Blomidon Inn, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
The gracious Blomidon Inn was originally erected on land purchased in 1881 by a wealthy builder of tall ships who clearly loved natural wood. He used teak and mahogany for wainscots, mantels, and staircases, installed marble fireplaces and gold gilt mirrors.
A local German artist was invited to paint a ceiling mural of a shipwreck that’s stood the test and still graces the reception area. The Laceby family who purchased Blomidon in 1998 were experienced hoteliers and helped found Taste of Nova Scotia. They recognized the inn as the treasure it is. The woodwork alone is worth a visit…as are the high four-poster beds with their matching step stools to climb under the covers.
The menus are minimalist but very well executed. The kitchen, and in particular Chef Donna, really knows how to handle seafood! The Wine Spectator has honoured the inn’s exceptional wine list with its terrific Nova Scotian selection!
Wolfville itself is an amazing community…home of the largest food film festival on earth. Devour! shows over 70 films and documentaries each October and the entire region has other spin off events that range from a Bubbles Bus which tours the nearby wineries which are now winning international awards for their sparkling wine to days of chefs demos featuring culinary stars from around North America. Le Caveau, at Grand Pré, opens its doors for some very special meals and Chef Jason Lynch is also the main culinary coordinator for Devour!
If you love bookstores, The Odd Book is more like an antiquarian library while the … is on Main Street. L’Arche, the centre for the disabled, has a great gift store that sells hand dipped candles, tea cosies and placemats, all created by the residents on site. The visually beautiful, Tangled Garden produces a selection of old-fashioned shrubs like blackberry-bay leaf and strawberry basil, jewel-like jams, herb-infused vinegars and fragrant liqueurs….try the damson plum with its shock of basil.
It’s essential to visit the Wolfville Farmers Market, one of the finest anywhere in eastern Canada and located in an old apple warehouse. The over 70 vendors on Saturdays and 25 on Wednesdays as well as 25 Vendors participating in its WFM2Go operation an innovative project that brings the WFM to people’s homes through 8 Hubs in the Valley. It’s here you may find the only poire William in Canada…the very limited supply varies year by year but it’s worth searching out with crossed fingers.
Contact The Blomidon at the number below to reserve a Food Day Canada table.
Contactez The Blomidon directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre Journée des terroirs réservation.
195 Main St,
Wolfville, NS B4P 1C3
T: 1 800-565-2291