My wife and I will be returning to Nova Scotia for a twelve day vacation. We were there in Sept. 2007 and loved it but did not have time to explore Cape Breton so that's our focus this time.
Here's our itinerary..please feel free to comment.
Day One: Fly from Phila. to Halifax..arrive by 1PM...pick up rental car and drive to SeaWind Landing Country Inn in Larry's River. Travel via Rtes. 212E, 224E, 7E. Melrose County Harbour Rd., and 316S. Estimating 4 1/2-5 hours drive. Is there a good place to get lunch shortly after leaving Halifax Airport that's on our way?
Day Two: Leave Larry's River and travel to Louisbourg staying at the Spinning Wheel B&B. Have read some posts about which route to take..Rte 247 then the drive through Gabarus Lake or Rte 4 along the east shore of Bras d' Or Lake to Sydney and then over to Louisbourg? Comments please! No rush getting there..
Day Three: Spend as much time as we want at the fort then drive to Baddeck to Mother Gaelic's B&B...again, no rush!
Day Four: Sight see around Baddeck..probably drive north around the Cabot Trail as far as Neil's Harbour or North Harbour then turn around and drive back to Baddeck for a second night.
Day Five:More sight seeing around Baddeck then head south and west to Mabou stopping by Iona to visit the Highland Village Museum. Staying at The Inn at Glendyer for three nights.
Days Six & Seven: Travel north to the Cabot Trail passing through Cheticamp going as far as Pleasant Bay or North Harbour (if we didn't get there on Day Four), visit The Red Shoe for some Ceilidh, the Canadian Whisky distillery at Glenora and other interesting places. Comments?
Day Eight: Leave Mabou and drive to the Carwarden B&B in Port Williams (stayed with Mary in 2007). Visited Pictou, Cape d' Or lighthouse, Bay of Fundy, Parrsboro in 2007...will probably bypass most things until we get to Truro then take Rtes 236 & 215 along the Bay of Fundy to Rte 1 then through Wolfville to Port Williams. Once we get through Truro we will be revisiting places where we were in 2007.
Day Nine: Go north to Hall's Harbour, visit some local wineries, eating and drinking our way around. We have reservations for the Tempest restaurant for 9/13...suggestions for 9/12?... read good things about the Port Pub and Paddy's Pub.
Day Ten: Leave Annapolis Valley and drive to Lunenburg for three nights at the 1826 Maplebird House. Try to eat dinner at Magnolia's Grille...loved their FRESH scallops!!
Days Eleven & Twelve: One day go to Halifax..(Alexander Keith's Brewery..love their beer!)..spend time there and in Dartmouth and the other day lounging around Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Blue Rocks, La Havre bakery, etc
Visit the Ironworks Distillery, whatever we feel like!
Day Thirteen: Drive to the airport for an early afternoon flight back to home.
We have gleaned a lot of information last time from blondie091 and Fundygirlr as we planned our trip and this time I've relied on a lot more of the Cape Breton experts (caperbeach and pfound as well as maryann-ns and oneeyedlove).
We are very excited about our return...please add suggestions for good, reasonably priced local eateries, comments on places not to miss, etc.!!