I’m back home, back at work, wondering if it really happened, and hoping to find a way back. At the risk of repeating everything that has been said, John and Alcida’s home at Cape Breton Highlands is a magnificent retreat not only for the accommodations and the spectacular views but for the opportunity to meet John and Alcida themselves. First, the property. The apartment/home over the garage is well designed, efficient, beautiful, functional, luxurious, and exceeds all expectations. That’s before you look out the windows. The ever changing weather led to ever changing views of a property that can only be described as stunning. From a distance there are mountains and oceans as far as the eye can see. Take a closer look and you’ll find yourself picking up rocks, gazing into a pond, and trying to coax a lobster out of her hole just offshore. Walking across the property, you’ll find yourself smelling flowers, picking raspberries, and admiring John’s clandestine vegetable gardens among Alcida’s flowers. We were treated to green beans, snow peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, and endless raspberries. The Cape Breton Highlands Park which borders the property is listed in the National Geographic Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Most Spectacular Trips. There is no way you will be disappointed, whatever the weather, wherever you go. Next, the hosts. John and Alcida can only be described as authentic. They are warm and accommodating and we are enriched by the opportunity to get to know them. Their love for Nova Scotia and their heritage is contagious. We learned about local weather, hiking trails, local activities, churches, the fishing industry, and the Acadians. Alcida is a treasure of Acadian culture and history, while John is a treasure of Nova Scotia history. They belong to Cape Breton as Cape Breton belongs to them. If the door to their property and their lives opens, walk through it. You may never get another opportunity.
À la Côte (at the shore) Where the mountains meet the sea.