Guy Laporte and his husband, Craig Ashton, were touring properties in the area, hoping to find a location for their new bed and breakfast, when the moment happened - the moment he knew they’d found the one. “I’ll never forget standing in the master bedroom as the lights came on at Blue Mountain,” Guy remembers. “I was completely blown away by the clear mountain views.”
The purchase of that former family home - perfectly located between Collingwood and Blue Mountain, tucked in the trees along the Georgian Trail, and with enough space to accommodate their plans - was the culmination of many years’ research and planning.
An extended road trip to the East Coast in 2011, staying at country inns and B&Bs along the way, helped to illuminate their path.“After the trip, I said to Craig, ‘Why don’t we open a B&B in a small town somewhere in Ontario?’ and he said, “That’s a great idea! You run it.”
Craig, of course, is far more involved in their completed B&B, Craigleith Manor. The same flair for design that he brings to their second business, Collingwood Flowers & Home Decor, is evident throughout the home. “We tried to design a bed and breakfast with a decidedly urban chic look to it, to differentiate it from any other accommodation in the Collingwood area,” says Guy.
The kitchen was completely redesigned, rebuilt, and modernized. Guy appreciates this new space in particular, as it is his duty to create the highly acclaimed Craigleith Manor breakfasts. “There are two things we take quite seriously here - beds and breakfasts,” he says.
Guy and Craig are quite pleased with their decision to leave the city behind. Their guests are happy (with many returning multiple times, year after year), and the couple enjoys their new life in Collingwood. Their businesses are thriving, yet they still find time to enjoy the area and entertain friends. Guy’s assessment of the move? “We haven’t looked back, not once.”