Nova Scotia Travel

How to Spend a Weekend in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

June 19, 2021
rene boudreau and friend enjoy the gorgeous homes in mahone bay nova scotia

Looking for a fun and exciting road trip in Nova Scotia this summer? Then I recommend a drive down the South Shore to Mahone Bay. Here are my suggestions on how to spend a weekend in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

rene boudreau elevate and explore black nova scotia

My name is René Boudreau and I am the founder of Elevate & Explore Black Nova Scotia, a business aimed at encouraging more Black travellers to visit Nova Scotia, and to inspire people from all backgrounds to explore our beautiful province! While the covid-19 pandemic has come with many challenges, it has given us more motivation to travel within the province and experience the beauty amongst us, which is something my business aims to promote.

I recently took a road trip to beautiful Mahone Bay on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with three friends for a weekend getaway and business opportunity. Growing up, I did lot of travelling throughout the province, however Mahone bay is one town that I never took the time to explore.

Before starting my business, if someone were to ask me “Do you want to go to Mahone Bay?”, my initial response would be “What’s in Mahone Bay?”

Well, now I can answer that question!

rene boudreau and friend enjoy the gorgeous homes in mahone bay nova scotia
image credit René Boudreau

Day 1 in Mahone Bay

It was a sunny Friday afternoon when we set out for our overnight adventure. The drive to Mahone Bay from the city is approximately 1 hour and we used this time to catch up and vibe to our favorite songs. I love highway driving and thankfully, the weather was beautiful, making the drive much more enjoyable.

kitchinn bed and breakfast in mahone bay nova scotia
image credit Kitch’inn B&B

Upon arrival, we checked in to the Kitch’inn Bed & Breakfast where we stayed overnight and participated in their collaboration package with Saltbox Brewing Company: Mahone Bay: Room with a Brew. Once we got settled in, we went to Saltbox Brewing Company, a short walk down the street. There, we tried different beers and ciders. The Lumberjack Ale was definitely one of my favourites.

a flight of craft beer from saltbox brewing in mahone bay nova scotia

After the brewery we ordered pizza from a local pizza shop called Recardo’s, to take back to the bed & breakfast for a late dinner.

Other Great Food Options in Mahone Bay

– The Mug & Anchor is a classic Nova Scotian Pub located on the main stretch of Mahone Bay with a great patio overlooking the bay. Dine here for classic pub food including seafood chowder and tasty fish and chips.

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Mateus Bistro is a casual dining restaurant with a seasonal menu featuring the very best fresh and local ingredients. Available for dine in or take-out featured menu items include Digby scallops, asparagus goat cheese tarts, beef tenderloin, and panko crusted haddock.

Oh My COD! Is self described as “Unpretentious food in a casual environment.” Highlights of their menu include a Brie grilled cheese, a Cod fish burger, and Lobster Croissantwitch. Many menu items can also be made gluten free.

breakfast at the kitchinn bed and breakfast in mahone bay nova scotia
image credit René Boudreau

Day 2 in Mahone Bay

The next morning, we had a delicious breakfast at the B&B which included pork tacos, yogurt parfait, coffee/tea and mimosas! If you do decide to stay here, be sure to check out the art gallery next door as well.

a drink at the barn coffee house in mahone bay nova scotia

We had some extra time before our next package, so we stopped at the Barn Coffee House. The Barn is a rustic little coffee shop with delicious hot and cold beverages and fresh baked goods. Highly recommend!

Aside from great restaurants, cute cafes and a brewery Mahone Bay is also a great place to do a little shopping. There are several gift shops with great local souvenirs like the Teazer, Lighthouse Market and the Northern Sun Gallery & Gifts. They are the perfect spots to grab a souvenir for yourself or to find a present for someone back home.

amos pewter in mahone bay nova scotia HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN MAHONE BAY, NOVA SCOTIA
image credit René Boudreau

We then went to Amos Pewter (Gift Shop) where we joined an artisan in the Amos Pewter workshop. During this workshop, we saw a demonstration on the practice of hand-crafting pewter pieces (part of the ‘For the Love of Seafood Package’). I personalized a sand dollar with the words ‘Elevate & Explore’. A little piece of Mahone Bay to take back home with me! Amos’ products are beautiful and make a great gift for yourself or someone special.

amos pewter sea creatures in mahone bay nova scotia
fish tacos from rebecca's restaurant in mahone bay nova scotia
image credit René Boudreau

After leaving Amos Pewter, we went to Rebecca’s Restaurant where I ordered fish tacos, and cremé brulee for dessert. The food was delicious, and the staff were friendly. I especially enjoyed sitting by the window and taking in the beautiful view of the three iconic churches.

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biscuit eater bipoc led cafe and book store in mahone bay nova scotia

The next time I visit this seaside town on the South Shore`, I plan to visit the Biscuit Eater Café, a BIPOC led café and bookstore located in one of Mahone Bay’s oldest building circa 1775. I’ve heard so many great things about it and can’t wait to check it out for myself!

Mahone Bay is the perfect little road trip! It’s calm and relaxing, and everything is in close vicinity of each other. We all had a great time and look forward to visiting again once restrictions are lifted. Let us know in the comments below how you would spend a weekend in Mahone Bay.

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Other Accommodation Options in Mahone Bay

Nearby Attractions

Boulangerie al Vendenne is a fantastic French bakery located just down the road from Mahone Bay in Blockhouse. Stop by to grab a delicious baguette, fresh scones, and other delicious pastries as well as their homemade jams, pickles and chutneys.

Brindle Boston Antiques & Giftware is located across from the bakery is an old barn filled to the brim with the best antiques and trinkets.

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René Boudreau

Owner of Elevate and Explore Black Nova Scotia

My name is René Boudreau and I’m a member of the African Nova Scotia community. I am originally from Truro and I have ancestral ties to East Preston, Africville and Shelburne, Nova Scotia. In 2015 I graduated from Dalhousie University with my undergraduate degree in Sociology and I’ve been working within community based, non-profit organizations ever since. In 2019, I took my love for both travel and community and started ‘Elevate & Explore Black Nova Scotia,’ a travel community and business aimed at encouraging more Black travellers to visit Nova Scotia, and to inspire people from all backgrounds to explore our beautiful province. I absolutely love being an entrepreneur, spending time with family and friends, and creating new and meaningful experiences! 

Follow René on instagram here: @ElevateAndExploreBlackNS


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2 Comments

  • Reply Pam June 20, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Next time your down this way please drop in and say “hi”.
    I have a VERY new, little, shop in Martins Point – between Chester and Mahone Bay…Pam Stevenson Jewellery & Collectables
    The Far Far Away Shop & Cottages is just a few steps away AND we are VERY close to the famous Oak Island!

    • Reply Cailin June 21, 2021 at 1:29 am

      Oh wonderful! Thank you, I will be sure to check it out!

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