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The hardwood logs inoculated with Shiitake mushroom spawn back during the Lodge’s 2009 season have for the first time born fruit in the form of an abundance of delectable mushrooms! The Trout Point gardens have all been hand-turned and rowed up, and planting of seeds and seedlings is in process.

Guests this year will experience an unsurpassed gastronomic experience of local delicacies this season!

Water is up on the Tusket River and Trout Point looks forward to seeing you soon! Book online now starting at $145/night for a Deluxe Junior Suite.

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Nova Scotia’s only member of Relais & Chateaux announces a new 1800 square foot suite along the Tusket River and the advent of guided astronomy excursions for its 2011 season. The Lodge will also open May 1 for its first year of year-round operations after 11 years.

Dubbed simply The Forest Suite, Atlantic Canada’s largest hotel suite will boast 2 wood-burning fireplaces, decks overlooking the flowing Tusket River, 28′ cathedral ceilings, a full kitchen dressed in green slate, and a spacious bathroom with separate tub & show plus double sinks. The suite will be available May 7 if not earlier.

Trout Point also offers 1 standard room, 7 junior suites and 1 full suite in the main log & stone lodge, as well as a 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom cottage.

The exclusive Nova Scotia wilderness resort has also hired a staff astronomer—graduate of St. Mary’s University’s Astronomy & Physics program—to lead experiential outings into the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Trout Point & The Tobeatic have the darkest night time skies in eastern North America, even darker than Kejimkujik National Park, a Dark Sky Preserve. The astronomer will offer interpretive outings on themes such as: Constellations and their Greek Mythological Origins: Laser-guided Tour of the Night Sky; Meteor Showers: Night Sky Tour with Emphasis on the Observing and Understanding of Meteors; and the Summer Milky Way. Guests can combine a romantic candle-lit dinner with a postprandial learning experience unmatched almost anywhere else on earth.

As in recent years past, the Lodge will also have guides for kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing.

Trout Point employs about 15 people during its peak operating season from May to late October. This year, the Lodge will stay open year-round, including dining, through with a leaner staff in low season months.

The Lodge has become known as a destination that reflects unique Nova Scotia experiences. It was among 10 finalists worldwide chosen by the National Geographic Society for its Geotourism Challenge, Power of Place: Sustaining the Future of Destinations. It has been a member of the prestigious, Paris-based Relais & Chateaux Association since 2009. Late last year the Association asked Trout Point to be one of 18 model member properties for experiential tourism for its World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Trout Point Lodge is expanding the dining experiences offered to guests and local residents with the opening of the new Chez la Tousquet scheduled for June 1, 2011.

Entering its 12th season of operation, the Lodge has always emphasized gourmet food in table d’hôte menus focused on local produce & world-class seafood. Trout Point often features products from its own 5,000 square foot vegetable, herb, & flower gardens.

Chez la Tousquet will offer candle-lit dining in an intimate space with walls of blue-granite blocks and painted wood panelling. A focal-point hand-cut red sandstone fireplace will compliment views of the Tusket River, the restaurant’s namesake. A hewn hemlock-wood wine bar provides a spot for pre-dining beverages, including 140 selections from a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-winning list.

Guests will have the option of the classic The Dining Room, with its rustic wood furniture, or the new venue for dinner. Chez la Tousquet’s will offer some options of appetizers and main dishes versus the purely fixed menu of The Dining Room. Home-made pastas and vegetarian options will be served alongside local seafood. Trout Point emphasizes the importance of local ingredients and sustainable practices. It is among only a handful of properties in the country holding a 5 Green Key rating and won the inaugural Green Restaurant Award from the Nova Scotia Restaurant Association.

Chef-proprietors Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary will oversee both restaurants. Authors of The Trout Point Lodge Cookbook: Creole Cuisine from New Orleans to Nova Scotia (Random House), the duo steered the Lodge to membership in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Association in 2009. An grouping of boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants around the world, Relais & Chateaux members hold more than half of all the stars for cuisine awarded by the Michelin guide. Perret & Leary are featured in the 2010 cookbooks Chefs at Home and 85 Inspirational Chefs alongside the likes of The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller, Patrick O’Connell of the Inn at Little Washington, and Daniel Boulud of New York’s Daniel.

