Bed and Breakfasts in Ontario for a Mini Vacation by the Great Lakes

Escape to the country for a weekend and stay in a quaint Ontario B&B where you can meet the locals and eat tasty home-cooked food.

Slip away for a weekend of exploring Ontario. Stay in a country B&B surrounded by dense woodlands, flourishing wine country, or on the shores of a calming lake that stretches all the way to the horizon. With locals as your hosts, and hearty breakfasts in your bellies, you’ll feel at home from your very first day.

You might chill out with a soak in an outdoor hot tub to watch the leaves change colour in autumn, indulge in an in-room massage or drop in at the town’s beer hall to try home-brewed ales at the advice of your host. Helpful owners at these sweet little spots are known to let you in on local hidden gems while they hand you a heaping plate of pancakes every morning. As you’ll see on every Ontario licence plate, the province is “yours to discover”—so do it from a bed-and-breakfast home base!

Channel Shakespeare at a Provincial Bed and Breakfast in Ontario

Built in 1902 but recently renovated, rooms at The Old Rectory are filled with original features and provincial charm in Ontario’s own Shakespeare-centric town of Stratford. Each guest space has been individually designed to showcase architectural details, from exposed brickwork to leaded glass panes and sit-in bay windows. Channel your inner Juliet as you step out on your private balcony overlooking the grounds—and if you’re here with your Romeo, spend an intimate hour soaking in tandem in your roll-top bath.
If you want even more privacy for a romantic escape (especially if you’re hiding from feuding families), coach house suites offer more space and your own private garden. You’ll find this secret abode tucked away beside the church and surrounded by ancient cedar and pine trees. Inside, the garden feeling continues with beamed ceilings, slate floors and wrought iron headboards. You’ll hardly be stuck in the Renaissance, though, what with a 40″ LED TV and a Tassimo coffee machine for caffeinated kicks.
Breakfast is served in the house’s homey sun room daily, or you can take your coffee and newspaper outside to the garden or porch. Help yourself to fresh fruit and yogurt along with homemade baked treats like chai-and-honey muffins or mixed-spice sticky buns. For something extra hearty, peruse the hot menu for dishes like mountain oak-aged gouda and cumin soufflé or gingerbread pancakes, all made with ingredients from the local Slow Food Sunday Market.

Mercer Hall Inn

8.6 Excellent (617 reviews)

Soak in an Outdoor Hot Tub at this Bed and Breakfast, Ontario-style

At Windsong Manor Bed and Breakfast, let your stresses melt away in an outdoor hot tub found just beyond the terrace and watched over by leafy trees. It’s open through the seasons, so you can always start or end your day with a soak in the warm water—even if it’s frosty outside. Spend sunny afternoons lounging in the Adirondack chairs by the pond to read, or simply listen to the frogs and occasional ducks that make up nature’s chorus. On cooler days, the indoor games room has plenty to fill an afternoon, from shooting some pool on the regulation-size table to catching up with sports on the 75” TV. There’s also a quiet lounge with cushioned sofas set around a wood-burning fire where you can unwind by watching the flames dance.
You’ll find your Georgian-style room within four acres of gardens. Unpack amid soft tones and natural light that floods in from double-aspect windows. Opt for a quick nap on your queen-size bed before dinner, or just take in the garden views from your own little seating area.
If you’re partial to having your own bathroom, book into the spacious Maestro suite. Bath time becomes a ritual here with a deep-soaker tub in your personal en-suite, or you can have an invigorating refresh in the walk-in shower. Squeaky clean and relaxed, light a fire in the hearth and crawl into your king-size bed to dream of tomorrow’s provided breakfast.

The Old Rectory

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (88 reviews)

Sample Local Craft Beers at an Ontario Bed and Breakfast

You get much more than just a restful night’s sleep at the Mercer Hall Inn—you’ll also be treated to tasty delights in the on-site restaurant, Kitchen. On the weekend, indulge in a lazy brunch (served until 2 p.m.) of classic dishes with a twist, like eggs benny with spiced hollandaise sauce. For even more eats, meals made with locally sourced ingredients are served throughout the day in Japanese gastro-pub Izakaya.
After a fulfilling lunch, check into your boutique-style room decorated in deep blue and golden tones, with statement lamps and patterned cushions to catch the eye. Sleep sweetly in your spacious king or queen-size bed covered in sumptuous feather pillows and a plush duvet to match. To dial up those hygge vibes, make a coffee using the in-room Keurig machine and sit with your feet up in front of the log-effect fire in deluxe rooms, or sink into your own luxurious whirlpool bath.
Nights are an event to behold here in the on-site beer hall, where you’ll find Stratford’s only cask engine and a plethora of Ontario IPAs on tap. If you’re not a fan of ales, choose something equally local from the wine list to sip on. The bar also serves cocktails created by in-house mixologists—ask for creative concoctions like the hibiscus whip with floral-tea syrup. Every Friday and Saturday evening, local artists provide live music to accompany your drink of choice.

