What an amazing opportunity to enjoy Dalvay as a guest instead of just a gawker like I have been for so many years. We stayed at one of the newer cottages because of the size of our party I was traveling with and ended up deciding to enjoy a fine dining experience like the people of yesteryear would've done if they came out to visit Alexander McDonald for the summer getaway cool ocean breeze.
The staff treated us like royalties. The GM and her husband gave us a guided tour with history of the home and let us look over some of the rooms of the hotel since we were in a cabin. It felt like we had our own theatre performance with Alana's colorful explanations and obvious love of the building she was taking under her wing.
We dressed up for dinner that evening and enjoyed an amazing culinary dream meal complete with amuse bouche between plates. Syd was sweet enough to let us sample a taste of the smoked salmon that Dalvay does on location. Amazingly well done. Our waitress who was supposed to be working at Stanhope (before it burned down) was adjusting to the switch nicely with the instructions of the GM and her husband. She even picked up my friends napkin and placed it on the back of her seat so when she returned from the washroom it would be easy to grab to place back on her lap!!
After dinner we walked out to water the meteorshower on the lawn with the lake before us and listening to the ocean crashing just beyond the dunes. Truly a magical evening spent at a beautiful resort. I see many people complaining about no tv or phones in the rooms...really...do you need to watch tv when the world is set before your feet?! Enjoy the moments you're in! Make your own reality show. :)
Loved every minute and made great new memories for years to come. Not to mention the inspiration I got for new paintings!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dalvay-By-The-Sea, a National Historic Site of Canada, is an elegant Queen Anne Revival home built in 1895 by a Scottish-American oil tycoon. A summer resort hotel since the 1930's, Dalvay By-The-Sea is located at the east end of Prince Edward Island's National Park on scenic Dalvay Beach. There are 25 guest rooms; all are largely furnished in period antiques and all rooms offer a four-piece private bath. Each of our rooms is singular and unique. In addition, there are eight three-bedroom cottages located adjacent to the inn, offering vistas of the ocean, Dalvay Lake and acres of manicured grounds. The inn currently operates from June 1st - mid October, offering both accommodations and dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dalvay By The Sea
- Dalvay By The Sea Hotel Prince Edward Island