Testimonial for Greybeard's B&B, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
"You are both such lovely hosts! Beautiful home, delicious food and great conversation. I'm going to make some of you recipes. Thanks!" - Kimberly & Todd, New York"
"Thank you so much for a wonderful stay, the food was so good and the crochet lessons were an added bonus!" - Susan T., Tennessee
Bob Higgins - After years away, Bob finally made his way back to the coast when he and Rosanna fulfilled a longtime dream - opening a B&B in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
His mother was from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts and his father from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ties between Nova Scotia and Boston are long and deep - many Bostonians - Bob included, have Nova Scotian roots. Greybeard's Boston Room celebrates the connection.
Bob counts himself fortunate to have spent many summers with his grandparents living and working on Nantucket. Greybeard's Nantucket Room is home to an assortment of mementoes from that time.
Bob was a cook and baker in Boston, Nantucket, Keene, and Montreal - which partially explains Greybeard's fabulous breakfast! For nearly 20 years, he was an Educator in Institutional and Group Home settings. He and Rosanna met in Montreal and were married in 1970.
Growing up in the Golden Age of Radio, he well recalls listening to short wave and late night AM. He still enjoys old time radio shows - Greybeard's Lunenburg Room is home to a fully-functioning old-fashioned radio.
Bob loves spending time in the kitchen - preparing delicious dishes - mm-mm - the aroma and presentation definitely live up to the taste! Music makes a fine accompaniment - jazz, blues, folk or show tunes are best. Although he doesn't get to sail as often as he'd like, he enjoys the buzz of the summer season as well as the quiet winters in Lunenburg. All in all, a perfect blend of contrasting flavours.
Rosanna Higgins is fluently bilingual (English & French). During her career, she was a school teacher, then a social worker in psychiatry before going into long term care for the elderly. With her and Bob's move to Lunenburg in 1996, she returned to her first love by working as a substitute teacher.
Rosanna is also accomplished in handiwork - knitting (especially socks), crocheting and sewing. She made the B&B's curtains and plays a role in Greybeard's amazing menu - preparing all the breakfast cakes and breads.
Despite staying put in Lunenburg most of the year, you can hardly see her fridge for magnets. They come from all over the world and are sent to her by family, friends, and even guests. She loves and enjoys meeting people and feels a B&B is the best way to do it. "Can life get any better," she says, "than being paid for doing what you love?"
In 1970, Rosanna and Bob were married in Montreal. Their daughter is a nurse in labour and delivery, their son a music director with Holland American Line. Understandably so, Rosanna and Bob are delighted with their lovely granddaughter, grandson and grand-twins!