There are definitely some must dos which require time and planning. We have three of the province’s most stunning beaches all within a 5 minute drive of the winery and they are all completely different. At Crescent Beach you can drive your car to your blanket as it is one of only a hand full of drive on beaches in the province. It also has good surfing with the right wind. Did we mention the waters of Green Bay, which circle these beaches, are warm, yes that’s right, warm water on the south shore.
At Risser’s Beach, for which we named a wine this year, there is a provincial camp ground with a nice boardwalk and a canteen. It is a fine walking and sunning beach; beautifully maintained.
But our favorite continues to be Green Bay Beach, maybe the nicest beach in the province. If you do nothing else, drive the Green Bay Beach road. There is a very classy gift shop called Mariner’s Craft’s, McLeod’s cabins, and, another canteen with really nice food—try the chowder, or, stop for an ice cream.
There are three must-do stops close to the winery; leave time and do them all. All are located on the Petite Riviere Road, an incredible scenic approach to the winery as it passes along the Petite Riviere river, even crossing over it a couple of times:
1. The Maritime Painted Salt Box is a must and a classic display of local artist creativity. Tom and Peter are brilliant artists that work with canvas and wood to produce fine art, folk art and heritage reproduction furniture. The array is worth the stop. Bet you can’t buy just one.
2. The Joy of Antique across from the Petite Riviere Fire Hall is a local treasure but people come from miles away as Tom, the gentlemen proprietor, is a real professional. His antique store marvels the best in New Hampshire and he and his customers are always as interesting as the furniture viewing. Everyone stops in so you have no idea who you might meet.
3. The Petite Riviere General Store at the corner of the 331 and the Petite Riviere Road is an old- school general store and community gathering spot. This is as local as local gets. The wonderful staff can help you find anything in the area. They have a gas pump, ice cream bar and a liquor store, and, may well have some Petite Riviere Vineyard’s wines for sale.
If you are planning part of your trip around a Saturday, you should consider hitting the road early and taking in one of the local Fire Hall breakfasts. These are rich events, inexpensive and really festive. We never miss them. You can find out about their schedule by picking up a local paper.
If you wish to stay in the area, here is a great website for selecting a spot, http://www.lunenburgregion.ca/
Crescent Beach – A long stretched crescent-shape beach that provides as a popular destination
Risser’s Beach – Enjoy the best of Risser’s Beach Provincial Park
Green Bay - A favorite beach in the province
Maritime Painted Saltbox – Discover marvelous Nova Scotia art works
Mariner’s Crafts - Sagged Bubble Glass, Silver Jewelry, Leatherworks, Pewter & Pottery
McLeod’s Canteen – Try the chowder or stop for an ice cream
Little River Folk – Be updated of the music scene in and around Petite Riviere. Little Riviere Folk presents concerts.
Petite Riviere Fire Hall - Look into the social calendar of the famously-fun Fire Hall