Kingston, Ontario Historic Bed & Breakfast Becomes Sought After Tourist Destination

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It has been a more recent phenomenon that Kingston is holding its own as a popular location for romantic couples to participate in off-season getaway vacations.

Niagara-on-the-Lake has long been known as the bed and breakfast getaway capital of Ontario. Not too long ago, Kingston was best known for its federal penitentiary and for one of the country’s top post secondary institutions, Queens University (http://www.queensu.ca). However, the City of Kingston recently became known for their bed and breakfast romantic getaway destinations.

Kingston offers a great deal of cultural and historical diversity; making it a perfect hot-spot for tourists. The History of Kingston (http://www.kingston-ontario.com) goes back to the 1600’s when early French settlers came to the area as part of the fur trade. The culmination of well preserved history has made Kingston a popular tourist destination.

While Kingston (http://www.cityofkingston.ca) was always a popular marine hub during the summer season when such events as the famous Cork sailing regatta and Old Fort Henry bring in flocks of touring families and couples, it has been a more recent phenomenon that Kingston is holding its own as a popular location for romantic couples to participate in off-season getaway vacations.

Due to the well-preserved history of Kingston Ontario, tourists typically favor historic bed and breakfast inns. The Hochelega Inn (http://www.hochelagainn.com) offers just what tourists are looking for--luxurious accommodations and scrumptious breakfasts in a wonderful setting of substance and quality of days gone by. Because this Ontario B & B is located in the heart of historic Kingston, downtown restaurants, museums, art galleries, shopping, fine dining, and Kingston’s beautiful waterfront are nearby to arouse the interests of any visitor.

“People love the tradition of the Inn and they’re drawn to Kingston because few Canadian cities have preserved their historic roots to the degree Kingston has” says Anne Boyd, owner of the Hochelaga Inn. Kingston has a very high tourist return rate because guests enjoy all that Kingston Ontario inns have to offer. “A very high percentage of our bed and breakfast clientele return several times per year, and many bring friends along on subsequent visits”, adds Boyd. It’s not any one thing that makes Kingston such a popular tourist area. It is a combination of architecture, history, quaint retail businesses, fabulous dining, glorious old hospitality based Kingston Ontario B & B’s, and a vibrant waterfront.

A few years ago, Kingston was a well-kept secret, a place with the atmosphere and culture of Niagara-on-the-Lake, but was not well known as a tourist destination. However, residents and businesses of Kingston have opened their hearts to tourism and have entrenched itself as the primary economic driver in the community.

“We have noticed a big change in the last few years, and we’re even seeing more guests from Europe who have discovered Kingston and the surrounding Thousand Islands tourist region,” says one of Kingston’s long time local residents.

To learn more about the Hochelega Inn, one of Kingston, Ontario’s best and most recognizable historic bed and breakfast, please visit http://www.hochelagainn.com or call (613) 549-5534. The friendly personnel, proximity to downtown attractions, and intimacy and luxury associated with this Kingston Ontario inn are sure to make your next vacation memorable.

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