My adventures in New Brunswick have begun in the Capital City of Fredericton, Atlantic Canada’s riverfront capital. I am so excited as this is my very first time in Atlantic Canada, and I’ve been hearing nothing but great things about New Brunswick from friends and followers that were born here and have visited here. I have great expectations to say the least. I begin my adventures at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton, Lord Beaverbrook Hotel. It is right on the St. John River steps away from the Historic Garrison District. My home away from home also boasts three amazing restaurants. I may never leave here.
The Crowne Plaza Fredericton is in the heart of downtown Fredericton at 659 Queen Street. I arrive at night time, and it couldn’t be easier to find the hotel. It is right across from the New Brunswick Legislature and the Playhouse Theatre. A fairly majestic appearance and one not easy to miss.
I’ve been travelling all day, so I am really looking forward to crashing into a warm and cozy bed. Here’s to a quick and easy check-in at reception. Done and straight up to my room on the top floor, room 708.
The Hotel is busy tonight as there is a big wedding taking place and The James Joyce Pub is hopping. Part of me wants to crash the party, but I really need some sleep so up to my room I go.
It’s not a huge room, but it is just what I need for my first three nights in Fredericton. A nice workstation for my laptop with plenty of outlets for cable chargers, a comfortable bed, a coffee machine and a mini fridge to store any snacks I buy and a nice sized bathroom with a shower that has great water pressure. My home away from home.
Boom I crash. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I check out is my view. I look over the Playhouse and the Legislature which has a golden glow in the morning sunshine. I’m not sure if my picture captures that glow, but it does have one.
Time to explore some of the Hotel amenities. There is a pool and a fitness room on the ground floor level. I plan on visiting at least one of these during my stay. The second floor is filled with banquet rooms so not much for me up here except a great view into the lobby.
After a full day out and about adventuring in Fredericton I decide to call it an early night and choose to have dinner at the hotel. There are three restaurants to choose from. The James Joyce is an Irish pub with a very good burger from what I hear, but it is closed on Sundays, another day perhaps. The Maverick Room is the fine dining option at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton, but I don’t think I feel that fancy tonight. My choice is for The Terrace, which offers indoor or outdoor dining. Of course, I choose the outdoor terrace with a view of the St. John River.
Since this is my first official meal in Fredericton, I want to sample some of the best the local Farms and vendors have to offer. Choosing The Terrace was not by accident as their food philosophy is Farm to Table, and they believe in Nose to Tail offerings which mean that they use every part of every animal they purchase.
My meal starts off with a glass of Summer Solstice by Mott’s Landing and a “La Fond de Bois” Goat Cheese Brule with Basil. First off I didn’t know that New Brunswick had wineries; secondly it is quite good. As for the Goat Cheese, it is simply divine. Everything on the plate was made in house from the confit garlic, the dehydrated cherry tomatoes, Olive tapenade and the Rosemary crackers. I might have this again on another night.
For my main course, they are offering on the daily fresh sheet two of my favourite things, Pork Chop and Mushroom Soup combined. It is the Pork Chop Mushroom Soup with Potato Gnocchi, Leeks and more Mushrooms. Does it get any better than that? Yes, when you taste it you will agree, it does get better. The Pork is tender and juicy, the gnocchi are light and pillowy, and the Mushroom Soup aka gravy is rich, creamy and mushroomy! I cleaned my plate and almost licked it.
I’ve enjoyed many fine hotels in my travels, some even have good restaurants, but I was blown away by this simple yet delicious meal. Definitely up there in my hotel dining experiences. You don’t even have to stay at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton to enjoy the great food they offer. Come for the room stay for the food, that is what I think. Perhaps I might give The Maverick or The James Joyce a try next.
I love a hotel that helps its guests respect the peace and quiet of its other guests.
The rooms are clean and have everything you need for a good nights sleep. Location is amazing with easy access to trails along the river and into downtown shopping. The star of the hotel is its restaurants with their Farm to Table philosophy. If you stay here you must eat here at least once!
Value for $9
Would I come back?9