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This Atlantic Maritime tour is truly a grand excursion. As a visitor you will do more than just witness this unique way of life – you will live it!  Enjoy simple pleasures, breathtaking vistas, stories, music and wonderful recipes.  History will come alive as you tour Louisbourg, literature becomes real as you tour “Anne of Green Gables”.  Lighthouses and miles of white sand and red cliffs abound.  All this beauty is just waiting for you to enjoy on this escorted vacation to another, more gentle, way of life.

Riding the ferry and feeling the ocean breeze is a sure cure for whatever ailment you may have.   You’ll find you have more spring in your step and a clearer more joyful outlook.

While visiting the historic places you will discover the legacy which has been left for us all to learn from and appreciate. They show the important relationship Aboriginal people had with the land, the patterns of settlement established by Europeans, the impact of centuries of farming and fishing, and the faith that sustained many in building their communities. Each historic place conveys the sense of accomplishment and pride of generations of Islanders. There is so much to see and experience for those visiting.

I’m sure by now you know that I am a true “foodie” – so here’s the deal on the food. The food will simply delight you, as will the simple joy found in most of the natives who prepare it.  Everywhere you go you’ll find lobster, scallops, mussels and oysters–just a few of the seafood delicacies Prince Edward Island (PEI) is famous for worldwide. The New York Times food critic, Frank Bruni, visited the Island recently in search of the freshest of fresh shellfish, noting, “This is where the oysters that go by the designations or labels Malpeque, Raspberry Point and Colville Bay originate. This is what the initials PEI in front of a mussel mean. A PEI mussel is like Niman Ranch pork: a brand with real clout, a boast restaurateurs itch to make.”  Enjoy them, savor them and have some for me – they are one of my absolute favorites!!

PEI Coat of Arms

I found this recipe taken from the Royal Winter Fair. In partnership with the award-winning Culinary Institute of Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, they welcomed the opportunity to tell you more about their products and how they can be best prepared for your enjoyment.  Bon Appetit!

PEI Crab or PEI Lobster Cakes

1 egg 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 tsp dry mustard 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped 2 tbsp scallions, finely chopped juice of one lemon 1½ lb PEI crab meat or PEI lobster meat 1 cup fresh bread crumbs salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste oil or clarified butter for frying Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Season with lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients and mix until just combined. Season with salt and pepper. Form into 8 patties. Heat oil or butter in frying pan and fry on both sides until golden brown or bake in a 350ºF oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Makes 8 servings. I’m making these for a dinner party – let me know if you make them and how they were received.

With your free time in Charlottetown you may want to seek out a truly unique Island experience by becoming a lobster fisherman for the day. Embark on an adventure from the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the Top Notch – an authentic lobster boat with a genuine lobster fishing crew. Enjoy lobster on board.  There are three trips daily.  Call Mark at 902-626-6689 (T) to get the details.

Prince Edward Island offers a complete range of affordable and accessible golf experiences. Nine- and 18-hole courses are located across the province. The total now numbers 34. Golfers can book their tee-off times online at www.golfpei.ca. Golf season on the Island runs from May through October. Guaranteed tee-off times can be arranged by calling the courses directly. If golf is your game, here is an opportunity to play on some of the most beautiful courses and boast to friends that you shot a !!! on the back nine on PEI!!

THE ISLAND WAY OF LIFE fosters creativity in its people, and as you explore PEI, you will soon understand why so many artists find inspiration in the gentle Island landscape. Nature forms the foundation of fine creations such as earthy pottery in Breadalbane, the graceful lines of contemporary woodwork in Rustico, or colorful paintings of Island scenes throughout PEI. A PEI Studio Tour offers you the chance to watch artisans at work. You may even want to put your own talents to the test if you sign up for one of the Once in a Lifetime Experiences. Looking for sophisticated glass in a stylish setting? Want some hand-knit mittens made from Island wool? How about a painting or print that captures the special Island light? The gifts and souvenirs available on Prince Edward Island vary as widely as the waves on the ocean. I hope the ones you take home will remind you of your very special mini-vacation with Interlude to this gentle and lovely Island.

Yes, you might get your hands dirty. You might even get your shoes wet. And your knees stained. Maybe you’ll even get a little windburn or sunburn.  All this will just make your Island experiences more memorable and more fun in the retelling. Please check out the full itinerary which is running twice, once in July and once in August. You are guaranteed a meaningful experience and a terrific good time.

Atlantic Maritimes (click here for itinerary) (10 days, 9 nights)

– Interlude blog team

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