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One of the ways we start the day at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast

Besides fresh fruit and yogurt, a lot of our guests look forward to the muffins, biscuits and quick breads we make fresh every day.

40-bay-street-bed-breakfast-muffinsThe number one favourite is the Mixed Berry Muffin, and you can find this recipe on our web site!

Cinnamon Buns have to rank a close second…I prefer to serve them without the icing, but as Chef Simon is always reminding me, it’s not all about me!

The Cranberry Lemon Muffins are quite tart, but off-set the sweet fruits nicely – I really like to serve them with fresh pineapple slices.

Orange & Ginger Tea Biscuits are melt-in-your-mouth good. I always make sure the apricot jam is topped up – these tastes just go so well together!

Oatmeal Banana Muffins almost always come as a choice – with either walnuts or chocolate chips. We always strive to offer you a choice…although people tell us we make it tough to make a decision sometimes!

Blueberry Muffins are always a favourite at 40 Bay Street B&B. With butter slowly melting into the muffin, who could ask for anything better?

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins are decadent treats we serve only in the summer months, when the raspberry bushes in the garden all start to ripen at once. The cream cheese that is placed on the top of this muffin before baking adds a wonderful richness to it.

Peach & Ginger Muffins are another taste treat that works best when fresh peaches are in season, dripping with nectar. I like to contrast the sweetness of the peaches with the spiciness of a bit of grated ginger – and maybe a touch of cinnamon.

Apple & Raisin Tea Biscuits are a personal favourite of mine because they make me think of my grandmother. She never bothered rolling the dough, she would just plop the dough in either a muffin pan or cookie sheet, and I remember standing by the oven door, just waiting for that timer to go!

Never to be overlooked, we make gluten free muffins and tea biscuits for those that need to avoid gluten and/or dairy products…we can always whip up a surprise or two with a little advance notice.

So, which one do you think would you like to have on your next visit to 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast?

FOS tickets on Sale April 2nd at 9:00 a.m.

Shhh…don’t tell, but I got a sneak peek at the upcoming festival-of-the-sound-james-campbellFestival of the Sound program for 2013.  As always, an fantastic program has been planned with an incredible cast of musicians performing once again this year!

Parry Sound is so lucky to be home to Canada's premier classical music event, held in The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, right on Georgian Bay.

Entering it's 34th year, opening Week runs from July 18 – 21st and will feature The Elmer Isler Singers, The Hannaford Street Silver Band, The Opera Gala and a Viennese Masked Ball.

Week 1 (July 22 – 28th) is entitled Voice Lost, Voices Eternal and mixes things up with several string groups – including the Gryphon Trio, Tiberius and & New Zealand String Quartets ; the Swingle Singers and The Star of Robbie Burns

Week 2 (July 29 – August 2nd) is called the Voices of Greatness and features Handel’s Acis and Galatea, a repeat visit from The Afiara and Cecilia String Quartets, the RBC Stockey Young Artists and a Piano Celebration

If you are one of those who love jazz, August 3 – 5th will be a tribute to Dave Brubeck who died this past December at the age 92. Gene DiNovi and the Toronto AllStar Big Band are featured during this weekend.

The final week (August 6 – 11th) has been named Exiles and Emigres, Leslie Fagan and Guy Few, The Orford Six will be performing. Some of the music will be the Carnival of the Animals, Carmina Burana and Bach Comes Home.

Don't wait very long if you are interested in booking your stay at 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast!  We have a long list of regulars who always make sure they book early!

10 Questions to ask before booking a B&B

Here are questions you should ask the bed and breakfast host, to make sure your visit will be everything you expect.

1. How far are you located from _________________?

Location is generally the main reason a potential guest chooses a certain B&B. Even though claims are made on web sites and/or Google maps may show they are close to a certain place, it is always good to ask!

2. Do you have free, on-site guest parking?

While this is generally available, it is always a good question to ask, particularly in a larger, urban centre. In addition, you might want to make additional enquiries if you have sports equipment attached to the car or a trailer.

3. How far are you from a good restaurant and/or shopping?

Unless you are just stopping over on a long journey, you will need to have somewhere to go for dinner, and to get out and stretch your legs.

4. Do your rooms have their own bathrooms?

En-suite baths are contained as part of your room. Private baths are accessed from a public hall, but available only for your use. If a B&B advertises shared baths, it is always wise to determine how many rooms have access to a specific bathroom. That way, you will be prepared to bring a robe and to wait for your turn in the bathroom.

5. What size of beds are available?

Most bed and breakfasts' offer double (54" wide), queen (60" wide), king (78" wide) or twin (37" wide) beds. Depending on the room, additional beds (generally referred to as cots) may be available. As B&Bs are generally located in family homes, you will seldom find 2 larger beds available in the same room. In Ontario, fire regulations prohibit more than 4 people in one room.

6. Are there specific check-in and out times?

It is important to determine whether you are required to check-in at a certain time - B&B owners may have plans and will need to make arrangements to let you in if you are not arriving at the specified time. Flexibility for check-out times should also be established ahead of time – if hired help is scheduled to arrive at a certain time to clean, etc., they need to be able to access the rooms.

7. Is there a curfew for coming in at night?

Some B&B owners require guests to be back inside of the Bed and Breakfast so that the host can lock-up prior to retiring for the evening.

8.   Do you have free WiFi available in the bedrooms?

Today, many travellers still like to remain in contact with those at home or the office. WiFi makes this much easier, and is common in a lot of B&Bs. You can always ask if you require a power bar, extension cords and/or converters to make it easier for you to use all your devices!

9. What do you generally serve for breakfast?

B&B breakfasts are as varied as their owners. Breakfast can range from a cold continental breakfast to a many course, gourmet feast. It is important if you have any dietary requirements or restrictions that you advise the owners at the time of booking, so they can plan the menu for that day accordingly.

10. How can I pay?

Some B&Bs require a deposit, but not all accept credit cards. In addition, depending on the volume of business they do, some bed and breakfasts are required to charge government sales taxes, while others do not. It is best to clarify this upon booking, so that you can be prepared. If you are charged the tax, merchants are required by law to provide you with their tax number. If credit cards are accepted, generally it is only Visa and MasterCard.