Prince Edward Island

Annie Schlechter

The Inn at Bay Fortune

Address: 758 Route 310

Neighborhood: Points East Coastal Drive

City: Bay Fortune

Phone: 902-687-3745; 888-687-3745

Website: www.innatbayfortune.com

Expert Review

The Inn at Bay Fortune in Bay Fortune, which is on the island’s eastern side, has just 18 rooms, a few of which come with private decks or balconies. Once the summer home of actress Colleen Dewhurst, the property is now a quietly elegant inn and a fine place to dine while celebrating a special occasion. Dewhurst came to the island to film Anne of Green Gables and was so charmed she promptly set down roots; it’s easy to understand why when one settles in at a table on the wraparound porch. While not directly on the water, the inn is surrounded by extensive gardens with views of a small inlet and is close to sheltered eastern beaches.

The kitchen serves a full breakfast and dinner, and the food is some of the island’s best. The inn’s menu is sophisticated, seasonal, and locally sourced, from the island lamb to Nova Scotia scallops. In a place like Prince Edward Island, off the coast of New Brunswick, the fact that a restaurant sources its ingredients locally will impress exactly no one. So considering the level playing field ingredients-wise, ambience and technique are what separate the good restaurants from the best. The Inn at Bay Fortune’s restaurant has both, in spades (plus a killer wine list). Tables are arranged around an enclosed porch, overlooking a colorful tangle of gardens and the Bay Fortune inlet. The food at the peaceful inn has always been good. But under the direction of fresh-faced young chef Warren Barr, it has crossed the line into remarkable. On an island where a squirt of lemon is often the extent of a dish’s preparation, Barr pushes the bar with dishes like chicken liver crème brûlée filled with pistachios and dried apricots, or sweet corn and sage foam risotto. 2010 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: moderate | historic | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | views

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