Since I have a good friend who owns a Bed and Breakfast in Ottawa, I thought it would be fun to include a page discussing this wonderful way to spend time here.
Staying in a good Bed and Breakfast if/when you visit is vastly superior to staying in a hotel. You get the charm of the locals including cuisine and architecture. Most of the really good B&B’s are in large old houses that have a lot of character, something you will miss in a hotel. Often people develop permanent friendships with the owners after a stay or two.
I will mention a few of these which I am familiar, but there are lots and lots of really great ones here, and you should do some research before making a decision. One thing to mention before getting into this is the fact that many of these are closed in 2020 due to Covid, but I will give you as much detail as I can anyway, assuming this will someday end and we can get back to having fun!
I will start with the one owned by my friend Angela, unimaginatively called Angela’s B&B. She is an absolutely wonderful person and fine cook. Everyone she meets just falls in love with her. Her B&B has three rentable rooms, one family suite, one queen room, and a third-floor hide-away called the green room (because it is painted green). All bathrooms in this B&B are shared.
Her breakfasts are mostly organic and served at a single large table. Other guests may be there also. It includes eggs done any way you like them with a variety of breads, cheeses, yogurt, and granola. Also a variety fruits and berries are available.
You will not want to leave. The peak season is May thru October. She closes in March to take a month off.
Another good one is the Century House. It has four rooms and is located in a gorgeous old brick home right in the middle of downtown. Everyone who lives here is familiar with this place. The suites here are private, each with its own bath. The breakfasts, as at Angela’s, are scrumptious. I had friends stay here once (Angela was full) and they loved it.
The last one I will mention here is Shirley Samantha’s. She is also located downtown though off the main thoroughfare on a quaint side street. Her breakfasts feature Cynthia’s baked goods and produce from Ottawa Valley. If the weather permits, she has a beautiful deck you can eat on shaded by a huge lovely maple tree. The owner, Cynthia, is good friends with Angela. I do not know anyone who has stayed here, but Angela and I had breakfast here once with Cynthia and her husband Paul. Everything about the place is exquisite.