author of The Best Places to B&B in Ontario: A Selective Guide
Six editions of the book were published to critical and popular acclaim. Janette now publishes her B&B
reviews and holiday reports online.
Gerry Gill and Alice Berube were visiting Summerside, Prince Edward Island a few years ago when on a spur-of-the moment whim they put in an offer on Warn House, an existing bed and breakfast. Their offer was accepted and they found themselves moving from Winnipeg to Summerside. Quite a life change!
Gerry is a chef so his skills are evident breakfast. And, given 24 hours notice, he'll even cook dinner for you; highly recommended since there seemed to be a dearth of good restaurants in Summerside. See the Warn House website for the dinner menu. Alice plays the classical cello and fiddle and teaches French. Together they undertook a renovation and re-opened the bed and breakfast. When you pull up you'll find plenty of off-street parking facing a park and a verandah furnished with colourful wooden Adirondack chairs which wraps the side and back of the house.
It was our last night on Prince Edward Island and we'd wanted to be close to the Confederation Bridge crossing over to the mainland. Turns out the bridge is about equidistant from both Summerside and Victoria Village, where we'd stayed the night before. Probably a few minutes less from Victoria Village. Summerside is also a good base for exploring the less touristed northerly end of Prince Edward Island. Other guests were doing just that and over breakfast they enthused about the Ceilidh they'd been to the night before.
We stayed in the room with twin beds across the wide hall from the private-use bathroom. Next morning at breakfast Chef Gerry was on point. We had a fresh fruit with lemony yogurt and homemade granola garnished with a nasturtium. There was also a delicious oatmeal with demerara sugar and blueberries. Next, we were offered eggs any style with homefries and a local island sausage. I opted for a cheese omelette. Then it was off to the Confederation Bridge and goodbye to the winsome Prince Edward Island.