Three things come to mind when I think of Cape Breton. Simplicity, kindness, and beauty. From the road, the Fair Isle Motel appears simple. A long, well tended structure atop a hill, it has nice grounds and a well maintained pool. It looks average, but once inside the rooms are quite lovely. Recently (and lovingly) redecorated, they have comfy beds, spacious modern bathrooms, bar fridges, internet, microwaves, and in some units, wall mounted flat screen TVs. From the bench outside our door, we could sip our morning coffee (or evening wine) and look down the hill, past the little town of Wycocomagh, and onto the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake.
But it was the kindness of the manager Chistena that made us know we were somewhere special. She welcomed us as though we were old friends, and then cheerfully accommodated all our needs, from lending me her hairdryer, to offering a late checkout so we could enjoy an exceptionally beautiful morning walk, and still be able to come back to clean up before we headed for the Sydney Airport.
The motel is also dog friendly, a great start to the Cabot Trail, and within easy walking distance of the delightful Bayside Café - which serves a fabulous breakfast (ask for onions in the home fries) and lunch.
(And no, I’m not on the Fair Isle payroll, I just really liked it a lot!)
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- Also Known As:
- Fair Isle Motel Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia - Cape Breton Island