I had visited the Inn a few weeks ago and immediatly knew that it was time to take a day off work and return with Maggie.
The "Cape Chin Connection Country Inn" is an idyllic farmhouse nestled in amongst verdant fields and cascading pink blossomed fruit trees. The front porch is shaded in wisteria. Irradescent green-flecked hummingbirds buzz at petaled feeders that hang along the patio. While telling me of the farm, Anne Bard, the proprietor, flung up an arm and whacked one of these hapless little fellows. The noisy buzzing was for a brief horrifying moment no more than a feathery flutter but he quickly recovered and raced off. At home we spend a great deal of energy trying to attract hummingbirds to our garden, Maggie absolutly adores them.
Strolling through the fields out back I learned to my surprise that Derek Ford, a world renoun caver and highly respected geology professor had stayed here with his students while on field trips from MacMaster University. The Bruce Peninsula offers some of the finest hiking and rockwatching opportunities in the entire country. Wilderness adventurers, rock climbers and scuba divers travel here from all over the world to experience the scenery and sporting opportunities.
The eastern rim of the Bruce Peninsula is a ragged wall of sheer rock that rises up in excess of three hundred feet. All along the shoreline the water pounds up against the rugged coast. The hiker can see the skeletal limbs of thousand year old cedars. The cliffs rise up in great overhanging shelves. There are potholes in some places that pierce these butteresses along their upper edges. When peering from above you can see the twisted limbs of the aged cedars clinging to crevices in the dolostone. The wind blasts up through the potholes as though funneled there by a turbine.
The inn has six guest rooms, a book lined lounge and dinning room from which the guest can order any of a wide range of gourmet meals. I am partial to the idea of the rack of lamb with mint sauce, Maggie likes the sound of the Bay Scallops Provincial. This will all be topped off on Saturday evening with relaxation in the orchard side spa. The skies around Tobermory are known to astronomers as being especially dark and so the stars twinkle with great intensity. Two night's bed and breakfast will cost us $160.
Other activities on the adgenda over the next few days will be, a cruise over some of the local shipwrecks in a glass bottomed boat, a sampling of beer on the patio of the Crow's Nest (restaurant in Tobermory) and anything else that Maggie might like to involve herself in.
I took the above photo of the dining room at the inn and will have more pictures of the area on Sunday when I return. So long for now.