About the Inn

The Inn At Bay Fortune was built as a summer retreat in 1910 by renowned broadway playwright Elmer Harris, the author of Johnny Belinda. Bay Fortune was known as an artist's retreat in those days and Harris was surrounded by his contemporaries contemplating life and love. In later years Canadian actress Colleen Dewhurst, Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, used the house as a get-away.

In 1989 Innkeeper David Wilmer began the project to return the Inn to the splendor of years gone by. Along the way he was joined by Chef Emeritus Michael Smith. Chef Jeff McCourt is at the helm of the kitchen and today, the Inn is world famous as a contemporary hospitality destination.

In 1997 Innkeeper David Wilmer took on a new project with Chef Emeritus Michael Smith, The Inn Chef. A cooking series which appeals to people of all ages. With all its different types of cooking backgrounds and the most spectacular plates. The shows appeal come from the dynamics and skill of world class chef and host Micheal Smith, a 1991 graduate with honors of the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

The Inn has 18 rooms which range from cozy to some of the most spacious suites on the island. 14 have fireplaces and sitting areas. The rooms are furnished with a combination of Island antiques and local craftpeoples works. The top rooms of the towers provide an excellent view all the way to Cape Breton,NS on a clear day.

The Inns architecture reflects the maritime setting with its weathered shingles, sloped roofs and traditional details which make it so beautiful. The view of the Fortune River and the ocean is outstanding as you wander the grounds.

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