Take a walk along the waterfront in the village of Point Edward, Ontario and wave at the folks at Port Huron, Michigan. This one time fishing and railway town now lays claim to the only twinned bridge that crosses the international border between Canada and the United States. Named the Blue Water Bridge, it spans the St. Clair River. Hotels and motels in Point Edwards tend to be clustered around Highway 402, the route to the U.S. border and along the waterfront. Most properties have a Sarnia address.
Holiday Inn Sarnia Hotel & Conference Centre
Located a mere mile from the Canada/United States border, the Holiday Inn Sarnia Hotel & Conference Centre overlooks the marina and the Blue Water Bridge. Choose from a contemporarily designed room on the lower floors or a romantic water view suite higher up, complete with in-room jetted tub. Take a dip in one of two pools, soothe your muscles in the hot tub or the dry sauna and then indulge in a brew at the Freightor Lounge. Try some fresh seafood at the boldly decorated Bridges Bistro. Golfers, break out the clubs for a quick game at the Holiday Inn’s own nine-hole course.
Best Western Guildwood Inn
One of the last hotels along Highway 402 before you cross the Blue Water Bridge, the Best Western Guildwood Inn offers a waterfront setting and easy access to the beaches at Lake Huron. The pill-box entry way opens into a bright, welcoming lobby filled with overstuffed sofas, Persian style rugs and a boldly designed tile floor. Sip on your favorite cocktail at Hemingway’s Bar or grab a quick meal at the on-site Smitty’s Family Restaurant. Play a round of golf at the neighboring nine-hole Holiday Inn Golf Course or try your luck at the tables at Casino Point Edward, a half mile away. An outdoor swimming pool is available from May through the end of September.
The Harbourfront Inn
Sporting a more than obvious nautical theme and a low-rise English country home architectural style, the privately owned Harbourfront Inn offers character and comfort. Choose from one of 102 rooms on two floors with either a smoking or non-smoking option. Ground floor rooms have outside access. Décor is modest, including overstuffed 1950s styled sofas and club chairs in some rooms and original, mostly nautically themed art work in all. Relax in the private courtyard that overlooks the St. Clair River. Stroll the waterfront at night and see the lighted silhouette of the Blue Water Bridge and the buildings of Port Huron, Michigan in the distance. Take a luncheon cruise on the Duc d’Orleans II, docked next door. The Harbourfront Inn offers stay & play room and golf packages, as well as romance packages including such niceties as champagne and flowers waiting in your guest room.
Quality Inn Sarnia
One of Sarnia’s boutique hotels, the Quality Inn is in the center of Sarnia and only a block from the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club. The outside of the property has a hint of Cape Cod in its design but the inside is light and airy subdued luxury. The high ceilings in the plant filled lobby is filled with mirrors, art deco style lighting and art accents. Rooms are furnished with fine linens, thick duvets and in some cases fireplaces and jetted tubs. The pride and joy of the Quality Inn is Monet’s restaurant. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in a setting inspired by the color palette of Claude Monet, the French impressionist. You may be dining on Canadian soil, but the casual ambiance is pure southern France.
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