Boutique Historical Hotel Year Built 2008 Year Remodeled 2008 Additional Property Description Welcome to BEST WESTERN PLUS The Parlour Historic Inn and Suites. Our downtown location makes us a favorite for business and leisure travelers alike and the staff at our Stratford hotel goes above and beyond to make you comfortable. Were a corporate hotel that also caters to traveling families and couples. Stratford, Ontario is a beautiful region, and its easy to see it all when you stay at the right property. The theatre is minutes away, and many of our Stratford hotel guests are in town to see a show or performance. From the Stratford Festival to the Stratford Culinary Draws, theres always something exciting happening nearby. Stratford Chef School brings many future chefs to the region, and our Stratford hotel offers value driven extended stays for students. Savour Stratford is another popular draw. Whether youre here for Stratford Summer Music or another Stratford festival, count on our property to make you feel right at home. Luxury bedding, great service and spacious, quiet rooms are a must for relaxing getaways. Were a boutique hotel with a downtown location so guests are never far from attractions. Were rated number one on TripAdvisor and have an award winning restaurant onsite. The Parlour dishes up delectable meals, so guests simply have to come downstairs for great fare. Were also adjacent to the University of Waterloo Stratford campus, and as a corporate hotel we offer Best Western Rewards points. From students to visiting faculty and staff, we specialize in longer stays. Business travelers with Fag Bearings and Fag Aerospace, Hayashi and Aisin and other car and automotive parts factories, university faculty and staff, and other lo
Ensconced within a quiet residential neighbourhood, Stone Maiden Inn welcomes travellers with promises of relaxing stays amid an old-fashioned ambience. Built in 1873, the striking Victorian building began as a residence for one of Stratford's first lawyers before enjoying several decades as a popular hotel and a brief a stint as a professional sandcastle model. Visitors marvel at the grand front porch or the front hall's delicate plaster mouldings while enjoying the comforts of 11 different rooms replete with elegant accents such as four-poster beds, antique dressers, and claw-foot tubs. Current owners and innkeepers Kim and Pat Walsh charm lodgers with friendly hospitality backed by three decades of business experience and 13 years of happy marriage. The inn offers a variety of amenities including air conditioning, mini-bar service, WiFi, and cable, as well as access to sights throughout the idyllic pastoral countryside and activities such as the city's April–October Shakespeare festival. Feasts from experienced chef de cuisine Erin Delarge fill bellies during gourmet breakfasts and dinners, and spa treatments from an on-site aesthetician rejuvenate nails and back muscles with gentle pampering.
It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
As the centrepiece of a sprawling 32-acre site, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum preserves Canada's rich baseball heritage while leading visitors around the base paths of the game's history. In one room, fans ogle displays dedicated solely to the Expos and Blue Jays, and in another, artifacts from across the globe trap eyes in a pickle between vintage photos and authentic uniforms. The consistently rotated lineup of displays also saves a spot for current Canadian ballplayers, as well as for autographed Babe Ruth mementos that, despite their age, still retain their new hotdog smell.
Each year, the Hall of Fame adds new members to a select group of inductees, which currently includes 93 individuals and ranges from pro ballplayers and amateurs to umpires and trainers. In 2012 alone, the museum and its surrounding ball fields will play host to more than 450 events, highlighted by training clinics and minor league games. The 10th annual Kids on Deck summer camp also calls the site home, giving youngsters aged 8–14 the chance to perfect such vital skills as bunting and spitting a sunflower seed at least 10 feet.
The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.