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The Blue Spruce B&B
Ranked #7 of 89 Stratford B&B and Inns
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1 review
“A trip home”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Blue Spruce Inn. It is downtown, walking distance from all theatres. The rooms were very clean and beautifully decorated. Our rooms were equipped with small fridges filled with pop, water, and snacks. Mike and Helen are friendly, warm people. They made us feel like friends coming to visit.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Joe... We had such a lovely visit with you! Thanks you so much for taking the time to review our B&B. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you again soon!
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We have been to Stratford many, many times and have stayed in many places. Our experience at The Blue Spruce was one of the best. Great location, great room, Super hosts. Food was extraordinary. We interacted at breakfast with Mike and Helene until it was time to check out. Highly recommended to all (especially book lovers).

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Robert... Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our B&B. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us so much. You will have to return just to peruse some more books! We hope to see you again before too long. By the next time you visit, we will have the new Shakespeare garden in full bloom. Again, thanks so much for taking the time to post your kind review. Dexter and Dixie say "Hi!"
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Our stay with Michael & Helene at the Blue Spruce was a lovely experience from the comfortable room, their anticipating and providing all the little extras, and topping it off with a beautiful gourmet breakfast. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2013
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Norma... We were delighted to have been your accommodation choice on your recent visit to beautiful Stratford, Ontario. We really enjoyed being your hosts and are so pleased we were able to exceed your expectations. We always enjoy sharing our old house with the people who visit us, and we hope to see you again before too long.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We just returned from a fabulous overnight stay in Stratford at the Blue Spruce B & B. Mike and Helene were very charming and gracious hosts and were very knowledgeable about Stratford and its history. They made excellent suggestions regarding dinner in town. Breakfast was delicious, the rooms were clean and had a lot of character and charm, and the bed was super comfortable. The next time we're in town from Toronto, we will plan to stay here again. Thank you, Mike and Helene!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your kind review of our B&B. We are so pleased we were able to make your stay in our beautiful city so enjoyable, and we are delighted you enjoyed your accommodation so much. It really was our pleasure to have you as our guests and we would love for you to come and visit us again - as would Dexter and Dixie.
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London, Canada
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

My sister and I chose the Blue Spruce because of the location, the reviews here, the curb appeal of the home and the Blue Spruce website. We were looking forward to strolling around Stratford, shopping and sight seeing, enjoying some great dining and just being together for a weekend. Well, the weather was cold, wet and blustery. We got a warm welcome from our hosts, and were told that we can cab it anywhere in town for $9. We got settled in the Music Room which had a queen bed and day bed,(really comfy!), spacious ensuite, tons of natural light, bar fridge, satellite tv,and a complimentary bottle of wine. We took Mike and Helene's recommendations for dinner both nights and had really lovely meals. Our breakfasts were to die for and the coffee so good. We did cab it to both restuarants, but walked back both nights, since they were so close to The Spruce. We did some mall shopping and did a fast foot tour of downtown. We needed the exercise to balance our eating habits and it was so great to warm up with a hot shower, and crawl into those very comfortable beds to watch tv after a brisk walk in the cold weather. We really felt at home. Mike and Helene have had decades of experience in the food industry. Anything they create for breakfast is guaranteed to be delicious. We appreciated them making dinner reservations for us, too. The house is beautifully decorated, filled with autographed books and music items. There is a lovely library for guests to use with great seating. I wish I had spent more time there. But I will when we come back. Then we can enjoy the gardens. They also have connections to local spas and can hook guests up for pampering. Stratford is lucky to have these two in its midst. We came away feeling as though they were old friends.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Cynthia;

We are so happy that you and Nancy enjoyed your visit with us. It was our honour to be selected as the destination for your "sisters get together" and we are delighted that you enjoyed our B&B so much. It's so nice to see our guests enjoying our house as much as you both did, and you are right - you will have to return in the summer when the gardens are in full bloom. They really are quite pretty! We very much look forward to your next visit, and hope that it isn't too far in the future. Again, thanks so much for taking the time to submit your review. We really do appreciate it.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I was driving at east side of lake Simco toward north for sake of being out of city with my wife when my friend called me and asked me to go to Stratford. He just said: "you will see something that is hard to find these days...I booked the writer rooms for you"
We drove around 300km to get to this place. And I never regret it, remembering the memory of it still makes me smile. In the age of franchising, finding a place like home, clean and comfortable is very hard.The owners are truly nice people and breakfast, oh so goood...
I hope I can find time to go back there again, tired and hungry to rest and eat and chat.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Bob... we are so pleased that Milad turned you around and had you join him at our B&B, as we very much enjoyed your visit. It was our great privilege to host you and your friends and we are delighted we were able to make your getaway so pleasant and relaxing. We look forward to your next visit to Stratford, perhaps in the late spring or summer months when there is so much to see and do.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed with Mike and Helene and had a great time at the Blue Spruce in Stratford. We decided to come up for a brief weekend getaway to Stratford and found the Blue Spruce well reviewed on Trip Advisor. The positive reviews were well deserved! The Blue Spruce is clearly a loved and well-maintained property. Our room (Writer's Room) was beautiful and extremely comfortable with a wide variety of amenities for us including in-room Tassimo, TV, en-suite bathroom, and a collection of interesting (and author-signed) books. Our hosts even turned down our beds with chocolate and a complimentary bottle of wine.

We had an enjoyable afternoon and evening in Stratford touring the city and doing the Chocolate Trail experience. We had a great night's sleep and a wonderful breakfast in the morning of smoked salmon florentine benedict cooked by Michael. Afterwards, we enjoyed a long chat with Mike and Helene over coffee.

Overall, it was a great experience and we heartily recommend the Blue Spruce. We had absolutely no problems and Mike and Helene were terrific hosts.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Matt... We really enjoyed your visit with us and are so very pleased that you were able to have a nice weekend break in Stratford and that we helped make it so enjoyable. I really am thrilled that you enjoyed the breakfast. I enjoy cooking breakfast and it makes me very happy when people enjoy it so much. Good luck with school and, hopefully, we'll get to see you at least one more time before you relocate to San Francisco.
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Property: The Blue Spruce B&B
Address: 297 Erie St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2N1, Canada (Formerly Erie Street Bed & Breakfast)
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 89 B&Bs / Inns in Stratford
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, fully renovated heritage mansion featuring new pillow-top mattresses, HD satellite TVs, iPod stereos and Tassimo coffee makers in each guest room. Three rooms have en-suites, one has a private washroom. All showers have massage shower heads and quality soaps and lotions. Beautifully appointed formal dining room and Library on main floor. ... more   less 
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