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2 Days Wine and Cooking Vacations in Canada

2 Days Wine and Cooking Vacations in Canada

  • 189 Trout Point Road East Kemptville, Nova Scotia B5A 5X9 Canada

Canada Wine Tasting and Culinary Holidays

Trout Point Lodge offers luxurious culinary travel that allows you to forget the cares of the outside world. This holiday is perfect for a relaxing getaway and to celebrate special occasions. You will have the opportunity to enjoy an award winning wine list, which compliments, fresh, local market cuisine prepared by chefs in the renowned Trout Point dining rooms. Enchanting spacious accommodations make for a secret hideaway that will rejuvenate and inspire!

Highlights

  • Wild food walks and foraging
  • Cooking classes taught by professional chefs
  • Cooking with appliances used in the Top Chef Canada Food Network series
  • Opportunity to learn hands-on seafood cookery or desserts
  • Enjoy fresh, local market cuisine
  • 1 night accommodation
  • 1 day with instruction
  • English
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Trout Point Lodge is a luxury inn offering seven roomy junior suites and one spacious suite in the riverside main lodge, featuring a variety of services. Three extraordinary guest rooms are found in the secluded, riverside Beaver Hall. Their two-bedroom cottage is set along the edge of East Meadow Lake. Each guest room is distinctly individual, well-appointed with eclectic décor, and features L'Occitane amenities.

Beaver Hall

An exclusive riverside compound located at a bend in the Tusket River, Beaver Hall offers four guest rooms and its own grand public area with a soaring cathedral ceiling, and massive stone fireplace. One junior suite with fireplace and three deluxe rooms all have outdoor sitting areas. Beaver Hall itself features boardwalks and lush landscaping, as well as an outdoor fire pit. A world unto itself, yet located a short walk from the main lodge, Beaver Hall also lies adjacent to the lodge's exercise room. There is a dedicated guest services / maid for Beaver Hall, as well as a refreshment station.

Beaver Hall is home to:

  • A fireplace junior suite with river-view balcony, queen bed, and spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower, double sinks,
  • Red Maple room with a stunning 4-poster king bed and outdoor sitting area, with stunning river views,
  • Island Meadow room with 2 double beds and outdoor sitting area,
  • The intimate star gazer room, astronomically-themed, with its own porch, telescope and a queen sized bed.

Lakeside cottage

Located downstream from the main lodge on scenic East Meadow Lake, Black Bear cottage provides unique Nova Scotia vacation experiences including spacious accommodations, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi, full kitchen, ample decks, and comfy living areas. The cottage receives daily maid service and evening turn-down service. Black Bear cottage has 2 bedrooms. The downstairs has a queen bed, closet, and en-suite bathroom. The upstairs has 2 double beds, an en-suite bathroom, closet, TV w/ DVD player, and comfortable chair. There is a living room with a leather sofa, satellite TV, CD player, and desk. A full kitchen, deck, and sun porch complete the scene!

Main Lodge rooms

An architectural masterpiece made from giant Eastern Spruce logs featuring full scribe notch and dovetail joinery, chiseled granite, and sandstone, Trout Point's main lodge celebrates the Great Camps erected along the U.S. and Canadian Eastern Seaboard in the early 20th century. This three-storey structure houses guest facilities, the great room, mezzanine library, dining rooms, kitchen, two bars, and recreational facilities on the banks of two wilderness rivers. Replete with mica and Tiffany lamps, oriental rugs, handmade log and twig furniture, and extensive indoor and outdoor public areas, Trout Point is the ideal nature retreat. All spacious guest rooms in the great lodge feature log walls and beam ceilings, and full amenities. Many have hand-cut stone fireplaces and porches, or patios, as do the great room, and the two dining venues. Main lodge rooms are designated, as junior suites do to their spacious size and feature queen or double beds.

You will enjoy daily cooking classes in the main lodge kitchen, which are held regularly on weekdays. The classes usually start at 14:30 and will last from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours. You can also take the opportunity to have wild food walks, foraging through the forest, on a regular basis. All classes and forays are taught by professional Trout Point Lodge kitchen staffs, with lessons planned by chef and proprietors. The cooking classes will take place in the newly equipped GE Monogram kitchen, which has the same appliances used in the Top Chef Canada Food Network series. The themes for the classes change depending on the day, from Monday to Friday. They may include fresh pasta making, Acadian cuisine, seafood cookery, and desserts.

