Sand + Sea + Sky = Prince Edward Island
We’re back from our sea-filled vacation on Prince Edward Island. PEI is known for its gorgeous beaches, red sand dunes, green fields, and homey atmosphere; not to mention the amazing selection of entertainment and dining! We had it all… except for good weather. The weather wasn’t bad, per se, but it certainly wasn’t stellar either. Nevertheless, the clouds did nothing to dampen our spirits, and we thoroughly enjoyed our romantic vacation à deux.
I’ll be splitting my re-cap of our trip into two posts. Today I’ll be talking about our accommodations, our dining experiences, and our sightseeing adventures. In part two of the re-cap, I’ll discuss the many inspiring artisans and antique stores we visited. There was just too much to write about in only one post!
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We stopped our first night in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It is an 11-hour drive from Montreal to PEI (not including stops along the way), so we wanted to break up our trip a bit. Especially since that day was my birthday! 🙂
We had dinner at the Lunar Rogue Pub, which is in downtown Fredericton. We both had the fishcakes and topped off the meal with a delicious, homemade strawberry shortcake. It was a great meal!
Before we left Fredericton, we took some time to explore the area. So many gorgeous heritage homes! You can see that the area is undergoing a major renaissance, as people restore these magnificent houses.
I love the cheery pop of yellow against the grey-blue facade of this home.
This one is definitely in need of some repair but you can tell what a proud Victorian lady she is!
Can you tell that I was sort of obsessed with the doorways?!
Wow. Just wow. Look at those mouldings around the windows! And that gorgeous gingerbread on the porch!
Our first three nights on PEI were spent in absolute comfort at the Old Millpond B&B in Clinton. Clinton is in central PEI, though it is only a 15-20 minute drive from the Green Gables Shore. Our hosts, Lorna and Glenn, were gracious and welcoming, and their heritage farmhouse B&B was clean and beautifully decorated. The breakfasts were HUGE and really delicious! My favourite part was the cheddar and garlic biscuits. YUM!
Erick and I enjoyed walking around their charming country property, which features a beautiful pond. It was the perfect places to snap a few photos.
We went into Summerside to take in a bit of the Lobster Festival and were delighted to stumble into a performance by the dance-inducing Acadian folk trio Vishten. It was the perfect way to launch our maritime vacation!
Our second day on PEI included a visit to Cavendish Beach. It was gorgeous: a beautiful sand beach stretching as far as the eye can see, framed on one side by the Atlantic and on the other by swooping sand dunes. Unfortunately, it was pretty cold and windy, so we weren’t able to enjoy the beach for very long. We still had time to enjoy a picnic and to snap some photos!
Admission to Cavendish also included admission to the Anne of Green Gables Historic Site. I’d been many times as a child, but Erick is new to the whole Anne phenomenon! Even though it was a grey day, we enjoyed a walk through the “haunted woods” and a stroll through Green Gables’ rooms and gardens
We ate splendidly at local restaurants. The Sou’ West Bar & Grill was great: their seafood chowder has won awards and it really is worth the accolades! Sometimes chowders are a whole lot of fish and not a lot of any else… Well, not here! We were in heaven.
We took a drive down to the Bedeque area, and fell upon the lovely little Chelton Provincial Park beach. We had a great view of the Confederation Bridge, and really enjoyed walking along the red sand.
Our last night in the area was spent at the Malpeque Oyster Barn. We came for delicious oysters and were not at all disappointed! They were fresh and just scrumptious. We both had main courses as well, but nothing compared to the oysters. In fact, we skipped dessert in favour of another plate of oysters!
Malpeque itself was beautiful at dusk. It is really out of the way, but well worth a drive. Everywhere you look is like a painting!
Our next two nights were spent in picturesque Georgetown, PEI. Georgetown is located towards the Eastern side of the island, on what they call the Points East Coastal Drive. I have to say, we actually followed the drive on our way to Souris (more about that later), and were somewhat disappointed. Until you get quite far up the coast, it really is just trees and trees and more trees… But we found some great gems along the way to break up the expanse of green!
We stayed at Sea Song B&B, just 5 minutes outside of Georgetown. It was a breathtaking property, right on the ocean. Our hosts, Wanda and Hilary, were very friendly and welcoming. Erick and Hilary really enjoyed talking fishing over breakfast!
And, as you can see, the weather did not improve greatly as the week progressed. 🙁
The sun did come out for our first evening in Georgetown, though! We enjoyed a warm and sunny walk through the historic harbour area.
This little heritage home by the sea caught my fancy. I love the Gambrel roof on it and the grey cedar shake siding has obviously been recently restored. You can’t really see it in the photo (and I didn’t want to get caught up for trespassing ha!) but the door is turquoise. Turquoise, I tell you. Why hello little dream house.
We ate both nights at Clam Diggers Beach House & Restaurant in Georgetown. The food was delicious, and I really enjoyed the crab cakes with chili cream. Erick had their seafood stew with lime and coconut and loved it. One night we split the Beach House Platter, which included haddock, scallops, and clams. The fried clams were definitely the highlight – so rich! The second night we splurged on the Seafood Platter, the star of which was the snow crab and lobster. We were definitely living the good life!
Our second day in the area took us up to Souris, a beautiful seaside town with plenty of artisans, shops, and restaurants. We ate at the Lobster Shack, which is a little beach-side restaurant that – obviously – specializes in lobster. Their lobster roll was the best we had (and believe me: I sampled quite a selection).
While Erick explored the fishing possibilities from the Souris wharf, I took a walk up to the historic lighthouse. What a stunning view it offers! We were just a day too early for their Sea Glass Festival, but I could them setting up their tents and booths as I snapped photos of the beautifully weathered lighthouse. It would have been lovely to take in the festival, but we were headed to Charlottetown the next morning.
I used my walk around the lighthouse as an opportunity to work on learning the white balance and exposure settings of my camera. Erick really helped me to improve my photos during the trip, as he has taken some photography classes in the past. I’m particularly proud of that second photo of the lighthouse! #EarnestChallenge
By the way, there was a bride and groom taking their wedding photos near the lighthouse while I was walking around. What a gorgeous location for photos! I hope they turned out well.
Our final two days on the island were spent in the Charlottetown and Red Sands Shore area. We stayed at Obanbrae Farm B&B, which is run by Dora and Brian. They were wonderful to chat to, and Dora and I had lots to talk about, since she’s a retired elementary school teacher! The B&B is situated in Cornwall, on the working farm which has been in their family for over a hundred years. It was both centrally located and yet totally peaceful. Dora’s breakfasts were delicious and she even had some extra baked goodies for when we came home in the evenings! I’m so sorry that I forgot to take photos of their lovely B&B. Next time!
We took a drive into Victoria by the Sea, which is about 20 minutes from Cornwall. I’d been to Victoria a few times when on holiday with my family, but I had never had much time to spend there. We ate at the Lobster Barn Pub & Eatery, and had very tasty, if simple, sea fare. The portions were generous and the price was right!
We enjoyed our evening in Victoria so much that we decided to spend the next day exploring its shops and beach. Of course, I’ve already promised another post entirely dedicated to the antiquing, shopping, and artisans, so never fear: you’ll hear all about that!
The beach was a highlight for me. Even though the sun only came out at the very end of our day, it did warm up enough to go beach combing at low tide. I picked up a bunch of large clam shells which you may see turned into a craft soon. 🙂
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I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of the island. I’ll be back this weekend with my tour of PEI’s artisans and antiquing! xo
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