Hello everyone, it’s a little late again but here’s my second and last post about my travels in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I can promise you it’s another jam-packed week full of adventures! If you haven’t read my Week 1 post, you can do so here!
Blue Winds Tea Room
The entire place was completely empty when we got there, so we thought it was closed. We found this place when we were googling places to eat around PEI. A common theme throughout the places we went is the lack of (or complete lack of) people. It is just very small with a small population dispersed throughout the province!
Anyway, the tea room was a small lovely house surrounded by a lot of vibrant flowers. A stack of old Japanese lay in a box on the front porch with a sign that said “free”. There was lovely Oriental decoration everywhere (which also we’re apparently on sale because there were small price tags on each of them), from the rugs, to the paintings, and the large ceramic flower pots. A small Japanese lady came out from a curtain divider, greeted us, and and took us to our table. I initially thought it was weird that no one was there, as I’m used to thinking that an empty place means the establishment is terrible. However, our experience was quite the opposite!
We had such a sweet and lovely Japanese hostess and all the food and drinks were really good (and served with paper and crochet doilies. Too adorable!) … So much so that my boyfriend gave an extremely generous tip! The great reviews about this eatery weren’t lies and I made sure I contributed to their business by leaving another five star review as well.
I’m pretty sure this was Victor’s idea. Actually, scratch that. It most definitely was his idea because I’m a big chicken and I would never have thought of going to a haunted house. The haunted house or Haunted Mansion (click to go to their official website!) is located in Kensington, PEI. The fee is $17 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-16 and is free for children 5 years of age and younger.
We went on a beautiful, sunny day so I was feeling pretty confident I wouldn’t pee myself. It was super dim on the inside (figures) and it was staged like an old inn and had those creepy sound effects already start from the entrance.
I’m sad to say I got too scared and closed my eyes for most of the event. I get too afraid with those jump-scares! I just clung onto Victor’s arm the whole time with my eyes shut as we walked through the house. I managed to open my eyes in some parts and thus take these pictures.
After the end of the house tour, you’re led to this cute spoopy gift shop and an outdoor garden a pond, which I thought was quite beautiful.
Holland College Dining Room
This was the “fanciest” please please eating during my stay. Holland college had a dining room open to the public where culinary students are trained to cook for real customers. The atmosphere was very refined and classy. We got there for an early dinner and managed to get a table by the large windows, overlooking the ocean. Although it was cloudy, it was still very scenic and beautiful! I ended up having two lobster meals ( I overestimated the size of my first lobster meal), a strawberry daiquiri drink, and yummy dessert! I will definitely go back for more.
Cavendish Beach is located in Cavendish PEI (thus the name) and is home to Anne of Green Gables! Keep in mind that this beach is just a beach – no boardwalks or anything. It’s interesting to note that websites will say that Cavendish Beach is a red-sand beach, however, I only saw white.
There is a changing area and a few picnic benches right outside the beach though, which is nice. We bought food beforehand and had a nice picnic on the beach. I want to say there were maybe 100 people there that very hot day? It’s a large stretch of sand so everyone was dispersed throughout. I’d say there were only about 30-40 people within a 100 foot radius from where we set up camp. It’s funny because upon seeing the people, Victor exclaimed “Wow, it’s pretty packed today.” Being from New Jersey, I’ve never seen a more empty beach (every time I go, it’s like I’m almost stepping on people just to walk to the water) so it was quite the opposite for me!
The water was nice and clear, but now you can see all the slimy seaweed and other itchy bits floating around. There were also quite a number of small jellyfish close to shore. Not sure if this happens every year or not, but unfortunately we couldn’t really spend time in the water … besides that, the water was still quite freezing (this was around early July)!
Cavendish Beach also has other fun things nearby in case you were interested, such as a nice golf course, an escape room, and sometimes they hold music festivals there. I was just leaving PEI but I think that next weekend, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson (or someone else famous…haha!) were there on the beach at the music festival. We did have to pay an entrance fee (by car), about $7-9.
Brackley Beach is PEI’s red sand beach and is located just a short drive from Charlottetown. This beach is also a part of the Prince Edward Island National Park. This was one of the last places we visited and it’s such a shame we didn’t get to enjoy much of the visit here! It was very windy that day. Signs as we got on the beach warned us of “flying sand”. We experienced the flying sand, alright! The wind pelted so much sand at us and it actually hurt! Sand got everywhere from our food, to our cracks, and more … and I’m still cleaning some sand from the bag I used that day! The only good thing I got from the trip was this picture above. It’s one of my most favorite shots!
Anyway, don’t let my experience ruin it for you. It’s supposedly a really beautiful beach – very pristine and serene, just like Cavendish!
Green Gables Heritage Place
Last but not least, if you’ve read Anne of Green Gables, you’ll love this place! How could I not visit during my stay?! The Green Gables Heritage Place is located in Cavendish, PEI. We made sure we toured the house, visited the Gift Shop, and walked along the trails such as Lover’s Lane which was right by the house. We also got to try a raspberry cordial here, which was so good and refreshing during that hot day!
We visited a few other small places and did a couple more activities (like our hiking trip, which ended up being brutal and sweat and mosquito-filled!) but these were all of our big events!
That’s a wrap for my Week 2 activities at Prince Edward Island.
What do you think?! Would you visit PEI?