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The Little Inn undergoes big makeover

25 Mar
The Willow Room formal dining room’s moniker is a nod to the stately willow tree residing near the inn’s front entrance.  The Inn’s new owners, along with Chef Michael Potters, have many plans for the future of the property including pairing with Huron Adventures Inc. to create specific activities and programs for guests and corporate enterprises.

The Willow Room formal dining room’s moniker is a nod to the stately willow tree residing near the inn’s front entrance. The Inn’s new owners, along with Chef Michael Potters, have many plans for the future of the property including pairing with Huron Adventures Inc. to create specific activities and programs for guests and corporate enterprises.

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By Diva Melody Hodgson

BAYFIELD – Bayfield, in all of its summertime quaintness, brings about the dreamer in me.  I fell in

1.Reception desk with custom pigeon holes for room keys, one of the many gorgeous throwbacks to original inn utilitarian decor.

Reception desk with custom pigeon holes for room keys, one of the many gorgeous throwbacks to the original inn utilitarian decor.

love with the little town upon first sight back in 2006.  It is my go-to for a Sunday drive, lunch on a Friday or a night out with the gals.  I am not alone in my infatuation with Bayfield. The main street is packed with shoppers, foodies and visitors year-round.

Joanne and Mike Oliver, originally from Toronto, were two such visitors.  A short detour to Bayfield while visiting their son in Blyth two years ago resulted in an instant love affair with the lakeside town.  Fortunately for us, Mike and Joanne were able to transform their moment of serendipity into a permanent residence and place of business; a casual lunch conversation eventually resulted in the couple becoming the new owners of the Little Inn last October.

Joanne and Mike, paired with much-sought after local interior designer Cynthia Weber and

Function meets design heaven in the revamped bar area, home to the Four In Hand taproom.  Master Sommelier John Szabo has realized a menu filled with wine, spirits and cocktails to compliment both menus.  I am thirsty just thinking about it.

Function meets design heaven in the revamped bar area, home to the Four In Hand taproom. Master Sommelier John Szabo has realized a menu filled with wine, spirits and cocktails to compliment both menus. I am thirsty just thinking about it.

renowned locavore chef Michael Potters, have painstakingly renovated the Inn in an effort to create a true culinary destination within Bayfield.  Throughout the entire renovation process, the team have been respectful of the inn’s deep-rooted historical ties to the community.  Original flooring has been refinished and restored, traditional inn features have been reimagined, and local Mennonite craftsmen have been hired to recreate a multitude of items from stair-railing spindles to matching the original baseboard in the taproom.  Chef Potters has embraced the richness of local Huron County producers and created two menus of pure deliciousness I can hardly wait to experience.  Their unwavering dedication to the vision of the project is obvious.  The entire time I was with Joanne, I felt that their goal was not to take the soul out of the Little Inn, but rather to give it a little boost.  From all accounts, they have succeeded beautifully.

1.Locally crafted custom period spindles to replace the 1980s wrought iron spindles; another of the many well thought out design aspects of the renovation.

1. Locally crafted custom period spindles to replace the 1980s wrought iron spindles; another of the many well thought out design aspects of the renovation.

I must admit, I have never ventured into the Little Inn prior to last week.  I always felt it was a little too fancy for my sometimes-brushed-hair and ripped jeans, and as a result I’ve always been more of a low-key pub girl.  After meeting with Joanne and touring the property, however, I feel like I may have to make a little room in my heart for the new kids on the block.

The Little Inn of Bayfield

Where:  26 Main Street, Bayfield

When:  Soft opening March 27th, grand opening April

Willow Room (Fine Dining), daily

Breakfast:  8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Lunch:  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dinner:  5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The Four In Hand Taproom (Casual Dining), daily
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-565-1832, inquiries@littleinn.com

Website:  www.littleinn.com

Twitter:  @thelittleinn

Chef Michael Potters has designed a kitchen most chefs can only dream of.  With plans for small group cooking classes, local food foraging programs and a viewing area from the yet-to-be completed patio it has all the makings of a locavore’s heaven.

Chef Michael Potters has designed a kitchen most chefs can only dream of. With plans for small group cooking classes, local food foraging programs and a viewing area from the yet-to-be completed patio it has all the makings of a locavore’s heaven.

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2012 Tourism Development Award winners have some great food

22 Apr

By Diva: Jenna Ujiye

Last week Brittany Fry and I were trying to get details set for the 2012 Taste of Huron, so we headed to the Little Inn of Bayfield to chat with Innkeeper Darren Erb and chef Joseph Petrinac about the dinners they will be holding. Of course, this was before I knew they were going to win the 2012 Tourism Development Award at the Brochure Swap on Thursday.

