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here are highlights of my life - my acceptance to University, holding my newborn children, watching the sunrise in the Lion King in New York ... and into this bank of memories from this trip is not the excellent theatre, nor the restaurants, but rather Jim & Roger and the ambiance of the Toronto Downtown Bed and Breakfast. This trip has been unforgettable because of the hospitality and social atmosphere and awesome breakfasts of this wonderful place. Thank you for making my 40th a most special time! -- Penny and Chris, Truro NS
PS: All the typos are attributed to your martinis.


 o our dear friends, Roger & Jim - This is Stay #2, but it feels like our second home. We had yet another quintessential Toronto experience, filled with your gracious style and warmth.

As some travelers do, we are stealing some things: Jim's recipe ideas, some color schemes for our guest room, and ways to make our visiting guests feel like royalty. (Mosts of our guests are family members, so maybe we'll dial it down a notch .. or five!). Today is our three-month wedding anniversary, and we wouldn't want to be anywhere else.-- Love, Mike & Nick, Bay Village Ohio


hanks so much! We had a fabulous and unforgettable honeymoon. Toronto is amazing, but it would have been any other city if it weren't for both of you and your lovely home. The room was exquisite, the breakfasts totally fulfilling and beautiful, but the conversations with you both, enlightening, and will forever be savored. You are both amazing, and we hope to return soon. Take care, -- Lori and Calvin, Bradenton FL


his being our first B&B experience, you've set the bar pretty high, spoiling us for all future bed and breakfast outings (should we ever find ourselves in the unfortunate predicament of visiting a B&B other than yours). Between massages, great food, a beautiful room, wonderful conversation and The Prisoner on DVD, we're having a difficult time deciding what we enjoyed the most! It is in our best interest to return here as soon as we possibly can! Always, -- Dan and Jen, Toronto ON


'd like you to know that my whole family feels that you (plus Keith) did such a stunning job of hosting our daughter's wedding at your TDBAB. Every guest was so welcomed and well cared for that I really can't say enough about your warmth, professionalism, hospitality, and gourmet cuisine. And added to that, every room in the place is so lovely. Your decorating taste is perfection. The care applied to our nuclear family was every bit as exceptional as that provided for the wedding itself.

I think I've figured out your secret. It is the unusual degree of listening skill that you each demonstrate. The tiniest thing that any of us wanted never needed to be mentioned on subsequent days, it was simply understood and graciously provided.

Bravo! - Chris, New Albany IN


hank you so much for helping make our honeymoon so special! Your hospitality and kindness (among with your amazing lemon drop martinis) will not soon be forgotten! You really made us feel special. We are lucky to have met you both and are thrilled that you were able to be a part of our honeymoon! Words cannot express our gratitude to you for everything you two have done to accommodate us. It was "Orgasmic"! Love and all the best, -- Dusty & Christina, Sturgis MI


irst and foremost I would like to thank you for a truly wonderful experience.  Your B&B was like stepping into a fairytale in which I was the princess.  From the moment the two of you came to the door I immediately felt at ease and welcome.  Your home is exquisite as is the food and oohhh those Lemon Drops.  Your hospitality was most welcoming and I can honestly say that with this having been our first B&B experience the bar has been set high for any future B&B's we may visit. - Linda, Toronto ON

T-errific Hospitality
D-elicously, delectable Breakfasts
B-rilliant and amusing conversations
A-ttention to Detail
B-oy, Are We Glad We Found You!

Thank you for making our time with you both so wonderful. You made us feel so welcome and special. Rog, Jim, Keith and Meg, we return to the UK with fond memories of you all. So until we meet again, Ta-Ta for now. Hugs, and Best Wishes, - Jean & Roy, Birmingham UK


hanks to Roger and Jim
For breakfasts never served on a whim
For the lemon drops and wine
And the room that's always fine,
And the conversations all but dim!

