a testimonial by Ronald Lee, Waring House Inn Guest, 2013
“First let me give you a bit of background about our group. Our group consists of 20 – 30 people. We are all friends and family.
We have been getting together for one weekend a year in late October for over 30 years under the guise of having a game tournament. Our youngest member is 11, our oldest are in their late 60’s.
Our members are mainly in the GTA but we do have some who come from Niagara-on-the-Lake in the west and Ottawa in east so location is important.
We have spent the majority of the 30 years in the St. Jacob’s/Elora area, but a few years ago we decided we wanted to try another part of southern Ontario.
Our group has a great variety of interests because of the large age range.
Shopping, dining and unique experiences top the list.
My wife and I had spent some time in the Picton area so we knew about the Waring House and also what was available in the area.
Our experience with the Waring House has been excellent.
Some of the criteria for our group to get together are:
- We need to be in the same building. This just allows us to talk and get caught up with each other. For some of us this is the only time we see each other in the year.
- We need a large area to set up our games tables for the tournament.
- Cost is a factor as well. With the range of people that we have it is important that everyone be able to afford to come.
- A convenient dining location is important because we all get together for dinner on the Saturday night.
- Lots of unique shopping and dining options.
We first contacted Ashley and we arranged to come out and see the accommodations. We explained our needs ( tables, chairs, etc.) to her and nothing was an issue. When we arrived for our weekend everything was waiting for us.
All of the staff that we have had contact with, from the reception to the maintenance to the wait staff, have gone out of their way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
Some of our members are very discerning about where they stay, but we have had no issues with anyone.
The shopping and dining that is available in the Picton, Bloomfield area is excellent.
We have people that are into art and antiques, others that like the wine, beer and alcohol tasting and still others that are looking for clothing or cooking accessories.
We are all into varied dining experiences from vegetarian to hot dogs and burgers.
Prince Edward County has it all.
One of the things that is most important to our group is the feeling of being home when we are together. The Waring House gives us that.
It feels like home. We can relax, talk, laugh and just enjoy each other’s company for a weekend.
I am very proud of the tradition that we have of getting together and it is of the utmost importance to me that where we stay and what we do be as enjoyable as possible for everyone. Waring House and Prince Edward County are providing all of that. “
While writing a meeting post for the Waring House Inn & Cookery, I wanted to find someone who had stayed at the Waring House with a group who would be willing to share their experiences. Ronald Lee, who was at the Waring House Inn last year with a group of family and friends, agreed to speak with me. The above testimonial is a copy of an email he sent me based on three questions I asked:
- Why did you choose the Waring House and Prince Edward County?
- Did location play a role?
- What did the family do during their stay at the inn?
I would like to personally thank Mr. Lee for taking the time to send me his thoughts and for allowing me to share them with others.
Judy aka @Boomergirl50, CANADA travel blogger