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Starting May, 2014, a luxurious sea-to-forest vacation experience awaits travelers as Nova Star Cruises will commence daily service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, with a brand new cruise ferry offering a variety of accommodation, seating, and dining options, including stunning ocean-view cabins and a casino. 5-star Trout Point Lodge lies about 50 km from the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal, and will offer select packages including transportation from the dock to the shores of the pristine Tusket River.

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Nova Star Cruises estimates that more than 100,000 passengers will step aboard the brand new, 161-meter cruise ferry, Nova Star, in the first year of operation. The cruise ship will offer superbly appointed cabins, including:

OWNER’S SUITE:
These premier, spacious corner suites feature two large portholes, one facing forward, one to the side. They have a comfortable sitting area, plus a work desk and chair. In-room bathroom with shower. Sleeping for 4 adults; 1 double bed, 2 fold-down single bunks. Dimensions: 15 ft 9 in x 15 ft 9 in (4.8 m x 4.8 m).

DELUXE OCEAN VIEW CABIN:
These spacious cabins are located across the bow and feature a large porthole facing forward. They have a comfortable sitting area, plus a work desk and chair. In-room bathroom with shower. Sleeping for 4 adults; 1 double bed, 2 fold-down single bunks. Dimensions: 13 ft x 15 ft 9 in (4 m x 4.8 m).

Nova Star will leave Portland each evening at 9 p.m. EST and arrive in Yarmouth at 9 a.m. AST the next morning. The ship will depart two hours later and arrive back in Portland at 6 p.m. local time. The service is expected to start in May, 2014, and conclude on November 2, returning in May, 2015.

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Trout Point and Nova Star will join forces to benefit Boston public broadcaster WGBH during its Spring, 2014 benefit auction, with the Lodge offering a 5 night all-inclusive stay, and Nova Star providing round-trip passage, including a vehicle, and an ocean-view cabin.

Trout Point Lodge is a member of both Small Luxury Hotels of the World and  Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America. Both prestigious accommodation organizations have  numerous member properties in New England and their web sites provide for easy vacation planning. Travelers can now easily experience charming New England inns, a fantastic cruise across the Gulf of Maine, and the haute rustic charms of Trout Point Lodge, one of Canada’s premiere wilderness resorts.

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The Seafood Cookery Cookery course focuses on the use of different fish and shellfish, including selection & freshness, various cooking techniques, making ceviche, and home smoking methods. It also exposes participants to Mediterranean, Creole, Acadian French, and Cajun cooking styles. During the class the instructors and students will together create seafood-based meals, from appetizers and soups to entrees, breads, and desserts. This unique cooking vacation will introduce participants to the culture and history of French New World cuisinesImage as well as the principles of Mediterranean Cuisine, including the cooking and culture of the Mediterranean region and southern Spain, where the instructors have perfected techniques and recipes at the Granada Cooking School in Granada. Dishes and techniques may include making couscous, paella, stuffed mussels, and seafood grilling.

The Nova Scotia Seafood Cooking School is a Signature Experience of the Canadian Tourism Commission!

2014 Dates:

MAY 23-25

JUNE 6-8

OCTOBER 10-12

The cost, per person, for Seafood Cookery is CAN $899 for 2014 sessions. The program includes two nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe Junior Suite or Deluxe Room (double occupancy; upgrades available), all meals, and the culinary instruction and field trips (if offered).  There is also a 9% service fee. Those not wishing to participate in the culinary program can stay at Trout Point Lodge using the normal room and meal tariffs. A signed copy of Trout Point Lodge Cookbook: Creole Cuisine from New Orleanns to Nova Scotia is included.A 50% deposit is taken at the time of reservation, subject to refund as per Trout Point’s usual cancellation policy.

For information and reservations, please call (902) 761-2142 or e-mail.

A typical weekend culinary vacation schedule:

Friday
3-4:00 pm: Arrival & check-in

4 pm: Introduction,main dining room (wine & cheese)

4:30 pm: Seafood quality and selecting seafood; sustainability

5:30 pm: break

7:00 pm: Cocktails in the great room

7:30 pm: Dinner in Chez la Tousquet

Saturday
8:00 am: Breakfast

9:15 am: Field trip (coast near Yarmouth)

1:00 pm: Lunch at Trout Point Lodge

3:00 pm: Non-heat seafood cookery and seafood smoking; kitchen

4:30 pm: Acadian Rappie Pie; kitchen

7:00 pm: Cocktails in the great room

7:30 pm Dinner

Sunday
8-9:30 am: Breakfast

10:30 am: Elegant and simple seafood cookery (hands on)

11:30 am: Lobster and fresh squid ink pasta making

1:00 pm: Farewell Lunch

Those wishing to arrival a day early or extend their stay are welcome to do so at the regular Trout Point Lodge room rates.

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Kiwi Collection, the world’s largest and most diverse curated collection of luxury hotels, today announced that Trout Point Lodge has been selected for the VISA Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, as well as Kiwi’s own exclusive grouping of hotels. Every hotel in Kiwi Collection is personally reviewed to ensure it offers truly outstanding guest experiences before it is invited to join. Kiwi, in turn, is in charge of the VISA Signature credit card program.

