Wednesday, July 29, 2009

maritimes bound

It's been a while since I've posted. I could go on about emergency hospital visits, heat waves and other mundane things, but I'm not gonna. Instead, I'll talk about our upcoming holiday. In just over a week (8 days to be precise), we'll be on a plane to Montreal. Once we've had our fill of bagels, we'll be renting a car and heading off to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. One of our neighbours will also be in PEI at the same time and have invited us to their family cabin on the sea! Sweet. I will definitely need recommendations on what to do and see. If we have time, we might even go through Maine (Bangor rather than coastal, I think), so Maine tips too, please!

Also, because we'll be gone for over 3 weeks, I'll be closing up my etsy card shop. Last day for buying will be August 4th, so if you want something, get it now. My printables shop will remain open, but operating on a "holiday schedule" - so no 24 hr deliverables. Instead, I'll check emails and send them out on a semi-regular basis.

Now, let the heat wave continue.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Bijoux said...

Give me back some of that heatwave...I heard all about the glorious weather you Vancouverites have been having and it's just not fair!! :) We had lots of rain again today. What else it new?

I'm heading to Texas for the upcoming long weekend. Going to pick up my puppy. Can't wait!

I have been to Maine and I do recommend getting yourself to a place that serves lobster. Yum!

Newport,MN has lots of outlet shops if that is your thing. Also, if you have time get yourself to Bar Harbour...quite the quaint touristy spot, but very lovely with plenty of hiking trails.

Have a great trip!!!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Alyssa said...

What a great escape from the unrelenting heat! Here are some of my favourite PEI dining experiences.

Breakfast at the peaceful Cafe on the Clyde and the PEI Preserve Company.
http://www.preservecompany.com/

Lunch at Dayboat http://www.dayboat.ca

Dinner at a New Glasgow Lobster Supper
http://www.peilobstersuppers.com/

Though not all on the same day!

And when in Halifax the curry and chips are not to be missed at the Old Triangle.

Have fun!

5:48 PM  
Blogger thehangingflower said...

Definitely too much heat for me here too (WA). Over 100 degrees today, it was ridiculous! a hiatus from this weather sounds awesome.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Authentic Seacoast Resorts said...

We'd like to welcome you to the Nova Scotia Authentic Seacoast on your vacation. Here at the head of Chedabucto Bay, the largest bay on the Atlantic coast, we have more than 101 things to do by the sea:

Authentic Seacoast 101

And as you enjoy cooking, you'll definitely want to have dinner at DesBarres Manor Inn, Nova Scotia's 2008 Cuisine of the Year. The Manor's organic garden provides fresh inspiration for the Chef's award winning dishes. You can read more about dining at DesBarres Manor and get some recipes to get you in the mood for some East Coast dining here:

DesBarres Manor Inn Recipes

If you have any questions, or if we can provide any assistance with your itinerary, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Leilani said...

The farmer's market in Halifax is amazing, you must go!
And check out anchor archive too, it's so cute.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Maven said...

Oh, I am sooo envious. That's my dream itinerary.

7:02 AM  
Blogger ange ella said...

Okay, here goes.

This hike is amazing: http://www.novatrails.com/annapvalley/trails/capesplit/index.php

Afterwards I went to The Port Gastropub just outside of Wolfville (which is adorable):
http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/a/acton.ns/portpub/Home.html

But I would rather go to the Tempest (same chef, I think):
http://www.tempest.ca/

My favourite Halifax restaurants:

Hamachi House has surprisingly delicious sushi (though a wee bit pricy. As is all sushi in Halifax):
http://www.hamachirestaurants.com/morris_street/index.html

Someone mentioned the old triangle, but I was really disappointed by the food when I finally got there. So far my favourite pub/pub food is the Henry House:
http://www.henryhouse.ca/

Also, if you're in the mood for non-pub food, Baan Thai is my favourite thai:
http://www.baanthai.ca/

Oh! Brooklyn Warehouse is Wonderful (capital W)!:
http://brooklynwarehouse.ca

And so on and so forth.

9:51 AM  
Blogger kickpleat said...

