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Suite Stays in the West Kootenays
By John Bowden
Nothing quite says Kootenay Time like staying at a bed and breakfast. Picture charming inns, gorgeous views, and mouth watering meals – it’s just the recipe for a peaceful stay on Kootenay Lake. Good news - there’s a B&B for every taste in our region.
Kastlerock Bed and Breakfast is located a few minutes walk from downtown Nelson. The adult oriented inn offers two contemporary styled suites and private bathrooms. Soaring mountain views from the covered deck or from the thoughtfully furnished parlor invite you to linger. Hosts Mike and Janice also provide a gourmet breakfast overlooking Kootenay Lake.
Just outside of Nelson is the spectacular Blaylock Mansion. Nestled amidst three acres of manicured gardens, the charming inn also offers a pool and private tennis court. Eight tastefully decorated rooms invite guests to linger at the heritage property and enjoy the peaceful oasis. Savoury breakfasts provided by hosts Michelle and Mark Giesbrecht add a taste of home to this boutique experience.
If you’re looking for waterfront views, it’s tough to beat the Willow Point Beach House. Larry and Sheila’s cozy B&B is located a short drive east of Nelson on the shores of Kootenay Lake. The two suites have access to the beach and water amenities such as a canoe, kayaks, paddleboat, volleyball and badminton. There’s also a shared BBQ and lush grassy areas for those keen to just relax.
Annie’s Bed and Breakfast is a great choice if you’re in to golfing. Located in Balfour, just minutes from the Osprey Mountain Golf Course, this summery inn offers two bedrooms and a cozy sitting area. To help you get your game on, breakfasts are included at the golf course.
If fishing is more your sport, consider a stay at Kootenay Wild B&B. This stunning mountain residence offers grand views of Kootenay Lake, and provides fishing charters and other outdoor services.
The recently renovated True Blue Lodge in Kaslo is another great accommodation option. Each suite offers full kitchens, comfortable queen beds, and modern amenities. If you’re keen to enjoy some of the comforts of home while on vacation in scenic Kaslo, True Blue Lodge is a stellar choice.
If you’ve been dreaming of a log cabin getaway, Logden Lodge is where it’s at. The rustic yet luxurious cabins blend character with comfort in a secluded forest near Ymir, about 20 minutes from Nelson. Each of the four private cabins offers cooking facilities, fireplace, and BBQ. It’s like having an alpine hut all to yourself. Their environmental efforts have earned them a Gold award from Green Tourism Canada, so you can rest comfortably knowing that you are treading lightly.
And if you’re looking ahead to winter, our region offers a variety of amazing backcountry lodges for you to discover our killer powder. Baldface Lodge, Retallack Lodge, Selkirk Snowcat Skiing, and White Grizzly Cat Skiing are all bucket list destinations.
Whether you’re cooking up your own tasty breakfast or indulging in a home-cooked meal from your hosts, the B&Bs in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region are sure to hit the spot.