Welcome to Kingston. The former capital of Canada, home of our first Prime Minister and the gateway to the great waterway that is the St Lawrence River. The town is filled with history and clues to our past not least being a large number of historic buildings that were built to be family homes by the economic leaders of the day. We are lucky enough today that many of these historic buildings have been transformed into beautiful historic inns. You can sleep in a bedroom that was lived in before the confederation of Canada. If only these Kingston bed & breakfast walls could talk. What stories they could share with us about the early days of Kingston and Canada. Come with me and let’s check some of them out.
Rosemount Inn & Spa – Built in 1850 by English architect William Coverdale, the Rosemount Inn & Spa has hosted guests since 1990. This Tuscan Villa is located in the heart of old Kingston and is just a short walk to Lake Ontario, Queens University and a whole host of great Kingston restaurants.
The staff is extremely friendly and boasts homemade treats for the afternoon social hour in the front parlour. I had the privilege of spending the night in the original Master Bedroom, check out my brief video tour of the room.
Breakfast is served in the dining room and doesn’t disappoint. In fact, I’m eating better here than I do at home.
The Secret Garden Inn – Located almost exactly across from the Rosemount, the Secret Garden Inn is perfect for those that want a slightly more intimate bed & breakfast experience. The house was built in 1888 in the Queen Anne Victorian style and in the spring and summer has a lovely Koi pond and running stream through the “secret” garden.
I stayed in the Theresa Bedroom and follow my short video below as I take you on a tour of the home.
Breakfast in the morning was absolutely perfect. A Peach stuffed pancake with sausage and a bowl of fresh fruit. A perfect way to start my day exploring Kingston.
The Frontenac Club Inn – I have stayed at the Frontenac Club Inn on a previous visit to Kingston and was delighted with my stay. This Bed & Breakfast falls more into the Inn category as it is larger than the previous two and was a former bank then men’s club before it was converted to an Inn. Built in 1845 it is the oldest Kingston bed & breakfast I’ve slept in to date.
Read the full story of my previous stay including photos here.
Green Woods Inn – I have yet to stay at this 1850 built property as it was not open during this visit. Innkeepers Nigel and Tessa have operated Green Woods Inn since 2002 and love to hosts guests from around the world when they visit Kingston.
Located off the 401 Highway it is perfect for those visiting Queens University or experiencing the outdoor adventures offered along the Great Waterway of Southern Ontario.
As I mentioned I haven’t stayed at Green Woods Inn but the pictures of the rooms and the guest reviews are all fantastic. Also, the breakfasts look to be A++.
If a hotel is not for you then I absolutely give two thumbs up to these Kingston bed & breakfasts properties. Where else can you spend a night in a room that is older than the birth of Canada? These historic Inns of Kingston offer more than a good night’s sleep, they offer a home away from home and friendly Kingston hospitality. No counting sheep when you stay here I guarantee it.