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The Little Inn of Bayfield

Local Award Winner

Whether you’re planning a getaway, dinner with friends or a wedding, The Little Inn of Bayfield is the perfect location.

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On the Main Street of Bayfield is one of Ontario’s finest Inns. The Little Inn of Bayfield is the province’s longest consecutively running inn, operating since the 1830s. It is one of about 15 establishments to be awarded a Four Diamond rating on both their rooms and dining by the Canadian Automobile Association.

When the Inn was built in 1832, the main building was a stagecoach stop with nine rooms and two and a half bathrooms. In addition there was also the carriage house which had three rooms and one shared bathroom. When the current owners bought the business in the 1980s, they added en suites to each room and joined the two buildings with what is now the restaurant. Two rooms were left as original as possible, but all have modern amenities with authentic antique touches. The current owners also built the new Guest Cottage across the street which houses ten more rooms plus a shared great room. “You will not find one room that is identical to another,” says Innkeeper Darren Erb, “that’s why it’s an inn and not just a hotel or motel.”

Chef Joseph Petrinac uses mostly Huron County ingredients to create award-winning dining experiences. Chef Petrinac is classically French trained, but likes to add modern touches to his dishes. He also uses molecular gastronomy which is a form of cooking in which gasses such as Nitrogen are used to create different shapes, textures and flavours to food.

The Little Inn of Bayfield offers Wine and Dine packages. These sometimes involve Niagara winemakers who bring five of their best wines and Chef Petrinac pairs them up with a delicious five course meal. Erb will also pick five of his favourite VQA wines(Ontario’s wine authority) and pair them up for an evening. Erb was just recently awarded “The Best Licencee for VQA” for Ontario. “Why buy a bottle of wine from somewhere else when you can buy something from your own backyard?” says Erb, who is also looking forward to the day when Huron County is home to vineyards in the near future. On a typical summer day, diners can usually find more than 100 VQA wines at The Little Inn.

“I’m like a mini wedding planner!” laughs Erb. The Little Inn of Bayfield hosts around 30 weddings a year – from just the bride and groom up to 80 people. It’s a perfect location for small intimate weddings and the staff at The Little Inn can help you plan almost every aspect of your special day, “If they need a photographer, I can get one. If they need a cake, I can get one.” Erb has noticed that some couples who get married at The Little Inn of Bayfield come back to celebrate their anniversary year after year.

Erb is a firm believer in shopping locally, “Why would I buy someone else’s stuff when I can support my local community?” This same philosophy is used throughout The Little Inn of Bayfield, “We’re only going to get better by supporting each other.”

With great service and a family atmosphere, The Little Inn of Bayfield is a great choice for a vacation, a romantic night away, dinner with friends or a quiet dinner for two.

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