One of our favorite ways to discover new places is bed and breakfast travel, and the historic Twin Gables B&B is a true experience. This is a 4.5-star bed and breakfast located in the upscale Mount Royal neighborhood of Calgary, about 25 minutes 'walk from the city center, and the dining area on 4th Street takes about 10 minutes' walk. It was the perfect location for Snake Peak in Calgary, and after spending a comfortable night after our last night for Il Giardino, we enjoyed the amenities of our Royal Mount suite, equipped with its own seating area and private bathroom Jacuzzi suite, fireplace and laptop with high speed internet access.
Well, a good part of the B&B experience is the breakfast and boy experience, we were in for a treat. We were just waiting to sit down for a morning meal in the historic reception hall, when two other guests descended from the B & B in the stairs: A beautiful couple about our time was about to join us for breakfast.
I thought the guy's face looked familiar, but I couldn't put it down completely. On the other hand, my husband got to know him immediately: Michael Demian, like "Danny Romalotti" from the famous TV show "The Young and The Restless".
I did some research on the famous breakfast owners and I was somewhat surprised by their achievements. Not only did Michael write in the first day dramatic movie (With an audience of over 100 million people around the world), he also enjoys great success in music and theater. He captured the title role in Andrew Lloyd's movie featuring "Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" which became the highest revival in the history of L.A. He then continued his success in New York, breaking box office records on Broadway. Michael also released 5 albums, received 8 best 40 songs, and received the BMI Songwriting Award. Michael recently moved to directing, writing and producing films and music videos.
Mike Janeen's wife (formerly known as Janeen Best) is famous by herself: she is a former dancer in Solid Gold and her film credits include Basic Instinct, Bugsy, Earth Girls Are Easy, Footloose and many more. Her TV credits include Solid Gold, The Awards Awards, American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Young and The Restless, Matlock, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Johnny Carson, Dukes of Hazard and many more. So, it finally seemed to me that we were really surrounded by stars.
Well, after this initial surprise exceeded, the breakfast was excellent, we started with yogurt and fresh fruit, followed by beautiful cakes made from berries. The main course was a delicious western omelette with green peppers, onions and mushrooms. The meal was delicious and we had a great conversation with famous breakfast guys.
Mike and Janine joined us in the city to explore the location of their next movie project and they had been staying at Twin Gables for a few days. They mentioned that they launched a film production company called "Riviera Films" a few years ago, and that they enjoyed great cooperation in writing, producing and producing films. Their latest "Hot Tamale" project was recently completed and will soon be showing at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
For a moment, it seemed a little strange, as he was sharing the breakfast table with real celebrities, but Mike and Janine were natural and humble, it was like sitting with an ordinary couple from the next door. There wasn't even a hint of arrogance or arrogance here and each of us had four delightful conversations.
For me it was very fun because I was moving into the creative / media field through my website, so it was very helpful for me to listen to Mike and Janine to share their stories of moving from camera to stand behind the camera in directing and producing film projects, which is an area Where they must prove themselves again. We also shared a lot of laughter and parted, and we wish each other good luck for our respective projects. Our confrontation shows you that some of the stereotypes we associate with celebrities often do not apply and that this popularity does not automatically amplify people's arrogance. It was a real pleasure to meet Michael and Janine, two successful and creative people.
After breakfast I wanted to sit a little bit with Deirdre and Henry Brost, owners of Twin Gables, to find out more about the background to this historic house and how this private bed became the bed and breakfast. Deirdre explained that in 1909 there was a huge boom in Calgary and that CP Rail owned all the land in the neighborhood and decided to sell it in bulk. American investors wanted to call it American Hills, but the CPR founder wouldn't allow that. He decided to name the area Mount Royal, in line with making it the most exclusive area in Calgary.
The house itself was built between 1910 and 1912 by a lawyer, Mr. Milliken Moein, who came to Calgary from Toronto. Because of the economic crisis that followed the stock market crash of 1929, he lost his home to the bank in 1931, and a pioneer of Wellington Walker, also a Toronto businessman, bought it in 1932 for $ 10,500. He was involved in the charcoal and livestock trade, and owned many shops. In 1965, when he was 91, he wanted the home for caregivers who turned him into a home after his death. After she died in 1972, he remained a home for housing and slowly began to decline.
