OUR STORY – THE TRUE ONE!

Once upon a time…
(in the 1980’s)

… two Hotel Management grads from Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnical Institute) met while employed for Delta Hotels at the Chelsea Inn in Toronto. Amy and Edward Shubert had worked their way up the corporate ladder learning how to run a major hotel, and together, shared a dream of one day owning a country inn. While in Toronto, Amy had the pleasure of working with Chef Michael Sullivan at The Roof Restaurant in the Park Plaza Hotel, and later, Edward worked with him at Matisse Restaurant at the Hotel Plaza II. Following that adventure, Amy and Edward spent the next 6 years in Florida, where Edward managed hotels in Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Boca Raton. After the birth of their son Nathan (who was born in Clearwater), Amy launched Shubert Hospitality Consultants in Boca Raton. In 2002, they returned to Ontario to pursue their dream of being Innkeepers, and purchased the Merrill Inn in Picton – at the time, not having any inclination of how the County was going to boom in the ensuing years. They managed to persuade Michael Sullivan to join them in 2004, and since then, he has made a name for himself at the Merrill Inn as one of the top chefs in the County, and a pioneer of our culinary culture.

Patricia Bell is County born and raised, and worked at the Inn throughout her high school and university years. She left in 2008 to further hone her hospitality skills, working with several boutique hotels, resorts, restaurants and other hospitality destinations, both in the County and beyond. In the fall of 2016, Patricia rejoined The Inn, taking on the role of Assistant Innkeeper. With her many ties to the PEC tourism industry, she acts as our resident County concierge, and delights in helping our guests explore all the hidden gems the County has to offer. When she isn’t at the Inn, you can likely find her helping out her husband at their Texas BBQ-inspired food truck “Big Mike’s BBQ,” conveniently located at Barley Days Brewery, between Picton and Bloomfield.

The rest is history…