We take "Come Feast Your Senses in year round comfort" very seriously. Starting at our first contact with you, we begin working on making this your best stay at a B&B. From choosing the best room for you, right through to making sure that even the pillows are perfect; ensuring that the food and beverages you are served meet your needs; to providing options for parking and advice on how to make the most of your stay we even make sure that we do it all while protecting the environment!
Once we understand your needs (the number of people in your party, the reason for visiting Parry Sound), we will recommend the room that will be most suitable for you. Each of our bedrooms contains extra blankets, a radio, television, lots of plug-in opportunities for your mobile devices, a worktop and a comfortable seating area. In the bathrooms there are soft, fluffy velour bathrobes, lots of hot water, plenty of towels, a separate room heater, a hairdryer, shampoo, body lotion and soaps. Forget your slippers, toothbrush, paste or razor? We can provide it! You can access our wireless internet in all the bedrooms.
Our guests are invited to make use of the whole house...you are welcome to sit in any of our sun porches, the living room, take a book or magazine from the bookcase, or come outside and enjoy the view from the seating areas in the various gardens. And if you need to do some laundry, you are welcome to use the clothes washer and dryer located on the same floor as your room. We supply the soap, and have an iron and board available for those quick touch ups!
The Pillow Library
Sleeping pillows are a very personal choice, and can make the difference in getting a wonderful night's sleep. Chef Simon swears by cervical pillows, while Susan insists on firm. Since we couldn't agree, we decided to let you make the choice. Our standard pillows are hypo-allergenic, blown fiber-fill and covered with a cotton casing. In addition, every room has smaller, foam pillows available. If you prefer, or would like to try out something different, we have a "library" of special pillows - Obusforme cervical pillows, Snowbird Down Surround pillows, Gel Fibre pillows and medium fill Highland Feather White Goose Down pillows. Just ask us if you would like to use any of these special pillows during your stay.
During the booking process, we will discuss any special dietary needs or requests (Chef Simon appreciates the extra notice of allergies and preferences). Breakfast is generally served at your convenience between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; however with advance notice we can accommodate your schedule should you need to eat earlier.
During our travels, we found it was the little things that made all the difference to our comfort. Therefore, we have installed a small guest refrigerator with ice, glasses and corkscrews and bottle openers for those who wish to bring their own beverages. (Ontario law only allows a special store to sell liquor and beer; there is one located just a short walk away from the house.) Prefer a "cuppa" instead? Not a problem - we also have a coffee and tea station that guests are encouraged to use any time they feel like something hot to drink.
Between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. free parking is available on the street in front of 40 Bay Street B&B. Between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. parking is limited to 2 hours. In addition to being able to park in front of the house during the warmer months, we have an off-street parking area at the back of the house. Should you have trailers, motorcycles or expensive sports equipment in your vehicle, we recommend the safety of this out-of-sight parking area. Please note - this area is not paved, and can only be accessed via an outdoor staircase.
Once your booking has been made, we will send you an e-mail confirming the details, links to appropriate web sites and directions on how to get to 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast. Prior to your arrival, we encourage to call us back with any questions you might have. Three days prior to your arrival, we will check in again via e-mail to confirm your approximate arrival time (check-in is between 4:00 and 9:00 p.m.) and any special dietary requirements.
Susan makes it a priority to know what local activities and events are occurring during your stay. If required, she will make recommendations on travel routes to and from Parry Sound; make dinner reservations; and provide contact information for reserving tickets to local events and activities.
Based on her years of experience helping guests from around the world enjoy their stay in Parry Sound, Susan has created a downloadable Parry Sound Travel Guide to help you plan your trip. There a several recommended itineraries to meet travellers' interests and time frames.
If you prefer a more casual approach, we have a book with menus from local restaurants and brochures from popular attractions for you to peruse when you arrive.
Protecting the Biosphere
The environment is very important to us, and as part of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve (an UNESCO Biosphere) UNESCO Biosphere), we try to do our part to sustain it. Therefore, we utilize eco-friendly Proterra bath products made from natural ingredients in packaging made from recycled materials; have ceiling fans in all the bedrooms to limit the need to turn on the central air conditioning; and hang the bedding on the line to air dry whenever possible.
When setting up the B&B, we purchased energy and water efficient appliances, practice conservation and utilize low energy light bulbs. We are avid recyclers and composters, and we use organic methods in our gardens. Therefore, the vegetables, herbs and fruits served from our gardens are guaranteed to be chemically pesticide and fertilizer free.
Regrettably, we are not equipped to host families with children under the age of eleven, or those traveling with pets. Out of respect to those who have allergies, we do not have pets ourselves. As with all businesses in the province of Ontario, this is a non-smoking facility. However, you may smoke or vape outside; there are several seating areas and ashtrays are available upon request.
If there is anything else we can do to make your stay the best ever, please just ask!