Until quite recently the Mr and I have been pretty boring travelers. We’d stay at chain hotels, eat at chain restaurants, and hit famous tourist stops (aka money pits) with the kids. Part of this was because we didn’t travel very often, and part of it was because Mr. T and the kids were not very adventurous. I’m happy to report that the tides have turned and my family is officially open to new experiences – remember the time we even tried hiking?
So I was pleasantly surprised when the Mr. happily agreed to visit the Hedgerow House B&B on Salt Spring Island with me a few weeks ago. I know what you are thinking – a B&B isn’t exactly adventurous, but for him it’s way outside his comfort zone; not a chain, talking to people you don’t know, and eating from a pre-set breakfast menu, all things that make Mr. T very uncomfortable. But those ended up being both of our favourite experiences at Hedgerow House.
First of all, it is such a beautiful location, the house is gorgeous and immaculately cleaned. The rooms are really nicely sized and feel homely, unlike a sterile hotel room. In fact; my favourite part of staying at Hedgerow House was the relaxed homey feeling. There are a couple of common areas, and we used both the outdoor deck and living room freely during our visit. It was so nice to sit in the living room after a day out in the sun and enjoy a glass of wine in a quiet atmosphere.
The quiet out there is very different than the quiet in the city. It’s not the same as when the kids are in bed and the house is quiet, literally everything is off – no cars, no street lights, just peace. I had the best sleep I’ve had in a very long time
Since it’s a bed & breakfast I can’t not talk about the breakfast … oh the breakfast! Every morning Peter and Jane the new owners of Hedgerow House make a full 3 course breakfast using local seasonal ingredients. It was so lovely to wake up to a hot pot of coffee and join the other guests around the table for a fresh homemade meal. Seriously the best breakfasts I’ve ever had while travelling.
I’m so glad that that we stayed at the Hedgerow House for our first B&B experience – it’s turned us on to a new style of travelling (and set the bar very high for other places we visit). If you are local and haven’t been Salt Spring I highly suggest a quick visit this summer, and if you are coming in from afar, plan a few days!
Next week I will share our favourite eats around Salt Spring Island in case you are curious (we ate a lot). If you plan a visit on an upcoming weekend be sure to ask Peter about the ‘secret island hopping’ cruise through BC Ferries. I’m a bit regretful we didn’t go on a weekend and take advantage, but we’ll definitely go back!
You can learn more about Hedgerow House through their website & Facebook page. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I share lots of pics of our adventures, and there are more coming later this summer!
*PS: I received a complimentary stay at the Hedgerow B&B as part of a PR outreach campaign, but as always all the opinions in this post are my own!