road to prince edwards island travel guide

by ann

BOSTON TO PRINCE EDWARDS ISLANDROAD TRIP TRAVEL GUIDE 2

Raised on the words of Anne of Green Gables, I was absolutely THRILLED when my sister and I finally planned a trip to Prince Edwards Island. We would finally see those verdant hills with our own eyes. Perhaps I would even get the chance to dismally sigh whilst in the depths of despair, weeping into the Lake of Shining Water, only to be comforted by my own sweet Gilbert Blythe… But I’m getting ahead of myself. There was a long road ahead and we began our journey with a late night drive from Boston, Massachusetts to Bar Harbor, Maine.

BAR HARBOR, MAINE

  • Bar Harbor Hotel// for lodging (3 out of 5)
    • Clean but sparse;
    • Provides an excellent free breakfast including yogurt and hard-boiled eggs!
  • Acadia National Park// for gorgeous views
    Key spots to hit: Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Point, Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain

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  • Lazy Lobster// for seafood (3 out of 5)
    We had: lobster roll, boiled lobster, grilled chicken pesto flatbread, tarragon chicken salad
  • Adelmann’s Bar & Grill// for custard

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20150912 PEI 68 of 467After lunch, we drove to St. John’s for the night.

ST. JOHN’S, NEW BRUNSWICK

  • Chateau St. John’s// for lodging (hotel) (3 out of 5)
  • Billy’s Seafood Company// for seafood (2.5 out of 5)
    • We weren’t particularly hungry and dined tapas style
  • To get from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia, we took the Fundy Rose ferry and LOVED IT. It was clean and spacious, offering a kid’s play area, and two movie areas (one for kids!) as well as a computer room and food options. It also gave our primary driver to take a well-deserved nap.

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NOVA SCOTIA// Digsby – Lunenburg – Halifax – Noel

LUNENBURG, NS

What a charming port town! Things do close relatively early so plan accordingly.

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  • Smugglers’ Cove Inn// for lodging (2.5 out of 5)
    • The inn was on the bare necessities side and a wee bit snug.
  • Savvy Sailor// for food (3.5 out of 5)
    • We had: seafood appetizer, haddock chowder, scallop club po-boy, smoked salmon panini.
    • We liked everything and the waitress was so sweet!

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  • Salt Shaker Deli// for dinner (2.5 out of 5)

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  • Sweet Indulgences// for baked goods (3 out of 5)

HALIFAX, NS

  • Peggy’s Cove// for sightseeing
    Beware of the “black water” which is where the water hits the rocks. It’s very dangerous and many a person has been lost to sea this way!

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  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic// for Titanic history

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  • Shangri-La// for lodging (5 out of 5!)
    We LOVED Noel. Our place was large and spacious. I would recommend picking up food prior to arriving so you can make dinner at home since there isn’t much nearby.

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PRINCE EDWARDS ISLAND// New London – Park Corner – Cavendish – Charlottetown – Red Point – Point Prim 

Finally we arrive in PEI!! So begins our L.M. Montgomery/Anne of Green Gables tour.

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EAT AT:

  • Sou’West Bar & Grill// for seafood (4 out of 5)
    • Best oysters on the trip
    • Disappointed in the oyster o’boy BUT this is coming from native Louisianians.
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CAVENDISH, PEI// for Anne of Green Gables Museum
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CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

  • Fairholm Historic Inn in Charlottetown// for lodging- a B+B! (5 out of 5)
    • Modern updated rooms
    • Kitchen available
    • GREAT free breakfast, including bagel + lox option!

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  • Terre Rouge (4.5 out of 5)
    • A local favorite, the restaurant had great staff and good food.

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Places to go:
  • Anne of Green Gables Store
  • Cows Creamery// for amazing cow puns + ice cream

Consider:

  • Eating at Water Prince// for lobster
  • Going to see the Anne + Gilbert the Musical (It was SOLD OUT on the day we could go; Amy and I had to make do with getting the soundtrack.)

RED POINT, PEI

  • Basin Head// for walking on a beach

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POINT PRIM, PEI

  • Point Prim Lighthouse

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  • Point Prim Chowder House (4.5 out of 5)
    • I’m rating this the same as Terre Rouge BUT we really liked this spot. The rugged Canadian who took our orders was also a bonus.
    • We ordered: tomato seafood chowder, steamer pot, deluxe lobster roll, oysters and a bread pudding
    • We HIGHLY recommend the steamer pot. Then I would recommend the chowder.

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NEW BRUNSWICK// Hopewell Cape – Barn Marsh Island – Alma

HOPEWELL CAPE, NEW BRUNSWICK

  • Hopewell Rocks// for rock formations sculpted by the tides

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BARN MARSH ISLAND, NEW BRUNSWICK

  • Cape House Restaurant
    • We ordered: twisted caesar, raging chowder, lobster poutine, lobster tacos, sausage and peppers and seafood fettucini
    • We recommend: sausage and peppers. The hand rolled pasta was delicious and the sauce was worthy of being licked off the plate!

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  • Cape Enrage Lighthouse

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ALMA, NEW BRUNSWICK

  • Captain’s Inn// for lodging (4.5 out of 5)
    • Very cute and cozy
    • Breakfast was made to order and lovely!

BAR HARBOR, MAINE
On our journey back, we stopped again in Bar Harbor. I didn’t mind at all because we got to enjoy more beyond the striking woodlands of Acadia National Park. This time around we got to enjoy the town. We began by browsing through the town’s boutiques. When we got hungry, we grabbed a bite of luxurious lobster mac and cheese at Side Street Cafe. We laid on the grassy knoll overlooking the harbor and lazily watching boats dock. On the way home, we stopped by Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium for a blueberry ice cream cone. Perfection.

  • Grand Hotel// for lodging
    • Great location
    • Free breakfast

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PORTLAND, MAINE

  • Press Hotel// for lodging (5 out of 5)
  • Standard Baking// for brioche
  • Arabica// for coffee
    • NOT recommended- I hate saying that but the coffee was okay and the server placed a bagel that someone returned back with the other bagels. EEK.

Consider eating at: Union Bagel. It was closed when we were there!

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