Number one place on my bucket list has now been marked off – and I would return tomorrow or any other day. Well worth the drive, friends.
Prince Edward Island, also known as the Gentle Island, or the home of Anne of Green Gables, was the longest stay on our two week road trip of a honeymoon. I have always wanted to go and can’t believe I got to spend 3 days there in a lovely place with my husband.
I got excited everytime I saw a sign that said the island was coming and especially when we were driving over the Confederation Bridge. Such an experience. Then to catch my first glimpse of the red sands and Charlottetown. Breathtaking. I was so giddy. Poor EC.
Yes, I wanted to go for all of the Anne of Green Gables I could see, and was disappointed when we learned that much of it is filmed in another Canadian province (can we say another road trip?). But, I gained much more from these three days…
Anne of Green Gables was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery – who lived on PEI in Cavendish (I do believe). We went to her homestead and walked around, read quotes, walked through the garden, saw a well, walked down the same paths, walked the Haunted Woods and Lovers Lane (which she used to be inspired to write parts of the novels). We took a tour through the house that inspired Anne of “Green Gables”. We drove up to White Sands Hotel (where Anne met Morgan in the movie) which is really called Dalvay-by-the-Sea. Everywhere you looked you saw rolling hills, gorgeous countrysides, beautiful sunsets, red sands, cliffs, amazing beauty.
We ate mostly in Charlottetown for some really good fish and chips and ice cream and PEI burgers (see honeymoon eats a few posts down).
We stayed at Stanhope Beach and Conference Center and got the honeymoon suite (301) which was situated on the corner of the island and had a back and front deck, spa tub, living room, and front windows that overlooked the water. I could live there forever and never get sick of it. And yes, I mean that.
So, if you ever need a trip – and I mean a trip – go in the off season and enjoy the most relaxation (and hiking and food and water) on the Gentle Island.