Wednesday, September 12, 2012
After a long day of driving along the Cabot Trail, it was time to look for a place to stay for the night. We chose the MOUNTAIN VIEW MOTEL in Pleasant Bay. It was a drive-up motel and offered high-speed internet for Hansi. They also had a restaurant which we liked. The price for the night was $69.95 but with all the taxes added on, it came to $82.05.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
After a very busy day of visiting Mahone Bay and Peggy's Cove, we headed north to Truro. Checked my "Doers & Dreamers" book to see what accommodations were available and decided on BERRY'S MOTEL because of its location to shops and restaurants. Berry's Motel had drive-up units and also had high-speed internet. The sign outside posted $69.00 but that was for single. Since there were the two of us, the charge was $5.00 extra or $74.00. No continental breakfast was provided.
Across the street was a shopping center with a Canadian Tire and a Sobeys grocery store. Ironically the same grocery store parking lot was under water, just the day before we arrived. Truro was hit with some serious flooding from heavy rainfalls that fell here the last few days.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Arrived in Lunenburg early in the day, around noon, as we just had to drive from Shelburne. We checked out the WHEELHOUSE MOTEL as we liked the location, just minutes from downtown Lunenburg and we liked that it had its own restaurant. When we went in to the Lobby, Nancy, the Manager was so welcoming. It was too early to let us into a room, but she said if we came back in an hour, a room would be ready for us. So we went out for lunch at Tim Hortons and came back around 1:00 p.m. and sure enough our room was ready. Our room was lovely, with wooden ceilings, a Queen size bed, a sofa, high-speed internet, cable TV and a mini-fridge . There was no continental breakfast offered, but we had our own stuff anyway.
The Wheelhouse Motel has 18 drive-up units and is open year-round.
When we told Nancy that we would have dinner at their restaurant and that Hans would love to have lobster, she put in an order for us.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
After yet another great day of touring western and now southwestern part of Nova Scotia, it was time to look for our motel for the night. We arrived in Shelburne and checked out a few motels. The first two were already full, so we went a little further and decided to stay at the CAPE COD COLONY MOTEL. The price was right and they had high-speed internet. Our room had one king-size bed, cable TV, fridge, microwave, coffee maker with supplies.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
After a lovely, but long day, it was time to look for a place to stay for the night. We checked out Middleton and decided to stay at the FUNDY SPRAY MOTEL. The Motel has 16 motel units. Each unit has 4-piece bath, 2 double beds, cable TV, high-speed internet. There is also a convenience store and laundry facilities.
Continental breakfast was provided including: toast, with peanut butter and jam, cereals, coffee or tea.
The Queen Anne Inn, in Annapolis Royal, is a mid Victorian mansion that has been an Inn for most of it's life. The rooms are all climate controlled and filled with antiques. Most are en suite and there are several sitting areas and lounges where guests can avail themselves of free newspapers or the free wi-fi in the hotel. The hotel has a dining room for breakfast in the morning and fine gourmet dining in the evening and trust me, the food is exquisite!
Most rooms have one king or queen size bed but they do have a few rooms with two beds. The rooms are large with high ceilings and windows and may of the en suite bathrooms have old fashioned claw foot tubs (but with a fantastic power shower!). WiFi available in all the rooms, tv and dvd player with some movies available to borrow. The Inn is near the centre of the town, right across the road from the Historic Gardens and fairly easy walking to anything else in the town. Lots of parking.
They also have a separate carraige house behind the Inn for larger groups. It has two suites that have two floors. One suite has a Queen size bed in both bedrooms and the other has a Queen and two twins, with bathrooms on both floors.
In summer, dinner is served out on the patio overlooking the river and the gardens are artistically manicured and trimmed and a delight.
The Inn is one of the most expensive ones in Annapolis Royal so it isn't a low budget option but man, is it worth a splurge!
Filled with antiques, gourmet level food. breakfast included and free wifi.
I had a suite on the 2nd floor, overlooking the bay. Price was about $175 Cdn -- which was a bit high, but the other properties were sold out. Room was clean, well maintained, and the bed was comfortable. The restaurant (Trio) was outstanding as well -- and I normally avoid hotel restaurants.
