Well, these are our accommodations for the next two nights! Not too bad, eh? Top dormer window on the left is our room! A beautiful view from there! We are located just outside of the community of St. Andrews, easily within walking distance of town. The hotel was originally built in 1889, destroyed by fire in 1914 and rebuild to its current footprint. Marriott purchased the properties and it underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2013. We loved it! We even had a chance to take a ghost tour to various parts of the hotel, including an extensive tunnel system below the hotel.
St. Andrews, known as St. Andrews by-the-Sea, was first settled by British Loyalists after the American Revolution. Much of the town reflects the English- American heritage of the area.
One of the highlights of the area was a ferry ride out to Campobello Island, the summer retreat of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is easily accessible from both the Maritimes and New England. The 34-room home is beautifully preserved. It was built in the late 1800’s and renovated in 1915. The home had been in the Roosevelt family since he was a young boy and he loved spending his summers there. Roosevelt was born in 1882. After his marriage to Eleanor in 1905 he continued to summer at Campobello until struck with polio in 1921 at the age of 39. Eleanor came with the family each year, but Roosevelt only came 3 more times until his death in 1945. The grounds are beautiful and the views are unsurpassed.
As we started out in the early morning on the ferry, the low tides of the Bay of Fundy were very apparent. As seen in some of the pictures above. The ramp to the ferry was very steep at the start, and incredibly less steep on the way home. On our trip over, we saw minke whales (smaller that other species), seals romping near shore, one bald eagle to far to photograph, and much evidence of farming of salmon, mussels and shrimp. Very interesting.
Included in our time here was a trip to the Hopewell Rocks, a collection of whimsical formations standing from 40 to 70 feet tall in the Bay of Fundy. The tide variance that day was 44 feet. We arrived, after stopping to see a covered bridge along the way, when the tide was beginning to come in. We came down a series of about 4 flights of stairs to the shoreline. In the space of less that 20 minutes, the stairways were blocked off and people had to scamper back up the steps. Amazing to watch the incoming tides!!
Under very cloudy skies, we crossed the Constituion Bridge over to Prince Edward Island (known only as PEI) and headed to Charlottetown for our next stay at the Rod Charlottetown. We were exhausted!!!
More to come!!