In the Maritimes, you’re never far from the salty sea air. With folks who smile wider than anywhere else in the world and a changing landscape that is breathtaking any time of the year, it’s no wonder that you’ve been drawn into a daydream about a Maritime vacation.
If staying true to your budget is one of your New Year’s resolutions this year, fret not for fear you won’t be able to enjoy yourself on the East Coast. We’ve uncovered some luxurious treasures with prices so reasonable you won’t need to dip into the savings account.
The Lord Nelson
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in Halifax
Equally classic as it is contemporary, the Lord Nelson excels at providing everything you could expect from a luxurious hotel experience. Overlooking the Public Gardens, this year open all-winter for snowy strolls, the hotel is as much a part of the city’s history as the neighbouring gardens.
Spacious rooms feature deep pillow-top beds and a full range of Aveda bath amenities. The hotel is also pet-friendly and offers guests complimentary use of their luxury town car during weekday mornings to whisk you around the shops of downtown Halifax.
Affordable travel tip: The Museum of Natural History hosts an “admission by donation night” every Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m., a short walk from the Lord Nelson.
The Prince George Hotel
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in Halifax
Sweeten your Halifax vacation with a stay at The Prince George Hotel. We’re picturing a weekend in bed, well-spent at the Prince George: from your pillowtop mattress and surrounded by decadent duvets, you’ll catch up on the news from your free morning paper, delivered right to your door, along with a cup of your favourite Keurig beverage with fresh milk or cream.
Further amenities include a heated indoor pool along with whirlpool and sauna and dining at Gio, consistently rated as out of Halifax’s best fine-dining restaurants. If you do decide to leave the lap of your luxurious premises, Concierge service can help you plan out every aspect of your luxury (for less) holiday in Halifax with insider info about what’s going on around town.
Affordable travel tip: The Halifax Central Library was nominated for several prestigious global architecture awards and is the perfect place to curl up with a book or magazine- and it won’t cost you a dime.
The Algonquin Resort
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in St. Andrews by-the-Sea
The beloved Algonquin Resort in St.Andrews by-the-Sea is an architectural icon. Its burgundy slate roof and faux half-timbered Tudor revival façade are instantly recognizable as one of the most photographed buildings in New Brunswick.
Luxury amenities include heated flooring, functional fireplaces in some rooms along with an onsite spa, an indoor and an outdoor pool. The seaside town has long charmed visitors with whale watching, art galleries and crisp air that begs for long strolls followed by cozy nights at the Resort.
Affordable travel tip: Grab a complimentary rental bike from the Resort and a trail map to explore the area without needing to fill up the car tank.
Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in Digby
Overlooking the dramatic colours and the world-famous tides of the Bay of Fundy, the Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa is a seaside luxury resort less than three hours drive from the provincial capital. Offering a perfect weekend escape, the Norman Chateau style building delights golfing guests with an 18-hole golf course.
Catering to romance seekers and families alike, rooms come in a variety of sizes including private cottages, jacuzzi suites or Queens with pull out beds, perfect for families on a budget. Additional amenities include regular live entertainment, two restaurants, an onsite spa, tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool and bicycles.
Affordable travel tip: Digby is renowned for its scallops. Head to Kalen’s Takeout to sample the freshest scallops in town for a very friendly price!
Queen Anne Inn
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in Annapolis Royal
The Queen Anne Inn is one of Nova Scotia’s most celebrated bed and breakfasts. Guests experience a level of service fit for royalty at the pretty inn, which dates back to 1865. The Inn is minutes from the Fort Anne National Historic Site, local whale watching boats and the small-town centre of Annapolis Royal.
Inside the rooms, you’ll uncover feather beds, ornate historic details, four-poster beds and clawfoot tubs sparkle with fairy-tale magic. You’ll wake up to a scrumptious three-course breakfast of homemade breads, waffles, biscuits and scones which beg for a spread of the locally-made Queen Anne’s Jam in addition to maple bacon, farm eggs and plenty of tea, juice and coffee.
Affordable travel tip: The Fundy Rose Ferry between Saint John, NB and nearby Digby, NS fares are $20 less round-trip until March 31, 2018.
Shadow Lawn Inn
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in Rothesay, NB
Located in the historically affluent community of Rothesay, New Brunswick, The Shadow Lawn Inn is equal parts country, elegant and contemporary on a tree-lined street leading to the Kennebecasis River beach. The inn is housed in a traditional 1870 clapboard house with detailing nodding to its historic roots.
Foodies make note of onsite restaurant, The Robertson, whose locavore menu brags of their personal relationship with local suppliers of oysters, raw milk cheeses, charcuterie and maple syrup that all feature heavily on its seasonally-inspired menus. The complimentary breakfast is a great introduction to what’s on offer at the restaurant.
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in North Rustico, PEI
The family-owned and operated Barachois Inn of Prince Edward Island redefines the luxury bed and breakfast concept on the little red island. You’ll be warmly welcomed into the historic house which is furnished in a tasteful mix of delightful antique and comforting contemporary elements.
A full hot breakfast is prepped daily by Chef Gary MacDonald, setting you up for a day of exploring the nearby sites. If you’re in need of some itinerary inspiration, the family is on hand to give advice or do formal planning for you, including reserving golf tee times, booking a special meal or giving the inside scoop on beaches that remain local secrets.
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in Fredericton
Part of the picturesque waterfront trail on the south bank of St.John River, the Delta Hotel in Fredericton, NB brands itself as an urban resort. Steal away for the weekend and enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools (weather permitting outdoors), free WiFi and decadent bedding make any visit to the provincial capital exciting.
Every amenity you need is onsite, including spa services at Splurge Salon & Esthetics, three onsite eateries satisfying every craving from surf n’ turf to pub-style fish and chips and craft cocktails.
The Great George
Your Affordable Luxury Hotel in Charlottetown
Set across a whopping 17 restored buildings dating back from 1846, historic boutique hotel The Great George showers guests with outstanding service that has granted the hotel a sparkling 9.1 rating on trivago. Families, in particular, will enjoy a range of amenities the kids will love like the limitless freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and a big selection of board games and DVD’s to keep you busy in the evenings.
In addition, the free continental breakfast saves you some extra cash for Anne of Green Gables souvenirs. If you’re chasing romance, splurge for a suite and enjoy an extra cozy aspect to your stay, courtesy of the fireplace and two-person whirlpool tub.
Affordable travel tip: Join the hotel’s free historical walking tour across the 20 properties of The Great George and following the tour, sample local craft beers and wine, compliments of the hotel.