On our last morning in Halifax we decided to go for a run (we were training for the Disneyland Half Marathon and tried to keep up with running on our trip). We were staying at the Westin Nova Scotian hotel and I was really intrigued by the messaging they used. They seem to want to appeal to those trying to live a healthy lifestyle (they use a lot of words like nourishing food etc.) and they have a gym and according to the table top card in our room, you could ask for a running route from the front desk. So we asked them for one and low and behold, it turns out they have running routes for a 5k run and an 8k run that were put together in partnership with Runner’s World magazine. I was pretty impressed by this. So we spent our last morning at the hotel going for a run in Halifax. The fun thing about running in another city is you get to see it in another way and the route took us to places we wouldn’t ordinarily go.
After checking out of the hotel, our next stop was Lunenburg where we planned to spend the afternoon. Lunenburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site and very beautiful. We had lunch at Salt Shaker Deli before exploring the town.
After lunch we took a walk around. It was getting a little overcast so we thought it might rain at any minute. Lunenburg is absolutely beautiful. A lot of the buildings are painted bright colours. We heard a rumour that it was because it gets so foggy there, so the brightly coloured houses would help you find your way home.
Since we missed out on the harbour tours in Halifax, we decided to do the Trot in Time tour here. Trot in Time is a 35 minute tour by horse and buggy. Since it looked like it was going to rain, they gave us an umbrella (which came in handy because it did rain). Our guide was Butch and our horse was Cliff. Butch was very informative and had a wry sense of humour that we really enjoyed. Butch pointed out the gingerbreading detailing on many of the houses in Lunenburg, the small doors (coal doors and otherwise), widows watches, stained glass (usually signalling that the house was owned by a Captain or someone of a higher stature who could afford it) etc.
We also passed the old Lunenburg Jail (now a Big Red’s Family Restaurant). Lobster used to be cheap food so the prisoners were fed lobster 7 days a week. They got sick of it so they passed a law that said prisoners could only be fed lobster 3 days a week. Can you imagine that? After the tour, we went into a few shops and decided to look for the Bluenose II (Butch had helpfully told us where it was so it wasn’t too hard to find). The Bluenose II was having some restoration work done on it so we didn’t get to go on it, but we did get to see it from afar.
After this we hopped into the car again and headed to Grand Pre. The weather seemed to improve a lot during the car ride.
Our friends Jess and Mike had gone to Nova Scotia and PEI for their honeymoon. So they had recommended staying at the Olde Lantern Inn in Grand Pre and given us a restaurant recommendation. Jess and Mike have amazing taste in food, so any time they make a restaurant recommendation, we take it. We arrived at the Olde Lantern Inn where Sherry greeted us. She was incredibly friendly and helpful (so was the owner Al, who we met later). We stayed in “the Wine Cellar,” which was really nice because it had its own private entrance.
The Olde Lantern Inn is a B&B right on a vineyard. They also have lots of beautiful outdoor seating options (Adirondack chairs under a trellis and a viewing deck). I can’t begin to describe how stunning and peaceful it was.
After settling into our room we walked over to Le Caveau Restaurant, the fine dining restaurant that Jess and Mike had recommended. The restaurant and the winery are right next to The Olde Lantern Inn so you just walk through a path in the vineyard to get to the restaurant.
It was beautiful and the weather was perfect so we opted to sit outside. We found out the next day from another couple staying at the Olde Lantern Inn that pretty much everybody decided to eat outside. They ate inside and had the whole inside of the restaurant to themselves.
As promised, the food was absolutely amazing. All of the ingredients were fresh and the flavour combinations fit perfectly. The scallops we ate were some of the best scallops I have ever eaten in my life.
With our bellies full and happy, we walked back to the Olde Lantern Inn just as the sun was setting. The owner of the Olde Lantern Inn, Al, lights the lanterns along the way on the path to help guide you back to the inn.
Next up, Bay of Fundy and more lobster!