Honeymooning in PEI
Going to be honeymooning in PEI from october 26th to november 2nd. I'm not sure exactly where as we've only been told dates, but we'll have our car so can travel.
What restaurants are worth checking out? Should I make the effort to go to one of the farmers markets? Are there any foodie events worth checking out (like the sausage one I briefly read about)?
Sim's Corner Steakhouse and Oyster Bar in Charlottetown is top of the list for food, wine and service. Visited PEI during September's Fall Flavours Festival and the dinner here stands out with it's thoughtful pairings of food and wine.
PEI off season begins after Thanksgiving.....Most tourist oriented businesses close down for the winter. .check ahead if you are travelling outside of Charlottetown and Summerside during meal time.
Highlights: Island Chocolates in Victoria(by the Sea) delicious, hand made, interesting fillings. They serve coffee, hot chocolate and a chocolate breakfast. Check if they are still open during your trip.
If you like oysters you can buy them directly from the wholesaler in Malpeque.
Congratulations, the beaches will be yours to explore. If you are wandering the island from end to end, visit the Geenwich Dunes NP. In the villages along you way you will find local Cafes with soups, sandwiches and home style cooking. Again check openings and closing times. Even during the height of the summer season, the Ann of Green Gables House closes at 5pm.
It is the change to the sholder season over there, but there are so many cruise ships in the harbor in October that there should be lots still open. Especially in Charlottetown. If you go to Vitoria by the Sea- check to see if the Landmark Cafe is still open-it has a great lunch menu.
There is a new cafe/marche in Charlottetown right beside the Olive Oil store on Queen St. It looks wonderful. (It was just about to open when we were there at Thanksgiving)
Lot 30 is good. (Ask for a booth-there are 2-if making reservations. much more private) The lack of wine pairing with the tasting menu here is a bit dissapointing.
The Red River Grill on Grafton is good. It's a modern space, but it goes with the feel of the hotel. Mavor's in Confederation Center of the Arts is great. The Pilot house is good for lunch as is the Merchantman Pub and th Gahan pub. (Great fish and chips and house brewed beer!)
Sims Steakhouse and Oyster Bar is a great space and the food can be wonderful- we've had some shifty service there which probably taints my view.
The Culinary Institute, which is by Victoria Park-great view, has a restaurant that is open through the school year and it is wonderful! A must try!
The Charlottetown Farmer's market is great- wonderful coffee and perogies. Also an amazing meat place- Taylor's.
If I had a choice, I would stay in Charlottetown and do day trips to Summerside, Cavendish, etc etc. That way you can have lunches in different places- maybe get a picnic packed and go to Basin Head or another great beach-and can walk to dinner somewhere in Ch'town. Everything is a reasonable distance to walk in the downtown area. Even the Culinary Institute.
I guess your honeymoon is over now (I hope it was a good one!) But for those who continue to read about great places to eat in PEI, here's my contribution... Eating out in the evening in Charlottetown has been most rewarding for me at the Claddagh Oyster Bar (reserve first and arrive early). Also, the Lucy Maud Montgomery Dining Room at 4 Sydney Street, associated with the culinary school there, has very good food and an amazing view. However, reserve a seaview table if possible and allow plenty of time (service is slow because the students are trying to be perfect). For good food at lunch, go to the Water Prince Corner Shop. It is located at the corner of Water and Prince Streets and serves to a few tables very good seafood, mostly fried, and steamed lobster, at good prices. Away from Charlottetown, the Dayboat Restaurant was an incredibly outstanding award winner a few years ago, but it's gone (still mourning the loss). However, for a good restaurant away from Charlottetown, try the New London Seafood Restaurant. It's at the New London Wharf (C0B 1M0). Go west along HWY 20 just after leaving Highway 6 and Lucy Maud Montgomery's birthplace at the junction to HWY 6. Down the hill and around the bend is a wharf to your right. Look closely and you will see the restaurant there too.
This restaurant serves very good seafood with a very nice view of a very restful harbour. Try this link if you anticipate getting lost on your way there. It's easy to do.
I would imagine it would shut down over half way. It's that way elsewhere on the Island.
But there are still a few old fathful places to stay and to eat that carry on through the winter with the locals. It's the seafood restaurants and the cottages that really come to a halt more than any other kind of business.
This web site has a lot to say about what Tignish has on offer year round, including accomodation in a historic inn or at the Island's End Motel. http://tignish.com/ I can't imagine that no one goes out to eat anywhere in Tignish, but you might need to ask around to find someplace decent. Perhaps your own family can be of assistance?