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Wondering what they serve up in the morning at Sandy Hill’s charming Bed and Breakfast establishments?

Philip Owen


Good morning, Sandy Hill! I am one of your trusty local reporters at IMAGE. I was lucky enough this week to wake up early and go visit some local B&Bs. One of the most overlooked features of our neighborhood is the luxury of having guests and family come and visit at our B&Bs.

The first stop was at the Auberge King Edward Bed and Breakfast, 525 King Edward Ave. The breakfast was full of delicious croissants and marmalades accompanied by teas and coffees. Richard was amazing, laying out quite the spread in a Victorian atmosphere of plants and high ceilings. Quaint furniture accented the home decor. There is unique staircasing with arches everywhere on the main floor. It’s an ideal location for gardeners to visit, as the front garden is lush and bountiful in the summer.

The next stop was McGee’s Inn, 185 Daly Avenue, and what a delicious surprise that was. Multiple choices of plates of crpes and sausages with signature white napkin place settings, shiny cutlery, and ample fresh orange juice were involved. It was a most refreshing experience with Victorian antiques at every corner. Happily, Sarah was able to answer many questions about Ottawa history and the house.

Located in the nest of embassy homes next to Strathcona Park, Ambassador Bed & Breakfast, 450 Laurier Avenue East, is a lively option. Irina was serving up a few specialties of crpes and Turkish coffee. The table was complete with bread and fresh juice and cheese. I chatted with the international guests, savoured bread, and enjoyed swapping stories of Ottawa history. I was hoping to taste their specialty Slavic pancakes, but the kitchen renovations delayed my experience. That delay gives me a good excuse to make a future reservation!

Delectable crepes at McGee’s Inn
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