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The Inn at Bay Fortune

Prince Edward Island, Canada

An organic farm, contemporary country inn and destination restaurant rolled into one, The Inn at Bay Fortune is a highly-regarded property run by a celebrity chef and his wife. The inn's distinctive architecture is reflective of its Maritime setting with weathered shingles, two towers, and a salt-box-style main house facing the water.

The inn was built as a summer home for Broadway playwright Elmer Harris in 1913 , a time when the area was a popular retreat for artists and actors from New York. It now offers 17 individually-appointed rooms and suites decorated in a sleek, contemporary style, many with balconies, fireplaces and whirlpools. 

The FireWorks Restaurant is run by owner Michael Smith, a popular TV chef, and has a scenic setting overlooking the water. A custom-built wood-fired oven, rotisserie and grill is a central feature and the seasonal menu featuring local ingredients changes daily. All vegetables come from the inn's organic farm, meats from the smokehouse on site, and lobster from local fisheries.

Fragrant flower gardens, herb gardens, walking trails and fire pits litter the generous grounds and guests are invited to join one of the chefs for 'Oyster Hour' each day to tour the kitchens, smokehouse, farm and gardens.

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Rooms

The inn's sleek, contemporary rooms are individually decorated and offer great attention to detail with high-quality bedding and linens, a careful combination of antique and modern furniture, and work by local artists on the walls. Wood or propane fireplaces and potted plants add a homely touch, while the  espresso machines, satellite TV, free WiFi and air conditioning ensure all comfort is guaranteed. 

Location

The Inn at Bay Fortune looks out over the Fortune River where it joins the Fortune Bay on the east coast of Prince Edward Island. The inn is a ten minute walk from the local beach and a variety of a walking trails, shops, lighthouses and distilleries are within easy access. There are three golf courses within a half hour drive and Charlottetown is 72km (45 miles) away. 

Food and Drink

The inn's restaurant, FireWorks, is one of the island's most renowned dining venues and food is a highlight of a stay. Owner and celebrity-chef Michael Smith has created a menu that revolves around vegetables and herbs from the inn's farm and garden along with ingredients grown, produced, farmed or foraged on the island. Everything is cooked in a wood-fire oven which also fuels a smokehouse, rotisserie and grill. The menu changes daily but includes an Oyster Hour and a family-style evening Feast served at large communal tables. Expect freshly-baked breads, smoked fish, chowder, organic salads and wood-roasted meats, fish and vegetables.

Facilities and Activities

Every evening guests are invited to explore the kitchens and grounds with one of the chefs during Oyster Hour, chat as they shuck oysters. try salmon from the smokehouse or cocktails made using locally-distilled spirits. Kayak and bike rentals are available and fly fishing, massage, yoga, reiki and meditation can be arranged. 

Our opinion

This is a rare gem in Canada's Maritimes: the Inn at Bay Fortune offers its guests indulgent comfort and outstanding quality. The emphasis here is on fresh, wholesome food, with great service to match.

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