Gananoque's beautifully restored Victoria Rose Inn is our favourite spot to stay when in the 1000 Islands region.
When staying at a hotel, inn or bed and breakfast, you expect standard hospitality and a cosy bed to sleep in whilst traveling. You might even expect a certain brand of toiletries and a plush bathrobe. Rarely, however, do you stumble upon a place that welcomes you so warmly that you feel as if you've lived there for ages. In this case, that place would be the Victoria Rose Inn in Gananoque, Ontario.
Driving up the driveway to the inn, my breath was taken away by the gorgeous Victorian house that stood before me. As I stepped foot inside, I was drawn to all the small details that made me instantly fall in love - a stand in the foyer with Burberry plaid umbrellas, a sparkling chandelier in the front hallway, and unique flower arrangements throughout the main floor (which I later found out were arranged by the innkeeper herself).
Every corner of the inn was a treasure, from the wall colour that had been matched to the structure's original hue to the wood burning fireplaces in the guest rooms. Innkeepers Susanne Richter and Bernie Latremouille bought the inn back in 2005 and did a complete reno. The 12 guest rooms were given fresh coats of paint, the upstairs carpets were ripped up and replaced and the rooms received new bathrooms. Susanne designed the place herself, with clutter-free spaces and comfortable furniture that blended well with the traditional architecture (the room I stayed in had a clean-lined four poster bed and lovely white linens).
What impressed me the most, however, were the history walls that Susanne created, documenting each of the eight families that previously owned the building as a personal residence. Totally fascinating and incredibly detailed, the history walls are just one of the many unique details of the Victoria Rose Inn that give guests an experience they're unable to find elsewhere.