance Novel. Over the course of their stay we enjoyed lingering conversation over breakfast, conversation on the deck over happy hour and a social after dinner before bed. When Ken and Barbie left there where thank yous, messages in the guest book expressing how wonderful things have been and that they would be back sometime very soon. So I was happy feeling that we have once again made not only some wonderful friends but some guests that will be returning again and again. No lights went off to indicate this was anything more than a quiet peaceful weekend away. Nothing could be further from the truth I was to later find out.

As I passed through their room to strip the bed I noticed that Ken had left his telephone charger plugged in to the wall. I gathered up the charger and headed to my tape to mark the cord so that I would remember who I was to call later. With 8 rooms sometime all occupied at the same time it if necessary to have a process to assist with lost and found. Five hour later…the house cleaned up, beds made, and everything ready for the incoming guests…I gave some thought to calling to inform Ken that his charger had been left behind.

The conversation sort of went like this’ “hi its Sally from the Sunny Rock B&B …I was just calling to let Ken know that Ken left….”. the woman on the other end in a very professional and stern voice says “who is this? And why are you calling my husband?”. “Perhaps I have the wrong number…is this Barbie?” I replied. “Yes and you have not explained why you are calling my husband!”. Silence follows and I quickly, lying through my teeth said…”is this the Mcgee (not the name Ken had given me) residence number?” she said “no”. I said “sorry wrong number” and I hung up. Now I didn’t explain earlier in the story that Barbie who we had befriended in the last 3 days was a British woman…speaking English with the Queen’s accent. Clearly the woman I just spoke with on the telephone was not the same woman. Ooops!

I had only started to catch my breath when the phone rang…wasn’t it Ken. The jist of the conversation went like this..how dare I call his home number to check up on him. The mess that I have now made of his marriage is irreversible. His wife is threatening him with divorce. The expletives coming from the man made me wonder if this was Ken that II had just spent the weekend with. He had hung up before I had the opportunity to explain that I was calling about the telephone charger he had left behind.

Ultimately I was made to feel that I was the person that broke up his marriage and that I was responsible for messing up his quiet weekend away and ultimately that my actions brought on his wife knowing of his Infidelity, Will I accept his guilt? No. Do I care that this has happened.? Of course. Will I look at lost articles another way another time? Yes…even though it raises my blood pressure when I am dialing the telephone.

Regarding infidelity and going to a Bed and breakfast…Don’t use your real address, telephone and WIFES NAME? Infidelity is the responsibility of the players involved…your new friends at the B&B are not responsible for your infidelity.

Regarding Lost and found …B&B hosts often find your Lost and found and want to get the article home to you. Just know that there is sometime a hesitation to call and this is why.

Come and visit us at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario…we will welcome you and send you home in style.

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

Toronto Life Kudos for Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Canada

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff,Guest Testimonials,New Value Added — Sally at 6:39 am on Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Toronto Life Magazine recently published an article about the Haliburton School of the Arts which takes place at the Fleming College in Haliburton Village Ontario. The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast , located only a 15 minute drive from the Haliburton School was mentioned in the article and we are delighted to share the article with you.

Toronto Life Kudos of the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast (click this link)

If you would like to talk with the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast about their week long packages please do not hesitate to call Sally at the Sunny Rock B&B. 1-888-786-6976.

Traditional Canadian Holiday Christmas Package in the Haliburton Highlands just 2 hours north of Toronto Ontario at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast

Traditional Canadian Holiday Christmas Package in the Haliburton Highlands just 2 hours north of Toronto Ontario at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast

The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast at the end of a country road in cottage country is all decked out for Christmas and we have packages starting at $800 for 2 adults (rates vary with room choice). Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast is delighted to present an adult only Christmas food, beverage and lodging package for 2008. Just 2.5 hours north of Toronto in the Haliburton Highlands cottage country is a place dedicated to extraordinary customer service for couples wanting that special getaway. Picture yourself waking up in the morning to the view of a waterfalls and open water lake where the beavers and ducks are at play and the deer pass by at least once a day. Step out on your balcony (room specific) and breathe in the view only Sunny Rock bed and breakfast can provide.

Packages of multiple nights offer a dinner on the arrival night, a traditional Christmas Dinner shared with other guests and a second meal of leftovers following a active boxing day. All the food and drink is included for these three meals. Each morning we will serve you a full hot gourmet breakfast at a time convenient to you and tailored to your tastes. In addition Sunny Rock bed and breakfast offer to our guests the use of a 24 hour kitchenette stocked with Christmas goodies and hot and cold beverages and a BBQ for guest use. If you wish to venture off the property to enjoy local dinner fare we have discount coupons for a number of the local restaurants and would be very willing to make your reservations and meal arrangements.

Cross country skiing, downhill and snowshoeing is a short drive away. If you wish to enjoy the hundreds of kilometers of groomed Nordic ski or snowshoeing trails experience in our woods of the highlands included in your rate is one day pass ticket.

Dog sledding is a very popular activity among our guests and we are willing to plan meals around the guest’s participation in the dog sledding activity. We recommend the local dog sledding company called Winterdance. All inquiries and reservations for dog sledding should be made directly to Tanya at Winterdance. Do not allow for disappointment make your reservations now. Be sure to tell Tanya Sally sent you.

