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“Early season risks and rewards” 4 of 5 stars
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Prince Edward Island, Canada
Cheshire,UK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Early season risks and rewards”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2008

We were in the east of PEI 3-6 May 2008. The very good art gallery in Charlottetown was about the only "attraction" open on the Sunday and as far as we could see, very few "attractions" would be open even during the week until well into June. As hardy walkers with full gear for winter conditions in the UK, we were driven indoors by the combination of 4C temperatures and merciless arctic winds pushing the windchill way below freezing. Then the sun shone and although neither the thermometer nor the wind eased much, the real warmth of the sun and the warm coloured soil made it much easier to get outside and enjoy the scenery. It is gently attractive rather than jaw-droppingly striking but the combination of the red soil, green forest and blue sea gives it great charm.
Our outstanding B&B hosts at Country Charm in Murray Harbour had mentioned the restored Fench settlement at Roma, on the end of the peninsular slightly North of East from Montague. See http://www.romapei.com/ Even though not "open", there were interesting walks around the site with helpful interpretation boards. Definitely worth visiting. Note that the road is unpaved - some hire car contracts forbid use on such routes.
Re-reading, perhaps the rewards of the early season visit don't come through well enough. For us, the May sunshine and the clarity of the light resulting from the strong northerly wind made the views wonderful. We were also the only visitors, so parking was easy and staff in shops and restaurants had time to chat. We would come again out of season, but might try September next time.

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Atlanta
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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“Easy on the eyes and easy on the spirit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2007

Searching hard to find a satisfactory moniker for the place, the tourist board came up with PEI the "Gentle Island." That is actually pretty accurate. It is a mostly flat place of picturesque small farms (many of which are for sale) and farming communities, lots of potatos, villages and small harbors and Charlottetown as the Big City.

I haven't been over to the French side in years nor have I seen the Confederation Bridge over there. The standard approach by ferry to Wood Island is short and pleasant on a nice day. From Wood Island you can easily drive to the north shore for the big provincial park and beach; go west, or east up to Souris where you can catch the ferry to the Iles de la Madeleine which is another adventure in and of itself.

This time we went to the north shore and stayed at the Dalvay which is reviewed elswhere. The beach in the provincial park is great. We spent one day driving around the north shore which is quite pretty and stopping at various art/craft shops including our favorite the Dunes at Brackley Beach where good quality ceramics and other artworks can be found, the cafe serves excellent food and the sculpture garden in the back is quite interesting. We did not go to Cavendish ("Anne of Green Gables") because the last time I was there it had a tacky low-end touristy quality to it that we were advised had not changed over the years.

We drove some down to the south coast - Victoria by the Sea, for example, a tiny little postcard town- and proceded into Charlottetown which we liked a lot. This town is well-kept and full of 18th and 19th century homes and neighborhoods. They maintain a walking path along the harborfront and have an excellent park on the periphery. There are a sufficient number of arts and crafts shops to keep a shopper entertained for a day or two. The museum is quite well done, too. Some restaurants, such as Off Broadway, offer a pretty good selection of high end cuisine. It is not an exciting town - one of the residents described it as the "town that never wakes" but hey, we're not moving there, just visiting.

This would be a good flat bicycle trip/vacation for those who are so inclined (not us). We like PEI. Your blood pressure should never rise about 110 here, the residents are nice and it is as pretty as the tourist brochures say it is.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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“best place to entertain relatives and friends "from away"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

I just spent the last four weeks entertaining family and friends from 1-80 years old on Prince Edward Island. It is a wonderful destination for all ages; we managed to find activities that could simultaneously please everyone. Our summer highlights included a box at the Charlottetown Driving Park where everyone could place bets or go right down to the track rail and watch the harness racing. We had day trips to Greenwich, a fabulous National Park with the most incredible dune system and floating bridge across the salt water marshes and nature interpretation centre. We all loved the Dunes restaurant in Brackley because it includes a gallery and shop, and the most beautiful outdoor flower gardens complete with bridges, lily pads and buddhas. A favourite spot is always Shaws for their Sunday dinner which reminds you of a scene out of the "dirty dancing" movie, where older folks wear jackets and the younger people are in their summer shorts. Another highlight was kayaking off the north shore with the Outside Expeditions. We had a wonderful family dinner at Dalvay We love Dalvay by the Sea, which is an old robber baron's house right by the ocean. We have golfers, runnners and bikers in the group all who found world class places to carry out their interests. Some of the adults and children went deep sea fishing and attended the Old Home Week Exhibition in Charlottetown where they went on as many rides as possible. Charlottetown is a historic small city which is the birthplace of Canadian Confederation and is a walkable place to shop and eat; this was a pastime enjoyed tremendously by the older members in the group. In all, something for everyone!

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Wayland, Michigan
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“B and B's in Prince Edward Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2007

We stayed in three b and b's in Prince Edward Island. Two were excellent. One was not.

1. Carlton Cove Farms - This is the best value anywhere on the island. We had our own bathroom and a comfortable bedroom for the price of $50 tax included. The breakfast was an egg dish....all you can eat, plus lots of other tasty items. Visit this b and b!

2. Chimneys - Tired host. The house itself is not well maintained. Two of our windows wouldn't shut. Breakfast was the bare minimum. Most of the house is closed off to guests.

3. Roseneath - Price was about $100 but it was worth it. Flowers all over, interesting hosts, bicycles provided, tasty breakfast. Highly recommended.

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st.catharines, ontario
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“So beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2007

I thought the island was so wonderful when your driving at times the landscape looks like a quilt. We have visited this island three times. My children love going there because there is so much to explore. My favourite spot is Summerside. The childrens fav is Annes Land. I would recommend going here to anyone who loves scenery. The people are so friendly. The Harbor front in charlotte town is alot of fun!!! If you are planning on going to the beach Cavendish seems to be the best area because the water is warmer.

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