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St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

This post feels a bit like it’s the first day of school and I am giving a report on what I did over my summer vacation. But I was so blown away by the beauty we encountered on our trip to the picturesque and wonderfully temperate (especially compared to steamy North Carolina) provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, that I just had to share it with you.

Unfortunately, traveling to Canada was a bit like that movie, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” without the comic relief of Steve Martin and John Candy. We flew from Charlotte to Toronto and then, because of bad weather, our flight to Moncton, New Brunswick was delayed numerous times. Because of this fun-filled sojourn in the Toronto airport, we didn’t arrive in Moncton until 1:30 a.m. From there, we rented a car and white-knuckled it through the fog and pouring rain to the quaint little town of St. Andrews By The Sea, where we finally checked into The Algonquin Resort bone-weary and bleary-eyed at 5 in the morning.

The Algonquin Hotel

Because we went straight to bed, we didn’t appreciate the beauty of the historic Tudor-style Algonquin Resort until we emerged from our bed later in the afternoon. The impressive Algonquin Hotel was Canada’s first seaside resort, opening its doors to guests in 1889. In addition to luxurious rooms, the hotel offers an indoor pool and waterslide, a private beach, a rooftop garden with panoramic views of the Passamaquoddy Bay, fire pits for making smores, and a boat-load of ghosts.

Yep, I said ghosts. Apparently, the Algonquin is considered to be the most haunted location in the province. People have reported seeing a spectral bellhop carrying bags to and fro in the lobby. There are also stories about a waitress in turn of the century garb who clears tables in the dining room. And most disturbingly, people have reported seeing and hearing the ghost of a jilted bride sobbing in one of the guest rooms. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, we did not encounter any ghostly apparitions (unless you count my husband’s wraith-like appearance after being up for 24 hours). However, having been scared to death by the “Shining,” I was not unhappy to be spared a visitation. “Redrum,” yikes!

The Algonquin Hotel--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
The horse in the front of the Algonquin is a 2nd Place Winner from the 2012 Kingsbrae Garden Sculpture Competition: Horse, by Mark Breckenridge

The Algonquin Hotel--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

Charming cottage and vintage car at the Algonquin Resort--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Charming cottage and vintage car at the Algonquin Resort

Kingsbrae Garden

The first place we visited, once we recovered from our travels, was the Kingsbrae Garden. This stunningly beautiful 27-acre garden is within walking distance of the Algonquin. It was created by John and Lucinda Flemer on the grounds of their former estate. And it is now an award winning showcase for 2500 species of perennials, shrubs, and trees. It also boasts a real working Dutch windmill, two ponds, a labyrinth, adorable alpacas, strutting peacocks and many themed gardens, including a remarkable sculpture garden. Since I have no idea how to describe the loveliness of this amazing garden, I will let my pictures do the talking.

The Perennial Garden at Kingsbrae Garden, St. Andrews By The Sea--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
The Perennial Garden at Kingsbrae has 2500 species of perennials and features 26 different beds.

Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

Cone flowers--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Cone flowers are just one of many plants in the butterfly and bird garden.
Pretty Petunia PrincessKingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
I just love this lady with her pretty pink petunia tutu.
Lace cap Hydrangeas Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Lace cap hydrangeas
Friendly frolicking Alpacas Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Friendly frolicking Alpacas at Kingsbrae Garden
Alpaca in need of a bang trim-- Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
This alpaca is in need of a bang trim.
Dutch windmill--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Authentic Dutch “smock” windmill 1/3 scale but fully functioning as it brings water from the lower pond to the upper pond.
Drifts of yellow coreopsis brighten perennial garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Large beds of bright yellow coreopsis brighten the perennial garden.

Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

Heath and heather garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Heath and heather garden.
Water lilies on the upper pond--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Water lilies on the upper pond

Water lilies--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

Pink Yarrow--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Pink Yarrow

Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

The Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Rayons de Lumière by Susan Stromberg, Westmount Québec
Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Busking in the French Quarter by Douglas Walker, Black Creek British Columbia
Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Cascade by Donna Mayne, Windsor Ontario
Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Salmon Vortex by Alanna Baird, Saint Andrews New Brunswick

Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Aeolian Symphony, by Don Pell & Anna Hergert
Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Something Stirs by Joel Palmer, Browns Flat New Brunswick
Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Sunny Day by Bill Shaw, Bedford Nova Scotia
Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Stonecrop sedums border the rill that carries water from the lower to the upper pond.
Peacock--Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
Peacocks compete with garden flowers to provide the most colorful show.

Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

Wizard sculpture--Sculpture Garden--Kingsbrae Garden--St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden
A wary wooden wizard watches for Orks in the garden.

After spending a delightful afternoon in the garden, we ventured down to the Harbor Front Restaurant for dinner where we had an up-close view of the Passamaquoddy Bay. And I indulged in a large cold gin and tonic and a heaping plate of golden fried fish and chips. Pleasantly tired and full, we headed back to the Algonquin for a good night’s sleep. “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”

 

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28 thoughts on “St. Andrews By The Sea: A Haunted Hotel and Glorious Garden

    1. I understand what you’re saying, D… Gardens are nice, but I pounced on the word “haunted”. All beautiful old hotels are a little bit spooky :).

  1. So glad i stopped by your blog. What a gorgeous tour of the maritimes. Nothing is more quaint and says vacation to me than an old hotel. Glad you had a good time, even if your arrival was harsh.

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my St. Andrews post. It was a wonderful trip but I will not be flying West Jet again.

  2. Gorgeous! We have been there before! My husband and I went there on a business trip one time. I don’t remember seeing all those gardens which would have been my favorite part of the trip. Years ago we used to get to go to different parts of Canada each year. He doesn’t do those trips anymore but it sure was fun.

    1. Thanks so much for commenting. I am jealous that you got to go on trips to different parts of Canada each year. Our trip to New Brunswick and PEI this summer was so terrific that I really want to explore other parts of Canada, particularly the area around Vancouver. Hopefully, we will be able to make that trip sometime.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I hope you do visit Kingsbrae. It is remarkable and all of New Brunswick is beautiful.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment about my St. Andrews post. I really appreciate it. I hope you visit my blog again. I will be doing several future posts on the Canadian Maritimes and the scenery is just gorgeous.

  3. I would have loved to stay in that Tudor mansion. How disappointing to have to spend so much time in the airport.
    The gardens would have been the highlight for me. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely photos. It was inspiring!

  4. I’ve been to St. Andrews by the Sea but it has been a long time, and it isn’t far from where I live in Maine. You have kindled my interest in going there with your beautiful photographs.

    1. Thank you so much. I am totally jealous of your location in Maine with its proximity to St. Andrews. While we were in New Brunswick, we also visited Campobello which, while in Canada, is also part of the U.S. Parks System. I am sure you have visited there as well but if you haven’t, it’s amazing. I am going to do an upcoming post on it so I hope you check back to see those pics.

  5. I have been to Campobello, but again, it was a long time ago. There are so many beautiful places in Maine and New Brunswick to visit. I also love PEI and Nova Scotia and it has been many years since I have been there too. I’ll look forward to your post on Campobello.

  6. Beautiful gardens. Nice to meet you. Coming over from Gardens Galore!
    What a trip you had. The trip there sounds stressful….. glad it was worth it. You did a lot of work on this post. Interesting and large hotel and gardens! The sculptures are amazing. I enjoyed your post.

    1. Thank you so much. It was a fun trip and the gardens were truly a highlight. Kingsbrae Gardens display new sculptures annually and host a competition for artists. If you ever find yourself in New Brunswick, you should definitely check it out.

  7. Glad you enjoyed the beautiful Maritimes. Just wanted to correct you that Fredericton is the capitol of New Brunswick, not Moncton

    1. Thank you so much taking the time to comment and for catching my error. I know very well that Monton is not the capitol of New Brunswick and so does my husband and neither one of us caught that mistake before I published that post. I have made the correction thanks to you.

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