Just came back from a long weekend spent at the Rangers Retreat and I will be honest I will never stay anywhere else again when visiting the Niagara on the Lake region again. We also shared this with everyone that we met over our daily travels of which many were very very envious based on their accommodations
It is not breakfast that Brian prepares for you, but a feast that literally fills the table so much that you are challenged to find a place for your incredible mug of coffee. From the first offerings of over a dozen cheeses from around the world, to the 8-10 fresh breads made daily and served warm, to the berries, homemade yogurt, jams, chutneys and of course road kill of fresh berries with fresh squeezed orange juice are but only the start. All you hear is the call from the kitchen to save room for the actual breakfast that is still coming ! This of course can range from his locally organic sourced products that he uses in Eggs Benedict, Fresh Mushroom Omelet to the French Omelet style Frittata he served to us. No one was pushed to finish up and get out so we lounged and grazed our way through his delectable offerings over a couple of hours sharing stories with new found friends
Our Twins room was perfect for girls weekend trip. Huge down comforters, our own balcony, A/C control, great modern Euro style bathroom and of course lets not forget the tables outside in the gardens. This was the gathering point for everyone at the end of their day where the bottles of wine were plunked down on the table and the experiences from that days visits to wineries, the theatre or simply lounging by the pool outside were shared, And of course, Brian again arrived with morsels of cheese and snacks to fuel our conversations until the late hours providing suggestions for the following day based on what we enjoyed.
You know a host is special when he offers to take you to the unique wineries that you should not miss and then drops you off at the theatre so you are not late. For those who are like me, it is challenging to be away from your pet for several days, and little Sarah (his Scottie) was always coming by and offering up a little lick for a pat or snack and filled the void
It is a testament to how special a place is when many of the couples were repeat guests, and the new ones were booking second weekends for the entire house later this fall. I can hardly wait to return with my husband for the next visit with Brian and hopefully Jan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ranger's Retreat is a 40 year old Tutor style home located in an older residental area just a 5 minute drive from the center of "old Town" Niagara on the Lake and a 15 minute drive to the Niagara waterfalls and the Border.It's also just minutes from many of the Niagara wineries and the famous George Benard Shaw theature Festival.Totally renovated, it offers 3 large bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms, individual climate control, WiFi, Lounge area with TV,a large terras area in the gardens and a Salt water swiming pool.The room price includes a full warm and cold breakfast (owner is a retired chef), and coffee, tea and soft beverages during your stay.Bike rental is a 5 minute walk and this historic area offers many biking routes. ... more less
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