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Has any New Year been more welcome? We do hope that you were able to enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday season.


Are you thinking about your next getaway? We all love the beach in the summer but the winter is rather magical, too. You can still enjoy walks on the beach and beautiful sunsets (albeit before supper rather than after!), a snowshoe tramp along trails in town or a short drive away at Sauble Beach or Hepworth. Both clubs accommodate snowshoeing and cross country skiing. (We've got snowshoes on hand to borrow and Thorncrest Outfitters can rent you some ski gear.) If you've been to The Grotto in the summertime, you should see it in winter! Bruce Peninsula Eco Adventures offers a half day snowshoe tour for small groups that takes you above the grotto and, if you're lucky and there's plenty of ice, down into another little hidden grotto. It's a great way to explore safely and the tour guides are really well versed on the geography, geology and history of the Peninsula.


As always, the Inn awaits you. We’ve a few promotions that will carry through the rest of the winter including our Second Night at 50% Off. We’ve also got a cross promotion with Room 797 across the street that includes a three course meal and if you haven't enjoyed their food, it's really a delight. They've got a super wine and beer list that compliments their offerings. Call us for details and pricing. We’re also happy to set up dining either in-room (if you’re in the South Suite), or in the hallway should you be the only folks in. This would be a proper dining experience, no need to worry about balancing a tray on your lap!


Have you thought of renting all three rooms and bringing your bubble with you? What a great way to have the family or your best pals together and enjoy all that winter has to offer In Southampton. It's like having a cottage without having to come in and turn on the heat and water!!


Lastly, want to escape but still need to work?

The East Room is perfect for your "workation". It has a great little desk that folds out from console table to desk and there are plenty of receptacles for all of your devices and the wifi allows you to still

hop into your Zoom meetings.










Here's to 2021!

Paul and Lisa


Call us at 226.256.0173 or book direct at 173highstreet.com















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First of all, thank you for your support in 2020. It was truly delightful meeting you and seeing so many come back for repeat visits to Southampton and the Bruce Peninsula. (If you've yet to be our guest, please, come and be our guest! You'll find our promotions and getaway packages here.)


You were all so thoughtful and conscientious, ensuring that your time in Southampton was safe and thoroughly enjoyable for all. We really appreciate that you felt 173 High Street was able to provide you a getaway that was safe, utterly comfortable, and luxurious, even – or especially – in this time of Covid-19. We're diligent about being abreast of the latest research pertaining to cleanliness and disinfection and are constantly tweaking our rigid cleaning and disinfecting protocols so that you may be assured a safe and clean environment.


It was a particular delight for Paul to see The Deck well used for morning coffees, aprés beach drinks and star gazing, some even bundling up to enjoy the sunshine on these chilly Fall (yes, it's still Fall for another few days!).


What's in store this winter? Come and drop your bags and walk the shore. Enjoy the crashing waves and after dinner take to your jammies for a read or a Netflix binge. (Special thanks to Dave Nicholson Photgraphy for this image of the range light.)


Speaking of dinner, we're offering a collaboration with Room 797 across the street with a dinner and stay package. Call us for details at 226-256-0173.









Still working remotely? 173 can offer you a terrific 'workation'. The East Room is particularly well suited to this with a fold-out desk at which you set yourself up with your computer and devices and connect to high speed wifi. This happy guest spent a week with us and enjoyed the benefit of being at the beach, eating out and still getting in a full work day (in fact, her home office is in the UK, so this suited her really well as she could be up at stupid-o-clock and not feel she was disturbing anyone.)






In closing, please accept our very best wishes for a healthy and happy festive season. (And the merry fellow below will be gone by the 24th, so his room will be free for you to come and stay!) In fact, why not bring your bubble and take all three rooms?

Warm wishes,


Paul and Lisa




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We're often asked "what do we do when we're in Southampton?" As much as we may be astonished by this question, we realize that many of you are newcomers to this part of Ontario. This year we can't send you to our County Museum and Archive or other public interpretive centers due to Covid-19, but there's LOTS to do and here's a little list to get you started:


The Beach. Bring your beach towels, hat and sunscreen; beach chairs and umbrella if you have them and if not, Down's Hardware across the street has all manner of beach paraphernalia. Side note: We consider Down's to be Williams and Sonoma North!

Which Beach? Southampton Main Beach is out the door and to your left, 4 minutes walking.

Gerry's Fries Beach: Walk, bike or drive down to Huron Street, turn left and then turn right when you reach Beach Street. Park at Gerry's Fries and walk through the dunes for a perfect sandy beach looking out to Chantry Island.

Sauble Beach: a twenty minute drive away, or if you're ambitious like Paul who rides his bike there and back EVERY day, 45 minutes. You'll find miles (yes, miles), of sandy beach and sandy lake bottom that extends out hundreds of yards. It's spectacular but go early, it does get crowded.


Cycling. Southampton is great for cycling - its flat! There are kilometers of rail trail and cycling from harbour to harbour (Southampton to Port Elgin and back), is a nice loop. It also goes by Hi-berry Farm where you can pick up fresh veggies and berries to snack on along the way.

Bring your bikes. We have an enclosed lock up for you. No Bikes? We usually have two bikes on hand you but please bring your own helmets. If the bikes aren't available, Martin's Bicycle Shop will be more than happy to help you out.


Day Trips. These should be booked ahead, but you might consider a drive up the Peninsula to Tobermory for a short boat cruise to Flower Pot Island where you can take an exploration stroll. You might also enjoy renting a canoe or kayak and paddling the Big Tub and Little Tub Harbours while you're up there and Janette at Thorncrest Outfitters (just outside our door and up the street), will be happy to arrange rentals with all necessary equipment.


Hiking. The Bruce Peninsula is where The Bruce Trail begins (or terminates, whichever way you want to look at it), and there are lots of short loops to explore.


Paddle the Mighty Saugeen. This is one of Lisa's favourite recommendations and is an annual event when her kiddos arrive. The mouth of the Saugeen RIver meets Lake Huron right in Southampton. Thorncrest Outfitters just up the street (you'll notice that everything is just up or down the street relative to the Inn), will kit you out and shuttle you to a put-in spot. There is one spot that allows for a leisurely two hour paddle that terminates at Denny's Dam in Southampton (and that's where you'll meet the shuttle), or another put-in point that allows for a nice half day paddle - pick up some sandwiches and pack a picnic!


Take a stroll around town. Southampton is rich with beautiful homes, many built at the end of the 19th century, and gorgeous tree lined streets. We have a marvelous book that outlines some walks along with historical information about the homes.


Shopping. Let's not forget about this! Over to the Our Neighbourhood tab and you find links to all of our retailers, galleries and restaurants.


The Sunsets. Lake Huron is renowned for its sunsets and no evening should go by without being down at The Flag for the sunset and on Friday nights the sun is 'piped down' by a local piper and after all, who doesn't love a man in a kilt?


Click on each location for more links about what to see and do in Southampton, Saugeen Shores and Bruce County



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