Just off the 401, past the Skyway Bridge, snuggled along the shores of the Bay of Quinte in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory lies LiL Crow Cabin. The hands-off cabin experience is available to rent year-round for a two-night minimum. The property is also home to a glamping bunkie which can be rented separately in the warmer months. The place has been listed as one of the “Top Ten Incredible Airbnb Getaways close to Toronto,” and it boasts nothing but five-star reviews: “The coziest little cabin adorned with the coolest nicknacks. The friendliest and most helpful, most accommodating people you could ask for. The backyard is amazing. Felt like home and was hard to leave.”
I went to visit the cabin in early April. While I journeyed along the shores of the Bay to LiL Crow I could feel the gales trying to push me off the road. I decided to listen and pull over along the side of Beach Road to watch as swans, geese, ducks and gulls all fought in mid-air, over some of the season’s first aquatic munchies.
When I arrived at the cabin and stepped inside a sense of tranquility came over me. The lights were dimmed, calming music was playing and the fireplace was lit in the corner. When the door of the cabin shut, the outside world became so far away.
The cabin is the ideal location for a romantic couples retreat, a friends getaway or a creative sanctuary.
While on the property guests have the opportunity to use the hot tub, outdoor fire pit and yoga/meditation studio. Because of the cabin’s location on the Bay, it is also a perfect place for stargazing, canoeing and fishing. “We want our guests to come unwind and connect to the earth and water,” the owners told me.
This oasis by the Bay is owned and operated by two Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory locals, Kimberly and David. Kimberly works as a Flight Dispatcher at the Tyendinaga Mohawk Airfield, and David is a world travelling artist and musician. David’s stone sculptures have won awards around the world. Some of his pieces are part of private and corporate collections, and some are here at LiL Crow, as part of the one-of-a-kind décor. I also discovered that the beautiful flute music I heard when I arrived was David’s own music.
The property itself has been in the family for years. Before the cabin was placed it was once the home of the family sandbox, where David’s nieces and nephews would explore while visiting his parents.
Years later, the space served as an entertainment hub for the community. The couple started building on the land and opened LiL Crow Café and Stage Red, where musicians from around the world came to play. The café was a success, but operating the business didn’t fit into David’s globetrotter lifestyle.
It was then that the couple decided to convert their space into an accommodation and open LiL Crow Cabin & Bunkie. Since then they have hosted guests from all around the world.
The wooden cabin is lined floor-to-roof with art, collectibles and artifacts from David and Kimberly’s personal life and world travels.
“Rest and relaxation are at the forefront of our guests’ visit here.” After some exploration, Kimberly pulled a rocking chair out of the corner for me to get cozy in. We sat there for hours getting lost in conversations about the Bay of Quinte area.
I learned that the Bay of Quinte is the birthplace of the Peacemaker, who brought the original Five Nations Iroquois Confederacy under a constitution of peace in the 12th Century. David and Kimberly have opened their space to share the rich culture and history that Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory has to offer.
David and Kimberly recommend that their guests visit Little Turtles 2 for breakfast or fish & chips. For some local shopping, guests can check out Native Renaissance II and Karen Brown’s Antiques, where a lot of the decor in the cabin is from. Or, if you don’t feel like leaving LiL Crow but you’re craving some pizza, D’pizza Bus delivers (or eat there in a converted school bus).
LiL Crow is an experience like nothing else offered in the area. As one Airbnb guest said “I could speak for hours about how amazing this space is! We are already booking the cabin and the Bunkie for the summer, and it is such a magical space, we can’t wait to be back there! If you’re considering… book it. I promise it will be your best decision.”