Recently, my husband & I spent a weekend touring Georgian Bay. Our goal was to visit the numerous waterfalls in and around Owen Sound. Due to the plan being somewhat spontaneous, we were limited in our choice of accommodation. Through Priceline we found accommodation in Southampton.
With so few options, my husband assumed that this hotel must be a dive -- it didn't even seem to have a name, but was simply referred to as "173 High Street". He was regretful for not having looked sooner.
Having driven along High Street, Southampton, eyes fruitless in their search for signs of a hotel, we parked at the beach and walked the street to find #173. And we found it! At least the number -- on a locked door leading up a steep flight of stairs, with no indication of the existence of a hotel, motel, guest house, or anything else suggesting temporary accommodation. Befuddled & bemused, we called the number on the door.
As it turned out, the phone calls we had been receiving & ignoring during our drive up were those of the owner, Paul Schendel. He was prompt to answer our call, prompt to meet us with keys in hand, and amicably engaging as he presented the features of his elegant 2-room guest house. It turned out to be a most lovely private space for the "fortunate few"!
In a town rich with Saugeen history, this best kept secret of Georgian Bay is the place to stay!
With coloured pencil, I created this rose as a thank you to Paul Schendel, owner of
173 High Street Guest House, Southampton, Ontario.
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