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Another day of touring, this time to Bear River, Digby Pines, St Bernard, Church Point and Yarmouth Bar.
Bear River is a tiny little town nestled between the river and hillside. It's very picturesque and quite different to the coast line.
Visited the French Shore which includes the villages of Church Point and St Bernard. St Bernard's Church was massive and built by the locals, one granite row by one granite row. I fondly named the statue out the front St ...
... on the other side of the passage is Bay of Fundy with is quite rough. It may be sunny but the wind cuts right through you when you are outside of the car. Watched the fishing boat as we waited and there is not a soul in sight till a car with two ladies in pulls up behind us. The ferry crossed back and the cars drove off then the ferry pulled away Richard tooted think we had missed the ferry. But apparently (lady is car behind) this now ...
... the Bay of Fundy. We were between tides, but still had a marvelous view at an old wharf in Culloden. Weather-wise, it was another warm, sunny day. A yummy meal at Bistro East (across the street from Fort Anne) fortified us for our candlelight tour of the Graveyard of Annapolis Royal. Alan Melanson lead us for over an hour through the grounds of Fort Anne and the adjacent English graveyard, the oldest in Canada. When we returned to the B&B, hot cider awaited ...
Cape Breton Highlands NP to Kejimkujik
NP is a long drive that took us two nights and three days; obviously
sightseeing all the way along the Marine Drive and Lighthouse Route.
After passing up a provincial park, we ran out of time and ended up
at an RV type campground – yuk. Day two, along the coast again, we
made it to Bruce ...
... of this one, but we really enjoyed their wines. They had quite the variety, including grape wines and fruit wines. We sampled six different wines, although everything is available for sampling. We ended up buying three different wines here - one grape, one grape/fruit, and one fruit. We highly recommend checking this place out to anyone who enjoys wine and is in Bear River!
After our winery experience, we headed to the souvenir/art gallery called Flight of Fancy. The ...
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.