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“Spectacular Location + Down Home Service = 10 out of 10”

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Burton's Sunset Oasis Motel
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Alexander Graham Bell was right when he said that after seeing what the world has to offer, nothing beats the Cape Breton Highlands, and the Sunset Oasis overlooking Bay St. Lawrence is precisely what the great inventor was talking about. Add a layer of pure Cape Breton hospitality from owners Mel and Debbie Burton, and it's no wonder our fellow guests wrote WOW with three exclamation marks.

Our room was a clean, comfortable, basic housekeeping unit with a combination fridge, stove, sink that was perfect for us since the main focus was outside. There are some pretty nice photos of the location but they just don't do justice to the views.

Mel hooked us up with a whale watching tour that included an impromptu fishing expedition, a chance to see local crab fishermen in action on the open sea, minke and pilot whales, and bag of fresh mackerel filets as we stepped ashore.

He arranged a purchase of fresh crab - killed and cleaned before our eyes on the local wharf - and even boiled them up in what turned into a short but torrential downpour. The crab feast was shared with seven other guests. That's another Mel and Debbie trick: coffee in the office from 7:30 to 9:00 so we could all meet and chat about our holiday adventures.

We met Debbie at the nearby farmer's market (another Mel suggestion) and sampled her homemade strawberry shortcake, bought some herbs and veggies, and met a bunch of friendly locals, including a laughing pair who fed us homemade chilli.

Mel pointed us to one of the nicest beaches on the island about 15 minutes away (although I've logged at least 100,000 kms on Cape Breton and love finding beaches large and small, well-known and hidden, this was a new one on me).

And he set up a kayaking excursion that took us into Aspy Bay, another beautiful piece of the island.

As we were reluctantly leaving, Mel turned to Debbie and said "They liked it so much, they're coming back next year for a month."

Trust me. I'm working on it.

PS - Speaking of working, I did have some writing to do. Sitting outside the room with my laptop on a bench overlooking the bay surrounded by the hills is probably the nicest office I've ever been in. And connected over wifi. Seriously cool.

PPS - Susanne (sp?) - thanks so much for the blueberry jam. Awesome. Hope you liked the crab.

PPPS - Yes, I rate the swimming pool as excellent. And yes, it's the ocean. Best pool on the planet.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

By chance we chose to spend the night here. As the name implies, the sunset from the backyard of the hotel was barre none the best sunset I have ever seen in my life. The owners were so nice and informative. We found some great places to go hiking and a little local place for some great food for lunch. We liked it so much we extended our stay. The owners even made us a lobster dinner one night which we enjoyed with another couple that too randomly chose to stay here. They as we'll extended their stay. For peace and quiet, great hiking and spectacular sunsets. This is definitely the place to be. Oh I forgot to mention the pod of pilot waves we enjoyed watching as we watched the sunset. Awesome!! I would stay here again and again.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

To repeat what everyone else is saying, the views are gorgeous (and I say "views" because there are more than one!). And the unit was spacious and spotless. Well worth making the trip. And there are plenty of things to do and to see in the area: a beautiful provincial park just down the road, Meat Cove and its little restaurant, whale watching tours. Or, just talking to Melvin about the history of the place and especially about his long experience with lighthouse keeping. We will certainly recommend this place to all our friends and would love to go back.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Breathtaking views, very good service, clean rooms, tv n wifi

Overall- we really enjoyed our stay, u are advised.

Moreover- the owner granted us with some coffee AND- the best crab we (ive) ever had. Very nice indeed. If ure in NS- this is a place to rest ur aching body inn

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Wow- the views from this place are great! The owner also heard me talking about how i had not tasted snow crab so he gave me some fresh cooked snow crab legs! Amazing! I will be back next time i pass through the region,

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We had two room accomodations for one night, one for my parents and for my family. Both rooms were exceptionally clean with small kitchenette: microwave, electric stove, and refrigerator. Debbie and Melvin owned the place and they were friendly, helpful and hospitable. It was the season for Snowcrabs and we were fortunate to have Melvin helped us in buying and cooking.
The hotel is on the top of the hill with a picturesque view of the village, mountainside and water. It was a very memorable experience!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

What a wonderful oasis Burton's is! Clean as a bean, with a little kitchen area (in a huge room) for making your morning coffee (if you are up before it is ready along with breakfast choices down at the office). The host is incredibly helpful, friendly as knows the area well. We were camping/moteling the Cabot Trail and were delighted with Burtons and highly recommend the journey!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 105 Money Point Rd, Bay St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia B0C 1G0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Bay St. Lawrence
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Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bay St. Lawrence
Price Range: $118 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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