Nova Scotia in August--wonderful

For natural beauty, cool breezes, great food and good fun, three weeks in Nova Scotia was hardly enough this year. Perhaps more next year! Well, summer again and time to be planning another trip to Nova Scotia. Heaven on Earth for over heated Texans.

Nova Scotia in August--wonderful

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by samepenny on October 12, 2000

As we rented a cottages, we often did our own cooking. No problem as cottages in Nova Scotia are extremely well stocked with all manner of kitchen equipment, dishes, fine stove etc. We bought our food fresh from road side stands, fishermen, food co-ops and grocery stores. The quality of the food was incredible.${QuickSuggestions} As we had a large SUV, we carried along some of our own cooking gear. This was NOT necessary. Every cottage had plenty and a fine gas grill to boot. Photos from TallShips2000.${BestWay} We even found top quality food on sale in what appeared to be gas stations with mini-marts. Dare I mention the fine quality of ice cream in Nova Scotia? You don't have to eat in restaurants all the time to eat well in Maritime Canada! When I ask Canadians about the quality of food on offer, they don't understand the question. It's always been so.

Cooper's Inn, Shelbourne Nova Scotia

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by samepenny on October 12, 2000

Go see Allen and Joan Redmund for a great experience. Coopers Inn, which dates back to the 1700's is in a most scenic area. Full harbour views. The best restaurant in Nova Scotia (reservations required) and about 6 enchanting rooms and one unbelieveable suite. The deep bathtub in the suite has a wonderful view of the harbour! Breakfasts are included and are great. Meals in the restaurant are supurb and quite reasonably priced when compared to a big city price in the US. Very nice and pleasingly priced wine list. The village of Shellbourne is where most of the recent movie the Scarlet Letter was filmed. Many of the buildings are ancient and in wonderful shape. Don't miss a tour of the Dory Shop which is a few meters from Cooper's Inn. Ican't seem to edit this. Shelbourne is not on Fundy! It's on the Atlantic side of Nova Scotia. Sorry about the mistitling! Also, I've been asked if I would have liked the Cooper's Inn more if it had been a small hotel rather than a B & B. Hard question! I don't know what the differences would have been other than perhaps breakfast costing extra. Let's just say that Cooper's Inn is wonderful the way it is, including a fine breakfast.
Cooper's Inn
36 Dock Street at Mason Lane
Shelburne, Nova Scotia, B0T 1W0
(800) 688-2011


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by samepenny on October 14, 2000

We rented several different cottages in Nova Scotia using the 'Doer's and Dreamer's' book available free from 1-88-565-0000. All the rates were reasonable, often the scenery was outstanding and we really got off the beaten path.

Canadian laws are very strict as to what the cottages must have: including: 4 burner stove with full size oven, frig, microwave, electric tea kettle, all manner of dishes and pots and pans etc. We had both 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom cottages. Warning: pet peeve--why only one bathroom when you often had 2 or 3 couples? We carried some of our own cookware, which was unnecessary. The beds were fully made up. The bathroom always had enough towels and toilet paper. Also a fair amount of soap, but we had our own also.

Many cottage ownsers are quite creative and add much more to their cottages. Some had a tv (once with cable) and a local telephone. The cottages were often much better than we expected for the price. The price per room in the box above really doesn't fit a cottage situation. We paid about $350-450 per couple per week CANADIAN. For every 2 US dollars you get about 3 Canadian. Or really roughly about $67 US per day for the whole cottage. More or less. A very reasonable way to travel especially if you have kids and/or like a peaceful holiday.

El Cid El Moro Beach Hotel
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Little restaurants in Nova Scotia

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by samepenny on October 12, 2000

Although we did alot of our own cooking, we usually had one meal out per day. We used the 'Doers and Dreamers' guide book (1-800-565-0000) and asked around and never had anything less than an enjoyable experience. Don't overlook tiny restaurants! Some we really enjoyed had less than 10 tables. Food often great!

Peggy's Cove (yes, there was a Peggy)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by samepenny on October 18, 2000

I am always amazed by the Atlantic Ocean. Just looking at it gives me enormous respect for my ancestors who came over from Europe in small, miserable ships. Peggy's Cove is a natural wonder that is in many ways frightening. If you can manage to get there when there are not entirely too many tourists and tour buses, it is even more impressive. Mind the warning signs. Sometimes those Atlantic 'curlers' can come ashore and sweep tourists off the strange looking rocks. The post office in the light house must be the smallest and most crowded in Canada! But take some time and find yourself a safe spot on the rocks to settle in and observe the 'mad' ocean. The area is made more dramatic by the visitors who come to spend time at the memorial to those who did in the Swiss Air crash. If you have driven yourself to the village, you can take the time to really look around, buy an ice cream cone or a cup of really good coffee and enjoy the beauty of the area. Yes, I do associate good food with Nova Scotia!
Peggy's Cove
(45 minutes down the Halifax shoreline)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

de Garthe Gallery, museum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by samepenny on October 18, 2000

The de Garthe museum has a small admission fee--well worth it--so is usually very quiet. The paintings and scuptures are fantastic. Yes, there is a Peggy of Peggy's Cove at least in the mind of the artist. Take time to look at the extremely large stone carvings by the museum. De Garthe spent a lifetime painting Peggy's Cove and is largely responsible for making this tiny village famous. The gallery is run by his widow. She sells prints of her late husband's work as well as nice, but inexpensive note cards. Both the museum and gallery are a 2 minute walk from the Visitor's Centre--which is NOT the same as the area around the light house. We were amazed and pleased that employees of the Visitor's Centre were busy helping people park large SUV's and rigs with trailers. Their efforts made the parking process much easier in this tiny village. As usual the rest rooms (wash rooms) were extremely clean--much appreciated!
deGarthe Gallery and Museum
Peggy's Point Road
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

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