If you love history then a night (or several) at the Chateau Albert Hotel is a MUST while visiting the Grande Anse & Caraquet area on the Acadian Peninsula. It is located ONSITE at the Acadian Historical Village. - We arrived at the village, parked our car, and began our "package deal" for a musical dinner evening, a continental breakfast, and tour of the historical village.
Since all patron vehicles are not permitted on the village site, we were met in the parking by a chauffeur in a period costume driving a ca1930 Model-T Ford who told us about the hotel history and what to expect at the historical village and places to visit nearby. - He deposited us at the covered entrance to the hotel and carried our luggage to the welcoming desk clerk who was knowledgeable and very personable. Our 2nd floor suite (corner suite) was spacious, bright, clean, and decorated in the 1907 style...complete with an antique bath.
In the evening, after a wonderful meal in the period-decorated dining room, we enjoyed Acadian fiddle music and story telling. Simply awesome! Later, while sipping wine on the large balcony, we listened to the cry of the loons, the clip-clop of horses, and the mooing of distant cattle. It was very soothing; a great remedy for releasing technology stress!
After breakfast we toured the elaborate Acadian Historical Village. The first phase of the village is from 1770 (after the 1755 deportation) to 1900 and illustrates the trek of the Acadian people through their struggle & faith; the second phase continues from 1900 to 1949 (this one includes the 1907 hotel). - Each house has a colorful interpreter who is quite willing to share the history of the house and the story of a tenacious people; some of whom were deported in 1755 to various parts of the world including Louisiana (these to become the Cajuns).
We were able to locate some ancestor history through some valuable books (for sale) in the entrance pavilion. - We enjoyed our stay but it was too short. Our next visit will be for several days of pure relaxation & enjoyment..
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