The Dalvay on PEI was our home for several days. We are conflicted as to our recommendation of the historic inn. The staff and food were brilliant, the accommodations, well, not so much.
Let me explain…..if you are looking for sleeping in a room with all the comforts of a home built in 1895 by Alexander MacDonald, a wealthy businessman and one-time president of Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller…. no air-conditioning (fan on a stand sitting discretely in the corner), historic plumbing (exposed and noisy), windows with many layers of paint that don’t quite open and close without assistance, light fixtures imitating candlelight (don’t leave anything on the floor that may be a trip hazard…but all the ladies look much better by candlelight) and no elevator to the upper floors (God, I wish I had packed less!)….This is the Inn for you.
We explored PEI and quickly found a flaw in asking locals for directions and relying on Canadian maps. Nothing is as it should be and there is no rhyme or reason. For example, Highway 6 bends, curves and circles back, even with assistance of the GPS, and you don’t arrive where you intended.
Bucolic is a word I would use to describe the landscape which is idealized in many of the local painter’s works.
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