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48678 Cabot Trail | North River Bridge, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
19029292263
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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages is named after the golden...
The Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages is named after the golden mushroom, Cantharellus cibarius, which grows in abundance over its 100 + acres. The Chanterelle mushroom is one of the most "choice" of all wild fungi because of its fragrant flavor. Cape Breton Chanterelles are shipped all over the world to some of the most exclusive restaurants and dining rooms. When they are in season, you will find this delicacy in many of the dishes served in the dining room at the Inn. Other choice edibles are also found the the woods behind the Inn. The discovery of these choice 'shrooms was a major factor in Innkeeper Earlene Busch's decision to move from Boulder, Colorado, and build the Inn. She originally came to Cape Breton to pick up a bedroom suite of handmade curly maple furniture crafted by Bob Lambie of the Dovetail Shop near Margaree and fell in love with the area. Recognizing the healthfulness of the fresh air, pure crystalline water (we call it Chanterelle Champagne) and the serenity and pristine beauty of the North River Valley and St. Ann's Harbour, she decided to build an Inn dedicated to the values of a healthy and "green" environment. The Inn draws its water from a certified deep well fed by a natural spring, serves organic and locally grown food whenever and wherever available. The Inn building itself is modeled after a traditional Cape Breton barn---designed to look rustic on outside but welcomes guests to a rich and comfortable interior. Weathered hemlock recycled from the original barn, built in 1912, frames the commons area, the dining room and the upstairs hallways. The cottages are re-cycled, too, from a property in Ingonish that closed to make way for a maritime interpretive center. The property is dedicated to making as small a footprint as possible on the North River Valley. In addition to our use of solar space and water heating system, we serve locally produced ingredients in the restaurant, use only natural and fragrance-free cleaners and laundry soaps. Our hand and facial soaps are made exclusively for the Chanterelle Inn from natural ingredients by a local soapmaker. We use no pesticides or herbicides. And, of course, we are commited to pre-and re-cycling and ask our guests to join us in that effort. Chanterelle Inn was officially opened on June 3, 2000, largely due to the efforts of Earlene's life long friends who came up from Colorado: Anne and Bill Gillespie, Barbara and George McCulloch and Joe Kercel. Anne and Barbara designed and decorated the interior of Inn while Bill, George and Joe did whatever tasks were necessary to open the doors on time. Earlene's appreciation of their work is equaled only by her gratitude to them. We continue to strive to exceed guest expectations. Our greatest reward is having guests return year after year or when we have a guest who has been referred to us by someone who stayed with us previously. Green Weddings - The property specializes in creating memorable events and is one of the best locations on Cape Breton in which to host a small intimate wedding event and reception. Mountain vistas, personalized service, all wrapped with a focus on delivering special events with a green and sustainable touch.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful place, great food and staff

Our family of four adults had a wonderful two-day stay here in July, and the gorgeous rural peaceful location was just the start. The rooms were comfortable and decorated with treasures from Earlene's (the owner and chef) family and trips, making it feel like a real home. Every aspect of the inn... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Our family of four adults had a wonderful two-day stay here in July, and the gorgeous rural peaceful location was just the start. The rooms were comfortable and decorated with treasures from Earlene's (the owner and chef) family and trips, making it feel like a real home. Every aspect of the inn was crafted with an environmental mindset, and this... More 

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Oslo, Norway
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My very first lobster meal was beautifully cooked by Keith and Earleane, and I could not have been more satisfied. Thank you both for beautiful food and a lovely stay at the Chanterelle!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Inn is a great place to stay and wonderful place to eat. Home made food is cooked to perfection to order. The Inn is located on a hill with a beautiful setting right off the Cabot Trail. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Nice location and friendly banter. Limited but nice menu. I was disappointed that my dish contained pork and it wasn't listed on the description of the dish on the menu. Like many people I don't eat pork so I think this should be pointed out clearly when added as an ingredient. I had to leave my meal almost uneaten and... More 

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CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write regarding your experience at the Chanterelle dining room. It is not a really restaurant but rather a dining room of the inn. We cater to our Inn guests but often are able to take outside guests for dinner. So, yes, the menu is limited because it changes daily and the same culinary crew... More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Sure, it's "gourmet food", but honestly the wait made it not worth it. I would have been just as fine with a microwavable meal, which would have also saved a substantial amount of money too.

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CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

This reviewer also wrote a very negative review of the accommodations at the Chanterelle Inn and Cottages, to which I have replied. We have exhaustively searched our records and have found that no family stayed at the Chanterelle or had dinner at the Chanterelle Restaurant during May or June 2014. Please research this and delete this review. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

'I'm afraid I can't cook you a proper meal, ma'm', Earlane said to me trying to book a table at 6 pm. That triggered us really, because we were very anxious to get a proper meal. The next evening we had a 'proper meal', and the night after, and even the night after that one. Though we had to drive... More 

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CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your compliments! Glad you appreciated the scottish humor that accompanied your dinner. And thank you for helping the Chanterelle help the local farmers, fishers and growers. We look forward to your return. More 

Halifax
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We stayed and dined at the inn. The food was incredible. We had one person with Celiac's and they were more than accommodating both for dinner and breakfast. I had the local Halibut and it was done to perfection. Many thanks to Keith who made our evening memorable with lots of humour, and excellent service.

