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Prince Edward Island

By: Kellie K. Speed, Travel Writer

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Price Edward Island - Photo by William Biggins - Click to Enlarge Imagine a place so secluded you could do nothing all weekend and no one would notice. That’s 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 Hotel’s 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 brunch.

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!)

Don’t 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 Canada’s 10 provinces and the three main industries providing the biggest boos to the island’s 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 island’s 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 island’s 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.

Seasons - Photo by William Biggins - Click to Enlarge 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 island’s 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. Price Edward Island, Lighthouse - Photo by William Biggins - Click to Enlarge

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 Speed - Click to enlarge

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 Approach.

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.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

 

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