As an Islander Insider I recently got the chance to stay at Anne’s Windy Poplars cottages in Cavendish. When I was a kid growing up in Nova Scotia my family would come to Cavendish every summer but, now living on the Island, I have realized that there is still so much left to discover in this lively sea-side destination and it certainly has “grown up” since then.
Anne’s Windy Poplars is a modern, family-run, cottage resort central to all of the Cavendish action yet hidden away enough by the large poplars to create an idyllic oasis of tranquility. The owners, John and Jean Brewer, were beyond accommodating from booking to making sure our stay was enjoyable. We stayed in a two-bedroom cottage right next to a play area and a stone’s throw away from the pool, hot tub, and sauna area. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed – 4-piece bath, comfortable beds, and a well-stocked kitchen. The cottage is spacious and efficient, necessary when travelling with kids. After the baby and our-not-so-willing 2-going -on-18-year-old went to bed, my husband and I enjoyed a glass of wine on the deck. The quiet was music to our ears.
Wherever you are on Prince Edward Island you are never far from a beautiful beach but Cavendish gives you the sparkling sea with everything else you could ever want in a vacation. There are activities galore for the whole family including amusement parks, picturesque golf courses, and walking trails. I like having all amenities nearby and choosing for myself whether I feel like adventure or relaxation on any particular day. On our visit we opted for it all – a tour around Avonlea Village, a walk on the stunning Rustico beach, seafood for dinner, and a lazy afternoon at Anne’s Windy Poplars pool.
Even if you don’t have Anne-fever, a visit to Avonlea Village takes you back to a wistful time and space. My two year-old son was most excited for his COW’s ice cream purchased at the store onsite and the grazing farm animals and my husband and I enjoyed the history and spot-on reincarnation of Anne of Green Gables‘ land. The 19th century comes alive again with engaging and entertaining actors performing vignettes, visitors dressing up in period clothes, and horse-drawn carriage rides. I felt nostalgic for my childhood yet thrilled to be creating new memories with my own children.
The dining options in and around Cavendish are endless and varied from quick take-out to award-winning fare. You cannot go wrong with a visit to The Olde Glasgow Mill and The Pearl or if you are looking for a quintessential Island lobster experience try New Glasgow Lobster Supper or Fisherman’s Wharf. With a two-year old and two-month old we decided to grab something quick and casual but still a local masterpiece – lobster rolls at Island Favorites (I will give my full review in my upcoming post on the great Island search for the best lobster roll – stay tuned!).
Anne’s Windy Poplars in Cavendish is the ideal family spot where you can do as much or as little as you like on your vacation.