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Confessions of an Innkeeper: Time Is On My Side

In reflecting on the subject of timing, it has now been definitively concluded that mine sucks. Opening a luxury boutique hotel in Kingston in the middle of a pandemic is just brilliant. The guest responses to the hotel, the restaurant, the cocktails, the wines and the team have been more positive than we could have hoped for. The #YGK community has been amazing in their support. When the hotel has been full, it has been a real charge to be meeting new people and taking great care of them. The entire building is alive when we have hosted weddings and ...
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Confessions of An Innkeeper:
Time Keeps on Slippin’ Slippin’ Slippin’ in to the Future!

We cannot wait to get the Frontenac Club open and Fly Like an Eagle,yet we still have much work to do. We have been pushing very hard to get openin time for the 2020 Tim Horton’s Brier being held in Kingston. This would havebeen an ideal time to open the Club to a wide audience and to showcase howfantastic Kingston is as a winter destination. An amazing team! Our tradespeople have been amazing to work with as we have encountered thepeculiarities and challenges that this kind of restoration engenders. Everyonehas kept focused and we have evolved the design to something we ...
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Confessions of an Innkeeper:​
Now We’re Getting Somewhere

Music has always provided the sign-posts in my life. There are songs that I associate with different chapters and events, and when I hear them memories come flooding back to me in a very rich way. Occasionally, this goes the opposite way – something is happening to me in the moment and a song comes on that perfectly captures that moment. I left the Club the other day walking on air because the new metal roof was nearly complete and the dry-wall was being delivered. This signals a key milestone in that we are now putting Humpty back together! I ...
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Confessions of an Innkeeper:​
Building on History

It is Monday June 3rd as I write this and it feels like it is going to be a lovely fall day or Junuary perhaps! Since weather is a Canadian obsession, I thought that I would borrow and adapt the title of this month’s missive from a famous Canadian, Sarah McLachlan. Her song ‘Building A Mystery” was a terrific late ’90’s composition about ‘putting on a facade’ and my re-worked title seemed to fit with my showing you how we are putting the face back on the Frontenac Club. It is really amazing how the project has come back together ...
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Confessions of an Innkeeper:​
End of the Innocence

We have reached a really important milestone as I write this mid-April – we have completed our demolition! The old girl has been stripped and has few secrets to reveal at this point. We have chosen to go much deeper than we had originally forecasted. These decisions were really a combination of two factors: opportunities to expose and create terrific new spaces; and conditions that we discovered that had to be dealt with properly. The Gordon Suite: Stripped and ready. I first want to spotlight how terrific the relationship has been with our contractor, the trades and all of our ...
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Confessions of an Innkeeper:​
Demolition Man

We are well in to demolition now and it is time for an update! The Anglin Group has been focused on the demolition of spaces within the Club and as I am walking through the Club at our site meeting, I have the Police song named in the title of this post running through my head: “You say this wasn’t in your plan I’m the kind of thing you ban I’m a walking disaster I’m a demolition man” Putting in to Motion Our new vision for the Club has meant removing many layers of past renovations. What we are finding ...
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