Chez la Tousquet will require reservations and will have a single seating each evening starting June 1.



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Trout Point Lodge has entered the Geotourism Challenge 2010: Places on the Edge, Saving Coastal & Freshwater Destinations. You can see the entry here. The Challenge is sponsored by the National Geographic Society, Ashoka’s Changemakers, and the InterAmerican Development Bank.

Trout Point was among 10 worldwide finalist in the 2009 Geotourism Challenge and a delegate to the 2010 Geotourism Summit.

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Relais & Chateaux, an association of the world’s finest boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants, has chosen Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia to participate in a best practices forum at its annual world congress in Cape Town, South Africa next month. Trout Point joined the prestigious group in 2009 after a rigorous application process.

Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, Chief Executive Officer, contacted the Lodge with the news about 2 weeks ago. The forum will allow participants to have an exchange of experiences, discovering what’s happening at other member properties. The focus for the 1st annual event is key trends in the field of guest relations. Paris-based Relais & Chateaux has about 475 members in over 56 countries.

“We were very pleasantly surprised and honoured by the selection,” said co-owner Vaughn Perret. Trout Point will be among about 20 hotels or restaurants from all the members selected to give a presentation at the forum. “To be chosen during our first year of membership from amongst this elite group as an example of best practices was one of the highest accolades we could receive.”

Trout Point Lodge, which opened its doors in 2000, was chosen among 10 worldwide finalists in the National Geographic Society 2009 Geotourism Challenge, “The Power of Place.” It has a total of 13 units immediately adjacent to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area in southwestern Nova Scotia.

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Famed singer & songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker gave Trout Point guests and staff a surprise serenade as he departed the Lodge after a 2-night stay. The author of Mr. Bo Jangles wrote of his Trout Point Experience, “Exceeding all expectations –a rarity!”

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Trout Point recently hosted the Halifax-based Commanderie of Bordeaux group for a dinner and wine tasting. Most of the 18 strong party relaxed over Friday and Saturday nights. The 6-course Saturday supper consisted of:
–local oysters in tomato marinade
–crab and lobster soup with enoki mushrooms, collard greens and a clear broth
–duck & lentil salad with duck gravy & cracklings
–grilled prime rib with a porcini mushroom sauce
–4-selection cheese course
–choice of dessert, including Creme Brulee, apricot tart with chantilly, rhubarb (from the garden) & strawberry custard tart, and cherry-white chocolate bread pudding

The blind wine tasting featured Chateau Lynch-Bages white followed by 4 red vintages, capped off with a Chateau Rieussec Sauternes!

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Trout Point re-opens for the 2010 season on May 1, and the dedicated crew of employees from the local village of Kemptville is hard at work sweeping, mopping, and oiling logs.  Exciting developments lie in store for the season, which will end in late October. These include the opening of a new fine dining venue on the Lodge’s south wing, more menu choices for dinners, wine tastings, and an expanded calendar of culinary vacations.

2010 is also Trout Point’s first year of full member in Relais & Chateaux, an assoication of the best and most authentic boutique hotels in the world. Being a Relais member not only helps motivate the whole team to provide world-class hospitality and cuisine, but also links Trout Point to a worldwide network of extraoridinary chefs, hoteliers, and service professionals. Together we can

Please come join us in May at Trout Point–just selected by the Globe & Mail as among the top eco resorts in Canada! Go online to make reservations, or call us at +1 902-761-2141.

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Since early February, Trout Point Lodge has focused efforts on bringing Nature Air to the area, engaging local, regional, provincial, and federal players to confront the current crisis caused by the absence of ferry service to the region.

Nature Air flies Twin Otter Vistaliners

At the February 3-5, 2010 Geotourism Summit at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Trout Point Lodge owners Vaughn Perret and Charles Leary got to know fellow honouree Alex Khajavi, CEO & Chairman of Costa Rican airline Nature Air. Perret, Leary, and Khavjavi were all there as delegates and finalists in the 2009 Geotourism Challenge, “Power of Place: Sustaining the Future of Destinations.” Nature Air was one of three winners in the worldwide competition, and when Perret & Leary mentioned the collapse of the ferry service and possibility for implementing a new air tour & link between Maine and Nova Scotia, Khajavi jumped on the idea.

