Mahone Bay

June 1, 2009

in Beyond Halifax (~ hour away)

Looking out onto the Mahone Bay harbour

Looking out onto the Mahone Bay harbour

Distance from Halifax: 87.5 km – about 1 hour 2 mins
Food Available: Absolutely
Child Friendly: Yes

Mahone Bay, introduced to me by my sister, has fast become a favourite. We make a point of visiting every time I’m in Nova Scotia. If you’re looking for that small town feel with sophisticated luxuries Mahone Bay should be on you list of destinations too. The town itself is situated at the end of a bay – which makes a beautiful view as soon as you step out of the car. Boats moored, blue water, hills on either side, wharfs jutting out. But Mahone Bay offers comfort as well as beautiful scenery. Maybe you need a cappuccino to relax and enjoy the view – Mahone Bay has that. Or maybe it’s an ice cream, in a small park with a gazebo – with a great view. Or maybe it’s a cool one with nachos on the deck overlooking the harbour or inside where it’s warm and cozy. You see Mahone Bay offers it all.

Mahone Bay shopping buddies

Mahone Bay shopping buddies

But let’s say that you enjoy a bit inspiration by visiting the shops – you know how small pokey towns can often only support pokey shops – but not Mahone Bay. If you thinkt that comfortable shoes are boring – you owe it to yourself to visit Mahone Bay Trading Company Quality Footwear. Maybe the store name isn’t catchy but we’ve spent hours in there perusing the selection of Geox, Josef Siebel, Reiker, Bostonian, Ecco and a vast collection of Clarks – all in the latest colours and fashions – often at discounted prices! The store used to be a "general" store with the best collection of Clarks shoes I’ve ever seen but in recent years there’s been less "general" and more shoes.

There is a purple shop on the corner whose name escapes me – but not the memory. It’s a fantastic shop that features items that could never be described as ordinary. Somehow blending dress-up – special occasion wear with exquisite local (Nova Scotia) handmade crafts and pottery. Their recent expansion gives them room to create displays that make you think you’re in an art gallery – but even better because you can purchase those works of art that catch your heart and take them home.

Another favourite stop is Amos Pewter . Yes it is a pewter shop selling a whole variety of items in pewter BUT you can also watch them make the items – pouring the molten pewter into the molds, and removing the treasures from the molds. Self-directed tours are free and don’t have to be booked but there are also opportunities for hands-on experience ($7.00 to cover materials) if you book in advance .

Tired and hungry yet? Along the main street there are lots of options – and I haven’t tried one I didn’t like. Excellent cheesecake, good pub food, Jo-Ann’s Deli Market and Bake Shop, the Innlet Cafe (often full in the summer but for good reason).

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1 JaneRadriges June 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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