Holy Wine & Sleeping At The Blomidon Inn, A Sea Captain’s Mansion

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Goodbye Truro, next stop is Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Situated in the Annapolis Valley this town dates back to its Acadian settlement in 1755 and is surrounded by lush farmland, Wolfville Harbour and some fabulous wineries. Oh, and it is also the site of the Grand-Pré National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today my adventure takes me to visit a winery inside a Church and I check into my next home away from home, the Blomidon Inn. I’ll be drinking some Holy Wine and sleeping in an historic Sea Captain’s Mansion. Sounds like an average day to me. Hello, Wolfville.

The Blomidon Inn in Wolfville Nova Scotia

Before I check into the Blomidon Inn I have to get to Wolfville and the Avondale Sky Winery is on the route so why not stop in.

Avondale Sky Winery

The winery sits on one of the oldest vineyards in Nova Scotia, however in its current incarnation is one of the newest wineries in the province. Aside from the wine what makes it unique? The winery is housed in a reclaimed/rescued church from Walton, NS which is 42 kilometres away. That must have been something to watch as they moved the old St Matthews Church. It spent 24 hours riding the Bay Of Fundy tides, rising and falling over 43 feet.

An old Church is now Avondale Sky Winery

Inside the winery, the church integrity has been honoured with stained glass windows at each end filtering the light the comes through. It is an open and spacious tasting room with plenty of wines to sample and a restaurant that is open from 11 till 4pm.

Wine tasting inside a church at Avondale Sky Winery

They have a full range of wines to sample which include white, red and my favourite summer sipper Rosé. I wasn’t familiar with many of the varieties they were offering, but it was a fun experience to try them and figure out which ones I liked. The five pictured below all got two thumbs up from me.

Tasting flight of Avondale Sky Wines

It is just a short drive to Wolfville and the Blomidon Inn. I drive by some of the sites I have on my schedule to check out tomorrow including Grand-Pré National Historic Site

The Inn itself does not disappoint. It exudes quintessential 19th-century Victorian charm on the outside and English Manor comfort on the inside. It really is a former Sea Captain’s Victorian mansion.

The Blomidon Inn, A sea captain's Mansion in Wolfville

The front foyer has two common sitting rooms for enjoyment but before I relax I must proceed to the end of the hallway to check in at the registration desk.

Foyer of the Blomidon Inn

My room is located on the 2nd floor which has its own landing area complete with sitting area and a small library.

Second floor landing area at the Blomidon Inn

Inside my room, I am pleased to find out I have a 2 room set up. The outer room is my “living room” complete with TV, couch and lounge chair. The decor choices are very quaint and about what I’d expect. Love the wainscoting along the walls and the wallpaper.

Sitting room of my suite at the Blomidon Inn

My bedroom is fairly tight with just enough room to navigate around the bed on the way to the bathroom. There is a TV mounted high so I can watch TV in bed if I want to but with a comfy living room 2 feet away why bother.

Bedroom with attached bathroom

There is plenty to see and explore outside on the grounds of the Blomidon Inn as well. Their gardens are not to be missed. I will leave that for you to discover on your own. Bring your camera because it is photo perfect at every turn.

You may notice that there is a Chefs garden as well. That is to service the restaurant where I enjoyed a fabulous three-course meal my first night. I started with Bacon, Leek & Linguine Carbonara and then moved on to the Ancho Pepper Glazed Chicken Breast. Perfect portion sizes for me and absolutely delicious.

Bacon Leek & Linquine Carbonara at Blomidon Inn

Ancho Pepper Glazed Chicken Breast

To enjoy with the first two courses I sampled a wine that is on my list to visit tomorrow, Luckett Vineyards.

A glass of Luckett Wine with dinner at the Blomidon Inn

To finish off the meal I had the Wild Blueberry Tart. Wondering what this cost? It was the Prix Fix menu at $41.50. Pretty reasonable if you ask me and worth every penny.

Wild Blueberry Tart

 



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What a glorious introduction to Wolfville and I slept like a baby my first night at the Blomidon Inn. I am ready willing and able to tackle a day of wine touring and walking through history. Here’s to more adventures.

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Thanks to Nova Scotia Tourism for their support in making this travel series possible. My views and opinions are 100% my own.


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Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

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  1. I spent 3 nights at Blomidon Inn late April 2015, and was captivated at first sight!
    Nothing but praise for this charming Inn! Comfortable, unique rooms, interesting public seating areas, incredible views and gardens, and can we talk about the coffee??! Roasted specially for Blomidon Inn, it is spectacular!
    We enjoyed fabulous breakfasts, then dinners and desserts to die for! Accompanied by the local wines that are so impressive, and finished with That coffee, we went off to bed and restful sleeps.
    I fell in love with everything about Wolfville, longing now for a return stay at the Blomidon Inn and more local exploration.

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