Costa Rica has a tourism season opposite that of Atlantic Canada, and the airline has slack demand for its Canadian-built Twin Otter Vistaliner aircraft during the summer months. Nature Air operates more than 70 flights a day in Costa Rica and Panama, and is the world’s first carbon-neutral airline.  Leary & Perret had personal experience with Nature Air, having flown between Costa Rica and Panama while operating former Trout Point sister property, the Inn at Coyote Mountain.

“We knew it would be perfect for flights between Maine and Yarmouth,” commented Perret. “Flying in a Twin Otter is an experience in and of itself, and given the scenery of Maine, the Bay of Fundy, and around Yarmouth, this kind of service would draw lots of tourists in addition to those simply filling a transportation need.”

While still in Washington, Leary & Perret contacted David Rankin, Manager of the Yarmouth Airport for assistance. In the weeks since, the 2 owners of Trout Point Lodge have also pro-actively encouraged involvement from the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism Culture & Heritage, the Municipality of the District of Argyle, Minister Percy Paris’ office, the Southwest Shore Development Authority, and MP Greg Kerr’s office.

On Friday, they also contacted the Manager of the Hancock County – Bar Harbor Airport in Maine, and received an enthusiastic response. Bar Harbor receives 3 US Airways flights a day from Boston. Bar Harbor and Yarmouth have historic transportation links for decades. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the area, including Acadia National Park, each summer.

“Bob Book from the tourism department has been particularly helpful in pushing things forward,” said Leary. “However, in the wake of the loss of the Cat Ferry service, moving decisively on to new options to face the crisis seems to have fallen overboard.”

“We were glad to read the press release from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Friday, promising a Team Southwest Nova approach to solving the issues facing us,” said Perret, “However, we have an award-winning entrepreneur in Alex Khajavi, someone willing to come up to Nova Scotia and start a new, sustainably-oriented service of benefit to everyone, and over the past few weeks it’s been very challenging trying to bring all the necessary players together.”

Perret & Leary’s idea is for an experiential air service, eco-friendly, that will showcase the geotourism potential of the region and bring new visitation to Nova Scotia.

Flights (ideally with some sort of on-board guide to what is being flown over) from Bar Harbor up the Maine Coast around the Bay of Fundy, concluding at Yarmouth would be a popular tourist experience. From the Twin Otter, passenger views are excellent because of the unusually large windows and relatively low-altitude flight of the aircraft.

The experience would be as much about the ride as the practical aspect of transportation. The added pluses for American visitors include an international experience in Canada. These air passengers will spend vacation time in the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores area as well. Opportunities for packaging abound, and at least one local tour business operator in Yarmouth has voiced support for the idea.

The Yarmouth area would experience a disproportionate amount of benefits because passengers will  fly in without cars. Although some would rent cars, this Bar Harbor service would create demand for local hotel rooms, tours and attractions lost with the Scotia Prince and Cat ferry services.

Short-term subsidies might be required, but ultimately this service would be a viable addition to the region’s tourist offerings and transportation infrastructure.

Perret, Leary, and others hope to have a conference call with Mr. Khajavi this coming week.



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Relais & Chateaux: boutique hotels & gourmet restaurants

Relais & Chateaux: boutique hotels & gourmet restaurants

Trout Point Lodge is pleased to announce that it will attend the Relais & Chateaux New York showcase event, March 2, 2010 held at Relais member Restaurant Daniel.

60 East 65th Street

New York, NY 10021

Tel: (212) 288-0033

Fax: (212) 396-9014

Relais & Chateaux: boutique hotels & gourmet restaurants

Members of the travel industry and Club 5 C members are invited to the event, which will feature information about various Relais & Chateaux member hotels & restaurant in North American and around the world.

Trout Point attended a similar event in Madrid last week.

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 475 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 55 countries.

Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.

Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses.

From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and discover a special place in a variety of destinations.

The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.“

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