Category Archives: Prince Edward Island
November flew! My oldest daughter and I went on a Mom/Daughter road trip to celebrate her 30th birthday! She is a nurse and I picked her up at the hospital at 7:30 a.m. after an all night shift and we hit the 417 – Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada bound! She nodded off for a few moments but for the most part stayed awake to entertain me along the way. The weather was clear, the roads were dry and we arrived at the home of my youngest daughter not long after dark.
We spent 3 nights seeing the sights of Saint John (we have both been there before)…but our prime goal had been to watch the youngest daughter playing in a Football game on Saturday morning…..welllll……she went early and we wandered over once the game was started, couldn’t see her on the field…but there she was on the side lines….as we got closer we realized she was holding a big bag of ice on her knee and she looked in pain….DARN….she insisted upon staying at the game to watch her team mates (they won)…..then we headed to emerge to have the leg checked out….the emerge doctor prescribed crutches and recommended a visit to her doctor the following week….it was painful and she had a tough few weeks but luckily it didn’t require surgery. She was a trooper all weekend and she hobbled around on crutches and we stilled enjoyed ourselves.
Monday morning the oldest and I hopped into the car and headed to Prince Edward Island where we were going to go to our new cottage to see what had been left behind (the sale had closed on October 17th). We stopped in Shediac, NB for lunch and a photo shoot with the giant lobster, we dropped by a great 2nd hand/antique store in Charlottetown and then headed out to Savage Harbour, PEI to see the new cottage. My daughter hadn’t been there before, but she loved the cottage, the space and especially the BEACH! It was a cool November day and there were no lights or heat at the cottage (power off) so we really just did a walk-through, dropped off a few things we had brought down then we headed off on a tour of the the north shore, round to Summerside and then back to Charlottetown and off to dinner at a nice restaurant where we had lobster for the 2nd? or was it 3rd time in 4 days? 🙂
Early Tuesday we left Charlottetown, stopped at tourist store near the Confederation Bridge, did out ‘Anne of Green Gables’ dress up photos and turned the car toward Quebec City. Arrived in Quebec City around 5 pm ish…..checked into our awesome little boutique hotel in lower town Old Quebec…did some wandering, grabbed a bite to eat….and watched the U.S. Elections *sigh*…..SIGH…..SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Wednesday morning, breakfast, wandered around Quebec City for a while longer then hopped into the car and headed back home to Ottawa.
SO……today, it’s December 12th……..weeks have gone by……..winter has started and my husband and I are counting the sleeps until we head off to spend our first Christmas on a Sandy Beach! Last year I made the decision that 2016 was going to be the away for Christmas trip…future years we may have grand children and feel the ‘tug’ to be near the family…..so …December 24th @ 6 a.m. we head off to Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic…..2 weeks…..yipppeeeee! Home again on January 7, 2017…..STAY TUNED!
Now where did I leave off …. ahh yesss….we were in the Porter Lounge at the Ottawa International Airport……our plane arrived…..we winged our way toward Moncton, New Brunswick…..landed pretty much on time – 10:30 p.m. ish…..picked up our rental car and then headed on the 2+ hour drive to our wonderful little room in Prince Edward Island. We were booked for two nights in PEI at The Trailside Music Cafe & Inn in the Apple Valley Room. The Inn was going to be closed when we arrived so they left the door open for us and in the dead of night we stole our way up the stairs and into our cute as a button room!
What I haven’t mentioned about this wee trip is that we were going to spend some time with a real estate agent looking at a few cottages. So….we woke up very early, grabbed breakfast at a place down the road and then met Wayne the real estate guy for a morning of looking at VERY inexpensive cottages. Yes, I did fall in love with one 🙂
The rest of the day we went a drivin’ familiarizing ourselves with this beautiful little Province, from Cavendish to Rustico, etc etc. In the evening there was live music in the Cafe downstairs and we ate fine food, drank fine wine (and beer for Johnny) and listened to some really great local performers. The Proprietor of this fine establishment ‘Pat’ was also our server and I can’t tell you how impressed we were with absolutely everything we encountered at The Trailside Music Cafe & Inn. Decor was perfection without being overdone…wine selections amazing……I do believe I will go back……probably often 🙂 because . . . . .
Well, the next day we got up early, packed our bags and headed off the other direction this time for the Eastern Coastal Tour…..starting with Greenwich Park, then on to Cable Head and beyond over to East Point then back down the south side finally making our way to Charlottetown where we had dinner. We have never seen such beautiful beaches. I can’t believe I have lived within a days drive of this beautiful Province for 58 years and NEVER visited before…..in love in love in love with PEI…..we were flying out of Moncton, so headed back in a big rain storm…managed to actually SEE the Confederation Bridge on the way back! After 9 by the time we got to the hotel and hit the sack for a 6:30 a.m. flight – landed in Ottawa around 8:15…grabbed a bus and were home just after 9 a.m.
A few photos….
I would like to get back to the music on Saturday night at The Trailside….Brian Dunn & the band were terrific. They played a number of songs written by Brian that were absolutely poignant and heart breaking. His wife passed away a few years ago and the lyrics and music to some of his songs reflect the loss and the challenges he has faced as a single dad who has lost his partner at such a young age. Listen to some of Brian’s music by clicking HERE!
So yes, we bought ourselves a little PEI cottage…it’s not fancy….but it took my breath away….it’s an old home that was transported I believe from Charlottetown and plopped onto a little piece of property in the Savage Harbour Cottage Subdivision. A lovely place to spend our summers once we retire….a family cottage….a cottage for friends to visit…..yet another new Chapter in the ever changing lives of J & M …..
p.s. winter vacay booked! Dominican Republic for two weeks at Christmas and Little & Big Corn Island, Nicaragua for 2 weeks at the end of February…
Johnny will be 52 on Sunday and we are heading to Prince Edward Island for the weekend. We are flying to Moncton, New Brunswick renting a car and driving two hours to a cute little Cafe Inn in Mount Stewart, PEI.
For the first time ever we took the bus to the airport! Online took 20 minutes. We have been relaxing in the Porter Lounge and are soon to take off. Flight time about 1.5 hours then the 2 hour drive.