In my last post, I mentioned that my husband and I were celebrating a very important anniversary on March 3rd so we decided to splurge on a nice weekend getaway. We didn’t want to go too far because we have a bigger trip planned this summer (guess where!?!), but we wanted to go somewhere that would be relaxing and peaceful.
We ended up choosing the Atlantica Oak Island Resort for many reasons :
- We are HUGE fans of the television show The Curse of Oak Island on History channel
- We love visiting the south shore of Nova Scotia (we honeymooned in Lunenburg!)
- The package that they were offering was very enticing! I mean, two nights in a king suite, delicious breakfasts, an amazing supper, massages and a sweet treat? Yes, please!
We left early on Saturday morning, making our usual pitstops at the Masstown Market and at our favourite Chapters store in Bayers Lake (which is conveniently located near a cute little sweets shop : Susie’s Shortbreads and Cupcakes). After picking up some reading material and a few treats, we headed down to the South Shore.
Lunenburg is a lovely little town and also a Unesco World Heritage site and even though we’ve visited many times, this was our first time in the middle of winter.
Unfortunately, some of our favourite shops were closed, but we still managed to grab a hot beverage at Kate’s and take a lovely walk around the quiet town.
We decided to head over to the resort around 3pm to check in knowing that it was only a twenty minute drive away and would come back to Lunenburg for supper. We had reserved a king suite with an ocean view which did not disappoint :
We headed back into Lunenburg for supper and hit one of our favourite spots : Salt Shaker Deli. This was the third time that we’ve eaten there and as always, it was delicious! Side note : the highlight is always the freshly baked desserts :
Back at the hotel, we took advantage of the lounge area hanging out by the fireplace. During the winter, they host a bonfire outside on Friday and Saturday nights, weather pending. Unfortunately, the bonfire was cancelled due to heavy winds.
The heavy winds persisted throughout the entire weekend which was a little disappointing, but we still ventured out and about for a bit to check out the trails and the beach near the resort where you get a spectacular view of Oak Island :
There are also cute little cottages and townhouses that you can stay at on the property. The cottages are very inviting and seem like the perfect place to hide out in to write a novel for a few months.
On the Sunday, we had our massages booked at 11am and we took advantage of the empty pool all before lunch. We headed into the nearby town of Mahone Bay for lunch and chose the Mug and Anchor Pub which is often featured on the television show. Nova Scotia, and more specifically the South Shore, is renown for its seafood and we’ve eaten a lot of fish and chips in our lifetime, but these were by far the best ones! I can see why Rick and the gang head over to this pub for some grub.
Sunday evening, we had a reservation at the hotel restaurant which was not necessary since we had the place to ourselves. Our package included an entree and a dessert, but we had to order an appetiser when we saw lobster tempura on the menu. Being too full to enjoy dessert right away, we opted to bring them back to the room for later. Crème brûlée in bed? Yes please!
On Monday morning, we had one last meal at the resort which was, once again, scrumptious. Their breakfasts alone were worth the package price!
We headed out around 10am, but I would’ve easily stayed a lot longer. While it was quite busy on the Saturday night, the hotel was nice and quiet on the second night. I’m certain that this place is packed all through the summer months and it would be a great place to check out with kiddos (so many activities!), but if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, this is a good time to go. We’ve actually already started thinking about returning this fall since I’m sure it is absolutely lovely when the leaves have changed. And surely, it would be a lot less cold!
Do you have any locations for weekend getaways that you love? What’s your favorite part of traveling? The food? The activities? The location? Share your tips in the comments!