After the Laceby family honed their fine art of hospitality in Lorneville at the Amherst Shore Country Inn, they wanted a new challenge. The restoration of the magnificent Blomidon Inn was what they took on. They began operating it in 1988.
Wolfville is populated with old sea captains mansions, filled with fine wood from voyages around the world and fabulous antiques. On April 1, 1881 , Rufus Burgess purchased for $1,400, the lot on which the Blomidon Inn now stands. In the 1871 census, Burgess was listed as a merchant who owned 80 shares in ships. He soon learned to maximize his profits by building his own ships and operating them until they could be sold. The sales usually occurred in a foreign port such as London, England or perhaps in Scandinavia. Rufus built four tall ships between 1874 and 1880.
On July 7, 1892 The Morning Herald in Halifax announced that 5000 “delighted” spectators had witnessed the launching at Kingsport of the CANADA , “the largest Vessel Ever Built in the Dominion ( Canada )”. Cox was the master builder and Burgess was the proud owner.
The inn, for me, has other history, perhaps as rich. The Laceby’s were part of a some cadre of visionaries who founded Taste of Nova Scotia. With the late Alex Clavell, a passionately proud Wolfville restaurateur, as the driving force. Taste of Nova Scotia went on to become a province-wide network of ‘local’ dining experiences, long before any other such programme existed in Canada.
Today Mike and Sean Laceby are at the proverbial helm of the Blomidon and the tradition of superb hospitality continues. And from time to time, if you’re really lucky, you will find their parents on site.
The Blomidon Inn is one of about 250 restaurants participating in Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve your table.
Le Blomidon Inn est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez District directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
The Blomidon Inn
195 Main Street,
Wolfville, Nova Scotia. B4P 1C3