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Help me put some meat on my bones..."

mississippi
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Help me put some meat on my bones..."

First, let me say this is not the way I would have planned this at a different time, but many of the things we want to see close on October 15 or 16 for the season. So, we are retracing miles.

We are a senior couple, limited walking, not interested in shopping, cities, fine dining. We just want to get some history and lots of scenery.

So, here is my itenerary. What should I add along the way. As you can see, I have one extra day. Where should we spend more time?

October 11

Arrive Halifax airport 9:17 pm

Free shuttle to Hilton Garden Inn

October 12

Shuttle to airport to pick up car at 8:00

Drive to Halifax = park where?

10:45 Titanic 100 years tour (meet at sightseeing kiosk near Maritime museum

11:30 ferry to Dartmouth for lobster roll, short walk

1:30 ferry to Halifax – Maritime museum

Drive toward Grand Pre – stay where?

October 13

9:00 Visit Grand Pre historic museum

Drive to Windsor, Howard Dill Enterprises, to see pumpkins

Drive toward Sherbrooke – stay where?

October 14

9:00 Sherbrooke Village

12:00 Drive Eastern Shore Route toward Cape Breton - stay where?

October 15

Drive to Iona- Visit Highlands Village Museum

Begin Cabot Trail – Stay where? Ceilidgh – where?

October 16

Continue Cabot Trail, stopping to view Beulach Ban Falls, visit Cheticamp

Stay where? Ceilidgh – where?

October 17

Drive to Truro – see Berlin Wall pieces

Head toward Advocate Harbour

Stay where?

October 18

Bay of Fundy

Drive toward Digby

Stay where?

October 19

Drive through Kejimujik Park, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Peggy’s Cove, stopping at Adadia Maple Products in Upper Tantalione.

October 20

Turn in car by 9:00 for early flight home on the 21st

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1. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

First, if you haven't already, go to the following website & order the tour Guide "Doers & Dreamers.

www.novascotia.com

In the Grand Pre area, I'd recommend the Evangeline Motel. It's very handy to the Historic Site.

www.evangeline.ns.ca

I'd also suggest that you continue towards Digby way while you are in that area & do the loop across to Lunenburg then back towards Peggy's Cove.

This would save extra driving after visiting Cape Breton.

Annapolis Royal instead of Digby would be a more interesting place to stay if you are interested in history.

www.timelessannapolisroyal.com

You have a lot of places listed to visit & a lot of driving for 10 days, so I wouldn't consider adding anything else.

Fundygirl

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2. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

Thank you very much. Annapolis Royal it is!

Unfortunately, my route has to stay the same. I want to go to the Highlands Museum and Sherbrooke, and both would close before I could get back to them. I'll check on Evangeline Motel. I didn't want to drive anywhere else, just don't know which of the places I am going that I want to spend more time. Again, thanks!

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3. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

Two ideas for October 13th. First is Back in Thyme B&B in Sheet Harbour. This is a delightful place and very much a family home. We really enjoyed our night here. We bought food from the supermarket and ate in the kitchen. Jeff and Julie go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

http://www.backinthyme.ca/

Review here:

http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/Reviews/index.cfm?v=Accommodation_Back_in_Thyme_Bed_and_Breakfast_Sheet_Harbour_Canada~p4094r978pt1pst3&fuseaction=pubReviews.dspProductReview

The other is Day's Ago B&B in Sherbrooke

http://www.bbcanada.com/1639.html

Review here:

http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/Reviews/index.cfm?v=Accommodation_Daysago_Bed_and_Breakfast_Sherbrooke_Canada~p4093r977pt1pst3&fuseaction=pubReviews.dspProductReview

If you have time you might also enjoy a stop at the Fisherman's Life Museum in Jeddore Oyster Pond:

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/flm/

Review here:

http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/Reviews/index.cfm?v=Attraction_Fishermans_Life_Museum_Jeddore_Oyster_Pond_Canada~p4081r964pt8pst15&fuseaction=pubReviews.dspProductReview

October 15th:

Possibly Auld Farm B&B 9although this is several miles from Baddech which could present problems for a ceilidh.

http://www.auldfarminn.ca/

TA Reviews here:

tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g499213-d6766…

Edited: 25 August 2011, 23:14
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4. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

Thank you, EESW for reminding me of the fisherman's museum. I had crossed it off my list before revising schedule in a way that it will now fit in.

I have reservations with Back in Thyme and awaiting auld farm inn's reply.

I appreciate wonderful, helpful people like you and Fundygirl!

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5. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

I hope you enjoy Back in Thyme and the Fisherman's Museum as much as we did.

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6. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

It seems you plan to go counter clockwise around the Cabot Trail so for October 15 you could stay somewhere in the vicinity of Ingonish and on the 16th in Cheticamp or further south in the Inverness/Port Hood area. However it seems the last music at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou is on the 15th.

Here is the Celtic colours schedule: celtic-colours.com/shows-menu/list-of-all-sh…

You may want to see where you can get to see a ceilidh or get concert tickets and then decide on your schedule.

For Advocate Harbour there are not too many places to stay. I have stayed at Wild Caraway which has two lovely queen bed rooms with a view and a shared bathroom.

There are also the cottages at http://www.driftwoodparkretreat.com/

or the Lighthouse at Cape D'Or: http://www.capedor.ca/

If I could afford it I would stay here near Mabou: http://www.glenoradistillery.com/

Edited: 27 August 2011, 13:58
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7. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

I was at Evan's this morning to buy fish and happenedto notice they are closed Mon.

From all repotrts you should enjoy Fisherman's life. Hard to believe we pass it on the way to our cottage and never been in. They some artifacts from my wife's family. 13 daughters, no wonder he went fishing.

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8. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

Thank you, Maryann-ns, I will check into the accommodations you listed. Can't afford the distillery, either. I had seen the Celtic-Colours site, and finally found a list of locations on it. I'll have to chart them on a map and try to find accommodations to fit them it.

Oneeyedlove (love your user name!), apparently the ancestor found time to come home pretty regularly!

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9. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

If you are visiting Windsor and are interested in history, I can recommend the Shand House Museum, open till Oct 15th I believe and only a few minutes from Hway 104. We had a very interested guided tour there recently.

If you are travelling from Advocate to Digby you will be passing by or through Annapolis Royal, and I can recommend a detour into it. Unfortunately the Port Royal habitation historic site will be closed by then, as will the museum at Fort Ann Historic site, but the grounds of Fort Anne are open year round and they are worth looking round.

On Oct 14th you could overshoot Iona a bit and stay at Baddeck, a lovely spot on Bras D'Or. You could also visit the excellent Alexander Grahan Bell museum run by Parcs Canada

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10. Re: Help me put some meat on my bones..."

In Mabou we stayed at The Inn at Glendyer B&B which I can recommend. At Cheticamp we stayed at Merry's Motel which was centrally placed and was superb value for money.