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Michael & Chastity

Proprietors Chef Michael Smith and his wife Chastity Smith are proud to welcome you to their end of the island. For Michael, coming back to the Inn is a return to his roots as a chef. For seven years in the 1990’s, he lead the kitchen, finding his culinary voice and bringing international fame to a sleepy country inn. For Chastity, being an innkeeper allows her to share her Maritime roots, stylish design flair and love of entertaining with you and your family. Together they’ve graciously re-launched the Inn with a brand new spirit of hospitality and their shared goal of becoming one of the world’s leading culinary tourism destinations.

Michael is a Canadian superstar chef with an international reputation for simple, sustainable home cooking. He is the author of 10 cookbooks and has starred in 5 different Food Network series. Michael’s cooking shows are seen in more than 100 different countries around the world.

 

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About us

The Inn’s History

Our beautiful property was built in 1913 as the summer home for Broadway playwright Elmer Harris and family. In those days Fortune was an artists’ colony made up Broadway and silent screen actors escaping the New York City summer heat. In later years, our Inn had other famous theatrical owners, Actress Colleen Dewhurst, famously known for her role as Marilla Cuthburt in Anne of Green Gables and her husband, hollywood actor George C. Scott  spent many summers enjoying the bounties and sights of this fair isle. In 1989 the Wilmer family took on a labour of love transforming our unique property into a country inn. In 1991 our Chef Proprietor, Michael Smith turned our Inn’s restaurant into one of Prince Edward Island’s most important culinary destinations pushing the boundaries of local cuisine. Seven years later in 1998 the Inn had gained so much notoriety that a new kitchen, dining room and guest wing were added. 2015 marked the return of Chef Michael, this time with his wife Chastity as InnKeeper and Chief Designer of the property. In 2016 The Inn at Bay Fortune received its 5-star rating making it the only 5-star country inn on Prince Edward Island.

FireWorks

As a chef, Michael’s deepest passion is the preparation and presentation of food from flame and sharing its bounty with others. He dreamed for many years of building a costumed brick-lined, wood-burning, fire-breathing beast that would contain every form of live fire known to man. In 2015 his dream came true. Now he and the Fire Brigade share the ancient art and craft of live-fire cooking in its many aromatic forms in an appliance we call FireWorks.  Our restaurant, also appropriately named FireWorks, features a unique Feast format that perfectly showcases a myriad of locally sourced flavours all one hundred percent prepared from the live fires of the Fire Kitchen.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is a chef’s paradise. We are a giant green farm floating in the deep blue sea surrounded by white sandy beaches and filled with true stories of locally produced food. There is no better place on the planet to enjoy a true ‘Farm to Fork’ experience and we are proud to share with you every single ingredient grown, produced, farmed or foraged here.

Our Property

Our Inn is nestled on 46 acres of land overlooking the Fortune River as it flows into Bay Fortune and the Northumberland Strait beyond. During your stay you’ll enjoy exploring our whimsical grounds discovering our fragrant flower gardens, aromatic herb garden, 10 acre organic farm, walking trails, fire pits and flavours everywhere. The Fortune Wharf and our local beach are just a short walk away.

Our Community

Eastern Prince Edward Island is home to some of the very best beaches in Canada and were just a 10 minute walk from Back Beach as us locals call it. Within minutes of the Inn, you’ll also find a wide variety of attractions: walking trails, artisan shops, grocery stores, lighthouses, distilleries and even Chef Michael’s Flavour Shack located in Souris! For golf lovers, we’re 30 minutes away from three of Prince Edward Island’s top award-winning golf courses: Crowbush, Dundarave and Brudenell. Once you get here you’ll easily see why we’re one of the world’s leading vacation destinations.