Thanks for all the good times and good memories. We'll never fort our first! (B&B that is!) - Ann & Larry, Lexington KY


hanks for really making us feel like celebrities! Our marriage is off to a great start, thanks to your hospitality. We'll never forget it. - Brooke & Noemie, Lausanne, Switzerland

o many words, so little space! From the minute we walked through the door to the minute we left, we have felt at home and at ease in your beautiful house. The decor is not chintzy (!), the breakfasts are amazing, the attention to detail is superb, but most of all, you are the friendliest "strangers" we have ever met!

Strangers no more, though. From lifting my pink luggage upstairs to rooftop drinking, you have made our stay very memorable and we thank you. Rog, keep drinking the lemon drops, you lightweight! And Jim, keep practising the Yorkshire accent!

Adios for now ... take care, -- Dan and Karen, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, UK

[TDBAB: Dan & Karen did have a bit more to say .. see TripAdvisor.com. Thank you!]


hanks for all the generosity, the excellent meals, the humorous jokes, the delightful accommodations, the warm atmosphere. -- Shizue and Joseph, New York NY

 t was great to be back at TDBAB - your new place is 1st Class and we appreciate all of your courtesies that you showed us - Jack and Roberta, Chautauqua NY
PS: You can count on this experience! (And look forward to it!!)

ur B&B experience in Canada is a first, and weren't we lucky to have selected the best. The location, food, wine, china, and hospitality were all exceptional. From Jim's quiet dry sense of humor and knowledge of the city, to Roger's exuberance and kind-heartedness, the entire experience is one we will not forget. -- Doris & Anne, Ayr MA


he verdict is in. Although Mark and I stayed in 2 wonderful B&Bs in Montreal and Quebec City after we left Toronto, Mark and I both agree nothing came close to the total experience we had with the two of you! The food, the comfort and the conversation made for the complete relaxing experience we both needed.
-- Dawn and Mark, Denver CO


n exceptional stay with exceptional hosts. We're not experienced B&Bers, which will change hereafter, but we know that among our fondest memories will be our time with you two, Jim & Roger! Thank for a fabulous time. - Susan, Yokohama Japan

We thoroughly enjoyed staying with you and hope to be back one day soon, - Doris, Mexico City


hat lovely humans you are! Thanks so much for your warmth, kindness and hospitality. TDBAB feels like home, and the BREAKFASTS- WOW! Mary and I shall make a trip back soon. You're the best! Thanks for being so patient with my girls! All the best - Margaret, Canton NY

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. You made us feel very welcome! You have great personalities and are definitely in the right business. Thanks again! - Ruth

You are two of the most wonderful people I have ever met! Thanks so much for your hospitality. I felt so at home here in your B&B. As soon as I come back to Toronto (and believe me, I'll definitely be back) I'll be sure to come back to see you guys. Thanks again! - Kandyce

I have never been to a bed & breakfast, but I'm sure that NONE of them compare to this B&B! The hospitality is unmatchable. You are two of the most sweetest and efficient people I have ever met. And your son, Keith ... he's so adorable! Thank you for everything! - Prisca

hat a relief to find you after our initial Toronto fiasco! Your B&B is like an oasis in a bustling metropolis. We loved the greetings, food, conversation, towels, and linens, all exquisite! If we're in Toronto again, it will definitely be with you!- Love, Gina & Clark, Topanga CA

ou'll be welcome and treasured guests in our home any time, as we have been in yours. Keep in touch and we hope to see you again, in CA, USA, NZ or Australia! -- Erica and Euan and Kirstyn and Chuck (Edinburgh Scotland, Fishkill NY)


