Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Stephanie and I were thrilled to be staying at the Dalvay by the Sea hotel on PEI. Those who are familiar with the "Anne of Green Gables" movies or the "Road to Avonlea" tv series will know the hotel by the name of the "White Sands".
The hotel was beautiful. I was built in 1895 by the president of Standard Oil. He built it as a summer cottage for his family of six. He had so many friends that enjoyed visiting him during the summer that he added an extra wing for guests. That's where all of the guest rooms are now.
We had a small room on the second floor at the front of the hotel. We had beautiful views of the lake to the right and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the left.
The food there was also spectacular. We had a full breakfast every morning, dinner one night, and even high tea one afternoon. Everything was so wonderful that I don't even know if I could pick a favorite. Too bad I was so busy eating I didn't take a picture of the dining room!
One of our favorite things to do at the hotel was sit outside. There were adirondack chairs scattered over the lawn in front of the hotel. We would just sit and watch the geese on the lake and talk about our day and plan the next day.
With all that the Dalvay has, there are several things that it doesn't have: air-conditioning, television, radio, and telephones in the rooms. You might think it would be difficult to be without those things, but it was wonderful to spend the day relaxing in the quiet peacefulness and then go to sleep with the ocean breezes whispering good night.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I just happened to hear our names being called over the paging system a few gates over. We were the last two people to board and they were about to close the door. Whew! We made it on to the plane and were on our way to Montreal.
Yeah, there were three people working. Again, we were the LAST TWO people to board the plane. But we were finally on our way to PEI, so who cares?
Flying over the island was beautiful. We even saw our hotel from the air, which was pretty sweet. Anyway, we landed and went to claim our luggage in the teeny, tiny Charlottetown airport.
Only, our luggage wasn't there. I repeat: NO LUGGAGE! We were not the only ones that didn't have luggage, so we didn't feel too badly.
We got our rental car and loaded our carry-ons into the backseat. Did I mention our rental was a Volvo with a sunroof? It was niiice.
We headed to our hotel, the Dalvay by the Sea. (More on this tomorrow.) We checked in, then headed out to find some food and some supplies to get us through the night and next day until we got our luggage.
It was a shaky start to our trip, but things went uphill from there. We are working on a list of the top ten things we learned about travel to Canada and when it is done, I'll post it here.