Your Hosts and Stratford.
We, too, are travellers. Having stayed in way too many hotels, hostels, motels, Airbnbs and fincas over our lives, we have come to appreciate what makes a stay really special. We believe such stays are the ones that make us reenergized and thrilled to take on the world once again. Though we do rely on Edison’s for our livelihood, it is also our passion. We are only satisfied, when you are.
Bruce Whitaker, EDISON’S Inn
roomsatEdisons@gmail.com, phone 416.737.3339
Growing up on a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Rockies, the world seemed so large and far away. The daily chores of ranch life made it enticing to get away. Ghana and Norway provided my first opportunities to live and work abroad in my twenties. A taste of working as a black tie waiter in a Norwegian resort got me hooked on the experience. After a bit of a diversion working in international banking, corporate consulting and technology, the simplicity of living in a small community came calling again.
A recent trip to India with my partner and three sons (aged 7, 10 and 17) inspired me to buy the Edison building and turn it into a special place for travellers. A hotel in New Delhi offered a safe haven from the chaos of the streets. It was simple yet strong in many of the elements that we were looking for – clean bathroom, uncluttered room, peace and tasty food.
Whether you are looking to create new stories or are craving a break, I am pleased to host you at Edison’s.
Buffy Illingworth, EDISON’S Café
Buffy is a Stratford native, born and raised.
She began her career in Interior design, and it was her love for plants and flowers that drew her to Niagara-On-The-Lake where she studied Horticulture and Garden Design.
A business opportunity eventually brought Buffy and her husband, Greg, back to their hometown where they started their family and opened up a boutique floral design studio that specialized in Wedding & Event Flowers.
As her children grew, so did her desire to pursue another one her passions, Holistic Nutrition. It is the culmination of Buffy's love for real foods and beautiful surroundings that inspired her to design and create Edison's Cafe Bar.
david charlesworth, edison's resident photographer
Most of the pictures on the Edison site and in-house are taken from the lens of David. He has an incredible feel for the perfect picture capturing the emotion of the moment. Few know Stratford and area as well as he does. Better yet, he is a keen listener always striving to deliver what his clients want
As part of the Edison's experience, we are offering 24 hour portraits whereby David will follow you throughout the day and chronicle your time in Stratford. You will be left with an album to treasure for your life.
the city of STRATFORD
Have you ever had those magical times on a vacation where you stumble upon a delicious restaurant that awakens your taste buds or a magical street with so much history or a dance club that vibrates with the best music? When you check in at EDISON'S, we don't give you a binder of information, rather we give you the insider's map of our favourite places and things to do so that you don't have to make any mistakes.
Stratford Blues and Ribfest - June
Summer Music - July 27th-August 27th
Garlic Festival - September 9th and 10th
Stratford Festival Theatre Forum - March-October
A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITE PLACES:
Diner - Joe's Diner for feeling like a million bucks.
Pizza - Pazzo's Friday Nights for 1/2 price pizza.
The ''In' Place - the Red Rabbit.
Local Lunch/Dinner - Montforte.
Sandwiches - Edison's, Sirkel.
Sports Bar - Bentley's.
Casual Dinner - Mercer's.
Formal Dinner - Taverna, Keystone.
Sushi - the General Store
Cafe - Edison's.
Chocolate - Chocolate Barr's.
Cheese - Milky Whey.
Groceries - Sobey's (by car), the Little Green Grocer.
Liquor - LCBO, Black Swann (beer).
Music - Boar's Head for connecting with the community and Molly Bloom's and the Revival House.
Town - Bayfield and lunch at the Black Dog.
Quiet Beach - Point Roberts.
Busy Beach Town - Grand Bend.
Bowling - Mike's Bowling Lanes.
Movies - Shipka Drive-in Theatre.
Beer Tasting - Black Swan.
Stroll - Stratford Cemetary, around Avon River.
Hike - Hullett Marsh, Wildwood Conservation Area, TJ Dolan.
Weights and Cardio - YMCA.
Pedicure/Manicure - La Debonaire.
Yoga - Moksha.
Swimming at Lion's Pool
Walking the St Mary's Rail Bridge
Cool finds - the Green Room.
Women's - Grace Boutique, Nicole.
Cooking - Bradshaw's, Watson's.
Toys - Family and Co.
Women's - Dana Nicole, Reonance