We are new to the Bed and Breakfast business. However, we are not new to hospitality and the needs of the traveling public.
We have hosted a small motorcycle rally (Salty Fog Riders – Motorcycle Tourism Promotions) at our ‘homestead’ home here in Larry’s River. We provided this for eight years. Food and lodging was prepared by us at our home. Both home and barn were provided for sleeping for two days and we conducted a small walking tour of Larry’s River during the day. Following this, we then guided these riders on a four day motorcycle/camping tour of Cape Breton Island.
We have travelled extensively by motorcycle throughout Canada and the United States. This allowed us to experience dozens of accommodation options. Learning from our travels, we are now excited to offer what we consider to be a comfortable and welcoming stay for travelers passing through or coming to Larry’s River.
Both of us are retired from work with the Province of Nova Scotia government. Mary retired from the Department of Finance where she was a Securities Officer. Bob is a Social Worker who was a Program Manager with the Department of Community Services.
Mary was born and raised in Larry’s River. In 2003 we began work to restore her 160 year old homestead. In 2014 we moved from Halifax and settled in Larry’s River.
Mary continued to pursue her painting art and we built a barn which now houses her art studio – Delorey Art Studio. She continues her art and remains involved with the broader arts community. You will find many of her works of art in our Inn.
Both of us are very active in other community ventures. We are: members of the Société des Acadiens de la Région de Tor Baie – which works diligently to promote the rich Acadian history of this area; President and Secretary of the executive committee for the Larry’s River Footbridge Preservation Society – which seeks to preserve the 95 year old footbridge which connects the east and west sides of the river; and President and Secretary of the Larry’s River and Area Community Playground Association – an association that maintains the facility while looking to develop it and the surrounding parkland.
We look forward to introducing visitors to our beautiful and photogenic little village through local attractions, events and history. Our inn, which was at one time (1955 to 2006) the Mt. Carmel Convent. For fifty years it was the home of the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. They taught school and offered numerous other learning activities during that time. Their work and presence played an historically significant role in our community. Today our house is guaranteed to provide an interesting and relaxing base from which to explore the village and region.