Many guests wonder what life is like around 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast during the winter months…and while it is a lot quieter than it is during the summer months, we never lack for things to do! Sitting in our pyjamas, drinking coffee and playing on the computer (writing blog posts, of course!) can take up a lot of time, don't you know?
Most years in November, there was a major renovation done. However, all the rooms in the house are done now, and last year we updated all the rooms used by guests. This past summer the exterior of the house was painted and next spring, we will be re-painting inside.
Have you got someone picky on your Christmas list that you never seem to be able to please? Want to get them something they can’t complain about – or return?
How about a gift certificate to 40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast? It is guaranteed to fit, be the right colour, make, model and age appropriate! And, if they still manage to come up with a reason not to use it, you will be able to!
Since opening 40 Bay Street in 2006, we have worked hard to make sure that everything our guests need are available and included in our price at no extra charge:
There is nothing better than celebrating Christmas in Parry Sound! From the lack of frenzied crowds to the opportunities abounding to purchase unique, hand-made gifts, it couldn't be better!
The first event that makes it official it is "Christmas in Parry Sound", is the annual Light Up the Park. This event showcases the beautiful Christmas lights adorning the many trees in Parry Sound's Market Square. This year, the special feature is the opportunity to see "Pete's Christmas", a Hallmark movie shot in Parry Sound last year.
I meet many people who come to the Parry Sound area to re-visit places they have great memories of. Most of those memories come from when they were kids, and families took the time to get away on vacations.
If you think you are just too busy to take time away from your job to have a get-away, here are 5 tips to help you do just that!
1. Plan – everything!
Like everything else in life, if you don’t plan for it, it won’t happen! And don’t let your ego get in the way – delegate tasks to other people on your team. And, let everyone know the dates you will be away…
Besides planning for the trip, start planning your work in advance – especially the first few days when you are back. Don’t schedule meetings etc so that you have time to catch up with everything that went on while you were away – phone calls, e-mails, documents, etc.
2. If you must, stay in touch via the internet
Most accommodations offer access to the internet (it's free at 40 Bay Street B&B) so that you can check e-mails, skype and even participate in meetings via video-conferencing. Just set aside a specific time every day to work, and just as important, set a limit to how much time you will spend doing work.
3. Combine Business and Pleasure
If you have to travel for business, book a few extra days to check out the area. And, if you are attending a conference or other business event, make plans to network with colleagues after hours – this will strengthen relationships both personally and professionally.
4. Downtime is important for top performance on the job!
How many professionals ever have nothing to do? If you wait for that to happen to take time off, you will burn yourself out – because it will never happen! Taking a break from work has proven to be beneficial for both the employee and employer. You come back relaxed and energized, and just putting space between you and some of the issues you are grappling with - and giving your mind a break may provide a new clarity.
5. Take a mini-vacation
It’s amazing how an extra-long weekend can make a difference. Not all get-aways have to be a week – what about taking a Friday (or Monday) off in addition to the weekend?
And you don’t need to travel far… you can even plan day-trips if need be. Just start thinking about all the local places you said you’ve wanted to check out, but never have; create a list… and start back at Tip#1 to make sure it happens.