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Unbiased, third-party reviews and ratings of Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia include:

  • annually inspected and recommended for the independent traveler by Conde Nast Johansen’s guide, “the first name in travel”
  • Fodor’s Choice in the 2012-13 Fodor’s Guide to Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada
  • 4 1/2 star rating from Canada Select, the national accommodation rating agency
  • Inspected & recommended, “Award of Excellence,” by AAA/CAA
  • Member, Relais & Chateaux Association
  • Member, the Diamond Collection of BedandBreakfast.com: An exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns with extensive modern amenities
  • 2012 London Telegraph Hotel Review: 8/10 overall and 9/10 for food & drink
  • Inspected & recommended by the Michelin Green Guide: “luxurious forest hideaway”
  • Signature Experiences Collection®, Canadian Tourism Commission, as of May 1, 2012
  • World’s top 10 great places to check in to an eco lodge, USA TODAY

Reservations can be made online or by calling +1 (902) 761-2142!


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Unbiased, third-party reviews and ratings of Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia include:

  • annually inspected and recommended for the independent traveler by Conde Nast Johansen’s guide, “the first name in travel”
  • Fodor’s Choice in the 2012-13 Fodor’s Guide
  • 4 1/2 star rating from Canada Select, the national accommodation rating agency
  • inspected & recommended, “Award of Excellence,” by AAA/CAA
  • Member, Relais & Chateaux Association
  • Member, the Diamond Collection of BedandBreakfast.com: An exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns with extensive modern amenities
  • London Telegraph Hotel Review: 8/10 overall and 9/10 for food & drink
  • Inspected & recommended by the Michelin Green Guide: “luxurious forest hideaway”

Reservations can be made online or by calling +1 (902) 482-8360

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In 2012, Relais & Châteaux continues to grow with 45 new properties that become fellow members to Trout Point Lodge, chosen after a thorough selection process involving inspections of more than 100 establishments.

The new members include 25 in Europe, 7 in Asia, 3 in Australasia and 10 in the Americas, making 2012 a record year for the Association.

Each property contains a breathtaking piece of history, unique charm, the finest service and elegance. Candidates have been selected not only for their culture and art de vivre, but also for their originality, and unparalleled authenticity.

Relais & Châteaux is undoubtedly today the most beautiful way of discovering the world.

A longing for the Deep Blue Sea

Anne de Bretagne (France):  the bracing air of the Jade coast at a contemporary villa and lookout post over the sea
Bellevue Syrene 1820 (Italy):  the Gulf of Naples on the horizon and the Italian jet set in Sorrento
La Peschiera (Italy): a former Bourbon fishery and now the an ultimate resort for lounging seaside on the Adriatic coast
Ocean House (USA):  the New England seashore at the foot of this magnificent Victorian mansion in Rhode Island
Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa (Thailand): near Phuket, in one of the fifteen villas on the beach
Huka Lodge (New Zealand):  on the banks of the Waikato River just upstream from the mighty Huka falls, far away from it all
Saffire (Australia):  in the middle of Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, on the shores where migrating whales and dolphins come to play
Qualia, Great Barrier Reef (Australia): pavilions of wine maker and sailing enthusiast, Bob Oatley, on Hamilton Island overlooking the Coral Sea

A quest for fine cuisine
Fine cuisine is an obligatory component of the soul and the spirit of the Association, in both its stand-alone restaurants as well as all its hotels. The 2012 Guide includes 14 new Grand Chefs Relais & Châteaux, the elite of this international fellowship of talented chefs. They all, each in their own, individual way, contribute their contemporary signature to the realm fine cuisine.

Kashiwaya Restaurant (Japan):  in the purest Japanese culinary tradition in Osaka.
Le Moût Restaurant (Taiwan):  dishes which inventively combine French expertise and the flavours of Asia.
Del PostoRestaurant (USA): at the heart of New York City with classical Italian dishes revisited at in a contemporary palazzo of mahogany and marble
Marea Restaurant (USA):  on Manhattan’s Central Park South, Italian dishes inspired by the sea
De Lindenhof (Nertherlands):  a magical, almost fairy-tale break, reflected as much in the décor as in the dishes
Chalet de la ForêtRestaurant (Belgium):  on the edge of forest on the outskirts of Brussels
Restaurant Guy Lassausaie (France):  at the gateway to the Beaujolais region
Restaurant Andrew Fairlie (Great Britain): in Scotland in a theatricalsetting
Maison Decoret (France): with inventiveness at the fore; in Vichy in a Napoleon III brick chalet
Ramon Freixa Madrid Restaurant (Spain): superb Mediterranean cuisine, in the Spanish capital
Villa Crespi (Italy): a spectacular Moorish villaon Lake Orta
Hotel Restaurant Spa Rosengarten (Austria): with influences from the Orient, in the heart of the Austrian Alps
Restaurant Europea (Canada):  all-defying experimentation with the local terroir in Montreal
Combal.Zerorestaurant (Italy): cuisine as an artistic expression at the Rivoli Museum of Modern Art, near Turin