here do we begin? The best we can do is express our heartfelt thanks for making our wedding day so special. The room the food, and the friendship were beyond our expectations. You are great hosts and great new friends. - Mike & Tom, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 ur kids gave us a truly wonderful gift when they sent us to you. Our weekend was wonderful. Thank you for sharing your home and hour city with us. WE knew we had come to the right place when we found the rubber duckie in the bath! What a wonderful blend of elegant sophistication and heart. We feel part of your home! You're both A-1 in our book! - Joe and Ann, Amherst NY
 hank you for a wonderful stay. The fantastic breakfasts and your hospitality. The relaxed atmosphere has made us feel very much at home. We hope to return to Toronto in the future and introduce you to our new addition!- Love, Sue & Joe, High Wycombe UK
 he two of you made me feel welcome and comfortable in your home. Everything was wonderful. The breakfasts, the room with the fresh flowers (on the table and not on the walls!). Most of all, your hospitality leaves me with fond memories and a desire to return. Thank you again, - Betty, Vancouver BC
e love your new home! It was a real treat to be able to walk to such superb restaurants. As before, you made us feel so welcome. Thanks for sharing your wine and humorous stories as we unwound on Friday evening. Your breakfasts were delicious as always. I especially enjoyed your Caramel Walnut Apple Dumpling. We are so glad you had availability for a brief escape on March Break. Thanks for everything!- John and Charlene, Melanie and Brent, Kitchener ON

e cannot express how wonderful this past week has been. You made us feel completely at home, and were nothing but gracious every moment. Thanks so much for your hospitality, friendship and for being part of our important event - the wedding! Those guests who do not spend evenings getting to know you are truly missing out on the best part of this B&B's experience.- Best wishes always, Mike & Nick, Cleveland OH


aving never been to a B&B before, we didn’t quite know what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t this! Your hospitality was warming and welcoming, not to mention so natural. The room was gorgeous, a perfect location to spend our wedding night. And the unexpected surprise and wonderful “reception” you put together for us was delightful.

Thanks for playing photographer at our wedding and for sharing that special day with us. We will be back for more wonderful conversation, food and hospitality. --
Love & Light, Shelly and Tresa, New Alexandra PA

ather than simply being "hosts" you have more quickly become friends. I can't express enough how wonderful it has been to share your home, hospitality, discussion and let's not forget cocktail hour! Additionally, your incredibly warm welcome of [my son, Toronto resident] Steve was so much appreciated. Not only by me, but also by him. Rest assured, this will always be my home away from home in TO.- Take care always! Denise, Lethbridge AB
 t's me again, Nikki! Thank you once again for everything. The bed and linens are Heaven! IT was the best sleep I have had in weeks. Can't wait to see you again! - Love, Nikki, Woodstock GA
 ecause of the two of you, Toronto and February 14th will always be special to us. In a short time, you've gone from being hosts to hosts and friends! We'll definitely be back! - Leigh Ann & Kathy, Alexandra VA
 rom the red wine reception to the yellow roses in the room, to the "last breakfast" with mimosa starters and Full English Breakfast, our hosts made our replay of a 25th Anniversary even better than the original, 9 years ago! Thanks for everything! - Bill and Dianna, Calgary AB

 e did not think we could top the 1999 list, so in your honor we have composed a song:

"Bed & Breakfast"
to the tune of Rubber Duckie (from Sesame Street)

Bed and Breakfast, you're the one!
You make Toronto lots of fun
Bed and Breakfast, we're awfully fond of you.

The DuckBed and Breakfast, joy of joys!
When we stay here, we get toys!
We're so lucky, to be in your place that's new.

Bed and Breakfast, you're so fine
Cookies, coffee, tea and wine
Jim and Roger, it's everything that you do!

