The Iron Kettle B&B: An Instagram-Ready Ontario Inn

On the grounds at Iron Kettle B&B, Ontario, Canada

When a bed and breakfast has its Instagram hashtags posted prominently in the dining room, you know it’s not a fussy, old-fashioned B&B.

Breakfast room, Iron Kettle B&B, Ontario, Canada

The young owners of the Iron Kettle B&B, Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin and Ginette Tremblay, spent their wedding night at this southwestern Ontario inn. Not long afterwards, they returned and bought the property, which they now run as a six-room, social-media-friendly bed and breakfast.

Here’s the scoop:

Exterior, Iron Kettle B&B, Ontario, Canada

Located in the tiny town of Comber, Ontario, 30 miles east of Detroit, the Iron Kettle B&B is set in an 1870s brick Victorian manor with an expansive lawn and garden.

The guest rooms retain carved moldings, original wood doors and floors, exposed brick, and other traditional features. But this isn’t a fusty Victorian lodging.

Guest room, Iron Kettle B&B, Ontario, Canada

The owners have created an environment that’s more like an intimate boutique hotel, with contemporary furnishings, modern private bathrooms, fast Wi-Fi, and plenty of space to hang out, in the living room’s deep leather chairs, beneath the bay windows in the reading room, or outside on the terrace.

Living room, Iron Kettle B&B, Ontario, Canada

Ben is a professional chef (he competed on the Food Network’s program, “Chopped Canada”), and breakfast, served in the sunny window-lined dining room or out in the garden, is a highlight.

He bakes fresh scones, croissants, and other pastries that he pairs with homemade jam. You might start with fresh berries or other seasonal fruit, and a deliciously creamy yogurt that he sources from Quebec. He’ll make you a hot dish, too; during my stay, it was a quiche with sweet potatoes and ham.

Breakfast, Iron Kettle B&B, Ontario, Canada

If you’re wondering why you should stay in Comber, Ontario — beyond cocooning at this lovely inn — there’s plenty to do nearby.

This corner of southwestern Ontario is a rapidly growing wine-producing area, so you can tour and taste nearly 20 wineries. Schedule lunch amidst the vines at a winery restaurant, perhaps the peaceful Wine Garden at Oxley Estate Winery or the restaurant at Viewpointe Estate Winery, which is known for its pizzas and fresh perch. Windsor Eats’ Wine Trail Rides, guided winery-to-winery bicycle tours that run from May through October, are another fun way to do your sampling.

Wines from Oxley Estate Winery, Harrow, Ontario, Canada

The Iron Kettle is also a short drive from Canada’s southernmost mainland point, a region protected in the Point Pelee National Park. Head to this Lake Erie park for hiking, canoeing, birding, and southernmost Canadian bragging rights.

Point Pelee National Park, near Iron Kettle B&B, Ontario, Canada

Hashtag, Iron Kettle B&B, Ontario, Canada

For more ideas about things to do in the region, check out Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island and Ontario’s Southwest.

Or have a look at my guide to the province, Moon Ontario.

Oh, and when you’re back at the Iron Kettle B&B, be sure to Instagram your visit. At this social-media-friendly boutique inn, you don’t have to hunt for the hashtags.

Go to the B&B’s website to check rates and make your reservations. Or, you can try a booking site such as Expedia or Travelocity.


Hotel feature by Vancouver-based travel, food, and feature writer Carolyn B. Heller. Photos © Carolyn B. Heller. Ontario’s Southwest assisted with my stay at the Iron Kettle B&B.

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