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Haven on the Bay B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Red Bay B&B and Inns
Flint, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wedding, Reception, and Overnight Stay at B&B”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We first became acquainted with Ruth Heinrich when we were searching for someone to marry us while on vacation in Canada. After only a few search modifications we located Ruth's website.(ceremoniesforlife.ca) We loved the site and felt strongly that she was the one to do our ceremony. We had a lot of back and forth over the internet and on Skype. The location for the ceremony was left to us to pick on our arrival on the Bruce Peninsula. We assumed that would be the easy part but it was not. We became increasingly frustrated and as a last resort we went to see Ruth. Her B&B is beautiful and she couldn't have been more accomodating. She suggested that we have the ceremony at her neighbors nursery and the reception at the B&B. All our issues were taken care of by Ruth and our stress vanished. A huge weight was lifted.
The wedding went exactly as planned and our small reception (8 people) went very well. The dinner was excellent. All of Ruths' menu reccomendations were spot on. It was far and away the best meal we had while in Canada.
The room was priced right, was modern and tastefully decorated. The entire place is immaculately clean. The bed was comfortable. Breakfast was another amazing meal; Ruth is an exceptional cook and Gord is a gracious host.
The only problem we had was that we happened onto the hottest days of the year. The Bruce Peninsula is normally very comfortable from a temperature and humidity standpoint. On the radio we heard public service anouncements urging people to check in on old people or move to cooling centers set up to house people temporarily. And here we are having an outdoor wedding. In the end, it was a small inconvenience.
We will return to the area again someday and we will stay will Ruth and Gord. I highly recommend it to everyone

Room Tip: We chose the Birchwood room so as to have a private bath in preparation for our wedding.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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toronto
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

In the past we've camped and rented a cottage in the bruce peninsula but when we want to stay only a few nights I will always go to Haven on the Bay. We discovered them last year and have stayed for two nights on two separate occasions. Once with my husband last year and this year with my mother. We will all probably visit them many more times in the years to come. Very reasonable pricing, terrific hosts, impeccably clean rooms ( and I'm picky) and superb breakfasts. Close to Sauble and Tobermory. Great beach nearby.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our B&B. There is no better compliment we could receive than to have returning guests. We look forward to your next visit.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is one friendly set of hosts at this B&B. Gord and Ruth are highly hospital hosts in their ultra modern and clean B&B. I will also add Ruth makes the most amazing muffins on the planet. Her breakfast is killer. The location is quite incredible with a very close by beach ranking it one of the best sunsets in the world. Also, you get to see the neat moonsets as well. Thanks to them for existing and setting REAL standards on how a ultra B&B should operate. They are very flexible to make your stay happy. Soorry as there is no pool or fitness center as this is a B&B home.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Richard, we are beginning to think you are biased! We have enjoyed your company the few times you have been here hiking with your group. We look forward to many more visits where we will endeavour to add to "awesome"!
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London, Canada
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

My mother and I stayed for two nights at Haven on the Bay at the start of July and it was hands-down the best B&B we've ever stayed in. The accomodations are impeccable (so spacious and clean and beautiful!) and the food delicious. (And Ruth's muffins deservedly the stuff of legend... we had apple-pecan-streusel our first day and "peaches and cream" our second... worth a visit on their own!!) The common room is immense with a beautiful fireplace, TV and movies. I'd been to the Bruce before but never heard of Red Bay - turned out it's a very (very!) small little collection of homes and cottages along a shallow bay - wonderfully quiet, and the Bay is great for wading out in, especially if you have young kids. (There's a little playground by the water too, which is just across the road from Haven). We ended up chatting with the other guests at breakfast, too, which was a very different experience for us and really made for a special trip.

The only things I could think of for improvement would be a darker blind in the room (we were in Lakewood, and the sun seemed to come up very early!)

