We’ve got a winter secret tucked away along the southern Fundy shore in Charlotte County. Quiet inns, charming downtowns, and beautiful scenery are all just waiting to sparkle.
Explore the trails in St. George
St. George is the first stop along the way and the Granite Town Hotel is a perfect place to overnight. This family-operated inn offers affordable luxury in a setting that beckons visitors to enjoy the naturally beautiful surrounding countryside.
The Ducks Unlimited Walking Trail is open year-round, and the town of St George maintains other walking trails throughout the winter. There’s also a snowmobile club in the area that keeps trails groomed and ready for your next epic ride.
A Historic St. Andrews Experience
Arriving in St. Andrews is like stepping into a charming seafaring town with a history that’s rich in the lore of the Bay of Fundy.
During the winter, the renowned Algonquin Hotel welcomes visitors with warming fires in their lobby fireplace and comfortable rooms and suites tailored to couples or families. Dining or catching a quick drink at Braxton’s in the hotel is a real treat, but many other restaurant choices are within a quick walking distance, too such as the SeaBreeze Restaurant, King Street Pizza, and Seasons by the Sea Bistro to name a few! Plus, the hotel is just minutes away from hockey, skating or curling events at the town’s W.C. O’Neill Arena Complex, a building at the heart of the community since 1963.
If you’re looking for something unique you might just find it in one of St. Andrew’s shops such as Mermaid Tales Gift Shop, Garden by the Sea NB, or The Wee Fabric Shop. These gems feature New Brunswick made items, ethically sourced gifts, crafting specialities, and handmade treasures.
Up for some winter hiking or snowshoeing? Take to the hills around town for great views – and a little exercise to go with them. Simpson Hill, just outside of town, boasts ocean views from its moderate peak, while Chamcook Mountain is a forested trek popular with locals.
For something with a bit less elevation, head to “The Point” to walk or snowshoe the horseshoe-shaped Van Horne Trail, a leisurely and scenic route through town along the coastline.
St. Stephen is the Chocolate Town
At the tip of New Brunswick is St. Stephen, where they have a community sweet tooth. This is the home of world famous Ganong Chocolates and winter is a wonderful time to choose your favourites at the Chocolatier Store or make your reservation to visit the Chocolate Museum, learn the company history, and see how the treats are made.
You can also enjoy winter sleigh rides and trail activities in the Ganong Nature Park, 350 acres of beautiful space that are open year-round overlooking the historic St. Croix River and St. Croix Island.
Valley Run Horse Centre is a family-owned retirement sanctuary for horses in need of care or adoption that is open to guests and special groups. This is a one of a kind stop so be sure to inquire about visiting the Centre.
The Winsome Inn is one of the nicest motels anywhere and a great place to book a winter retreat. And, when it’s time to find some refreshment, the downtown has great choices, including a warm-up at Something’s Brewing Café, a local speciality at The Five Kings Picaroons Brewhouse, or a homey menu selection at Carman’s Diner.
We’ve also got a truly exceptional private accommodation for a group retreat in St. Stephen. Tidal Treasures is a magnificent residence with an indoor pool, hot tub, games room and fitness facility all included, along with a daily continental breakfast. This one is genuine luxury and perfectly situated for a long winter escape.
Make sure you set aside days to slow down and take a breath this winter. Charlotte County is a great choice for rest and relaxation when you book your break.