Choosing a vacation destination doesn’t mean you have to go south to sunnier skies. There are some incredible places to explore in the northern hemisphere too, especially during the Spring and fall seasons. Weather conditions can be ideal to take long weekend road trips, check out small towns and sightseeing through big urban sprawls.
One of my favorite locations is Nova Scotia – Canada’s scenic province of wine, seafood, sun and coastline.
Small Town Charm
Landing in the town of Yarmouth via the speedy NovaStar ferry from Maine, it was an ideal introduction to the area. Although small, this spot welcomes visitors from all over the world and has a great information center right on the waterfront. Plenty of bed and breakfasts line the residential streets, such as the charming MacKinnnon-Cann Inn. For some fresh seafood, including flaky white fish and mussels, guests can grab a table at Rudder’s. This would also be the perfect opportunity to try some Canadian poutine, which is french fries covered in gravy and cheese curds.
A Beautiful Capital City
About a three hour drive from Yarmouth is the capital city of Halifax. Highlights include a n iconic citadel as the centerpiece of the city, with tours daily that offer historical accounts on past battles and wars. The views of the harbor from the top of the citadel are sweeping and gorgeously panoramic.
When choosing a place to stay in Halifax, location downtown was key. Luckily, the chic Prince George Hotel exceeded expectations and provided the perfect, elegant base for exploration. Rooms were beautifully plush and freshly decorated, and the lobby bar was always buzzing with action. Just a quick walk out the front door brought us to the Obladee Wine Bar to sample some local Nova Scotian white wines. Then a cab ride was all it took to be in culinary bliss at the trendy Field Guide for shared plates and craft cocktails.
Along Two Coasts
The north and south coasts of Nova Scotia are vastly different. Stay north to enjoy miles of wooded scenery and rocky, coastal towns. A great stop between Yarmouth and Halifax is Lunenburg, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage site for being a famous old fishing town. On the way back down, it would be a shame to not experience the other opposite coastline and the Bay of Fundy. It’s a body of water with a unique shade of copper brown, boasting dramatic cliffs and spectacular views.
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