I have been on Pelee Island many times, and comfort and good food were not part of my memories of those times, but rural and interesting would describe those visits. In 2013, we attended a meeting at the Wandering Pheasant and I was a little unsure of what to expect. The reviews were largely favourable, but some guests were less than pleased. Reading closely the negative reviews seemed to be from people expecting a 5-star hotel on their rural adventure, but the positive reviews were so exultant that I was still dubious based on my past experiences. However, I can report now that the exulters were right. This Inn is a gem set in the woods, near the sandy shore of lovely Lake Erie. Well, it looks lovely here anyway. As our meeting was for biologists, we were swept away by the marvelous diversity of birds and for the first time in years I heard a real 4-5 am dawn chorus. Orioles fed on the porch, barn swallows battled over and under the eaves, with the territorial male claiming the Canadian flagpole outside the window. Down at the beach I even saw an endangered lake erie watersnake emerge with a nasty invasive round goby (a fish) clenched in its jaws. Exciting stuff. Our room was roomy, nestled under the trees, with a screened porch, and a hammock on the porch. The entire setting was superb. The surrounding milieu provided a trip back into a quieter time. It was early June and one could drive or stroll for 20 minutes and not see another car. All the famous Pelee landmarks were there, Fish Point, Lighthouse Point, Lake Henry, the Pelee Winery. It was great fun. And the winery was even more fun; take a designated driver. The WP Inn's hostess was as friendly as could be, cheery, helpful, especially kind to me. She has done a commendable job setting up this hideaway. Pelee Island has changed to embrace tourism, and it makes a stay there far more enjoyable than in the past, and it is still generally "unspoiled". The food at Wandering Pheasant was catered by chef Matthew, a burly cheery man . It was large portions, well prepared and tasty.The soups were paralyzingly scrumptious. Matthew was endlessly accommodating. The rooms each featured a unique decor. Ours had ladies' hats as a theme, another room was African, another grandma's room, and one guy had a little girl's decor. These variations led to amusing discussions. Our bed was comfortable. My only negative is that the attractive hostess insisted we not use the Inn's towels in the hot tub or at the beach. We were supposed to bring our own. This seemed odd to me, and in fact none of us used the tub or went swimming. But if you go in warm weather or want to pile in the hot tub, bring your own towels. Prices are a bit steep for my budget, but well worth it especially if compared to what one might get for the same costs on the mainland. All in all a restful, yet stimulating experience and I am quite ready to go back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- My vintage Inn is on the most southeast shore of Pelee Island, it is set in a unique country setting just a pebbles throw to the beach. It's perfect for a romantic getaway or a cozy overnight stay with a loved one, while enjoying the serenity of Pelee Island. We offer an adult only atmosphere, asking that children be nineteen years and older. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Wandering Pheasant Hotel Pelee Island