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“First Rate Restaurant on the Trail” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages

Chanterelle Country Inn & Cottages
48678 Cabot Trail | North River Bridge, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
(902) 929-2263
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Ranked #6 of 28 Restaurants in Baddeck
Price range: $16 - $37
Cuisines: Organic, Canadian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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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“First Rate Restaurant on the Trail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Inkeepers at the Water's Edge Inn in Baddeck told us about this restaurant which is overlooks St. Ann's Harbour. What's special about this restaurant, besides it's spectacular locvation on the Cabot Trail, is that everything they cook and cook with is sourced within 100 miles of the restaurant. A charming small inn on the top of a steep hill, Chanterelle has a small dining room so reservations are a must. Peter and I each had a salad to start, roast veal, and homemade ginger honey ice cream. We thought the meal was good, the ambiance comfortable and the staff exceptionally friendly. You won't find a place like this very often, especially off the beaten path.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Glasgow, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stayed at the inn as well as had dinner there. It is a very quiet relaxing place. The meals both dinner and breakfast were outstanding, well above the standards of other more expensive meals we have had recently. Well worth the visit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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“If you wish to dine, this is the spot.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We just enjoyed a most relaxing and satisfying dining experience on September 10 at Chanterelle Country Inn located 36 km north of Badeck along the Cabot Trail. The menu identifies the 20 local sources for all of the organic food. Owner Earlene Busch was a charming hostess. We started off with cocktails in the cozy den and then moved to the well decorated dining room to begin our meal with roasted squash soup ($8) and a delightful beet and blueberry salad ($9). The menu for mains changes daily, typically offering only three choices. We shared Cape Breton veal roast ($26) and a snow crab newburg ($26), each of which was perfectly prepared along with roasted vegetables. The third offering that night was a squash risotto ($21). The freshly picked chanterelles were outstanding. For desert, we had a fabulous house-made bread pudding with rum sauce and ice cream ($7) along with freshly brewed strong coffee. We plan on returning in a few days for our last meal on Cape Breton. For a fine dining experience, this place is not to be missed.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A Cape Breton Must!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

With so much of the dining fare in Cape Breton geared towards bus tours discovering the Chanterelle Restaurant was a rare and delightful find! Here the service is individual and refined. The owner and her assistant (Earlene and Keith) go out of their way to attend to your dining delights while offering a very homey and personalized service. The menu is neither elaborate nor lengthy - rather there a few well prepared, seasonal, localally grown meals offered to dinners each night. We have dined here annually and have never been disappointed with food quality, presentation, or service.......
If you are traveling anywhere near Baddeck this is well worth the slightly out of the way trip.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have a summer home down Cabot Trail from the Chanterelle Inn, this was the first time I had eaten at the Inn. It was remarkable. My nephew is a chef from Boston and is a food snob--he loved his beet and blueberry salad, lobster bisque, leg of lamb and bread pudding. My meal was also fabulous. The local ingredients make all the difference and the owner and her staff are caring and careful. The view truly exemplifies Cape Breton--beautiful and dramatic. It is a great place and I will be back and bring my foodie friends from around the world.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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