The Little Inn is a great place to eat and socialize, the food is fresh and local and the staff is very welcoming. The award that they won today goes to a different Huron County business each year that demonstrates leadership, creative invention, partnership initiative,community impact and excellence in the tourism industry. They were well deserving of this award and I know they will keep up the good work in the future!

After chatting with the guys Britt and I enjoyed a great meal. I had the Metzgers BBQ BLT and Britt had the soup of the day and ceasar salad.

The Little in of Bayfield has a seasonal menu and often has unique packages on their website. For more information visit: http://www.littleinn.com

I’m baaaack!

25 Jun

Hello my dear  friends!

I am very sorry that I have not been around this last week, just had a few things going on, but I am back and ready to blog! So first things first I will tell you about my wonderful night out in Huron County last night. It began in St Josephs at Tuscan Greek for appetizers and wine. We had Spanakopita, which is phyllo pastry stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, with a side of tzatziki, and saganaki flaming cheese, with grilled pitas. Considering we went for appetizers, I left feeling quite full. Flaming cheese is very filling. I am not joking about this flaming cheese either, they literally bring it to the table, throw some brandy on it and light it on fire! Opah! Scary, yet delicious. I don’t recommend ordering it if you are on a diet 🙂

                     <—- flaming cheese, it is not on fire anymore, but it was still                                  bubbling pretty good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanakopita, as usual I got over-excited and ate  before taking a picture of the dish. Oopsie 🙂          ——->

 

 

 

 

After we finished our appetizers, we headed back to Bayfield to the Little Inn for our entrée. But being the ridiculous person that I am, I needed to try one tiny little appetizer, and I am SO glad I did. It was a grilled cheese with a twist. The bread was coated in duck fat with three cheeses and prosciutto. Oh man – perfection! This time it wasnt my fault that the picture got taken after we started eating because my date dove in before I even had a chance!

 

 

SO TASTY! it was like a party in my mouth!!!

 

 

 

 

 

After we demolished the fancy grilled cheese we were ready for our mains! I ordered beef filet with carrots and a fancy potato with mushrooms, and Jd had the ‘fish and chips’. The cool thing about this dish was there actually were no chips at all.  Instead the fish was battered in a potato batter, rather than the traditional beer batter. Both were out of this world. The beef was 10 oz of pure perfection and the fish had the most amazing crunch. They both were so perfect! We were feeling quite full though after all the appetizers consumed before hand. But I will let you know, the steak leftovers made a mean sandwich today!!

   

After all that I was feeling very full and very satisfied! But then, to our surprise, we were treated with the most amazing sorbet I have ever tasted. Strawberry and champagne. It was honestly the most amazing and delicious thing of all time! Ugh, I want more! It was the perfect night out in Huron County.

– Kaylie

There is a contest for that!

4 May

If you don’t regularlairly check the Ontario’s West Coast Website or other social networking information, you probably don’t know that there a couple of contests going on, so I thought I should tell all of our regular visitors about a couple of contests:

1. Ontario’s West Coast Contest: http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/?page_id=1283

Ontario's West Coast Contest

Have your Chance at winning an A two day, one night stay for two at the Little in of Bayfield including breakfast; a dinner for two in Goderich; passes to the Huron County Museum and Historic GAOL; and two tickets to Blyth Festival.

All you have to do is tell us why you love coming to Huron County, Ontario’s West Coast!

Fill in the form on the site to enter!

2. Visit Huron Contest: http://www.visithuron.ca/?page_id=7

Visit Huron

Win an Ontario’s West Coast Getaway!

Fill in the form at the link to win: Overnight at the Little Inn in Bayfield including breakfast, Two tickets to Blyth Festival, dinner at Thyme on 21 in Goderich.

3. Timeout.travel contest: http://www.timeout.travel/index.cfm?page=girls
Girls Getaway

Win One of 4 awesome Girls Getaways!

Elora & Fergus

  • Grand River Fly Fishing Girls Getaway
  • Overnight stay at local Bed & Breakfast

Guelph

  • Overnight stay at Holiday Inn Guelph
  • Dinner at Artisin ale Restaurant
  • Tickets to the Drayton Festival Theatre or River Run Centre
  • Downtown Guelph Shopping Dollars

Huron County

  • Two Nights accommodation at Samuel’s Hotel in Goderich
  • Dinner at Thyme on 21
  • Two tickets to Blyth Festival
  • Bayfield Shopping Gift Certificates

Perth County

  • Two nights accommodations at Hardwood Haven B&B in Listowel
  • Dinner at Alexa’s Café in Sebringville
  • Two Tickets to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival
  • Gift Certificates from: Perth County Visitors Association and Artisan Market, Meadowlark’s. Jillian’s Floral Designs and Giftware, Bookery Cafe, Bookstore & Coffee Bar and P’Lovers Eco Lifestyle