The dining room was very well decorated and had great window views over the Gulf. The breakfast we had in this spacious dining area was the best that we had during our trip. After serving yourself fresh orange juice, we had a fruit entree of blueberries, strawberries and cooked rhubarb around a scoop of sherbet. This was followed by the main course of French toast and strips of bacon as well as steaming hot coffee. The closer to the meal was a light merangue dish.
As nearly always in these destinations, there were only a few other patrons down for breakfast. We enjoyed chatting with them to find out where they were from and what they had done so far.
This inn is a large old house located at Bassin, on the south coast and with a view of the lighthouse off to the left. The inn has nine well-decorated rooms and we were lucky enough to get one upstairs with a centre balcony overlooking the ocean. The lady who owns the inn has some trouble with her English, but between the two of us we had enough French and English to figure out what we were trying to say! This was the best accommodation that we enjoyed on the islands.
It was fun sitting out on our balcony in the evening, sipping our wine in the light breezes. As the light faded, we saw, in the distance, the cruise ship "Vacancier" leaving for Montreal with its lights blazing. It reminded us of sitting on our balcony in Cancun not too long ago watching the Cozumel ships departing each night! This accommodation cost us C$161 including taxes (US$120) for one night with breakfast included.
Practically everything in our room was hardwood, including the walls and even the floor in our bathroom The furniture and lamps were all from Ikea and we had an upstairs dormer with a great view out over the harbour.
Although we missed out on dinner, we did manage to have a great breakfast served in the restaurant. We were served a dish of fresh strawberries to start us off, then the toast came with wild raspberry jam. The main course of scrambled eggs included parmesan cheese and sea parsley - but I did miss not having some bacon, ham or sausage to go with it!.
Located in the main part of Havre-Aubert, this Inn gives the impression that you are more isolated than this. Situated beside the harbour on its own extensive grounds, with a fishing boat pulled up on land, you have some fine views to enjoy. This inn was built around a 100-year old house and has recently added on a new section with 4 rooms. Altogether, there are 7 rooms, very tastefully done with hardwood floors and Ikea furniture in our case.
La Maree Haute is known for its fine food, being the bronze medal winner of gastronomy in Quebec for 2001 and 2002. Unfortunately, the chef was suffering from the after effects of a dental approintment, so we were not able to sample their restaurant, except for the breakfast which is included in the price of accommodations. We paid C$115 including taxes (about US$80) and felt it was well worth our while to stay there. I had booked the room in advance by telephone.
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