Our group booked three of the four chalets for the first week of July. The accommodations are perfect for families, or one or two couples sharing. The upstairs loft is split into two separate bedrooms (each with a double bed, bureau, and nightstand, and pole lamp) by a dividing wall running front to back. The downstairs has another bedroom with a double bed, a small but complete kitchen with sink, oven, microwave, and full-size fridge; the bathroom, and a front room which includes a table and chairs on one side, and an electric fireplace and two loveseats on the other side. All the windows they have allow you to take in the gorgeous view of the bay, the rising and falling tides, the fishing vessels coming and going, and most of the village of Alma.
We found the kitchen to be well-equipped with the basic cooking supplies, although we had also brought our own large pot (for cooking pasta), a couple of serving utensils, a deep-sided frying pan, and a couple of my favorite kitchen knives from home. If you'll be staying there for several days and plan to do your own cooking and need specific items, it is best to just bring them along.
The hosts are eager to please and very accommodating. The man brings fresh towels every morning, and they change your sheets every 3-4 days if you are staying a longer time.
The small town of Alma is actually a great little place to spend time. One of our favorite things was buying fresh-caught seafood and having it for dinner. The two lobster shops will cook your lobsters for you if you want, and they'll also crack them. One night I bought smoked salmon filets which were to die for. Our daughter's favorite was the halibut, which she had for two nights in a row. Others in our group each bought 7.5-lb. lobsters to share with their families. Yum! But, if all you did was watch the rising and falling tides, and walk out on the dry ocean floor at low tide, the visit would be well worth it.
The four chalets at Vista Ridge are all along a high cliff overlooking the town, so the views are fantastic. And, it is very easy to just walk down the hill into town to visit the coffee shop or the other local businesses. One entrance to Fundy National Park is just down the road. So, their location is ideal. And since we were a group of families traveling together, our youngsters loved running from chalet to chalet to visit, and gathering around a campfire nearly every dry evening. Our group will definitely be back again and again.
My only suggestions would be to put in at least one king- or queen-size bed in one of the bedrooms (for us taller folks), have a mirror in the bathroom, and make Wi-Fi available in each of the chalets. Still, these were spacious and comfortable accommodations, with fantastic views and a great location, and for about the same price as a plain hotel room would cost.
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- Vista Ridge Cottages Alma, New Brunswick