||Imagine a place so secluded you could do nothing all weekend and no one
would notice. Thats what it was like for us one weekend on Prince Edward Island.
The island boasted miles of secluded beaches, magnificent
farming communities and numerous attractions. If you enjoy fishing, be sure to come
between April 15 and September 15 for some great trout fishing.
We arrived in Charlottetown and had dinner that evening at Lobster on the Wharf. From
fried fresh clams and clam chowder to broiled sea scallops, the restaurant offered some of
the best seafood on the island. The restaurant was casual though - the type of place where
you wear bibs to eat a two-pound lobster.
After a hearty dinner, we stopped by the Old Dublin Pub for a few pints of Guinness before
we headed back to our hotel.
The Canadian Pacific Prince Edward Hotels well-equipped 211 rooms were comfortable.
The modest facility offered a fully equipped fitness facility. The Selkirk restaurant on
the first floor looked wonderful and buzzed with guests at dinnertime and the Sunday
The hotel is the only hotel chain with locations in each Atlantic province. We were glad
this four-diamond property was located just 10 minutes from the airport. Our room had a
minibar and hair dryer. (I am glad they had one because I forgot mine!)
Dont miss the boardwalk behind the hotel. There are several craft shops with some of
the friendliest shop owners in town. The ice cream at Cows should not be missed!
Prince Edward Island has the smallest population of Canadas 10 provinces and the
three main industries providing the biggest boos to the islands economy are
agriculture, tourism and fishing. Be sure to check out the items that have made this
island famous - world-class potato products, Anne of Green Gables home and the
islands rich, red soil (this is truly an amazing sight!)
In the past year, tourism has increased by nearly 60 percent on the island with many
Americans flocking here for a taste of serenity. By the time they are ready to go home,
they will be relaxed and rejuvenated, as we were.
Visiting Prince Edward Island and not playing golf would be like visiting Orlando and not
seeing Mickey Mouse. There are more than a dozen courses to choose from - we opted for
Brudenell River Golf Course. This course has hosted top Canadian touring professionals.
Relax when you get to the 10th hole because this par-three over the water shot takes a lot
of patience. The 11th hole, a par-five, is hit near a greenside pond. Membership here is
quite reasonable - $560 per year or $45 for greens fees. Be prepared for this course - it
has six par-threes, six par-fours and six par-fives.
Our next evening, we had dinner at the Culinary Institute in Charlottetown. Since we do
not have any Culinary Institutes in Massachusetts, this was a unique treat for us. We ate
in the Lucy Maud Dining Room and were greeted by second year culinary arts students. The
room is named after author Lucy Maud Montgomery, who wrote Anne of Green
Gables. This was our favorite restaurant on the island - everything was perfect. The
seafood chowder was simply divine. Each entree was intricately prepared with amazing
attention to detail. The appetizers used the freshest ingredients. It was truly a delight
to dine here.
Our final evening, we drove to the islands most northern point, North Cape. We
witnessed one of the most amazing sights on the island - a Clydesdale horse in the
Atlantic, helping a farmer and fisherman collect seaweed.
||Our dinner at Seasons in Thyme was very elegant. This first-class restaurant
had a lot to offer. If you are visiting on a special occasion, be sure to ask for the
private room to celebrate your evening. The white tablecloths and attentive service were
pleasing and commendable, the food exquisite yet somewhat overpriced.
|We spent the evening at the West Point Lighthouse. The West Point Lighthouse
is a museum that also hosts accommodations. The 69-foot structure is one of the
islands tallest and most unique lighthouses. In the attached location are nine guest
rooms and a fully licensed dining room. Our shower was very fickle - it went from scalding
to freezing in the blink of an eye.
Each room was furnished to recreate the era of the lightkeepers.
Prince Edward Island was a great escape from a hectic life in Massachusetts. This is an
island where you can do everything or do nothing - you decide.
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Kellie K. Speed is
a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been
published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí
Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air
Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and
travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and
Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland,
England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is
planning a trip to Tahiti.
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