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We had originally thought we would get up today and take a drive back to Annapolis Royal to check out a couple of the old forts, but decided to get some clothes washed and do some errands.
That afternoon, the caravan had a good old fashion 4th of July picnic right next to the bay. The campground set up several picnic tables for us, several of us got out our grilles, and ...
... Fundy Restaurant for a bite. This is a complex of restaurants and bars mixed into one. Since we took the Mollys (our dogs) with us on the drive, we selected the lower outdoor bar and grill so they could be with us and not left in the car. Shirley ordered fish and chips, and I ordered their fish burger. They served Shirley two very large pieces of nicely battered haddock, and I was served a very nice piece ...
... the graveyard. Alan Melanson is a wonderful host, a knowledgeable historian and seasoned storyteller, with his French accent really makes it fun and interesting. Alan is a 10th generation Acadian. Decked out in Victorian funeral attire, he tells us about the traditions surrounding his outfit, like the 46-centimetre wide band of black silk on top hat. The ribbon called a “Weeper” is given to members ...
... to the atmosphere.
Stanley Lobster was next on the destination list. It is a place where you can choose your own lobster from the tank and then have it cooked for you. Although it wasn't opened when we visited I did get to meet Ernie who is quite the character and owner of Stanley Lobster. There is a cute shack on the beach to eat the lobster and a seat which I have named the 'Sea Throne'.
We also went and checked out the Yarmouth Lighthouse and it's ...
... to have one of those there, but it's been replaced with a different style of lighthouse, nicknamed the "apple core." We did a quick walk around, took some photos, but continued on fairly quickly. There was a very pretty park surrounding the lighthouse, and if things weren't so wet, and the sky wasn't threatening to downpour, we might have lingered there for a bit.
After Yarmouth, we continued our drive west (which eventually loops around the province and heads east ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hillsdale House Inn Annapolis Royal
Great food, great hosts
Val and Paul are just great - just like old friends. They made sure we knew about local activites. The Inn is a classic time machine -I loved reading in the parlour. The rooms are tasteful and fully equipped and the breakfast is sensational. We also loved the garden! Annapolis Royal itself is probably the prettiest village in Canada!
If only all B&B were this way!
We,(two families with kids) stayed there just one night last August during a very quick tour in New England and Nova Scotia. We regretted that very much, because our stay was so pleasant that we'd better stayed there much longer. We booked three rooms on the first floor and the three of them had different personality and decoration, but the same charme. Breakfast also is highly recommended. It was easy to forget the rainy weather and the tons of mosquitos outside!
Highlight of our trip!
My wife and I just comleted a 16 day tour of the maritimes. We stayed at four star hotels, five star resorts, and a variety of B&B / Inns.
We can both say with utmost confidence that the Hillside was the best experience and the best value that we had.
The property is beautiful, tastefully decorated with antiques, and very comfortable. The Inn is large enough (13 rooms, I believe) that we found the right comfort zone between being a stranger in a large hotel and being in someone's private home.
Breakfast was outstanding. One feature that we particularly likes was that we were offered a choice for breakfast each day. And the coffee was superb. We found out that Val uses a secret ingredient to give the coffee a slightly unique flavour.
Our room was the one where King George V reportedly stayed, and contrary to another reviewer's opinion, we found the bed to be very comfortable. The room was beautiful, with a brand new couch.
The Annapolis Royal area holds a pivotal place in Canadian history, and offers a number of interesting attractions for those interested in the early years of settlement in North America. It's also a great hub for day rtrips to wineries up the valley, and to Digby and Yarmouth.
If you are in the area, you really owe it to youreself to stay at the Hillsdale House Inn!
Great introduction to Nova Scotia
My wife and I had postponed visiting Nova Scotia for too many years; The Hillsdale was one of four locations we stayed at in our two week tour, and decidely our favorite B&B and location. The hosts, Val and Paul have an outstanding product -- a well maintained, old building that was designed for entertaining over a 100 years ago, and does it exceptionally well today; Val's breakfasts are a delight, with abundant fresh fruit with the speciality of the day, or what you might want.
During our three day stay we found their comments, and recommendations on nearby places to visit, evening dining, both in and around Annapolis Royal, as well as about the entire province to be considered, knowledgable, and useful. Without their advise, we would not have had several extremely enjoyable experiences
We will return to Nova Scotia and for certain we will again spend time at the Hillsdale
We Didn't Want to Leave!
What an incredible place! We fell in love with the accomodations-from the comfortable, cozy rooms to the beautiful antiques and gardens. But as wonderful as the surroundings were, they didn't hold a candle to the warmth and hospitality of the Innkeepers, Paul and Val. It's not often you check into an inn and leave knowing you've made good friends. We will definitely be back...we're counting the days until we can again spend time at the Hillsdale House and Annapolis Royal!
Beautiful historic inn
We stayed at the historic hillsdale inn for 2 nights during our east coast driving trip. The building itself is charming and beautifully set in 2 or 3 acres of gardens and lawn. Both the inn and annapolis royale have a real sense of living history together with interesting buildings shops, art galleries, and restaurants.
Our room was very comfortable, furnished in period pieces, and included a private bathroom. Breakfast was a daily highlight including homemade bread made on site nicely served by well trained and friendly staff. I returned home with a jar of fantastic homemade blueberry jam which I am enjoying while thinking of my holiday stay in hillsdale house.
The owners Paul and Val are enthusiastic and very friendly and helpful. I highly recomend hillsdale house inn.
I recently had the pleasure of staying at Hillsdale House in June 2006.
The inn is within walking distance to the downtown area, Fort Anne and the historic gardens. The inn has so much character both inside and out. It is recognized as a historic property in the town.
The rooms were very clean. The bathrooms have a huge claw foot tub. Breakfast was to die for! We had fresh homemade blueberry muffins (still hot from the oven) followed by waffles with local blueberries and strawberries with local maple syrup. It was so good. I could not ask for more!!!
Such a deal as well - $109.00 for all this! I highly recommend this as a place to stay. It was such a treat.
Hospitable and Charming
These are the most hospitable of innkeepers. The property is well maintained and the grounds are spacious. The inn is period decorated without feeling like a museum. The included breakfast has plenty of choices, and when I requested cold cereal they pulled some from their pantry. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. One caveat...Despite its beauty, beware of the room King George slept in. I think it's the same mattress!
Great Theme nights!
I had the pleasure of staying at the inn on Italian night.
The food was superb and the vino was nice and dry.
My room was large and quite compftorable even though I did not spend much time there.
Much to see and do in this historic and scenic part of Nova Scotia.
I will be back ASAP.
What a spot...
The rooms are lovely, and the breakfast was fabulous (the homemade bread and preserves are addictive).
The Inn Keepers were really friendly and very knowledgeable about their area (some of our vacation highlights were because of their suggestions).
I would highly recommned a visit... I've been there twice already and am going back next year.