- Most sincerely, Beth and Dave, Chicago IL




elicious food ... check. Beautiful accommodations...check. What made our stay here so enjoyable was your overwhelming enthusiasm in making people feel comfortable and accepted in your own home. That is a very special talent. We wish you continued success and happiness with this endeavour and in your lives together! -- Tim & Susan, Virginia Beach VA


from the decadent meals to the charming hosts to the wonderful conversations with other guests, you definitely made Toronto a mainstay in our future travels. The [Penthouse Suite] was also phenomenal by the way. -- Mike & Charles, Washington DC


ur stay at your B&B has been truly delightful. The hospitality, atmosphere and breakfast were exceptional and we have really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you. Looking forward to our next visit, -- Angela (Calgary AB) and Millie (Kelowna BC)


hat can we say? The bed was great - the breakfasts to die for. Thanks for all the great conversation as well. -- Terry & Gail, Brunswick OH


ou guys are the best! Who else could make a red-eyed girl feel right at home the moment she walked in the door? The house is cozy, colorful and a divine place to rela. xOnly regret I have so little time here! Keep the political spirit going. Have faith that we Yanks may yet get our county back on the right track. And thanks again for all your special care,-- Carol, San Jose CA


hank you so much for your warm hospitality - we've enjoyed being guests in your wonderful B&B. Our accommodation were excellent! Jim's breakfasts were elicious and expertly served by Roger & Keith. We loved the location and will be back to explore Toronto further. Should you visit Michigan, please look ups up! Until next time, Best Regards,-- Don & Angie, Midland MI


hank you so much for your warmth, kindness and overall hospitality. You've made our stay here very special and something we'll always remember. The great city of Toronto couldn't have been the same had we not stayed at TDBAB!

We wish you well in all you do. And we know you'll go on to make many many more future guests extremely grateful for their time spent here. God's Blessings to you,-- Ken & Sonja, Loveland OH


bsolutely heavenly accommodations and a wonderful experience all around. I believe we've found the place to return to time and time again. Thank you both for a wonderful time!-- James & Laird, Buffalo NY


hat a wonderful and memorable birthday weekend! Although my surprise was a trip to Toronto, the real surprise was the warmth and hospitality of our hosts, Jim & Roger. You both made us feel like this was our home away from home. Your home is a slice of "La Dolce Vita" in Toronto. Once again, thank you for opening your home to us and ... till we met again.-- Your friends in Pittsburgh PA, Michele & Lyle


uestra estancia aqui, nos ha gustado mucho nos de pena marcharnos, pero estamos sequros que volveremos a vernos. Nos hemos sentitdo como en nuestra casa. Que la felicidad y el amor os acompanen siempres. -- De todo corazon, Montse y Pedro, Barcelona Spain


hanks for a short but sweet stay! We hope to come back again soon in a better weather condition. Our 40th Wedding Anniversary gift from our friends and family was absolutely worth coming down to TDBAB!-- Felix & Lucita, Orangeville ON


hat a wonderful place. Thank you for making my birthday weekend so fabulous. The food was excellent and we really enjoyed visiting with you. We will be back for sure! Hope to see you on the ferry to Rochester. Please give us a ring!-- Always, Tom & Karen, Rochester NY


  am now living my dream and I never want to wake up! This is without question the best B&B I know of or have stayed at - perfection in every way. The feeling and everything about this room is all that I would like our own bed and breakfast to be. Everything is here to meet one's personal needs and is so, so comfortable and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! -- Lots of love, Pauline (Wedgwood House B&B, Nanaimo BC)


st Impressions (August 16) - in case I forget when we leave: To be greeted at the car and welcomed so enthusiastically into what can only be described as a luxury "home from home" ! What a fabulous start to our stay in Toronto. Thanks, Roger & Jim!

(August 18) Two lovely breakfasts later! Though you should know what Holly said tonight, after we unravelled the day over a glass of wine with yourselves, Keith and [another guest]: "You know, it feels like we're staying with Bernie (some very good friends we see twice a year) instead of at a B&B."

