We just returned from our second time at the Inn. The first was three years ago and we'd been wanting to return and have been dreaming about the best Lemon Pepper Whitefish and Lake Trout Almondine anywhere, ever, since then. The hosts are the most amazing people you'll ever meet. Bob is usually in the kitchen but Shirin is always happy to converse, give suggestions of what to see and do, teach visitors about the island, or just make small talk. Always cheery and bright. This isn't a job, this is who they are. That and making acquaintances with other guests makes for an incredible experience. We won't be waiting three years again. Might go back later in the fall but certainly next year.
We spent three nights at the Meldrum Bay Inn (my husband and I and our two children, ages 3 and 9) and couldn't have hoped for a warmer welcome, more comfortable surroundings or more delicious meals at this little gem "at the end of the rainbow". Shirin is the consummate host: attentive, helpful, and genuine, not to mention wonderful with our children and quick to go the extra mile (we had to leave before breakfast on our final morning and she prepared us a bag of food to take with us to eat on the ferry ride home). Covid protocols were followed to the letter with masking in common areas, distancing at meals and meticulous cleaning of shared spaces (eg the bathrooms) and we felt extremely well cared for. We hope to return soon!
Wow! What a little gem. Was totally worth the drive to the end of manitoulin to stay here. Beautiful, historic building that remains true to its heritage with historic photos and memorabilia peppering the walls of common areas and guest rooms. The rooms and bathrooms were beautiful and clean. The food was fresh, local, and fabulous. Shirin was a wonderful host with lots of information and recommendations about places to visit. Would definitely recommend!!
The hospitality was spectacular! The house was well kept and clean and the hosts live close in case anything should go wrong or be needed. The food was delicious and home made each day. Due to Covid the selection was limited, but it didn't take away from the quality. I did have some issue with lighting in the house. It was always lit up like an airport runway. Why are lights needed in the middle of nights when night lights would suffice quite well? Also the kitchen was not lit with no way to turn on the lights after the hosts went off to bed. This made playing cards awkward and difficult. It was a good location to stay if you want to visit the west side of the island. Anything beyond Misery Bay PP would be quite a drive for a day trip. We stayed on the East side for a couple of days to see that side and did the rest of our sightseeing from the Inn. Once the lighting situation is rectified, this place would be ideal for anyone who likes the quiet of a small town.…
The western part of Manitoulin Island starting with Gore Bay is much more remote and quiet, compared to areas to the east. There's Misery Bay Provincial Park, and Julia Bay swimming beach. Meldrum Bay Inn is in a beautiful location at the western end of the Island. The hotel is beautiful, the food excellent and the hostess wonderful. We met some very interesting folks there, some Canadian some from the States. The fishing boat comes in regularly to deliver fresh whitefish. It's delicious at the Inn.