Here's to planning your 2014 summer vacation to Cape Breton and making the Barra Strait Inn your lodging destination!
The Barra Strait Inn and the surrounding Bras d'Or Lakes region is my favorite place on earth to escape to a kinder gentler way of life. (let me preface this by stating I traveled extensively as a flight attendant for decades before I became a school social worker, and I just recently retired). No longer having any time restraints, I went to Cape Breton in October and this time I could stay at the Inn until they closed for the season - 11 days!
There are numerous reasons why I choose to come to this area and the Barra Strait Inn:
1. Location: Aside from the Cabot Trail and Highlands National Park region, Iona is centrally located. If you're a person who prefers not to pack and unpack each day, the Barra Strait Inn is a great home base. You can reach most destinations within a pleasant 30-60 minute drive.
2. Scenery: The entire Inn has magnificent views of the pristine hills and waters of the Bras d'Or Lakes. With a walk of a few hundred yards up the hill behind the Inn, this same view becomes unbelievably expansive at the Highland Village which is a fascinating living history museum with a great gift shop and genealogy history center.
3. Rooms: The room interiors are clean and simply decorated with an eclectic blend of furnishings . They do provide satellite T.V. and internet service, but the beauty just outside your door creates an atmosphere more conducive to reading a book, writing and/or just keeping things simple.
4. Entertainment & Dining: The Barra Strait Inn's restaurant of course shares that incredible view of Bras d'Or and provides delicious meals up until 8pm (a suggestion for late night snackers - each room has a refrigerator so bring any treats you may need). Live entertainment is frequently offered throughout the summer that both guests and locals come to enjoy.
Note: The reason most visitors come to Cape Breton is for the outdoor adventures and the incredible natural wonders, so it should not be surprising that the island presents a simple slower rural lifestyle. Most communities have only a general store for supplies, most entertainment is held in community halls, and restaurants are not numerous. If you can't live without chain hotels/motels, fast food places, bars, superstores and malls you need to go to the only urban area on Cape Breton - Sydney.
...so ask yourself how do you really want to experience this environmental masterpiece called Cape Breton.
5. STAFF: One of the reasons Cape Breton Island holds my heart and pulls me back time after time is that the people are the most friendly, honest, and caring people you can meet. The folks who take care of Barra Strait Inn are no exception. From Cathy and Marilyn who keep the rooms fresh and clean, to Stephanie, Norman and Marlene who cook and serve freshly prepared superb meals to the owners Barry and Susan, you are made to feel welcomed and appreciated - you are never treated like just a tourist passing through town.
I also want to give a special thank you and well wishes to Marlene who kept me supplied with my beloved coffee and who acted as manager, cook, server and whatever else while her sister, Susan, was out of town.
...so reader I hope this helps you decide about booking a reservation at Barra Strait Inn. I just ask that you leave me a room so I can come and stay this coming year, and next year, and next...
Maybe I'll see you there, Jan Morrison in Connecticut, USA
- Also Known As:
- Highland Heights Hotel Cape Breton Island
- Highland Heights Hotel
- Barra Strait Inn Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barry & Susan and their entire family would like to welcome you this season to the Highland Heights Inn.Come join us in the dining room for one of our home-cooked meals. While you are here, make an evening or two out of it and stay in one of our newly renovated rooms.Looking for a special place to nourish the soul and delight the senses? Discover the Highland Heights Inn in beautiful Iona, Cape Breton.Susan, Barry and their friendly staff will ensure your visit is something to write home about.Each room in the hotel provides visitors with an absolutely breathtaking view of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Fall asleep at night listening to the waves roll in on the shore and wake up to a breathtaking sunrise.From this scenic vista, let us take you back in time when life was simpler. The Inn is the perfect home-base for your Cape Breton Island vacation. A quiet haven centrally located in the Highland Heart of Cape Breton Island.We offer 2 wheelchair accessible rooms (1 double & 1 single bed in each), 28 double rooms and 2 king size units with private bath and lake view. Our dining room features three homecooked meals daily with many traditional dishes passed down from generation to generation. Weekend dining is accompanied by impromptu entertainment. All this at a value you will find no where else on the Island. ... more less