I have started this review several times and I end up going on and on. Suffice it to say there isn't enough space for me to say all the good things I'd like to about Cindy and Guy, their friendliness, their excellent service and their hospitality. My family returned from PEI one week ago and, already, I can't wait to go back. Although we stayed in Cavendish, we were at Cindy's shop more than once because of it's convenient location. Only minutes from the airport, Island made Gifts and Souvenirs was our first stop upon arriving in Charlottetown. I had seen Cindy's website and couldn't wait to get my hands on some of the beautiful PEI themed embellishments (including Green Gables, Cavendish, PEI sand, etc) she has created. Impressed with Cindy and Guy's warmth and kindness, we returned later in the week for what ended up being the highlight of my trip - an afternoon of tea, wire-wrapping sea glass and scrapbooking. Wearing hats from Cindy's impressive collection (great photo op), my father-in-law, my daughter and I made the difficult decision of selecting tea from the tea-sniffing bar (fun!). We were seated at a beautifully set table and served our delicious teas. Guy was quick to refill our individual teapots as needed. From blueberry scones (generous and mouth-watering) served with butter, home made jam and delectable clotted cream to the overflowing 3-tiered stand of fruit, desserts and finger sandwiches, every morsel was delicious. Cindy is a wonder in the kitchen! I enjoyed tea immensely and would have been happy if our afternoon had ended there, but it didn't. We moved on to a work area in Cindy's shop where she taught my daughter and I how to wire-wrap sea glass. With her help, we made 5 beautiful pendants - 3 as gifts and one each for ourselves. We've gotten so many compliments, I wish we had made several more (next time...). To top off the afternoon, my father-in-law, my daughter and I chose from a large selection of island photos Cindy and Guy have available (tough decision) and, using those great embellishments of Cindy's, we sat again at the work area and each scrapbooked a page with Cindy's guidance. We left Cindy and Guy's with yummy leftovers, beautiful jewellery and a page of PEI memories already scrapbooked. I also left with another bag of scrapbooking goodies - I couldn't resist - and hugs from Cindy. I felt more like a friend than a customer. Finally, Cindy and Guy went out of their way to be home the day my family left PEI. I had contacted Cindy to tell her I forgot to pick something up when I had been at the shop. Not a problem, she insisted. I told her what time we'd be heading to the airport and Cindy and Guy let me know they'd be home. I popped by to make my last purchase. My father-in-law informed me today that he would like to return to PEI next summer. I can't wait to visit Cindy and Guy again, to have tea, taste Cindy's scones, wrap sea glass and pick up any new embellishments she might have by then. Only 51 weeks to go... (Imagine, this is shorter than what I originally wrote.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recommended & conveniently located on the Trail, 4/10/20/30 minutes to the airport, downtown Charlottetown, PEI beaches & Cavendish. Comfortable describes our 2 rooms with 2 singles, a full bath/shower and sitting room. The B&B also has 2 rooms with doubles on the main floor, 2 baths and sitting room. This is a private bath for a family renting two rooms. Package PEI starts with a tea pot tour of our organic perennial gardens, following with the best tea, scones & cream at Grandma's Tea Room (on premises) ending with a make and take scrapbook event sure to please. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beside The Trail Bed And Breakfast Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island