It was an amazing thing when they first discovered this place, where cars appear to roll uphill. Back in the 1920s, the woman who used to live in this lovely old home was instrumental in making Magnetic Hill famous. Muriel Lutes Sikorski had good business sense. In the 1930s, she ran a tourist home here and sold ice cream from a little shanty at the end of the driveway, creating a million-dollar business. “She was my aunt,” says innkeeper Dale Lutes, “and she was one interesting woman.”
If Muriel Lutes Sikorski could see Magnetic Hill today, she would be mightily impressed with the tourism attraction that it’s become and with the fine Bed & Breakfast that used to be her home.
Dale says, “I think we’ve got just about the best location in the Moncton area for a B & B. We have all the amenities without the noise of the city. It’s quiet out here, and I find my guests really like that.”
They also like his hearty breakfasts, in particular the house specialty, buckwheat pancakes, served in the sunroom. “We try to be pretty laid back in our business approach,” Dale says. “This is the Maritimes, after all.”
When he and his wife opened the B & B, their friends teased them, saying they would now get paid for what they had been doing in their home all along, for free. Growing up here, Dale says, “We always seemed to have a lot of guests in our home. For me it was one of those coming-home experiences.”
A homecoming experience is a good way to describe the feeling you have when you stay at Magnetic Hill Bed & Breakfast. There’s no doubt that Muriel Lutes Sikorski would agree.