An easy flight from Toronto, we arrive in Charlottetown to celebrate our anniversary on the long Labour Day weekend. We stayed in a comfortable B&B, the Elmwood Heritage Inn, owned by a husband and wife team who are long time PEI residents and very knowledgeable about the island. The Elmwood is a very popular B&B that is a 15 minute walk from the downtown theatre and restaurant district. The rate includes a full breakfast with fresh fruit; the baked cheese omelet was a nice start to the day.
For another nice bike ride, start the trip at Dalvay by the Sea. They do rent bikes here but they are old and not very well kept. The ride is on a bike path along the beach road to the tip of the peninsula on Gulf Shore Parkway. It was rather challenging on a windy day but definitely worth it. Reward yourself with a nice lunch and a respite in adirondack chairs at the Dalvay when you return.
We opted to avoid the Anne of Green Gables experience, but it is an island highlight for those so inclined. For us, the best features of PEI are the beaches and the tidy, picturesque, green countryside.
Here’s our list of restaurants/recommendations:
On Friday night we headed to the Claddagh Oyster House for dinner. An upscale Irish pub with a more casual pub with occasional music upstairs. Mark tried a oyster sampler platter with a great variety of island oysters – blackberry point, raspberry point & little willies were the favs. Dana had truly great seafood chowder. We highly recommend this restaurant but be sure to make reservations. 4 1/2 *
Be sure to also try Sims Corner Steakhouse. The night we were there the service was a bit slow but the food is quite good – another great seafood chowder. 4 1/2 *
We enjoyed a great lunch one afternoon at Clam Diggers in Georgetown, sitting outside on the deck on the water. The PEI mussels in a curry sauce are a must try. 4*
Blue Mussel Cafe in North Rustico – a casual lunch spot. Good food and wine. 4*
For a great lobster dinner at reasonable prices, check out the Water Prince Corner Shop. The restaurant is very casual and the wine menu is very limited. We recommend skipping the house wine. 4*
… Mark & Dana …