Old Black Forest Restaurant

Old Black Forest RestarauntConfession: I’ve never had a full-on German meal before. I’ve driven by the Old Black Forest Restaurant near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for years and always vaguely thought I might stop in, but each time the draw of Magnolia’s Grill has been too great.

Our recent discovery that Magnolia’s is closed every Sunday, however, provided just the opportunity I needed – and Gary, who visited Germany in the ’80s, didn’t need any convincing. Continue reading

Crescent Beach: A Runner’s Dream

Welcome to Crescent Beach on Nova Scotia's South ShoreIf Rissers Beach is my favourite swimming spot, Crescent Beach is my favourite running spot. Although Crescent Beach is a beautiful place I’ve never come here to swim, always passing it by for Rissers, its more amenable neighbour beach with the ice cream, real washrooms, changing facilities, and picnic tables.

It wasn’t until I took up running that I began to truly appreciate Crescent Beach.

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Rissers Beach Provincial Park: My favourite beach

A slow day at Rissers BeachNothing says “vacation” like going to the beach, and there’s no beach in Nova Scotia I like quite as much as Rissers Beach.

While Nova Scotia’s South Shore is bordered by some of the province’s most beautiful swimming spots, Rissers Beach stands out because of the kilometre-long sandy beach, relatively warm water, amenities and its boardwalk.

If you’re a camper, it’s even better, because you can camp right beside this beautiful beach! Continue reading

Best Coast Coffee Gallery

Beast Coast Coffee Gallery in Broad Cove, Nova ScotiaOn Highway 331 between Liverpool and Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, there’s a tiny community called Broad Cove. We drive through it often when exploring the scenic South Shore, and every time we pass the Best Coast Coffee Gallery I say – out loud – “we’ve got to check that place out sometime.”

After a morning run on Crescent Beach last week, Gary pronounced that it was finally “sometime”. Running on the beach is hard work, and neither of us had eaten yet (although I was still full from the previous night’s Lobster Linguini at Magnolia’s Grill in Lunenburg, to be honest).

The Best Coast Coffee Gallery’s traditional building with its quintessentially South Shore decorations (brightly coloured Adirondack chairs are to the South Shore what flying the US flag in your yard is to Maine) just looks like a friendly place to stop. Continue reading