We arrived at the Compass Rose after three nights of camping. We were ready to sleep in a bed! The Compass Rose exceeded our expectations. The proprietress, Nora Parker, greeted us upon our arrival. She was gracious and friendly, and very accomodating. She asked us if we'd like dinner, and told us about the options her chef was considering. She was happy to make a vegetarian meal for me, along with the seafood my fiance chose. Both meals were fabulous, and were preceded by a delicious soup and salad. The dining room was elegant and comfortable. The hard wood floors were sparkling clean, relaxing jazz played in the background, and the walls surrounding the tables were almost entirely glass. The dining room looked out on the Bay of Fundy and the fishing harbor. The room that we stayed in was simple, but rather large, and incredibly clean and comfortable.
The views from every window at Compass Rose Inn were beautiful.
A full breakfast was included in the price of the room, but the dinner was extra (and a bit pricey, but worth it for the quality and the ambiance).
One of the nicer, more relaxing places I've stayed: a great value.
What an awesome campground! In the evening after we departed the ferry we walked in the general direction the "Campground This Way" signs pointed. At the entrance we met Basil, owner of the campground and friend to all. As we were the only one's there, he said he'd find us the "Perfect romantic campsite" and indeed he did. He carted us off in his truck to the best campsite I've ever had, an amazing campsite literally on the edge of a cliff. With barely enough room for the tent and surrounded by dense forest, we could look out the tent door and down a hundred feet of cliff to the Bay of Fundy below. After setting up camp, Basil took us to gather some firewood, and showed us where he lived in case we needed anything else.
During our explorations of the property, we came across this cute little flock of ducklings at the farm. Their mother stood nearby keeping an eye out that we did not approach too closely, so I took this zoom shot so as not to disturb their rest.
This place had a network of footpaths winding through its treed property, joining the various huts. The trees were a mixture of larch, spruce and birch. The 5-acre site also had an organic garden and their own small animal farm located on the premises. On our second night there, I took a stroll down to the edge of the Marsh and sat for a while in some of the chairs that they had set out at a viewing location. Out over the marsh, I could see farmed Atlantic Salmon pens floating out in the Bay and, far off on the headland I could see the ferry dock and Swallowtail Lighthouse.
This photo of the living area of our part of Larch Grove shows Russell sitting by the wood stove in the corner. We had arrived on Grand Manan at 11 AM in light rain for our 20-minute bike ride to the accommodations. We had our yellow rain jackets on so did not get too soaked, except for our sneakers! Even though the rain stopped for good that afternoon, it remained foggy and we ended up not doing too much that first day. During the evening, I started the wood stove to dry out our sneakers overnight. When I checked the indoor/outdoor thermometer later it read 13 C outside and 29 C inside!! The sneakers were dry in the morning!
The place was very well outfitted. It had a TV and video player (no access to outside signals) as well as a whole bunch of videos on educational subjects, movies and home movies of whale-watching, etc. It also had a bookcase covering one wall that contained books covering every possible subject, fiction, National Geographic and Scientific American magazines and so on. We had one bedroom with a double bed, our own bathroom, a nice gas-stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, all the pots, pans, plates, glasses and utensils you would need. Very comfortable indeed!
Castalia Marsh Retreat (called Sea-Land Adventures when I visited a few years ago!) owns a secluded part of the coastline bordering on the Castalia Marsh, about half-way between North Head (where the ferry docks) and Grand Harbour. This company also owns and runs the whale-watching schooner D'Sonoqua which is available for parties, with a maximum of about 20 people, to head out for a close-up look at these magnificent creatures.
The facility is made up of a small number of cabins of different sizes and shapes, scattered about a treed landscape located between the main highway and the Castalia Marsh. The shacks have names like the Birch Yurt, Birdhouse, Frog Hollow, the Barn and Larch Grove. Because of the number of whale-watchers who were booked in, my buddy and I were given the bottom half of the two-story Larch Grove building, sharing a common shower with three construction workers (building a new house across the highway) who had the upper levels. The cost was US$60 per night for the two of us.
We shared a single room with two very comfortable beds, attached bathroom and a large sitting area and outside deck.
The resident cat felt quite at home and wandered in off the deck to go to sleep on our knees as we sat around talking!
The Compass Rose is a very friendly 6-room bed & breakfast establishment located along the harbour front only 5 minutes walk from the ferry terminal. It is open from May-October and also has a restaurant that serves full course evening meals in the best home-cooking Maritimes tradition!
Very friendly atmosphere with large comfortable rooms. Ours was located at the rear on the ground floor and had sliding glass doors leading our onto a deck where we could sit in the sunshine and watch the harbour activities!
These two, wonderful cottages are the hand work of Richard Cronk, who is also the proprieter along with his wife, Katherine.
They are cedar shingled, oak floored and paneled; spacious, well equipped and most of all immaculately clean. Each is so well stocked all you really need are your clothes and some food to put in the fridge. Both of the cottages have a back deck overlooking Whale Cove with plenty of chairs and a gas grill.
Richard and Katherine will make you feel right at home. You will definitely have a hard time leaving.
There is nothing left to want at the Meadows. The view alone is worth the price!
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