The Charms of Shediac: Part 1

Shediac, New Brunswick is notable for many reasons.  A few include its proximity to numerous gorgeous beaches,

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its reputation as a centre of Acadian culture,

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and the fact it’s home to the biggest lobster statue in the world. 

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Shediac is the lobster capital of the world, and they even host an annual festival each year to honour the bottom-dwelling creatures.  

By the time we arrived in Shediac, we’d been on the road for three months straight.  Even the hardiest of travellers crave rest eventually - perhaps even a little luxury…? 

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Arriving at the Maison Tait, where we stayed while in the region, was the perfect antidote for our weary bones.  It’s a beautiful manor that was built in 1911 by the Taits, an affluent family responsible for pioneering and developing New Brunswick’s potato industry and export markets.  The building is now a Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Shediac, and we felt like darn lucky queens as we tucked ourselves in at night.

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Chris MacAdam, Maison Tait’s head chef, works hard to create interesting menus that feature the many products of the region.  The Maison Tait team prepared a fantastic meal for us that can only be described as completely East Coast, from ingredients to hospitality.

The meal included a local seafood cioppino (including lobster, of course!); a beautiful plate of pan-seared scallops with a lentil cassoulet, asparagus, and beets; and a green salad dressed with maple curry vinaigrette. 

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All this in an elegant yet comfortable dining room.  Our stay at Maison Tait was simply wonderful.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the rest of our adventures in Shediac!

-DV