Day 55 – Oeuf Wiedersehen

Barbara and Dave Wynd tout their morning fare as the “Best Breakfast on the Bruce” — and they ain’t lying. The long polished oak table in the plant-filled dining room is laden with a colourful spread Dave calls “Barbara’s German Breakfast,” but there’s a lot of Bruce Peninsula involved with local summer sausage, Barbara’s homemade bread and muesli, and veggies from their garden. Fresh fruit salad, a variety of cold meats and cheeses, pickled herring and smoked salmon, and deep dish baked apple pancake complete the spread. Barbara prides herself on offering guests the “perfect egg” boiled to order, and dressed in tiny handmade warmers. Carafes of strong hot coffee and tea are never empty, and Barb keeps an eagle eye on the dishes to make sure guests never want for anything. Nothing is greasy or fried, and whenever possible dishes are made from scratch. It’s a table to linger over with conversation and laughter, something the wisecracking Wynds are never short of.

Barbara and Dave purchased the former Taylor’s Bed & Breakfast on the quiet cul-de-sac across from trees and farm fields in 2004, and with a typical twist of humour renamed it Taylor Made — built by Taylor, and tailored to their guests’ enjoyment. With five spacious, bright guest rooms ranging from twin to deluxe queen with ensuite and a cozy guest lounge and foyer and backyard hot-tub, the B&B is a warm and welcoming spot for travellers to stay while enjoying the great hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, antiques and unique out of the way shops of the beautiful Bruce Peninsula. Barbara and Dave are both long-time riders and offer covered bike parking and seasoned advice on the best riding on the Bruce. Barbara owned a Bed & Breakfast in Norway for six years, and Dave’s spent many years managing hotels. They welcome guests in German, Norwegian, French and English!

After their daily duties keeping the B&B sparkling — and ours working away on our assorted blog-related creative endeavours — they took us to their favourite fish & chip spot for dinner. DNA take-away is housed in a turquoise and fuschia trailer on highway 6, and Dave raves about their lightly battered fresh whitefish — swimming in the morning, frying in the evening — and thick homemade french fries. The Lone Wolf drive-through coffee shop complements their offerings with cold and hot beverages — Dave and Mike rolled through in make-believe choppers, much to our delight.

A quiet evening in Barb & Dave’s cozy kitchen telling stories over nips of bourbon and herbal tea wound the quiet rainy day to a close and we retired to the trailer to get ready for our 450km jaunt to North Bay tomorrow.

Tomorrow — North Bay Karaoke! We’ve been practicing all week…

Photos by Alexandra Sawicki


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