Inverary Inn – Baddeck, NS

Cape Breton Nova Scotia

We recently spent two nights at the Inverary Inn as part of a conference. It was the off-season (March), a time when Inverary remains open, but with limited food services, and no water activities. The Lakefront restaurant, paddle boat and kayak rentals, and most of the town of Baddeck that we would have loved to explore were closed for business.

Even in the off-season, Inverary Inn was a welcome treat for two local travelers. It is located on the Bras d’or Lake, arguably one of the most beautiful areas in all of Nova Scotia. It is so beautiful, that I consider driving there to be a dangerous activity. Around every corner there is a sight that outshines the last.

The resort itself was built in 1850 and sits on 11-acres of property.  They offer a variety of accommodations, including standard hotel rooms and cottages. During peak season, you can enjoy a meal on the waterfront boardwalk, visit the spa, or kick back at the Thistledown Pub.  During the summer, there are also nightly campfires

While our options were more limited due to the time of the year, we were able to spend some time in the pool area enjoying the pool, hot tub and sauna. There is also a small on-site gym for those who like to maintain their workouts while away from home. Between the large property grounds and the surrounding town of Baddeck, there are lots of places to explore on a leisurely stroll or bike ride.

One thing I thought was missing was the option of bike rentals. If we find ourselves back at the Inverary, we’ll be sure to pack ours.  We also found that the food options were limited, but in peak season I doubt this would be an issue. There are normally three restaurants but only the Thistledown Pub was open during our stay. We ate there both nights. The menu was classic pub fare and just what we were looking for.

For those getting married, I also highly recommend considering the Inverary Inn. They had ample indoor event space, a lush property with a built in area for outdoor ceremonies, and breath-taking views. From June to September, it would make a lovely spot to say, “I do.”

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