Hotel at a Glance: Milford House
The noise and bustle of the outside world disappears when you arrive at Milford House, where cabins line the waterfront and guests canoe out from the docks. Trees and other foliage surround the resort, where some of the cabins date back to the 1920s and all feature timeless accents such as rustic stools. Guests pass their days as they please here, whether it’s visiting the onsite library, playing boardgames, or communing with nature.
- Press shoutout: National Geographic named this one of the “Top 10 Classic Summer Lodges.”
- Follow a trail to one of four outlying lakes, where you find locked canoes (keys can be picked up at the front desk) ready to be floated out on the water or dock at a nearby island for picnics.
- When you’re hungry: Head to the main lodge’s dining room, which serves homestyle meals featuring seafood as well as local produce, some of which comes from onsite gardens.
- Build a fire in your fireplace using the property’s free wood and kindling.
- Onsite activities: Play tennis or go fly-fishing.
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia: A Small Town with Big Ties to History
It’s easy to feel like you’ve traveled back in time when you walk along Annapolis Royal’s Lower and Upper St. George Street. The route passes by no fewer than 24 historical sites, including the town’s lighthouse from 1889 and the deGannes-Cosby House. Built in 1696, it’s the oldest documented wooden structure in all of Nova Scotia. Despite a population of under 500, Annapolis Royal claims one of Canada’s largest Historic Districts, with four national historic sites and more than 130 registered heritage properties.
Even the plants in town have historical roots. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens reveals that this area was the site of pioneering gardening techniques during the 17th century; today, more than 3,000 exotic and native plants represent four centuries of gardening progress. Once you’ve had your fill of history, be sure to check out a local art show or head just out of town to the Bay of Fundy, an ideal spot to kayak or take a whale-watching tour.