Inn at Whale Cove: Inn At Whale Cove A Disappointment!
We have been dining at the Inn at Whale Cove on and off for the past eleven years, and have found it to be an average dining experience enlivened primarily by the nostalgic atmosphere of the lovely old buildings and the beautiful view. Ms. Buckley's "fusion" of flavors tends to confuse the palette, so that nothing tastes of anything other than too many blended seasonings. Most of her food's freshness is obliterated by being smothered in heavy sauces. Our most recent experience, in May of 2009, was to have breakfast arrive with toast covered in blue mold on both sides. There are many far more enjoyable places to dine on Grand Manan -- we recommend McLaughlin's and Sailor's Landing as two of them. Better food, and better value than the Inn at Whale Cove.
- Food and Dining
- Whale Watching
- Hiking and Walking
Area 38: Beside the Ferry Dock
On our final morning, we biked back to the ferry landing area, where the little office that issues the tickets very kindly said that we could leave our backpacks there for the day (since we were just doing little local jaunts that day). Across the road was the new Area 38 restaurant and pool hall, which had been recommended to us as a place for breakfast. They had a big screen TV on (no sound) tuned to CNN. While waiting for breakfast I noticed a news clip showing bad forest fires in Portugal and, having just been there and seen the damage from the 2003 fires, I was sorry to see it happening again. On another note, I wonder why all these new buildings have to be so plain looking? No character at all when compared to the older buildings on the island.
Favorite Dish: We had a delicious full breakfast of potatoes, whole wheat toast, bacon and eggs for C$6.25 (US$5) each. Later on, just before the afternoon ferry left we came back for a couple of quick hot dogs as well. During that visit, the tourist from Ontario with the big-lensed cameras came in and sat down at the counter (see my 'Must See' tips for our first meeting). I went over to see how the rest of his trip had gone and we exchanged news on our visit to the island. This is a very handily located spot with friendly staff.
L&P Kwik-Way Convenience Store: Conveniently Located
On my latest biking trip, this little convenience store was located about half-way between Grand Harbour and Seal Cove, and also very close to the road that turned off to the Anchorage Provincial Park. On our morning ride out to Southwest Head, we stopped here for a couple of cold water bottles each. In the early afternoon, on our way back we stopped again and enjoyed hot dogs and sausages from their attached diner. The owner was very friendly and helpful as well.
Gallaways Restaurant & Bar: Close to the Beach
The afternoon of our final day, at 27 C, was a hot one by Grand Manan standards! After biking up and down the hills to Long Eddy Point we were feeling a trifle hot, so we dropped into Gallaways Bar for a cold Moosehead beer. It really tasted great.
This place is also very new and is clean and cool inside. They have a big deck that looks out across a lawn onto the North Head harbour. We also strolled down across that lawn and dipped our feet into the icey water of the Bay of Fundy (see Warnings tip!).
Compass Rose B&B: Seafood Does Not Get Any Fresher!
For our single night on Grand Manan, we chose to relax after our whale watching excursion by dining in the restaurant located in our B&B lodgings. This seemed like a popular spot with tables scattered around in a very 'homey' atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: My wife's sister decided that this was the place for a fresh lobster roll, while my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our sole with fresh vegetables. A few glasses of wine also did not go amiss!
- Hiking and Walking
- Whale Watching
- Family Travel
The Inn at Whale Cove: Incredible Food Where You'd Least Expect It!
The Inn at Whale Cove is really the only "upscale" dining on the island. But don't let that fact deter you - there are treasures to be discovered here!
The Inn is a collection of weathered cedar shingled buildings overlooking the cove for which it is named and the interior is comfortable and cozy, just as you'd imagine it to be.
The star here is the local seafood, but there are other dishes to be had as well - all from local sources including the vegetables and herbs grown right outside the inn. The menu changes from year to year, but it is always full of outstanding choices.
Favorite Dish: I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried - it is all excellent! (And if you are travelling from the U.S., the exchange rate makes this an outstanding value!)