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.
We were exploring Manitoulin Island and drove to Meldrum Bay from a Powwow at Sheshegwaning. Seeing the Meldrum Bay Inn we decided to have a drink before going back to Little Current. Asking the woman at the restaurant if we could sit outside for a drink, she said no. That all the tables were reserved. Very surprised at her response because there were empty tables everywhere. Felt like i was from the 1950s where black people were not allowed in certain places.
A friend and I decided, fairly last minute, to visit Manitoulin before the summer ended. We lucked into two nights at the Meldrum Bay Inn, and I feel very fortunate to have experinced the unique charm of this historic inn filled with vintage photos of Meldrum Bay and art and artifacts from around the world, the warm hospitality, and the excellent food. A treat to sit on the wraparound porch with coffee or wine and watch the hummingbirds at the feeders and the boats setting off and coming in to the marina. Shirin is as knowledgeable about the island as she is welcoming.
We 3 couples had planned for some time to come here for dinner. Our guests for the evening were thoroughly impressed with the unique surroundings, the exceptional service and the best food you'll find anywhere on Manitoulin Island. Thank you and we'll be back as will our guests.