Windsong Manor Bed & Breakfast

Top rated
8.9 Excellent (31 reviews)

Breathe in Parkland Views from your Bed and Breakfast in Ontario

Found in Niagara’s Old Town, the Darlington House Bed & Breakfast is a grand home built in early Canadian Loyalist style. Walk through landscaped gardens and towering native pine trees to the red front door, where kind hosts, Marzena and Yarek, will be waiting to greet you. Just a short walk away from busy downtown Niagara, slip into a peaceful oasis where you can sit on deep cushioned chairs and take in views of the nearby parklands. The antique living room is an ideal spot for chilling out with a book, while the guest kitchenette lets you help yourself to fresh coffee from the Keurig machine whenever you fancy.
With only three guest rooms here, you’re in for an intimate escape. There’s a bit of an indulgent feel too, what with bold wallpaper, vintage-style chairs, antique ornaments and rich textiles. Under the glitter of a chandelier in your private en-suite, lather up with exclusive Darlington House toiletries stocked in the shower. Shrug on a fluffy bathrobe and dive into your dreamy bed—think pillow-top mattresses and royal bedding—while your favourite guilty-pleasure show plays on the in-room TV.
In the morning, fill up on a lovingly prepared breakfast before setting off to marvel at the thundering glory of nearby Niagara Falls.

Darlington House Bed And Breakfast

9.3 Excellent (60 reviews)

Splash into the Outdoor Pool at this Ontario Bed and Breakfast

Pick one of five rooms and suites to call your own at the Post House Inn and get to know the surrounding wine country. Built in 1835, this Georgian House was the first post office in Niagara-on-the-Lake and has been restored to its historical glory—you might even read about it in the on-site library. Revel in rooms decorated with sumptuous fabrics and ornate wallpaper, plus original pieces of art and antiques that are well worth a browse.
For an extra special stay, book into a suite and spend long winter evenings curled up on a leather club chair or chaise longue in front of the glowing fireplace. In the bedroom, you’ll quickly bump up your bedtime for an excuse to get into your king-size bed with cloud-like pillow-top mattress, crowned with a plush down duvet and Egyptian cotton sheets.
Even simple tasks at the Post House feel like a spa experience. Unwind in your suite’s marble bathroom beneath the tropical rainfall shower, or with a sudsy soak in the deep tub. Thick, fluffy towels and a soft bathrobe will be waiting for you when you step out—even better if you’ve arranged to be pampered with an indulgent in-room massage. Should you crave some leisure time out in the sun, plunge into the outdoor pool or just sit in the attached hot tub to benefit from the soothing jets. Then of course there’s the breakfast, served daily in the airy club lounge. You’ll also find sugary snacks like milk and cookies in here at night to help you drift off into extra-sweet dreams.

Post House Inn

8.3 Very good (35 reviews)

Step Back in Time at a Vintage-style Bed and Breakfast in Ontario

At Culverdene House, wake up to the smell of home-baked treats and freshly ground coffee. Sit down to a breakfast table set with seasonal fruits and just-squeezed juices alongside pancakes sticky with maple syrup. You can also order something hot, like free-range eggs with bacon and sausages made with grass-and-grain-fed pork and beef. Even the fruity jams and sweet ketchup are homemade!
The two spacious guestrooms have a homey feel from a bygone time. Each has lofty high ceilings of over 10 feet and tall windows to let in plenty of daylight. In the North Room, stretch out under fresh sheets in your queen-size bed while the glowing fireplace warms the room. Or there’s the South Room, decorated in a fresh palette of blues, where you’ll relish stolen hours reading in a plush armchair beneath a statement chandelier. To ready yourself for the day, you need only go as far as your modern en-suite with walk-in shower, toiletries and a robe to wrap-up in.
Around this listed neo-classical house built in the 1840s, you’ll find 1.6 acres dotted with towering walnut, chestnut and cedar trees. Wander through the gardens or take in views of the grounds from your bundled-up perch by the crackling fire pit. Inside, admire the 1890s piano and original artwork in the elegant sitting room, where you’re welcome to relax with a book or a classic game like Scrabble.

Culverdene House

8.8 Excellent (17 reviews)

Indulge in Spa Treatments at a Luxury Ontario Bed and Breakfast

For an over-the-top stay, arrive at St. Catharine’s Stone Mill Inn. Built in 1860, the inn was once one of the first working cotton manufacturers in Canada but has since turned to serve lovers of the deluxe.
The second you open the door to your opulent guest space, you’ll want to leap onto your king-size bed beneath an exaggerated headboard. Ornate lamps and plump armchairs, plus a sumptuous palette of dark hues, creams and golden tones amp up the lavish vibe. Feature stone walls pay subtle homage to the building’s heritage, but a sudsy rainfall shower in your wet-room en-suite will remind you that you’re securely in the lap of modern luxury. If you’ve booked a Jacuzzi Suite, you can begin lazy mornings with a bubbling spa bath, then brew a hot mug of tea to sip in your house robe on rich leather couches. For even more space, a stay in the Loft lets you dance through the king-sized bedroom, living room and kitchen spread over different levels.
Stroll through the grand lobby—which still boasts the mill’s original chandelier and patchwork stone floor—on your way to the hair salon and spa. Bliss out in bright, airy rooms scented with jasmine for a therapeutic massage, or nourish your skin with a specialist facial so you leave with a healthy glow. Primped and pretty, you’ll be ready for a romantic dinner at the on-site restaurant.

Stone Mill Inn

St. Catharines
9.0 Excellent (1394 reviews)