Roughly 50 miles southwest of Ottawa, Canada’s capital, Smiths Falls is located on the Rideau Canal, built in the 19th century. The town and canal have been named both a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Smiths Falls welcomes history buffs, fishermen, hikers, bikers and nature lovers. It is also home to a Hershey’s chocolate plant, wher tours and samples are available. Accommodations in the area are mostly low-key hotels, motels and bed and breakfast properties.
Best Western Colonel By Inn
Located on the banks of the Rideau River in the southern part of Smiths Falls, the Best Western Colonel by Inn offers a convenient vacation base. The property offers 40 rooms on two floors, all with satellite TV and wireless Internet and some with balconies. One honeymoon suite is available, with a sunken whirlpool tub and wrought-iron bed with a satin duvet. Continental breakfast is served in a café-style setting just off the lobby. Angelo’s Italian restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, is next door. In warmer weather, take advantage of the pool and sundeck area at the back of the property overlooking the Rideau River. Pets are welcome, but please call ahead. The Trans Canada Trail, a hiking and biking path, and a boat dock are just outside your door, and the center of Smiths Falls is less than a half-mile away.
Located on the northern bank of the Rideau Canal, the Comfort Inn offers reasonably priced rooms, some with water views. High speed Internet access is available in all of the contemporarily furnished units. Rent a canoe on property and go paddling on the quiet waterway. Walk out of the hotel door and along the riverbank to the Rideau Canal Museum. The Smiths Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, the Heritage House Museum and the sweet-scented delights of the Hershey’s Visitor’s Centre are just a few blocks away. Nearby restaurants include Smiths Falls Restaurant & Deli, Rob Roy’s Pub and Restaurant and an assortment of pizza outlets. (ref 3, also used amenities, maps, area guide)
Maple Crest Motel & Cabins
Whether you are a fisherman in search of bass on the Rideau Lakes or a harried executive wanting to get away from it all, the comfortable but perhaps somewhat quirky Maple Crest Motel & Cabins might be the vacation spot for you. Choose from a simply furnished motel room with or without kitchenette, or a one- or two-bedroom cabin with a private outdoor deck. Rent a fishing boat and motor, stock up on bait and fishing tackle and even buy your fishing license on site. Maggie’s Porch Restaurant, open until noon for the breakfast crowd, will pack sandwiches for your day on the water. Maple Crest Motel & Cabins is eight miles southwest of downtown Smiths Falls. (ref 4, also used lodgings, services, surrounding)
Montague House Bed & Breakfast
Sleep in an antique sleigh bed underneath paintings framed in gold leaf, pad across the floor on an authentic Persian rug, and play a game of chess on a century-old game board in front of a roaring fire in the parlor, with chairs equally as old. The restored Montague House from the Victorian era now serves as an intimate bed and breakfast, welcoming guests to not only the home, but also the acres of parkland that front the Rideau Canal. There are four rooms offered, including the aforementioned Capulet Room, which like the Rideauview Room is done in Victorian style. The Montague Room has a brass bed and is filled with French antiques. The Colonel By Room sports a pair of 19th century four-poster twin beds. The surprise is probably the modern, free-form heated swimming pool in the garden. Full breakfast is included. The Hershey Visitor’s Centre is almost next door, and the shops, museums and restaurants of downtown are less than a mile away. (ref 5, also used svc, gallery, map)
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