We've stayed at 7 different places over the past 9 years, and the attention and care Michael and Helen put into the Blue Spruce make it one of our top choices to stay in Stratford. The place is filled with autographs from all branches of the Music Tree - from Johnny Cash to Count Basie to the Beatles to Gordon Lightfoot to REO Speedwagon and KISS. Beautiful chamber music fills the parlor, where one can browse several bookshelves packed with a variety of interesting reading.
Michael has lived an amazing life and has wonderful stories to share. He and Helen both seem to genuinely enjoy taking care of their guests, and are both a delight. They've thought of everything their guests could want from a computer and printer in a clever little nook to popcorn and granola bars on the upstairs hall table. Each room has a little fridge stocked with water and soda every day. The rooms also come equipped with an Nespresso machine for coffee or tea anytime. Luxury!
And the breakfasts... Eggs Benedict with homemade croissants, prosciutto, local asparagus. They even served it to us a half hour earlier than normal so we could get one the road for our 9 hour drive home. Plus, Helen sent us off with two slices of buttered banana bread as a snack for the ride. They clearly are a one the best innkeepers we've known in 15 years of staying at dozens and dozens of bed and breakfasts.
The only downside was that the location was a little far for late night walks home from the theater. Ten years ago we would have thought nothing of it, but this time we decided to drive. Parking can always be a little iffy downtown but we didn't have a problem this time. If we could move this lovely inn further up the street, I'd give it an 11! As it is, it's still a 9.5 and a winner!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Blue Spruce B&B Stratford, Ontario