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There’s something for everyone in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Blanketed by mountain ranges, its coastal towns are an East Coast haven of wineries and top-shelf seafood.
But there’s also much more than what meets the eye. Filled with historic sites and centuries-old farming traditions, it’s the perfect place to fine dine and watch the whales breach.
Hall’s Harbour Lobster Pound
Putting the “see” in seafood, this Wolfville staple wants you to try Nova Scotian lobster, straight from the source. Located right on the water, the restaurant lets you pick your lobster from the in-store tank and it will be brought to you, fully cooked to your liking. Outdoor seating means you can actually watch the water while you eat.
Murphy’s Fish & Chips
If you’re looking for something a little more classic (and deep fried), you can’t go wrong with Murphy’s Fish & Chips in Truro. Family owned and favoured by locals, the award-winning Haddock is a must-try. It might be a bit of a drive, but the Volkswagen Tiguan’s available 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive is ready for whatever the coastal roads can throw at you.
Naked Crepe Bistro
A stone’s throw from the Dyke Trail, Wolfville’s Naked Crepe Bistro offers the best of both worlds: brunch and dessert. It’s famous for its “Hang-Over Cure” crepe, but its veggie options are just as appetizing. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, give one of their delectable sweet crepes a try.
The Noodle Guy
The Noodle Guy is the brainchild of reluctant restaurateur Ross Patterson, who jokes on his website that it was always intended as a grocer with table service, and that he only accepted it was a “restaurant” after the awards started rolling in. Not quite a traditional pasta restaurant, The Noodle Guy offers a variety of dishes, from Japanese soba noodles to Italian tagliatelle. Try something with shells for a truly Nova Scotian dinner.
Digby Pines Golf Resort + Spa
Digby Pines is a beautiful estate, and with Churchill’s Restaurant & Lounge, it’s an award-winning restaurant. Since Digby is famous for its scallops, we’d recommend giving mushroom and scallops risotto a taste. And if you feel like getting in a few holes of golf before dinner, there’s perhaps no better place in the province to do it.
Blink and you’ll miss this gem tucked away on the back roads of Advocate Harbour. Wild Caraway is the kind of restaurant that has its customers all but licking their plates clean. If you want to see what the fuss is about and try its top-tier seafood selections, take advantage of the Volkswagen Tiguan’s On-Board Navigation and set yourself a route.
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