Annapolis Valley is the agricultural heartland of Nova Scotia. Hundreds of farms here produce the bulk of fresh produce enjoyed throughout the province, and the area is especially known for its vineyards and orchards. Just over the valley is the dramatic Bay of Fundy. This beautiful area boasts the highest tides in the world, with the water level changing up to 50 feet each day.
The Valley is a great place to visit during a vacation to Nova Scotia. Its slow pace and beautiful scenery make it a relaxing destination. With so many farms in this area, there are a wealth of restaurants and markets featuring locally grown food. And with the Bay of Fundy nearby, fresh seafood is a delicacy here, too.
Port Pub: This casual riverside gastropub is home to the only microbrewery in the Annapolis Valley. Our waitress at the Stubborn Goat in Halifax told us we had to go here, and we listened. I love following the advice of the locals. She didn’t steer us wrong, as we enjoyed a delicious dinner on the patio at the Port Pub (pictured above). The location couldn’t be more scenic, and the menu of local, seasonal food was perfect.
Between the Bushes: This unique restaurant is located on a blueberry farm, and its menu celebrates local, in-season food. If you visit during blueberry season, you can pick berries after lunch. Don’t miss the blueberry pie for dessert here.
Luckett Vineyards: This beautiful vineyard has a bistro that serves lunch daily. The menu focuses on local food, and it changes daily according to what fresh ingredients are available. Wine from the vineyard complements the restaurant menu, and the outdoor view is stunning.
Halls Harbour Lobster Pound: Halls Harbour is one of the best places to view the tides at the Bay of Fundy. You can watch the tides coming in or going out while enjoying fresh lobster at Halls Harbour Lobster Pound. Diners can even choose their own lobster and watch it being prepared.
Wool n Tart: This unique spot inside a wool shop is a good place to stop for a light lunch. Their menu includes local meat, handmade bagels, soups, sandwiches, and tarts.
Front and Central: Front and Central in Wolfville focuses on small plates using locally sourced ingredients. The small portions allow diners to enjoy several different dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.
Le Caveau: This Grand Pre restaurant highlights local Nova Scotia products with its global menu. The vineyard provides delicious local wine to go with a special occasion meal.
Old Orchard Inn: We stayed at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville, a peaceful spot on the Bay of Fundy. The Inn’s restaurant features local goodies including lobster from a nearby harbor and apples from their own orchards. My children loved the pool, and we all enjoyed the breathtaking views from the patio. This Inn is a great central location in the heart of the valley.
Tangled Garden: This little shop is full of delicious jams and jellies made from local berries. We came home with a jar of raspberry jam that my children couldn’t wait to eat. Behind the shop, there are beautiful gardens that include herbs and fruit. The flower labyrinth is a great place to take a relaxing walk and smell the roses.
Hennigar’s Farm Market: Hennigar’s is a good place to stop for some fresh, local produce, local honey, and gifts. After visiting the shop, the kids will enjoy the petting zoo and nature trail out back.
Fox Hill Cheese House: This local dairy shop provides cheese, milk, yogurt, and gelato from the milk of their own cows. Try a few samples and watch the cheese-making process through the viewing window. If you can’t make it to the shop, you can also find Fox Hill Cheese at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.
Disclosure: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency hosted us on our trip to Nova Scotia and covered our travel expenses. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.