If you only have one night to stay in New Brunswick then it has to be at Homeport.
It is a very stylish home-from-home [if you lived in the 1800's] full of wonderful furnishings and objects tastefully blended with modern facilities to provide a perfect taste of how good hostelry can be done.
Every huge bedroom has a character and style of its own with thoughtful little touches such as a dish of mints on the desk alongside a wellread old book of stories and poetry.
Our appreciation of history and the past was enhanced by the obvious care and attention and pride our hosts Ralph and Karen had taken in renevating the 2 old buildings and joining them into one large but still comfortable hotel.
We would loved to have stayed longer and made more use of the fabulous new lounge with views across the harbour, but then my husband and Ralph would have talked 'cars' for ever and we would not have had time for sightseeing.
Mention classic cars to Ralph and you've a friend for life. We were fortunate enough to have actually appeared with a classic car in one of his books. An amazing coincidence forever remembered.
Breakfast was the usual exquisite home-cooked affair as served by B&B's as opposed to regular chain hotels but with the added bonus of sharing the table with different fellow travellers each day, all with their own interesting stories to tell.
Saint John itself didn't have a great deal to offer but the nearby Bay of Fundy is a must visit especially if you can catch it when the tide is out and get down on the beach.
A note worth mentioning was the atrocious dining experience we had at the Hilton in the harbour. When you get a lamb shanks diner within 10 minutes of ordering it then you know it's not the cuisine of quality. The prawn curry was just as bad. Fortunately the manager was gracious enough to accept the complaint and dismiss the charge for the lamb.
On departure from Homeport Ralph is brilliant and helpful with advice on other unique B&B's and will even book them ahead for you.
It is certainly the only place we'd stay in New Brunswick.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set high on a hill with a commanding view of the Bay of Fundy, and the Historic Port and Skyline of Saint John the Homeport Historic B&B/Inn c1858 provides the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the gracious ambiance of Canada's oldest incorporated city. The twin homes were built in 1858,and were constructed for a prominent shipbuilding family whose boat yard was located a few hundred yards below on the harbor tidal flats. Its unique Italianate architecture reflects the opulence of the time with very large bright windows and rooms, 10 foot ceilings, free standing spiral stair cases, and detailed wood work rosettes, finials and columns. Of particular interest is a pair of carved figure heads that have stood sentinel in the formal twin parlors for nearly 150 years. Come stop for a while and enjoy these magnificently restored Mansions and be pampered in Five Star luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homeport Historic B&B / Inn c 1858 Saint John, New Brunswick