The former homeowners, Marge and Tac Rogers, are local artists who produce highly sought after paintings and began restoring the house from top to bottom in 1976. In 25 years they dismantled and completely renovated the three floors. Henry and Didier bought the house about 4 years ago after they already owned a breakfast on the outskirts of Calgary. Deirdre wanted to move to the city center where there would be demand for tourist accommodations throughout the year. It was a big step for both, and the taxes in the right city were a huge increase in costs, but Deirdre loves the location. She said this is the house you've always dreamed of.
Henry & Didier's story of how they opened their bed and breakfast is wonderful in its own right: they captured it on Saturday and their friends helped them move. On Sunday they dismantled their 3-bedroom house, on Monday the bed and breakfast inspector came, and on Monday afternoon they were open for work. Sure enough, on Monday evening they had their first guest.
They filled me in a whole bunch of restoration adventures: they added bathrooms to two of the three guest rooms. A big surprise surprised them when they found out that they had to rewire the entire house, but Henry, an experienced electrician himself, refreshed the wires by leaving the walls and historical wallpaper intact and installing the wires from the floors above. They installed extra plugs, extra phone cords and high-speed Internet access around the house.
Another adventure befalled them when their sewer pipes collapsed: they had many guests at home when pottery pipes leading from the house broke out and an unpleasant liquid started backing up the house. They had to get staff with backhoe shovel and several thousand dollars later they not only had new sewer pipes, but also a new lane and new car park.
They also had to return the chimney, and while they were in place, they had to remove a family of squirrels. The chimney mortar deteriorated and had to return the joints between the bricks. From 2004 to 2005 the house was completely repainted and the holes behind the eaves basins were fixed: it took 72 silicone bags to fill the cracks. Then they washed their hands and painted the house. And all this had to be scheduled while the B & B was hosting a wide range of guests. Deirdre and Henry say that owning an old house is like a money pit, but they love the home. Always, with a smile on his face, Henry has performed almost all renovations and says he enjoys them all. They've even rebuilt the entire park, and it's no surprise that Derder is a thirsty gardener.
Deirdre manages bed and breakfast full time while Henry helps her as much as possible, considering that he works full time as an electrician. Deirdre said she had to train him not to grab bacon strips away from her guests from a B&B on his way to work. With a childish smile on his face, Henry says he learned the rules of the house in the meantime and is no longer eating delicious dishes from the guests' breakfast.
With all the renovations, Deirdre and Henry tried to preserve the architectural highlights of the house. The dining room has never changed, the wallpaper, the furnishings and the hand-cast cornice are original at home. The room also features a compact mahogany system. To this day, Twin Gables has a functional "maid calling system" with bells to call home help on each floor.
The building features wallpaper surrounded by views of London's Hyde Park. Deirdre believes that the wallpaper belongs to the first or second owner. The first owner, Mr. Milliken, was a friend of the Prince of Wales, who is said to have been here at Twin Gables.
The living room and salon feature original lighting with a copy of the original Edison lamps. Certainly not the brightest lighting, but really historic. The former owners acquired the house designated as a "historical resource" registered in the district in 1984 due to the style of the arts and historical crafts in the house.
Most of the Twin Gables guests abroad come from England, Scotland and Ireland as well as Germany and the Netherlands. Of course they also see many Antarians, British Colombians and travelers from the United States. Off-season, they get a lot of "urban romantics" who are local Calgary residents, just trying to escape for a weekend of pampering and romance. They also see their fair share of business travelers, especially during the week. Many of the travelers are teachers, doctors, and lawyers, but they host NASA missile scientists.
Overall they had a really positive experience with bed and breakfast and it was ever difficult for Hell's Guests. The only thing bothering them is when guests don't come downstairs on time for breakfast or when they don't show up at all. Fresh breakfast simply does not taste this wonderful after half an hour, and Deirdar works hard to ensure that her food tastes food. She commented that she had truly found her place in life and was striving to provide the best possible service. “I'm here to serve,” she says, and Henry agrees, pointing to his distinctive smile.
All guest rooms are equipped with their own bathrooms, telephone and individual laptops with high-speed access. Each room has a personal fridge and a coffee machine, and our suite has a wonderful Jacuzzi tub with great views of the Calgary skyline.
Deirdre and Henry's dedication to providing a great bed and breakfast experience is evident.