The Olde Bridge Place – A Home Away From Home!

Wouldn’t you love to enjoy a romantic and relaxing getaway to an amazing retreat in Southern Ontario?

The Olde Bridge Place in West Montrose is the perfect place to indulge in some leisure time in a relaxed setting. It’s also one of the prizes available in our #LoveWhereYouLive contest!

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The Olde Bridge Place is definitely not your typical B&B. Sometimes, people are intimidated about staying at a bed & breakfast, because the owners are in a part of the house. As a result, guests may not feel they have the privacy they desire. At The Olde Bridge Place B&B, there are private suites with separate entrances. This allows guests to come and go as they place in complete privacy. Each suite has a kitchen fully stocked with local goodies to use for making breakfast on your own schedule.

Olde Bridge Place B & B West Montrose

Photo Credit: Dee Brun (Owner)


When you visit, make sure to bring your camera! The Olde Bridge Place is located in West Montrose, minutes from St. Jacobs, Elmira, and Elora. Situated on two acres of waterfront property on the banks of the Grand River, it is right next to the historic covered Kissing Bridge. The scenery is amazing, and the setting is tranquil. You really won’t want to leave! For more information, visit their website, or like them on Facebook “Olde Bridge Place”.

You could win an amazing stay at The Olde Bridge Place by entering the #LoveWhereYouLive contest! Let us know what you love about where you live for a chance to win 1 of 3 incredible Southern Ontario prize packs. Enter at Keep sharing for more chances to win. The deadline to enter is December 15.

Good luck!


Oban Inn, Spa & Restaurant

One of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in Ontario is the famous wine country in Niagara Region. This area is known for wine tasting, fine foods, breathtaking scenery, incredible hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. Nestled serenely in the heart of wine country in the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, The Oban Inn, Spa & Restaurant, a historic landmark since 1924, is a luxury 4-Diamond boutique hotel overlooking Lake Ontario and the golf course.

Oban Inn exterior in Niagara on the Lake

Everything you need for the ultimate weekend getaway can be found at this beautiful hotel. Guests are treated to privacy and elegance privacy, in the ultimate weekend getaway can be found at The Oban Inn.  at the hotel. The grounds feature lush gardens, an outdoor hot spring and stunning swimming pool (seasonal). For those who enjoy pampering and fine foods, The Oban features the world class OSpa, where guests can enjoy a variety of spa treatments, as well as fine dining that will tempt any palate.

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If you are interested in exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake, the hotel is a short walk to three Shaw Festival Theatres. These theatres offer a variety of world class productions by Bernard Shaw and Shavian playwrights. If you are a wine connoisseur, 28 local wineries are just a short drive away!

Oban Inn Collage

The Oban Inn, Spa & Restaurant has generously donated a fabulous prize package for our #LoveWhereYouLive contest. The prize includes:

  • One night accommodation in one of the Premium Guestrooms
  • Continental Breakfast for two
  • Three course a la carte dinner for two in the hotel’s Four Diamond Restaurant
  • One 55 minute treatment of your choice at OSpa
  • 2 plush terry Oban Inn bathrobes to take home with you
  • Wine tasting vouchers for two at two area wineries

Doesn’t that sound amazing? To enter, share what you love about your neighbourhood by clicking here – The contest deadline is December 15!

Good luck!

5 Ways To Winterize Your Home

You’re on a budget; most homeowners are. With these inexpensive ways to winterize your home, you’ll be well on your way to keeping the chill out and the heat in.

Winterize Your Home

• Water and Air Conditioning Lines

It’s easy to forget these small details, but in order to protect your lines and hoses, take the time to empty and put them away. Any water lines that are left over winter can freeze and rupture, costing you time and money to replace. Instead, shut off your air conditioner for the season, locate outdoor water shutoffs and disconnect hoses. Winter is also a great time to take note of any water leaks that you may have around your home. If you’ve been using a window air conditioner, now is the time to unhook it and put it away, this way you won’t be dealing with drafts all winter long.

• Consider Storm Windows

Storm windows are an investment. Simply put, they’re not a simple fix, and they may not be the least expensive solution, but they are well worth the energy. Storm windows and doors allow you to benefit from the light of the day, while blocking out the frigid winds better than regular windows. They’ll also be a good selling feature when you decide to list your home.

• Have Your Furnace Checked

Nothing lasts forever. It’s a good idea to have your furnace checked and tuned up, much like your vehicle. Furnaces need to be kept well lubricated, clean and adjusted by a professional on a semi-regular basis. If you keep up with furnace care, you will save heating bills as well as saving yourself the need to completely replace a neglected system.

• Use An Energy Monitor

If energy consumption is an issue in your home, you may want to make use of an energy monitor. This device is useful in alerting you to high-use energy habits, which help to make you aware and make changes where needed. This serves as a real-time look at what your family can change, here and now, to ensure that you aren’t paying money that you could use in other places.

• Insulate Your Home and Seal Off Ducts

Duct drafts are a huge problem for homeowners. To keep your heat in and the drafts out, be sure to insulate and fill areas around and near ducts which may be stealing your hot air. You can also tackle this problem by adding insulation to your walls and other problem areas in your home.

When you take the time to winterize your home, you avoid pricey issues that quickly add up, which also works to your resale benefit.