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Nova Scotia - Small scale accommodation tips

A September 2003 trip to Nova Scotia by mooncross

Morton House Inn Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada More Photos
Quote: If there is one thing I learned when planning our vacation to Nova Scotia, it is that it's a paradise for those who enjoy small scale accommodations. Choosing between the many B&Bs and inns available was difficult, and sometimes it came down to a simple "eenie-meenie" to make a choice.

Waverley Inn

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Located on a quiet section of Barrington Street (one of the main streets in downtown Halifax), the Waverley Inn offers 32 beautifully decorated rooms. Filled with Victorian antiques, the inn nevertheless offers all the conveniences a modern traveler might need. Internet access is even complimentary (computers can be used down in the common room). Continental breakfast is served buffet-style.

The inn is within easy walking distance of the Historic District, as well as the Halifax waterfront, and has its own private parking lot. Friendly hotel staff will direct you to the main points of interest.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Waverley Inn
1266 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J1Y5
(902) 423-9346

Morton House Inn Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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We arrived after dark on a rainy evening, but the Morton House was easy to find by its warm, welcoming lights and the lit sign at the roadside. Then-owner Keith (the Inn has since been sold to new owners) greeted us cheerfully and showed us the common rooms (TV room and breakfast room) before preceding us upstairs to one of the four rooms in the Inn. Two comfortable queen-sized beds (both with quilts, of course) waited for us. The bathroom secretly made me laugh, because it was so cute with its claw-footed tub and shower curtain surrounding the tub. Not wanting to spill water on the shiny hardwood floor made showering a delicate undertaking. Breakfast (cooked by Keith) included a quiche on our...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Morton House Inn
147 Highway #8, PO Box 549
Milton B0T 1P0
(902) 354-2908

Churchill Mansion Country Inn

Hotel | "Churchill Mansion"

Churchill Mansion Country Inn Photo, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
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We picked the cheapest room in the Mansion, not because of its price but because it offered a two-bedroom suite, which sounded like the thing for friends traveling together. As it turned out, it was the worst choice we could make. The "family room" was the only room in the house not yet redecorated. We managed to peek into some of the other rooms (the honeymoon suite looked great!) and regretted our choice. But the sheets were clean, the bed comfortable and the shower hot, so who's complaining? The Churchill Mansion's main claim to fame is its reputation as a haunted house. After dinner (which in our case was a delicious home-cooked seafood buffet), owner Bob Benson regales his guests with a Man...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Churchill Mansion Country Inn
44 Old Post Road
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Harmony Bed & Breakfast

Hotel | "Harmony B&B"

Harmony Bed & Breakfast Photo, Digby, Nova Scotia
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A true "home away from home" is what Heather and Wayne at the Harmony B&B offer their guests. From the home-cooked breakfast to the video library and the night lights in the room, everything here is designed to make you relaxed and comfortable. Heather even allowed us to use the office computer for some much-needed emails home. The host and hostess are knowledgeable about the area and the sights, and can make arrangements for whale-watching excursions. The Harmony B&B is located right along the Digby waterfront, and we could see the famous scallops-fleet from our bedroom window! We stayed here three nights, and were reluctant to leave, fearing that every other accommodation would pale in comparison (t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Harmony Bed & Breakfast
111 Montague Row
Digby
(902) 245-2817

Evangeline Inn Photo, Grand Pre, Nova Scotia
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The Evangeline Inn offers a much less personal type of accommodation than most inns, let alone in comparison to a B&B. Rooms are located in a historical home, while the front desk is situated in the cafe-style restaurant a little down the driveway. The "scariest" thing was realizing that once the restaurant closes (which it does at 7pm), Inn staff is no longer available. Definitely worth a warning to those planning a late arrival!

But other than that possible inconvenience, the accommodation was quite serviceable, with a clean, comfy room and bathroom and a hearty breakfast at the restaurant.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Evangeline Inn
11668 Hwy 1, Box 4
Grand Pre B0P 1M0
(888) 542-2703

The Udder Place Photo, Truro, Nova Scotia
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Okay, do you really want to stay at a place called "The Udder Place"? The answer: yes, you do. The Udder Place is the B&B section adjacent to the Shady Lane Farm of the Blaauwendraat family. Betty Blaauwendraat runs the B&B in a new building, separate from the farm, with its own deck and a nice view across the farm's pastures. If offers two rooms (a double and a four-person suite), with a living room as nice as the one at home and a big kitchen where Betty cooks a tasty breakfast in the morning. The bathroom (separate, but each room has its own) is big, modern, and tastefully decorated. Naturally, the water is hot and the towels are fluffy. The Udder Place even offers homemade lav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

The Udder Place
Shady Lane Farm RR # 1
Truro, Nova Scotia

Braeside Inn

Hotel

Braeside Inn Photo, Pictou, Nova Scotia
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The Braeside Inn is an 18-room Inn in Pictou. It is located close to the ferry to Prince Edward Island, which is why we picked it in the first place (of course, how were we to know that hurricane Juan would wreak havoc with our plans to return to Nova Scotia by ferry . . . ). But the Braeside Inn is not only located conveniently for those planning to visit PEI, it is also a pleasant, old home with nice rooms. Our noses told us the biggest drawback about the Braeside Inn (or, more fairly, any accommodation in the Pictou area): the paper pulp factory across the bay. The local kids call it "The Cloud Factory" because it constantly puts out thick, white clouds of vapor. Unfortunately, this v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Braeside Inn
126 Front St.
Pictou, Nova Scotia
877-662-6988

Green Highlander Lodge Photo, Baddeck, Nova Scotia
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The town of Baddeck is located in the center of the Cape Breton Island section of Nova Scotia. It is a convenient place to explore this part of the province. The Green Highlander Lodge offers pleasant accommodations. It is linked to the Yellow Cello cafe and pizza restaurant, where guests go to check in or to have breakfast.

The Green Highlander is located within walking distance of the harbor and several other restaurants, as well as the public library that offers free Internet access.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

Green Highlander Lodge
525 Chebucto St.
Baddeck, Nova Scotia

St. Mary's River Lodge Photo, Nova Scotia, Canada
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St. Mary's River Lodge in Sherbrooke (located within a stone's throw of the Historical Village) is run by a couple who immigrated to Canada from Switzerland seven years ago. The owners are quite happy to speak German when they can, so expect some German guests here at any time. St. Mary's is a decent place to stay, with clean, comfy beds and a very nice breakfast. The owners play their son's self-composed and performed new-age music during breakfast, which is something that stands out in my mind as a special memory. St. Mary's River Lodge also sports the cutest "no smoking" sign we've seen during our Canadian vacation (see photo).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2003

St. Mary's River Lodge
21 Main Street
Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia