Let’s escape to Kingston for a weekend. Why Kingston? Why not! It is the gateway to the 1000 Islands, Prince Edward County and less than 3 hours by car from Toronto and Ottawa? Plus the city is full of architectural gems and history to boot. Home to Fort Henry, a national historic site and our defence against invading Americans dating back to the War of 1812. All of this and a great food scene to boot! Now all you need is a place to call home for your weekend escape and I have just the Kingston bed & breakfast for you. Welcome to the Frontenac Club Inn. The rooms are large, the decor isn’t fussy and the location is top notch. It’s my home base and a Kingston bed & breakfast steeped in history.
If looking at the picture above you are thinking the Frontenac Club Inn reminds you of a bank you are correct. Constructed in 1845 the first tenant was a bank. In 1903 it became a private men’s club and one century later it was transformed into the Kingston bed & breakfast it is today. Current owners Beare Weatherup & Susan Shaw actually live on the property in a private set of apartments.
My stay took place in the middle of Winter as I checking out the opening of Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry. I was surprised at how busy this Kingston bed & breakfast is, but word has gotten out about their fabulous breakfasts so it is a favourite destination for many that visit the city.
Different than a hotel you have to be buzzed into the main portion of the Inn. Three adjacent properties make up the Frontenac Club Inn with registration, dining room and casual lounge all in the main original building.
My suite is called the Miller Room and is in one of the adjoining buildings. The innkeeper takes me on a quick tour of the main building and walks me over to my suite. It is quite large and consists of a foyer with adjacent bathroom, a full sized bedroom and a separate living room with fireplace.
Breakfast is included with your stay and you will want to take full advantage of it. My breakfast the following morning was a delicious Eggs Benedict on freshly baked dill bread.
The Frontenac Club Inn is not what I would consider a “fussy” B&B. In fact, it is remarkably unfussy. The rooms are spacious, clean and have old world charm (aka quirks). It also boasts an amazing location just one block from Lake Ontario, steps away from the visitor centre, 50 feet from The Common Market where I got my morning coffee and steps away from the arts, culture and culinary happenings of downtown Kingston.
Obviously, there is plenty to do in the spring and summer months in the area but if you are thinking about a weekend winter retreat this may just be the one. Check out my opening night video of Lumina Borealis. It is even more impressive in person.