A May 2002 trip
to Shelburne by Re Carroll
Quote: Shelburne is a small village about two hours west of Halifax. We chose to spend a night here because of its award winning restaurant and exceptionally fine B&B and both exceeded our expectations.
We enjoyed wandering into shops along the lanes and streets near the waterfront. Our favourite part of the visit was the wonderful food and accommodation we found in Shelburne -definitely first class.
A short drive from downtown, Sandy Cove Lighthouse, accessible via a sandbar during low tide, was a wonderful place to watch the sunset.
Although Shelburne is only a few hours from Halifax via Highway 103, we took the more scenic Lighthouse route and
stopped at a number of places, including the historic fishing village of Lunenburg. This is the home of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic as well as the schooner Bluenose which is engraved on the Canadian dime.
Hotel | "Millstones B&B"
There are only 3 bedrooms and one suite. All have private bath, chiropractic beds, 300 count unbleached Moroccan cotton sheets, satellite TV and VCR.
We stayed in the Climbing Rose room, named because of the stenciled roses on the wall. The room was furnished with wicker chairs, a dresser, and lovely antiques throughout. The double bed was absolutely the most comfortable I’ve ever slept on. Both the bedroom and bathroom had individual thermostats and everything was spotlessly clean.
The spacious ensuite bathroom had a pedestal sink and tub with shower. There were lots of thick towels, toiletries, including handmade soaps, a hairdryer, and a large magnifying mirror attached to the wall.
A sumptuous breakfast was served in the dining room on the main floor and small menu cards listed the various choices. As well as cold cereal and juice, there were eggs cooked to order with bacon or sausages, cheese omelet, and either blueberry or cranberry pancakes. I had scrambled eggs with bacon and fresh fruit along with toast and preserves. My sister had cranberry pancakes and both breakfasts were delicious.
Owners John, Helen and Andy were extremely friendly and helpful. They were genuinely interested in our opinions and each room had a comment card for impressions and suggestions about the B&B.
The drive into the main part of town and the historic waterfront took about 5 minutes.
Our room was $70.00 for two which was the off-season rate. The high season rate is $90.00 which is still a bargain. This is one place I’d return to in a minute and would recommend to anyone.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2002
2 Falls Lane
Shelbourne, Nova Scotia
Restaurant | "Charlotte Lane"
The food is innovative, fresh and extremely well prepared and presented. Just about everything on the menu appealed to me, including seafood crepes filled with scallops, shrimp, haddock and mushrooms and chicken camembert with asparagus, garlic and a white wine herb sauce. Unfortunately I just couldn’t get past the appetizer menu. There were so many temptations that instead of a main entree, I chose a couple of appetizers. First was a mango and spinach salad with a buttermilk dressing. It was a big salad, loaded with sweet mango pieces and baby spinach leaves. My next appetizer was baked eggplant with pancetta, goat cheese and tomato sauce. The combination of smoky pancetta, mild goat cheese and tangy tomato sauce had my taste buds working overtime. My sister’s meal was equally delicious. She had pork tenderloin with a mushroom demi glace sauce. It was accompanied by whipped garlic potatoes and a
vegetable medley of beans, brussel sprouts, carrots and cauliflower that was steamed to perfection.
For dessert we shared a lemon mousse that was almost too pretty to eat.
It was surrounded by raspberry sauce with small cream hearts piped along the edge.
Kathleen was our server and she was extremely friendly and attentive.
The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Entrees range in price from $15-25. Reservations aren’t accepted for lunch which starts at 11:30. Dinner reservations are a must.
If the food isn’t enough to tempt you to stop, there is also a gift store in the front of the restaurant. There is a wide assortment of Nova Scotian made pottery, jewelry and art. It’s very attractively displayed and prices are reasonable considering the quality of the merchandise.
Charlotte Lane Cafe & Crafts
13 Charlotte Lane
Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T1W0
Restaurant | "Dockside Lobster & Seafood Restaurant"
They offer quite a selection of seafood including halibut and haddock, either broiled, poached or grilled, a full lobster dinner or lobster tails, and you know it’s fresh because there is a lobster tank near the front door. I had potato skins and a bowl of seafood chowder. The chowder was filled with clams, scallops, lobster, haddock and potatoes and had a smooth, rich taste. The potato skins were a surprise since they were more like thick potato peels topped with cheese, bacon bits and sour cream. The portion was far too large for one and could probably have served six as an appetizer. My sister had haddock fish and chips. Haddock is a mild fish, similar to halibut or cod. The fish was lightly breaded and accompanied by a large portion of seasoned fries and coleslaw. Each meal was less than $10.00 (CDN).
The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week.
(Note: If traveling on the highway, Lunenburg is about an hour from Shelburne.)
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2002
Dockside Lobster & Seafood Restaurant
84 Montague Street
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
(902) 634 3005
In 1995, Old Town was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and many of the buildings along the waterfront have been restored and now house restaurants, gift shops and galleries. Large homes, some dating from the late 1700s, have been lovingly preserved and a drive through the residential areas is a treat for the eyes if you like Victorian architecture.
One of Lunenburg’s most popular attractions is The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic located at the water’s edge. This large red wooden building is filled with displays and exhibits on the history of the Maritime fishing industry. There are touch tanks filled with marine life, information on the history of the Bluenose, and lots of interactive displays and activities to keep kids of all ages happy and busy. Entrance is through the large gift shop which stocks a good variety of souvenirs and Nova Scotian made gifts. Nearby, the Fishermens’ Memorial pays tribute to all who died in the sea.
Tip: Many of Lunenburg’s streets are one way so it’s easiest to just park and wander through town. There is a large lot beside the Fisheries Museum but it’s just for museum patrons and those going on boat
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