(August 19) We have run out of superlatives! A very BIG thank you from us all - Carol, Holly, Jack, John, Claire, Surrey, England


hanks for making our first visit to Toronto perfect. We loved being here in your home with all the amenities, the great neighborhood, delicious breakfasts (on beautiful china!), the comfy bed, and great concierge services. Thank you so much -- you are terrific hosts! .--Warmest regards, Gregg & Becca, Lewis Center OH


hanks for a lovely stay.-- Charles and Sandy, Kirkland WA


hank yo so much for opening up your home for us! The "Toronto" experience would not have been the same if we would have stayed anywhere else! Food was great and we really appreciated all your hospitality! -- Your friends from Michigan, Dale & Jamie, Grand Rapids MI


onderful stay and good hospitality. Thanks. -- Evy and Hans, Klampenborg Denmark


hank you for opening your beautiful home and hearts to us! We felt warmly welcomed from the moment we entered, and this has continued since! We've enjoyed the beautiful accommodations, to the delicious food and wine, to the graciousness of our hosts, and to the bright red roses in our suite. We will most definitely return here on our next jaunt to Toronto, one of our favorite cities. We will most highly recommend TDBAB to all of our traveling friends! -- Love, Becky & Jeff, Pittsburgh PA
PS: The late night wine & chat with you two and Ian was a blast!

 hanks a lot for the beautiful room and great food. Your attention to detail is amazing! - Annie and Tom, Lac St Marie PQ
 hat a way to spend a birthday weekend! Vince and I have enjoyed ourselves from everything to Jim's wonderful cooking an Roger's great hospitality and conversation. You made us both feel very much at home. We look forward to coming back for more wine and conversation. Thank you again, - Megan and Vince, Oakville ON
 good to be true! Not to have stayed with Roger and Jim would have been the largest sin! We came to visit Toronto and found a home. Thank you for spoiling us the way you did. - Kathryn & Ted, Zurich, Switzerland
nce again, the food, wine and the companionship of two dear friends is unsurpassed! We looked forward to our return visit to our favourite Canadian city and friends. Thank you again for sharing your home and hearts to us once more. With much love, - Becky & Jeff, Pittsburgh PA

anada Select 5 Stars! (As audited by Newfoundland) -- Nelson, Adams House Bed & Breakfast, Little Rapids NF

PS: Great time, guys! Thanks!


hank you so much for your wonderful hospitality - the Best B&B I have ever stayed in! We have enjoyed your company, the food, the fab luxury and the relaxed atmosphere and will no doubt be coming back soon! -- All my love, Angela (from Ian Wright Live!)


razie 1000, Jim e Roger per lo vostro coloroso e attento ospitalito, per lo auro dei dettagli nello, per essere state molto disponibili quande ne abbiamo bisogno. -- Claudio e Stefano, Fulligmo, Italy


ou treated my wife and me special. Made us feel very much at home in Toronto after a long European trip. The attention to us and the food was fabulous. We thank you very much. If you ever visit Vancouver, call! .-- Truly, your friends at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, Keith, Judy & Dion, Vancouver BC


hank you for the best week ever on a holiday of a lifetime! We loved your hospitality and genuine warmth and humour and of course the fantastic breakfasts. Ron is already saving up the next lot of Air Mils so we can make a return trip. Thank you also to Keith and the boys.-- Love from Viv & Ron, Portsmouth UK


 had another wonderful stay here at the TDBAB. Thank you for accommodating my boss on such short notice. This was my first time in the Yorkville Room, and I really enjoyed it. The bed is wonderful!!.  -- Love, Nikki, Atlanta GA


hank you for sharing your home in what has become quite a memorable weekend. From the wonderful food to the delightful conversation -- top notch all around. The barre has been raised in luxury hospitality! -- Kindest regards, David and Tanya, Barrie ON


 am not a sappy person, but I did love our stay here. I can't wait to bring the Moms here for their wedding! See ya' soon. -- Jen & Marshall, Denver CO

 hanks for making our weekend away such a success. You both were a joy to talk to and the food was amazing. It's a treasure to know that we can be away from home and feel like family. Thank you so much and we'll definitely by seeing you again! - Betty, Vancouver BC

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