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Nova Scotia - itinerary/constructive criticisms wanted.

Old Jun 19th, 2006, 03:28 PM
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Nova Scotia - itinerary/constructive criticisms wanted.

Hello all. I have ready so many of the helpful travel hints here and wanted to see if the community had any constructive criticisms on our trip.

We are traveling from Boston from the 15th the 24th via car and do not plan on taking the CAT. We plan on driving to Maine and staying on the 15th and then following this itinerary

16 th arrive Amherst and explore the area and make our way to Pictou to stay the night at Davies House ( www.davieshouse.com )

17th, 18th -- explore the cabot trail and stay in Igonish at the notty pine cottages for 2 days

19th Make our way to Sydney and possibly stay at the gathering house, any other suggestions? Trying to stay under $75/night

20th,21st -- drive to Halifax ( long drive ). Does this make sense or should we stay somewhere in between.

Is Halifax worth going to based on the above itinerary and timeframe?

23rd possible stay near Amherst, and then back home via Maine

thanks in advance

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Old Jun 19th, 2006, 03:45 PM
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I think you can do the driving you suggest. The distances from north to south are a little long, but doable.

My only real suggestions are two:
Don't spend a lot of time waiting for the tidal bore at Truro. If you are there, and the wave is due soon, hang around.
Otherwise, it is not what I would call a tidal wave coming up the creek.

The second suggestion is the fort at Louisbourg if you get that far up.
It is very well presented if you can catch the drama scene there. Interesting history from the "other" point of view.
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Staying in Ingonish for 2 nights willnot let you explore the Cabot Trail b/c Ingonish is along the way. You are better off to begin the Cabot Trail in Baddeck, stay one night in Ingonish & continue on teh next day from Ingonish down towadr Cheticamp & endig up [email protected] Baddeck. THsiis what is ca;;ed doing the taril counterclockwise & it has alwyas been my preferred way to go.
With this in mind I wld suggest the following:
Aug 16- Maine-Amherst.
Aug 17 Amherst-Baddeck( about 4 hours)
Aug 18 Baddeck-Ingonish
Aug 19 Ingonish-Baddeck
Aug 20 Baddeck-Halifax(about 4 hours)

I wld skip Sydney as there is nothing there. If time allows, try to get out to Louisbourg from Baddeck. You said you had the 20th & 21st
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Sorry about all of my typos...I can re-post if this does not make sense.
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Along the Sunrise Trail from Amherst to Pictou there are a variety of spots not to be missed. You may want to spend a couple of days exploring the area along with Pictou and area.

Jost Winery - Malagash
Sunrise Mercantile - Tatamagouche
Sara Bonnyman Pottery - Tatamagouche (she throws pots every morning and you can watch)
If a Saturday - Farmer's Market in Tatamagouch at the Creamery
Train Station Inn - Railcars turned into hotel rooms and dining room plus the old station house
The Chowder House - restaurant with good food on Main St. Tatamagouche
Raven Gallery - Tatamagouche - an art gallery worth the visit
Denmark - the Pork Shop
Earltown Country Cheeses - makers of organic cheeses - the goats are a stop in themselves
Sugar Moon Farms - maple syrup - onsite restaurant
River John - Lismore Sheep Farm
River John - a new little cafe to enjoy a cup of coffee
Seafoam - Look for the Banana Pie small yellow barn. They raise all organic veggies and sell the most delicious products such as jams, jellies, pickles and freezed dried herbs, soup mixes, etc.
Beach Lane Lavender - grow their own lavendar and make a variety of products
Seafoam Woodturning studio

The Town of Pictou and the County of Pictou has many places for you to visit and spend time. Ship Hector, Carver's Studio, Grohman Knives, are just a very slim sampling.

When you leave and head towards Cape Breton, continue along the Sunrise Trail, taking a left at Sutherland's River. Keep on going towards Cape George and the Town of Antigonish - follow the water. It is a beautiful drive. At Cribbons Point Marina there is a great little restaurant with lots of seafood and some say the best fish and chips around. Stop into Silver Glen Resort!

I probably have missed quite a few, but as you can see, there is lots to do along this shore!
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