  • Enjoy wild foods walks

This holiday will take place in Nova Scotia, Canada. The storied region of Southwest Nova Scotia boasts numerous historic sites, stunning beaches, and lively Acadian French culture. Experience the history of colonial North America at places like Port Royal in nearby Annapolis County. Port-Royal was one of the first European settlements in North America, leaving a lasting legacy on the area that can still be felt today.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Stargazing
General
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lake nearby
  • Restaurant
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Room cleaning

The Trout Point kitchen emphasizes what is fresh and local. They focus on organic produce, herbs, wild foods, and sustainable seafood. The lodge has had its culinary talents praised by a variety of sources, including Travel and Leisure, Food and Wine, and ForbesTraveler. Trout Point's chef / proprietors previously operated one of Louisiana first certified organic farms, Chicory Farm, as well as the acclaimed Chicory Farm Café in New Orleans, and count among just a handful of North Americans inducted into the French Guilde des fromagers in 1994. They also cooked at Costa Rica's Inn at Coyote Mountain and have taught cooking classes in Granada, Spain.

Canada's freshest seafood and meats, fresh mineral waters, as well as vegetables, greens, edible flowers, and herbs selected from extensive on-site gardens, allow Trout Point Lodge's kitchen to deftly create food brimming with flavour and subtlety. Each dish is made from scratch and each ingredient handpicked by the chefs; you will never see a food service company truck parked outside Trout Point Lodge. Experience different enchanting dining venues and a wine list with a selection of over 170 wines amidst the nourishing purity of the Acadian Forest.

In addition to superb guest accommodations and dining, Trout Point provides a wealth of opportunities for experiencing Nova Scotia's gorgeous Acadian Forest ecosystem, and the rivers, lakes, bogs, glacial formations, and marshes surrounding it. The lodge lies immediately adjacent to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and borders two rivers, which are the Tusket River and the Napier River. The Tobeatic itself forms the heart of the UNESCO Southwest Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve.

The lodge also offers guided outings including kayak and canoe paddles, star gazing, fishing and casting lessons, hikes into the Wilderness Area, food forays, and 4X4 trips.

Opportunities for adventure, recreation, and relaxation are available to all registered guests, which include:

  • 29er single speed mountain bikes
  • Fly fishing gear (with guide only)
  • Floating docks and swimming platforms
  • Forest bathing
  • In-room massage
  • Kayaks and canoes
  • Riverside cedar barrel sauna
  • Wooden boardwalks and nature trails
  • Wood fired riverside hot tub

If you love to relax, you can arrange an appointment to have a massage from a registered massage therapist, Jill Landers. You have the option of an in-room massage or in the tranquil massage therapy room at Beaver Hall.

  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Use of appliances used in the Top Chef Canada Food Network series
  • Wild food walks
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Driving directions

For those who want to fly and drive, Halifax International Airport lies about 3 hours north of the lodge, and has all major rental car agencies.

Currently, you are recommended to take the route using Hwy. 101 rather than the South Shore route using Hwy 103, due to the deteriorated condition of Hwy 203 between Shelburne and Trout Point.

If you are already travelling through the South Shore, Trout Point is about 45 minutes from the Shelburne / Ohio exit off of Highway 103, the route south from Halifax. Take the road towards the Ohios.

The lodge can be reached by car from either Shelburne or Yarmouth. The lodge is remote, and access is by a 3-mile long dirt-and-gravel road. The Trout Point Road lies off of the East Branch Road, which is off of Highway 203.

Arrival by airplane

Porter Airlines now provides Halifax air service from Toronto's City Centre Airport, from Ottawa, as well as St. John's, Newfoundland. ASL Airlines France to and from Dublin, Ireland direct (with continuing service to Paris). Delta Airlines flies daily from New York City; American Airlines from Philadelphia; United Airlines from Newark, N.J; and Air Canada from London, England, Toronto, and Montreal, among other places. Condor flies from Frankfurt, Germany, and Iceland Air from Reykjavik.

Arrival by ferry / boat

Running from June to October, there is a daily ferry service between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Trout Point is just 25 miles from the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal. The Cat starts service June 15, 2016 and offers a high-speed crossing of the Bay of Fundy in 5 hour and 30 minutes. Another new 44 USD million ferry operated by Bay Ferries provides daily service between St. John, New Brunswick, and Digby, Nova Scotia. Digby is about an hour's drive from the resort.