Review for Vacation Rental in Lunenburg, NS

This accommodation was the last one on our road tour through parts of Canada and the USA. Not only was it the last one, but also the best one.

We had stayed in hotels, motels, lodges, vacation homes, vacation apartments, and in a boat house. All that in 18 days.

This apartment my husband had booked via homeaway.com and it was wonderful due to its location, spaciousness, and level of comfort. I especially enjoyed the sunny deck overlooking the Bluenose Wharf.

Lunenburg, NS

This was my favorite spot in the morning. Even though the apartment is right in the center of this UNESCO town, it is a rather quiet area.

deck

This loft-style apartment is spacious and allowed even for a work place area. The bedrooms were average size, and fortunately equipped with ceiling fans. It was very hot and humid one day, which was not the usual weather, so we had been told.

sunny apartment in Lunenburg

From the deck you can see big schooners,  sailboats,  and other vessels coming into the Bluenose Harbour.

Two things I recommend while in Lunenburg are: have dinner at the restaurant The Great Dane and take a sailboat tour on the Eastern Star (just walk down to the wharf to buy your tickets). Both events  are very memorable!

sailing around Lunenburg

Sailing around Lunenburg

mussel lunch at The Great Dane

Dining at The Great Dane

 

Review for The Great Dane in Lunenburg, NS, Canada

While in Lunenburg,  also the last leg of our road trip, my husband spotted the sign Muscles and Beer Lunch for C$ 15 near our vacation rental. It was past lunch time, as a matter of fact, it was early dinner time, but we thought we’d try it anyway.

We sent our kids off to go to Subway while we enjoyed sitting in the restaurant’s small patio outback. And yes, my husband was able to get the lunch special  with beer and I ordered Manhattan clam chowder with a glass of red wine.

It was such a treat for the two of us to sit outside, relieved the kids were so happy to be allowed to eat at Subway, and we all got a little break from each other.

mussel lunch at The Great Dane

mussel lunch at The Great Dane

My Manhattan clam chowder was superb. I admit, I do not care for mussels, so I shoved them onto my husband’s plate. I like their taste, but do not care for their texture. The soup came with bread as well. What a tasty treat at C$ 6.

Manhattan clam chowder

Manhattan clam chowder

Next was the desert. The lemon souffle offered sounded very nice and it was. Not only for the stomach, but also for our eyes.

Lemon Souffle

The next evening, we decided to go back once more, but this time with our children. We tried a few other items on the menu and everything was excellent.

My husband had the Lobster & Tender (Premium Filet Mignon, butter poached lobster and smashed potatoes) for C$ 35.

Lobster & Tender

Lobster & Tender

Another unusual dish was the Danish Coconut (lamb fondue) at C$ 13. Everyone who tasted this – yes, we do share newly discovered food – loved it.

Danish Coconut

Danish Coconut

The Great Dane has the finest and most selective dishes. I wish we had a restaurant like this around here. This cuisine is a big bonus to Lunenburg and if I ever return, this restaurant would be part of the reason.

 

On the Road in Canada – Boat Trip Offers in Lunenburg Harbour

As I had mentioned in the previous post, we went on the Eastern Star for a little sailing trip.

But Lunenburg offers more than sailing trips. There are plenty of others to choose from.

Star Charters sailing

Star Charters sailing

Fishing trips and tours

Harbour Star offer

Of course, whale watching tours are also on offer.

whale watching tours

whale watching tours

I can recommend the two-hour sailing trip on the Eastern Star. Two adults and two children combined were under C$ 100. Families with young children get a special seat near the front.

Sailing on the Eastern Star

Sailing on the Eastern Star

Our boat coming into Lunenburg harbour.

Lunenburg harbour

Lunenburg harbour

 

On the Road in Canada – Sailing in Lunenburg, NS

We booked four tickets on the Eastern Star for the afternoon turn, and the time we had on that boat was priceless.

The Eastern Star in dock

The Eastern Star in dock

The Eastern Star

The Eastern Star

The boat has some history and this is what the skipper told us (scribbled down in my notebook):

The boat, built in 1948, originates from Denmark. In its early days, it was mostly used for smuggling,  and also ran under three different names in three different countries.

Eventually the sailors were caught smuggling, and the boat was confiscated by the Halifax authorities in the 60s or 70s. The local authorities used it for a number of years until they auctioned it off.

The next owner had it for a few years until the boat suffered heavy damage in a storm. The insurance company paid for the storm damage, but not for the consequential damage (new flooring, etc.) He then went bankrupt and was forced to sell it.

The current owner bought it in the 90s.

My husband had sailed before and enjoyed getting his hands on the rope and wheel of the boat. The skipper and his crew woman got us involved (if we wanted to) and the whole ride was a lot of fun. The photo shows our son on the wheel.

helpers on board

helpers on board

We had picked an overcast afternoon, and we were glad to have brought extra clothing. There are extra blankets on board as well. Can you see the silver lining?

ocean

As we had boarded, we ended up sitting on the left side, which the skipper explained would be the low side going out. I had no idea what he really meant and just smiled. By the time, we were out on the ocean, I knew what low side meant. Similar to hanging on to dear life on a roller coaster ride. Well, not quite, but close enough. I had the time of my life!

As we were taking the bend and sailing back, we were advised to switch sides to sit on the high end. It had the advantage of having two free hands to take photos. On the way out, I had only used my hands to hold on and not slide through the railing. It was not quite like that, but it seemed this way at times. The flow of adrenaline was something else.

Nearing the shore, the skipper had to do his usual work and was able to tell us the boat’s story.

Eastern Star skipper

Eastern Star skipper

Lunenburg has a lot to offer and this is one place I would consider returning to. I might easily like new places, but I am very picky about the ones I would return to.

reaching the harbor

reaching the harbor

Lunenburg Harbor

– Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.-
(Chinese proverb)

On the Road in Canada – Lunenburg, NS

We have arrived in Lunenburg, one hour south of Halifax, and this is the last leg of our trip. By now we have already driven more than 3.000 km, and have spent loads of money, and have two more days to go.

We were very fortunate to secure a spacious apartment with a terrace overlooking the waterfront. There is nothing better than stepping outside early in the morning, with a cup of coffee in hand. Well, you might prefer something else.

Lunenburg waterfront

vacation rental with a view

In addition, our vacation rental was right around the corner from the best restaurant in town,  The Great Dane. I have to admit we did not even try any other restaurants after our first visit there. More about their food and service in another post.

The Lunenburg harbor has a lot to offer in terms of whale watching boat trips, sailing trips, etc. The little red house on the left side of the photo sells tickets almost all day.

The colored houses and buildings reminded me of my trips to the Faroe Islands and Iceland.

Lunenburg

Lunenburg

Evening sunlight in Lunenburg

Fading sunlight in Lunenburg

Another highlight was the two-hour sailboat tour we took. We had so much fun! Very recommendable. When the saw this boat, we booked our tickets for the next afternoon.

sailing around Lunenburg

sailing around Lunenburg

If you are curious to see where Lunenburg is located on Nova Scotia, then have a look below.

Map of Nova Scotia

source: Wikipedia

Lunenburg was definitely the best town we stayed in. The scenery, our accommodation, the restaurant The Great Dane, and the sailboat tour made it the most memorable for us.

Rating: *****