A search for solace in nature: wide open spaces and tranquillity
La Bastide (France): in Gascony, at an 18th century charterhouse, with hundred-year-old plane trees in a mock Italian palazzo
Hôtel Au Cœur du Village (France): in the heart of Les Aravis ski resort in La Clusaz
Castillo de Arteaga (Spain):  in Urdabai Natural Park in a castle built at the request of Napoleon III
Ballyfin Demesne (Ireland): the quintessential Irish Regency mansion set in a wonderful garden estate
Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux (Great Britain):  in Scotland next to the Muirfield golf course
Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island (Great Britain): a 120 hectares island exemplifying the essence of the Highlands
Het Roode Koper (Netherlands): Veluwe forest in the Netherlands, at the former residence of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
Schlosshotel Burg Schlitz (Germany): in the former hunting grounds of one of the finest estates in 19th century architectural style
Hastings House Country House Hotel (Canada):  Head for the gardens on Salt Spring Island, just across from Vancouver
Twin Farms (USA): amidstthe flowers and pristine wilderness of Vermont
The Ranch at Rock Creek (USA):  quintessentially the American Wild West
Awasi (Chile); set among the legendary Atacama desert of geysers, volcanoes and salt flats
Jinmai Brilliant Resort & Spa (China): in the Yunnan province, set amidst the largest ancient tea garden in the world
Bettei Senjuan (Japan): views of the cherry blossoms carpeting of Mount Tanigawa

A thirst for city life

Saint James Paris (France):  a stone’s throw from the Champs Elysée, ‘the most beautiful avenue in the world’, in the capital’s unique château-hotel.
Hotel Le Place d’Armes (Luxembourg): in the historic centre of the town, with an astute combination of different styles
Beau-Rivage Hotel (Switzerland): views of Lake Neuchâtel in every direction
Neri Hotel & Restaurant (Spain): Barcelona from the roof terrace of the medieval palace and 18th century stone-built mansion
The Yeatman (Portugal):  in Porto, imbued with the essence of its wine and local culture
The Surrey Hotel & Spa (USA): an elegantly restored Beaux-Arts townhouseon Manhattan’sUpper East Side
Algodon Mansion (Argentina): a 1920s mansion with an impressive collection of contemporary art in Buenos Aires, at the heart of its chic district, La Recoleta
JE Mansion (China): in the heart of Beijing’s commercial and business district, in a paean to Chinese tradition
Villa Samadhi (Malaysia): a haven of peace at the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s urban jungle

Whatever you may be seeking, these 45 Relais & Châteaux properties will amply meet travel and culinary desires of all facets, and will not be at a loss to stimulate new ones… there are still a further 473 properties to discover or re-discover. Follow the Guide.

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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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Esquire magazine’s “Eat Like A Man” Blog has featured the Nova Scotia Seafood Cooking School as a chosen weekend cooking school. “Emerge from the Acadian forest as the only guy on your block who can make a decent squid-ink pasta or rappie pie (traditional Acadian dish),” says the post, which also features of photo of the Trout Point kitchen at work.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/best-weekend-cooking-classes-122210#ixzz18vmyO9lj

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Booking a stay in a Relais & Châteaux is now an interactive pleasure!

The Association presents its application for the iPhone with innovative services thatmake it easy to book any Relais & Châteaux around the world. A direct connection to the most beautiful places on the planet.

Available as a free-of-charge download on http://www.relaischateaux.com/appstore, the Relais& Châteaux app boasts multiple services including the geolocation of member properties,display of availabilities, proposed itineraries with Google Maps and a telephone tab tocontact a Relais & Châteaux property directly. A simple, playful technology, anyone wishing to plan their next charming break can search by destination. With just afew clicks guests can access the Relais & Châteaux properties in each region in the world (France, Europe, Middle East, USA, Africa…). To find the name of a property, the usersimply enters the first three letters and assisted text entry then updates the list of corresponding properties.

480 properties with panoramic photos on a touchscreen: Browsing through the Relais & Châteaux Guide has its own pleasure but on-the-gotravelers can now also access the personalized pages and photos of each establishmenton their iPhones. Finally, an email tab can be used to forward the property details tosuggest the ultimate get-away.“Relais & Châteaux constantly adapts to the needs of its guests by offering bothinnovative and efficient interactive services and information. Following on from the upgrading of our central reservations and our website, the development of applicationsfor mobile phones is the next logical step in modern communications in tune with guestexpectations”, says Jaume Tàpies, the International President of Relais & Châteaux.

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