If you are like us, you may already have your summer vacation plans well in hand. I’ve written before about our trips to the East Coast, why I like to plan ahead, and the stops that we have made along the way.
A couple of years ago, we added on a couple extra days to our trip by stopping for two nights at The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews by the Sea.
Andy and I knew about St. Andrews before, having been there more than 10 years ago on a pre-kids vacation to the East. We didn’t stay over back then, but spend the day in the quaint little town by the ocean enjoying a whale watching tour (no whales were spotted, but it was still amazing), and eating delicious food. It had always been a goal to go back. In fact, we had spent considerable time thinking about it as a wedding destination many moons ago.
We decided that the kids would love it, and made plans to add on a two night stay after we left our cottage in PEI before heading back to Ottawa. It didn’t add much time to our drive time, and it meant that from St. Andrew’s to Ottawa we were able to drive straight back home in less time than if we had gone right from the cottage. It felt like a winning situation.
The Algonquin turned out to be an amazing decision. One that we still all talk about (and that each summer since we consider repeating). We loved the modernized rooms. The rooms were renovated, comfortable and perfect for us (we had double beds).
The indoor pool had a fun slide tunnel (that neither of my kids wanted to go on!) and was a nice way to start our mini trip.
There is also an outdoor pool that had the resort feel that we love. It was very busy the day we went but that didn’t stop us from getting in the pool and splashing around. There were many families playing, enjoying the sun and walking the grounds.
One of the most notable things about the Resort is the food. We ended up eating a lot of meals right at the hotel because the food was incredible. Of note was a lobster grilled cheese sandwich that was so good we had it more than once. I really loved that we could eat outside in the veranda area (off the ‘bar’ menu which was more casual). The kids loved that freedom to walk around a bit too while we enjoyed a glass of wine. The service was excellent. I always remember places that are especially considerate of the kids.
We took a walk down the hill after supper and made our way to the old Blockhouse Historic Site. We loved walking around the area. History seemed to be carried by the wind near the shores and the town. The main street of the town is a short drive away.
Our stay at The Algonquin Resort was memorable, and one that we hope to repeat.