Subject: B&B recommendations--Cabot Trail exploration
Judy asked about places to stay in the Cape Breton area. The following two places, one southeast and one in the north of Cape Breton, have made us very happy, and what is more, have delighted friends who followed our recommendation and went there also. Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia. GILEAD B&B, Box 809, RR1. Highway 105, Exit 14 at Bras d'Or, first driveway on left. 20 min. to Cabot Trail. gilead.bb@ ns.sympatico.ca (close the space after @) http://www.bbcanada.com/1867.html tel./fax 902-674-2412 Eugene and Aileen Devoe run this charming 2-suite b&b in a very informal, fantastically hospitable manner. The lower suite (where we stayed) has a large living room with wood-burning stone fireplace, a bedroom with another fireplace, and a private bathroom, plus a patio overlooking Kelly's mountain. The upper suite (smaller) has a living room with wood-burning stove, a bedroom, and a private bath, plus a terrific view of both Kelly's Mountain and Great Bras d'Or Channel, and a deck (which does not overlook the mountain/lake). Our suite had a microwave and a refrigerator. A full breakfast is included; the sitting room/dining room has a spectacular view and you are most welcome to use it also. The cost is in the range of many of the area b&b's that provide only a room. It is only 5-min. from birdwatching tours on the lake (we did this also and had great fun).

Cape North, NS. OAKWOOD MANOR, 250 North Side Road; Box 1, Comp 9, Cape North. http://www.capebretonisland.com/oakwood/ tel/fax 902-383-2317 This manor has the most amazing woodworking everywhere--hand built, with oak walls, ceilings, floors and doors, with insets of birds-eye maple and arranged in a series of complex designs (many, many photographs taken of interior!). It is on a 200-acre estate. There are 3 rooms, all with private bathrooms, plus a suite the jacuzzi, fireplace, and patio. A full breakfast is included, plus evening tea/sweets. Again, cost is in range of many other b&b's with fewer amenities. We loved wandering in the orchard next to the house and even had a picnic supper there. This is an absolutely unique structure and quite wonderful.

We think most Ziners would enjoy these two places--good accommodations, charming locations, and fine hospitality.

Let me know if you want any other information. Again, don't forget the take the various meandering side roads in the north that go off the Cabot Trail. They are all well worth a visit. Cheers, Pat in Baltimore