Lovely in London – Idlewyld Inn By Margaret Swaine (Ottawa Citizen May 12, 2007) Some inns are a stronger draw than the cities that house them. Such is the case with Idlewyld Inn, an 1878 mansion in London Ontario that has been transformed into 23 unique guest suites. “Guests come here as a destination and […]

Inn at Manitou plated for New York By Margaret Swaine (National Post September 22, 2007) Last summer one of the guests at Inn at Manitou in northern Ontario ended her stay with a proposition. A recruiter for the James Beard Foundation dinners in New York, she suggested the inn’s chef bring his team to the […]

Hillcrest, A Valenova Inn and Spa By Margaret Swaine It was the detox program that first caught my eye. I’m at the age where every bite seems to stick to my frame and every drink whacks my brain. The program promised not weight loss but more internal hormonal balance and radiant skin. I signed up […]

The Charles Inn and Shaw Club Hotel – The Antique and The Modern By Margaret Swaine The opening of Shaw Club Hotel in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake is the yang to the yin of sister hotel The Charles Inn. Both are owned and operated by hotelier Sue Murray yet are as different as Judi Dench and Hilary […]

Stonehaven Relais & Spa By Margaret Swaine Few hotels are exalted enough to be called divine, but Stonehaven Relais & Spa comes close to heaven for a few reasons. Built in the early 1900’s as a private residence, it spent most of its life as a monastery for the Oblate fathers. The fathers clearly knew […]

The Southernmost House Grand Hotel and Museum By Margaret Swaine South of Miami driving through a 125-mile island chain called the Florida Keys, over 43 bridges – one seven miles long – I finally reached the southernmost tip of the United States. At the end of Duval Street in Key West, on a tiny two-by-four […]