A new age of conversation
By Pamela Steel
In 17th century Paris everyone who was anyone whiled away their evenings at one of the influential salons in the city. Chic ladies of the era created environments conducive to chat of the heady rather than idle variety. Thus poets, philosophers and political junkies ushered in the age of enlightenment through thoughtful conversation.
And the clever couple that has bought and is restoring the Portage Inn want to create a similar atmosphere in Muskoka.
Nancy and Sid Kirkpatrick bought the inn on North Portage Road in Lake of Bays in June 2010 and have been restoring the grand old dame. The inn was originally built in 1889.