Reservations for the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast Traditional Christmas Package made during the month of December must be paid in full. Should a guest cancellation be required refunds will be made in part only if the reservation is filled for the same reservation dates. Or perhaps consideration may be given to a certificate to be used at a later date in the new year.

To register call Sally now 1-888-786-6976

To see pictures of the rooms and photo gallery go to the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast website. Look forward to sharing Christmas with you.

New Years Accommodation and Food Package in the Haliburton Highlands just 2 hours north of Toronto Ontario at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff,Oct Nov Dec,Specials,Up to Date Availability,What's New at Sunny Rock — Sally at 11:16 pm on Monday, November 24, 2008

New Years Package in the Haliburton Highlands just 2 hours north of Toronto Ontario at the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast

The Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast at the end of a country road in cottage country is all decked out for Christmas and New Years and we have packages starting at $450 for 2 adults (rates vary with room choice). Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast is delighted to present an adult only New Years food, beverage and lodging package. Just 2.5 hours north of Toronto in the Haliburton Highlands cottage country is a place dedicated to extraordinary customer service for couples wanting that special getaway. Picture yourself waking up in the morning to the view of a waterfalls and open water lake where the beavers and ducks are at play and the deer pass by at least once a day. Step out on your balcony (room specific) and breathe in the view only Sunny Rock bed and breakfast can provide.

Packages of multiple nights offer a dinner on the arrival night and/or a New Years Eve feast. All the food and drink is included for these meals . Each morning we will serve you a full hot gourmet breakfast at a time convenient to you and tailored to your tastes. In addition Sunny Rock bed and breakfast offer to our guests the use of a 24 hour kitchenette stocked with holiday baked goodies and hot and cold beverages and a BBQ for guest use. If you wish to venture off the property to enjoy local dinner fare we have discount coupons for a number of the local restaurants and would be very willing to make your reservations and meal arrangements.

To bring in the New Years we offer to you a personal bottle of bubbly in the quiet of your own suite as a way to bring in your personalized New Years. You are under no obligation and there is no expectation to share your celebration with others.

Cross country skiing, downhill and snowshoeing is a short drive away. If you wish to enjoy the hundreds of kilometers of groomed Nordic ski or snowshoeing trails experience in our woods of the highlands included in your rate is one day pass ticket.

Dog sledding is a very popular activity among our guests and we are willing to plan meals around the guest’s participation in the dog sledding activity. We recommend the local dog sledding company called Winterdance. All inquiries and reservations for dog sledding should be made directly to Tanya at Winterdance. Do not allow for disappointment make your reservations now. Be sure to tell Tanya Sally sent you.

Reservations for the Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast New Years Package made during the month of December must be paid in full. Should a guest cancellation be required refunds will be made in part only if the reservation is filled for the same reservation dates. Or perhaps consideration may be given to a certificate to be used at a later date in the new year.

To register call Sally now 1-888-786-6976

To see pictures of the rooms and photo gallery go to the Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast website. Look forward to sharing the holidays and a no obligation New Years with you.

Sunny Rock B&B in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario Bought a WII for Guest enjoyment.

Filed under: General Interest Newsy Stuff,New Value Added,What's New at Sunny Rock — Sally at 10:57 am on Monday, April 14, 2008

We had a group of women come to visit last weekend. We shared with them the new Wii game machine that I bought Jan for her birthday. They spent the weekend playing Tennis, Golf and Bowling. Not only did the group have a full weekend of activity they also had the opportunity to experience the latest in electronic games. Makes me think I need to go and buy some more games as well.

If you would like to plan your group weekend please give me (Sally) a call at Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast. 1-888-786-6976

Our Newest Sunny Rock Canine Host arrived this October, 2006

Filed under: What's New at Sunny Rock — Sally at 2:44 pm on Saturday, October 28, 2006

Hi…if you recall last May be said a sad Goodbye to Campi our beloved Dalmatian. Those who know us well know that Campi will be forever in our and our guests hearts and memories. We truly struggled through the summer with a four legged void and it was noticed by everyone.

This past weekend while in Toronto…Jan, Sally Uncle Ev and Auntibell (Annabelle), as a team interviewed the many candidates for the “Four Legged Sunny Rock Host Job”. The joy description was easy and would have been accomplished by any one of the eager candidates

The Host that captured our hearts is ACE an 11 week old Labradoodle. Ace got her name as she is blacker than the “ace of spades”, was the single pup in the litter, and she is “number one”.

As Ace is a Mono Colour it is difficult to take pictures of her. Wat our website for a picture of her soon. Still very young Ace is still sleeping a lot. She is resting up…for the future crazy moments. We can feel the momentum building.

Hole to introduce her to you soon at Sunny Rock B&B.

SallyMum & JanMum

2 Cedar Strip Canoes

Filed under: Buy & Sell — Sally at 11:22 pm on Tuesday, June 27, 2006

#1 16 foot Vinal Clad Rebuilt Cedar Strip approximately 45 years old. Asking $1000 cash for it.

#2 16 foot Canvas Clad 12 year old Nominanque Canoe. Asking $1700 cash for it.

If interested please call Sally at 705-286-4922 or toll free 1-888-786-6976.
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