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“Rock star treatment with everything but the green M & Ms”

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The Blue Spruce B&B
Ranked #9 of 89 Stratford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bloomington, IN
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36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Rock star treatment with everything but the green M & Ms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

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!

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you so much for such a generous review of our little B&B! It was our great pleasure to be able to meet and host you on your visit to our wonderful city and we would really like to visit with you again before too long. We are so pleased everything was to your liking and we are honoured to be considered so highly by such experienced travellers as yourselves. That means a lot! The dogs say "Hi!" and would love for you to return, too! Take care.
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

We just got back home after spending a wondeful evening at this truly unique B&B. The owners, Mike and Helene make you feel "right at home" and are justifiably proud of all the work they have put into the Blue Spruce since they purchased it in late 2011. They are more than willing to help make your visit to Stratford the best it can be. We had no idea where to eat, and Mike suggested a restaurant for us based on our preferences and it was all that he promised, and some. The most pleasant surprise of our stay, was the incredible breakfast prepared by "Chef Mike" and the opportunity we had to socialize with Mike and Helene as well as the other guests after we finished our meal.

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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Ron and janis... I was absolutely delighted to read your review first thing this morning. It makes us so happy when people such as yourselves enjoy our B&B as much as you did. It really was our great pleasure to host you and we look forward to your next visit, which we hope will not be too far into the future.
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Mesquite, Nevada, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

Michael and Helene run a beautiful B & B: very comfortable and lovely room, pleasant dining area with excellent breakfasts--plus great conversation, with helpful information on activities in the area in addition to the Stratford theaters. We loved it!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Kathi... Thank you for taking the time to post such a kind review of our B&B. It was our pleasure to be your hosts on your recent visit to our wonderful city and we very much hope to see you the next time you are tempted away from the sunny state of Nevada for another dose of Shakespeare. Have a wonderful summer!
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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

The owners were wonderful to us If we needed something or had a problem they were there. Michael and Helene made wonderful breakfasts for us. They made recommended restaurants for us by finding out what kind of cuisine we would like. They recommended things to see and do between the plays we had tickets. Despite all this help and friendliness they were not intrusive which I enjoyed. It made it seem like home.
I like the building and the décor. The building was built In 1907 and they have rebuilt the inside and made the facilities modern without losing the 1907 Ambience. I would recommend the B&B to anyone
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Marty... We thoroughly enjoyed your visit and we truly appreciate that you sat down in front of a computer and took the time to figure things out and write such a kind review of our B&B. You and the lovely Mary Anne were the highlight of the two days you were our guests. We would love for you to visit us again in the not-too-distant future. PS... the new Shakespeare garden is starting to look really nice. And Dexter and Dixie say "Hi!".
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Saint Thomas, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

Congenial and conversational hosts, comfortable accommodations, close to downtown and theatres, culinary delights for breakfast...could you ask for more? Our recent stay at the Blue Spruce B & B was relaxing and enjoyable. We hope to visit again sometime soon!

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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Sharon... It was great getting to know the two of you! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and would love to visit with you again. Thank you so much for taking a moment to review our B&B. We sincerely appreciate it.
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TC, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

This was a grand experience with breakfasts that suffice for lunch as well! Would definitely stay there on our next visit to Stratford! No qualms about it! Great info from hosts, lovely gardens. Great reading material and many amenities in the room.

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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
Keira... Thank you for taking the time to post your kind review of our bed and breakfast. We enjoyed visiting with you and Bob and really loved the chit chat around the breakfast table. It was our pleasure to host you and we hope to see you again before too long.
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Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

This was a very comfortable and enjoyable place to rest our weary heads. Michael and Helene were wonderful hosts that made us feel very warmly welcomed. Their attention to detail in the beautiful home was perfect for making guests feel at home. We loved the coffee maker and snacks. The beds were great and our room was so beautiful. Breakfast was yummy. Their information on the town and where to go to eat was very helpful. The location is within walking distance of the theatre and everything we needed. We recommend this wonderful place to everyone.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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MByrnes99, Owner at The Blue Spruce B&B, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Brent and Ginette... We truly enjoyed visiting with you and are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. It really was our pleasure to host you and we would love to see you come for another visit before too long. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to post such a nice review. PS... Dexter and Dixie say "Hi!"
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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 #9 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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The Blue Spruce B&B Stratford, Ontario

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