This will be a very short tip. But if you are planning on a visit to Canada and you like bed and breakfasts, it will be the best tip you'll find.
Go check out www.bbcanada.com
We used this site extensively in choosing accomodations for our Atlantic Canada visit. We were completely satisfied. The website offers a good look at what is available, and provides easy access for followup contact and booking.
Go get 'em.
Very remote location, poor accomodations, at best 1 star, not clean, flies alive and dead, bedding, tv etc all in bad need of updating, we would not recommend, left after first day was scheduled for 2 days.
Dinning was one of our worst experiences in NS!
Most of the tourist action in Nova Scotia is on the coasts, but my wife and I spend a very pleasant two nights at this lodge located inland in the south central part of the province. The property consists of housekeeping cabins and rooms in a lodge building. We stayed in the latter. One of the coowners is wheelchair bound, and a great deal of effort has been expended to make the place wheelchair accessible, including a good half mile of raised board walkways along a beautiful creek and lakeside and facilities to help with getting in and out of canoes. This probably raised the prices a bit, but we were glad to subsidize the project in this way. The other co-owner is German, so German-speakers would feel very comfortable here. The facilities are all first class, and we spent a very pleasant afternoon canoing on the lake and another hiking in the nearby national park. The only drawback was that the dining room was not open during our stay, even though it was already late June. The are are few restaurants nearby and the food available runs to hambugers, fried fish, french fries, and uninspiring iceberg lettuce salads.
We spend four nights here during the 2007 Stan Rogers Folk Festival. The motel is virtually the only one in Canso, and its name and a couple of mediocre reviews published elsewhere had given us pause; In fact, however, the motel had been recently redecorated, and our room was really quite nice--roomy, and equipped with a small kitchen adequate to cook several good meals. At times other than the folk festival, there is not a great deal to do in Canso, a village at the end of a peninsula that is the fartherest eastern point in Nova Scotia, but there are a couple of nice parks and some interesting sites connected to the area's history as a jumping-off point for trans-Atlantic undersea cables.
Motel has a small restaurant that serves a good breakfast. Very nice people.
Chalet accommodation intended for tranquil families or small groups. Each chalet adequately equipped and in line with the price about $350 in August 2005. The location is up quite a steep dirt track so you need quite good transport but the owners who live on the site own a normal saloon car.
There was a natural pool for swimming - the owners dog likes to join in.
The views overlooking the wooded hills are terrific. The local wildlife was great - hummingbirds were attracted to my daughters red swimming costume! The red stripey squirrels were always calling but we didnt see any racoons. I know they are pests but I really wanted to see one. If you enjoy wandering around gentle rolling wooded hills but with access to wonderful coastal locations this place is for you.
We had no problem getting a campsite at this very nice campground in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The campground was almost empty and we got a nice spot with lots of trees. We were very impressed in general with the facilities at the 2 National Parks we visited in Canada ( Fundy and this one). Both had very nice and clean bathrooms WITH showers you did not have to put quarters in! The sites were large and well maintained and the staff friendly. Other campers were quiet and didn't run though our campsite, like we have experienced many times at the often overcrowded National Parks in the U.S.
The campground was nice, but it took us an hour to find it. There was only a small yellow sign that said " Camp Nova Scotia", no campground names. We were looking for something larger and more "official" like the large brown State Park signs in the U.S., and missed the road to the campground twice. I finally went to ask at a gas station where they told me " oh, it's right off this road , at the sign" , the one we couldn't find....
Our son really enjoyed the stay there, he made some new friends. They liked us so much, they wanted to come to Florida with us and we had a hard time getting them out of the truck when we were leaving.
This was our only unplanned stop and once again, we lucked out! The hosts - Jerry and Judy were extremely welcoming and friendly. The rooms were better than hoped for. The breakfast - with homemade breads and jams, set at a tablew with freshly cut from the garden flowers, was filling and delicious. They even packed a to-go baggie for us! This is a great spot from which to explore Bay of Fundy/Minas Basin and the Five Island areas!
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