The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection is a hand-selected portfolio developed exclusively for Visa Signature cardholders. VISA Signature is the company’s premiere credit card product. Gathered together by Visa invitation and appraised regularly, all properties, from boutique gems to world-famous hotels, provide guests an exclusive, unique collection of benefits, specially designed to offer an unparalleled experience.

Kiwi’s experts review and rate each of the selected hotels on a regular basis without regard for brand, size, or affiliation. Hotels that fall below our rigorous standards are diligently removed. As an absolute rule, no hotel is ever allowed to buy its way into the Kiwi Collection. This keeps the collection fresh, honest, and dependable. Forbes has stated: “Kiwi Collection is to luxury hotels what the Michelin Guide is to restaurants”

“All of us at Trout Point are extremely proud to be the first accommodation in Atlantic Canada for Luxury Hotel Collection,” said the Lodge’s chef/proprietor Vaughan Perret.

Trout Point will be listed on both the VISA and Kiwi web sites shortly.

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La Région Bon Temps has lots to delight the independent traveller, from the unique Village Historique Acadienne to Canada’s Bon Temps tourism region, Argyle Municipality, NSoldest courthouse (and jail) in Tusket and a Tuna Sport Fishing Museum in Wedgeport. The new web site bontempsnovascotia.ca has it all!

At Trout Point, too, there’s lots of new offerings. A brand-new exercise room, new astronomy gear for guided after-dinner outings, and this year 2 staff musicians to help guests “tune up” for dinner in the Great Room. Trout Point is also running some greats specials, including 20% off online booking for select rooms, as well as 4 nights for the price of 3 when you also take Half Board each day. Reservations can be made here.

Staff astronomer Michael Hiland will continue his instructive star gazing sessions and Sky Safaris with the help of a brand-new Meade 10″ telescope, to bring distant celestial objects into brighter and greater focus. The LX90-SC Telescope with Schmidt-Cassegrain (SC) optics give you high performance. Meade uses water-white glass with superior light transmission across the entire visible spectrum combined with Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) – with 15% better light transmission than standard coatings – and oversized, thermally-stable Pyrex primary mirrors for optimum light collection. This telescope gives a spectacular viewing experience to Lodge guests!

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The 10″ LX90-SC Telescope by Meade has an f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system (focal length 2000mm) and Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) for maximum image brightness and contrast.Trout Point is working with the Bon Temps tourism society to spearhead having the local region declared the first StarLight Destination in North America, as recent press reports have stated. The are surrounding the Lodge, with the Tobeatic Wilderness Area at its core, has among the darkest and clearest nigh time skies on earth, unparalleled for amateur astronomy.

Trout Point is working with the Bon Temps tourism society to spearhead having the local region declared the first StarLight Destination in North America, as recent press reports have stated. The are surrounding the Lodge, with the Tobeatic Wilderness Area at its core, has among the darkest and clearest nigh time skies on earth, unparalleled for amateur astronomy.

Starlight Destinations are visitable places characterised by excellent quality for the contemplation of starry skies and the practice of tourist activities based on this resource.

The Starlight Tourism Certification System was created with the aim of encouraging, at world-wide level, the improvement of the quality of tourist experiences and the protection of the night skies in Starlight Destinations.The Starlight Certification seeks to guarantee the capacity to enjoy the view of the stars and to discover the associated scientific, cultural, natural and scenic values.

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Culinary Vacations Schedule

3-day, 2-night programs include accommodation, meals, and hands-on culinary instruction:

May 17-19, 2013: Mediterranean Cuisine with an emphasis on seafood

September 27-29, 2013: Seafood Cookery

November 8-10, 2013: Seafood Cookery

The cost, per person, for Seafood Cookery and Mediterranean Cuisine is CAN $899 for 2013 sessions–no increase over 2012! The program includes two nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe Junior Suite (double occupancy; upgrades available), all meals, and the culinary instruction and field trips (if offered).  There is also a 9% service fee. Those not wishing to participate in the culinary program can stay at Trout Point Lodge using the normal room and meal tariffs. A signed copy of The Trout Point Lodge Cookbook  is included.

For more information, check here.

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Trout Point Lodge gift certificates are available online and form a perfect gift for the holidays! Available in denominations from $150 to $1000, Gift Certificates are sent out by email in a printable pdf format!

The Lodge can also provide gift certificates or pre-paid stays for specific room, meal, and activity packages. Just contact Trout Point by email or by phone at (902) 761-2142!

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To celebrate the Lodge’s year round opening and its new membership in Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Trout Point currently has the following specials on offer:
  • 20% off online rates for certain rooms (reservation is non-changeable and non-refundable)
  • Book 4 nights and pay for 3 in select main lodge rooms (Half Board required to be purchased each day)
  • Romantic Hideaway Special: 1 night in a Fireplace Junior Suite, 1 guided kayak, star walk, or hike, Champagne & chocolate in your room on the night of arrival, and Half Board $499/couple.  Book packages here.

The above prices do not include tax or service fee.

Trout Point Lodge opened in 2000 next to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Secluded at the junction of 2 river, Trout Point offers the “darkest night skies in eastern North America,” as noted when USAToday called the Lodge 1 of the 10 best eco lodges in the world earlier this year.

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