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CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for such a complimentary review. I am so glad you enjoyed the halibut as it is truly a sacred fish! Keith's humor is indeed the authentic droll humor of the descendants of the Scottish highlanders. He was pleased that you shared it! More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My girlfriend and I were looking for a romantic country inn in Cape Breton to spend several nights while we explored the Cabot Trail. We read about the Chanterelle Inn on trip advisor. The location was perfect, and we loved that the owner, Earlene, has a passion for protecting the environment. We decided to give it a try, and we... More 

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CapeBretonFresh, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write such a warm and complimentary review. We take it as an honor when guests select the Chanterelle for special occasions. Glad you were here in the midst of mushroom reason and that you enjoyed them. As to your experience on the verandah, Keith often offers to speak to those birds if they are... More 

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A friend and I made reservations here looking for a nice Saturday night dinner. What a charming place! We were served a simple but flavourful meal focused on fresh, local ingredients. Desserts were exquisite (try the chocolate potato cake and bread pudding!). The wine list is extensive with multiple local choices. The owners were beyond welcoming and absolutely lovely. Would... More 

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Hamilton, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I will start by saying have good directions and plenty of time before you head here. We have been pretty disappointed with the food so far in N.S. other than great seafood. What a relief to sit down and enjoy food crafted from the freshest ingredients and presented without being overly sauced. Just let the food speak for itself. As... More 

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ebusch, Owner at Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for the advice you gave to visitors who choose to come to the restaurant from Baddeck. It is a picturesque drive with so many "Photo-ops" along the way. The appreciation you expressed for the local ingredients was so rewarding and I am especially glad you enjoyed the "strawberry-rhubarb fool". More 

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Address: 48678 Cabot Trail | North River Bridge, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
Phone Number: 19029292263
Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Baddeck
Average Prices: USD 15 - 34
Cuisine: American, Soups, Organic, Canadian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48678 Cabot Trail | North River Bridge, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Baddeck
  • Phone Number: 19029292263

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 34
  • Cuisine: American, Soups, Organic, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

The Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottages is named after the golden mushroom, Cantharellus cibarius, which grows in abundance over its 100 + acres. The Chanterelle mushroom is one of the most "choice" of all wild fungi because of its fragrant flavor. Cape Breton Chanterelles are shipped all over the world to some of the most exclusive restaurants and dining rooms. When they are in season, you will find this delicacy in many of the dishes served in the dining room at the Inn. Other choice edibles are also found the the woods behind the Inn. The discovery of these choice 'shrooms was a major factor in Innkeeper Earlene Busch's decision to move from Boulder, Colorado, and build the Inn. She originally came to Cape Breton to pick up a bedroom suite of handmade curly maple furniture crafted by Bob Lambie of the Dovetail Shop near Margaree and fell in love with the area. Recognizing the healthfulness of the fresh air, pure crystalline water (we call it Chanterelle Champagne) and the serenity and pristine beauty of the North River Valley and St. Ann's Harbour, she decided to build an Inn dedicated to the values of a healthy and "green" environment. The Inn draws its water from a certified deep well fed by a natural spring, serves organic and locally grown food whenever and wherever available. The Inn building itself is modeled after a traditional Cape Breton barn---designed to look rustic on outside but welcomes guests to a rich and comfortable interior. Weathered hemlock recycled from the original barn, built in 1912, frames the commons area, the dining room and the upstairs hallways. The cottages are re-cycled, too, from a property in Ingonish that closed to make way for a maritime interpretive center. The property is dedicated to making as small a footprint as possible on the North River Valley. In addition to our use of solar space and water heating system, we serve locally produced ingredients in the restaurant, use only natural and fragrance-free cleaners and laundry soaps. Our hand and facial soaps are made exclusively for the Chanterelle Inn from natural ingredients by a local soapmaker. We use no pesticides or herbicides. And, of course, we are commited to pre-and re-cycling and ask our guests to join us in that effort. Chanterelle Inn was officially opened on June 3, 2000, largely due to the efforts of Earlene's life long friends who came up from Colorado: Anne and Bill Gillespie, Barbara and George McCulloch and Joe Kercel. Anne and Barbara designed and decorated the interior of Inn while Bill, George and Joe did whatever tasks were necessary to open the doors on time. Earlene's appreciation of their work is equaled only by her gratitude to them. We continue to strive to exceed guest expectations. Our greatest reward is having guests return year after year or when we have a guest who has been referred to us by someone who stayed with us previously. Green Weddings - The property specializes in creating memorable events and is one of the best locations on Cape Breton in which to host a small intimate wedding event and reception. Mountain vistas, personalized service, all wrapped with a focus on delivering special events with a green and sustainable touch.

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