Thank you very much for a wonderful stay!!! Would highly recommend Haven to anyone thinking of traveling up to the Bruce for a restful vacation.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Thank you for your review. It means a great deal to us.
As for the darker blind, we have looked into this and it would be at the expense of air flow through the windows. However, perhaps a darker curtain would do the trick. We will look into that. Thank you for your comment and recommendation.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed here this past weekend (July 6) with two other families and I cannot stop thinking/talking about this place. My closest friends would tell you that I am a very "picky" person, but let me tell you...I felt extremely comfortable here with my husband and our two girls (5 and 14 months). The hospitality was A+ - Ruth and Gord truly made us feel like we were at home. This place is extremely clean and had a light airy feel to it. This place is better than some well-known hotels! Ruth and Gord thought of everything (including a diaper pail for my daugther's diapers)...she even had a place to sit at the table in the high chair. The bathrooms were magnificent (I was admiring all the fixtures including the star quality shower). The bedrooms were just lovely - I stayed in the Redwood room. Looks great on the website but even better in person. We thoroughly enjoyed a quality breakfast - and the muffins, just can't beat 'em. This was a great escape from the monotony and we will be going back!!! : )

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
You and your friends are welcome back any time. Thank you for your glowing comments. We are one of the few or maybe the only one (B&B) on the Bruce Peninsula that allows children of any age. Families should be treated special when they are away from home so whatever we can do to make it more comfortable, that is what we strive for. If ever there is anything you can think of that you may need, just let us know. We will do our best.
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

What a beautiful B&B, we were 3 young families from the city and worried that we would be treated as such but no way, Ruth and Gord are wonderful, even welcomed our guests that came to roast marshmallows. The rooms are nice and very very clean. Their hospitality was wonderful and we look forward to staying with them next year for a extended stay.

And yes the muffins are to die for.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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RedBayRuth, Owner at Haven on the Bay B&B, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments. We loved having you stay with us and look forward to next year.
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Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Red Bay is about 20 minutes north of Sauble Beach, one a string of sandy beaches along Lake Huron. We know this area well as I spent my summers near there at our family cottage. Haven on the Bay, where we stayed for two nights, is an outstanding B&B whose owners, a transplanted Toronto couple, created a superbly renovated, 6 guest room B&B in a large two-story house. The photos on their website do not do the accommodations justice - each room in the upstairs area of the house is themed in a different color, fresh crisp linens, hardwood floors, everything was in pristine shape, unusual for a beach B&B where families come and go and can be hard on the furnishings. Ours came with a nicely appointed en-suite bathroom, though some rooms share a bath (which is furnished in high-end appointments and spotlessly clean). The rooms have excellent soundproofing, important when you have a variety of guests, including children.

The large living room downstairs includes several board games, toys and activities for children (stored away in a chest), and a tv with Netflix and DVDs for those who aren't content to sit on the many comfortable seating areas to read a book. Outside is a peek-a-boo view of the lake, and a lovely English-style garden with a vegetable/herb box. There is also a fire pit for marshmallow toasting.

Breakfast in the table-cloth dining room included a selection of home-baked bread and other goodies, plus a main course and fresh fruit, and was really delicious. Most food is locally sourced from small growers. Our hosts were welcoming to us as well as families with small children, which made this quite a treat given the quality of the accommodations, which included many original art works and lovely furnishings that vacationing adults and couples would appreciate.

Quiet Red Bay beach, a 5 minute walk from the B&B, is unique - island-sheltered, the water is warm, crystal clear, with a sandy bottom. However, it does not have big waves, but a very shallow walk-out for several hundred yards. Perfect for young children, who will see minnows and frogs while they splash about. Also great for wind-sailing or kayaking, and for swimmers who don't mind reaching the deeper water.There is also a kid's play area with swings and slide. If you want open water waves and a more robust experience, take a trip down to Sauble Beach. Downside at Sauble is it is a driving beach with car traffic (and a charge to enter) so you will have to watch your little ones carefully.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Haven on the Bay B&B
Address: 424 Huron Rd | South Bruce Peninsula, Red Bay, Ontario N0H 2T0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Bruce County > Red Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Red Bay
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Number of rooms: 4

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