Bijoux, enjoy the long weekend and your new puppy! We definitely do plan on eating lobster.

Alyssa, hopefully it won't be too rainy out there - we plan on doing a lot of camping! Thanks for your tips.

thehangingflower, I hope we do get a bit of a heat break :)

Thanks Authentic, I'll check out the links.

I've heard that, Leilani! The anchor archive? Will do.

Thanks Maven, I'm pretty excited!

Ange ella, thanks so much. Awesome links & tips, indeed.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous bellcurves said...

Oh wow, it looks like I might be out in your neck of the woods while you're in the Northeast. I've never been to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island but would love to--I hear it's amazing. However, I HAVE been to Maine many times, and am fairly familiar w/ parts of it (more Southern Maine along the coast than Northern). Just hearing about it makes me miss living in New England. I went back and visited the region last summer.....I agree that you MUST get lobster and also fried clams while in Maine...and there is no shortage of places where you can do this. If I had to recommend the best places, the following are my tips:

1) I'd say it's totally, totally worth venturing down to Wiscasset, Maine to line up for a lobster roll at Red's Eats. Red's is legendary (be sure to google it or see: http://www.hollyeats.com/Reds.htm). We went last July...the lobster rolls they serve there aren't the kind doused in mayonnaise (I think the sauce comes on the side), but it is pure lobster claw meat, and so, so, so good.

2) If you happen to go a little further south to Freeport, then of course the L.L. Bean flagship original store is a must (lots of outdoors types of things, similar to REI). There are also tons of outlets for shopping--lots of great brands but such bargains.

3) In the Freeport area, another awesome lobster place is Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Co. http://www.harraseeketlunchandlobster.com/

4) Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park are amazing. I went when I was 13, and it was amazing and memorable. I especially remember Thunder Hole, where the ocean crashes into the rocks.

5) Booth Bay Harbor. There's great kayaking there, and really in much of Maine. It's very outdoorsy--somewhat similar to (my impression of the Pacific NW). You can hike, kayak, camp, rent bikes, etc.

6) Whale watching is plentiful in Maine. In the Pacific NW it seems that most of the whale watching is centered around the orca. I think in New England, you're more likely to see either gray or humpback (?) and minke whales.

7) You cannot leave Maine w/o having their legendary blueberry pie for dessert....and I also hear blueberry ale is good. (In fact, see above...Bar Harbor has a brewery called Atlantic Brewery, that does blueberry ale....of course, I didn't try this on my visit to Bar Harbor b/c I was 13 at the time!

Can't wait to hear about your trip and what you decide to do.

1:04 PM  
Blogger kickpleat said...

bellcurves, thanks for all your tips! Wowza, I'm getting excited!!

9:50 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Just stumbled on your blog via the Bloggies.

Am from Victoria, and have been transplanted to the Big City (Vancouver) due to work... it's a big change.

But! I can speak to the amazingness of the Maritimes! I was there several years ago, and if I didn't live on the west coast, it would be the east coast.

In New Brunswick, if you haven't already heard of it: Magnetic Hill
http://www.magnetichill.com/english.htm
An optical illusion that makes you feel like your car is rolling uphill by itself.

On the East Coast of PEI, Basin Head beach and their 'Singing Sands' (just outside of Souris): http://www.tourismpei.com/pei-singing-sands-beach
When I was there last, the water in Basin Head was amazing - still warm in September. Gorgeous location.

Also essential in PEI!! Get Garlic Fingers from any pizza place. I cannot describe how amazing they are, but they're a staple in childhood diet over there, and absolutely AMAZING! I crave them still, and have found no adequate substitute on the west coast.

For Nova Scotia, I can't recommend Cape Breton enough. The people there are the friendlies folks I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I highly suggest visiting the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou - owned by The Rankin Family, and home to wonderful music: http://www.redshoepub.com/schedule.htm
I would encourage you to take the time to go to a Ceilidh (kaylee) in Mabou / Inverness county: http://www.invernessco.com/ceilidhs.html

Have a fabulous trip, and enjoy the east coast culture!

5:51 PM  

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