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Epicurean New Brunswick: Music and Dining on the Tide

Program Number: 15003RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2014 - 5/23/2014; 8/24/2014 - 8/29/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 5/31/2015 - 6/5/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/28/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Martin's, New Brunswick
Price starting at: $889.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Salt    

Revel in the Bay of Fundy’s culinary and musical bounty — two wonderfully intertwined elements of maritime culture. Go beyond the kitchen as lobster and scallop fishermen share their knowledge of the area’s most sought-after foods. Uncover the secrets behind delectable seafood through dining and demonstration workshops with chefs, fishermen and food lovers. Each night, Acadian and Celtic culture comes to life with recitals and discussions with local musicians. The sounds and tastes of New Brunswick will linger in your memory long after your return.




Highlights

• Collect recipes for sauces and spreads, sample local specialty wines, and learn how salmon is smoked.
• Join a naturalist for a walk across the ocean floor at low tide out to sea caves carved into dramatic red sandstone cliffs.
• Sample a traditional Acadian brunch as you learn how the early Acadians once farmed and fished in the region.



Activity Particulars

Steps and stairs at Inn. Optional walk on uneven ocean floor at low tide. Transportation available for those with mobility concerns.




St. Martin's

The serene Village of St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy is nestled on miles of unspoiled beaches. The highest tides in the world sweep in and out each day carving sea stacks and caves into the rugged red cliffs that surround the village. As the gateway community to the spectacular Fundy Trail, the village provides easy access to a range of walking, hiking and biking trails.



Accommodations
Historic country inn on the shores of the Bay of Fundy.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Tidal Watch Inn
  St Martins, NB 5 nights
 The Tidal Watch Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: A historic Country Inn overlooking the Bay of Fundy in the seaside village of St. Martins. The highest tides in the world rise and fall on the beach just 150 feet from the front door of the Inn.
  Contact info: 16 Beach St
St Martins, NB E5R 1C7 Canada
phone: 506-833-4772
web: www.tidalwatchinn.ca
  Facility amenities: Dining Room overlooking the Bay. Some rooms have whirlpool baths and fireplaces. These rooms are assigned on a random basis. It may not be possible to accommodate requests for specific rooms. All rooms have private baths, hairdryers, telephones, cable television. Complimentary wireless internet available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $100.00 to $125.00 CDN Road Scholar pre-post rate is a special discounted rate that includes breakfast. Complimentary connecting nights are offered to participants taking back-to-back programs at this location.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100.00 to $125.00 CDN Road Scholar pre-post rate is a special discounted rate that includes breakfast. Complimentary connecting nights are offered to participants taking back-to-back programs at this location.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. You will be staying at The Tidal Watch Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after breakfast. Check out by 11:00 am. You will be staying at The Tidal Watch Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A Passport is required for all air travel to and from Canada.
  Parking availability:
Free onsite parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St Martins, NB
  Nearest city or town:  Saint John
  Nearest highway: Route 111
  Nearest airport:  Saint John
  From End of Program
  Location: St Martins, NB
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Saint John

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Tidal Watch Inn
phone: 888-833-4772
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

   

The Tidal Watch Inn provides shuttle service on program opening day (Sun 1 - 5:30 p.m.) and on last day of program (Fri. 10:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Cost is $20 per person each way. Check with the Inn for other possible times if necessary

 

Saint John

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$65
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

   

Taxis available 24 hours a day at the airport.

 

Saint John

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Tidal Watch Inn
phone: 888-833-4772
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

The Tidal Watch Inn provides shuttle service on program opening day (Sun 1 - 5:30 p.m.) and on last day of program (Fri. 10:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Cost is $20 per person each way. Check with the Inn for other possible times if necessary

 
Driving Directions
  Air Saint John Airport is just 20 minutes from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Air Canada (Jazz) which offers connections from across North America via Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. West Jet offers connections to Saint John from across Canada via Toronto and also from such Florida airports as Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. Ground transportation options include taxi service, car rental at the airport or Tidal Watch Inn shuttle. Moncton Airport is 90 minutes from the Tidal Watch Inn and is served by Air Canada, (Jazz) West Jet and Continental Airlines. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport. Fredericton Airport is 90 minutes away from the Tidal Watch Inn and is served by Air Canada (Jazz) and Delta Airlines which offer connections from across North America. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport. Halifax Airport is four hours from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Air Canada (Jazz) West Jet, American Airlines, United and Continental Airlines. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport Bangor Airport is four hours from the Tidal Watch Inn. It is served by Delta (Comair) US Airways, Northwest Airways and Allegiant Air offering connections from across the United States. Ground transportation is car rental at the airport.
  Bus Acadian Bus Lines provides bus service to Saint John from across Canada. Some connections can be made from the US. For more information call Acadian Bus Lines 1-800 567-5151. Transportation from the Saint John bus terminal can be arranged via taxi service or the Tidal Watch Inn shuttle.
  Train VIA Rail offers service to Moncton, 90 minutes away from the Tidal Watch Inn. A bus ticket from Moncton to Saint John can be purchased from VIA Rail along with your rail ticket. Call VIA Rail for more information at 1- 888-842-7245 Transportation from the Saint John bus terminal can be arranged via taxi service or with Tidal Watch Inn shuttle.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome Reception/Dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, May 18)
   
 Arrive To: 3 - 6 p.m. Registration
6 p.m. Welcome Reception
 Dinner: 6:30 p.m. at the Inn.
 Evening: 7:45 p.m. Orientation & Introductions
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Quaco Museum/Celtic Influences On Food & Music/Preparation of Lobster and Scallops
(Monday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Includes cold buffet & hot entree each day
 Morning: The week begins at the Quaco Museum in a session conducted by the curator and local genealogist. Learn about the arrival of the Loyalists and the shipbuilding industry that at one time made St. Martins the second wealthiest community in the British Empire.
 Lunch: Buffet Lunch
 Afternoon: After lunch a local lobster fisherman will talk about the challenges and joys of making a living on the Bay of Fundy to provide this rich, much sought after food. Later in the afternoon move into a demonstration workshop in which participants will learn several ways to prepare and serve lobster and scallops.
 Dinner: Full service candlelight dinner
 Evening: The evening concert highlights the Celtic influences of the early settlers
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tides & Ecology of the Bay of Fundy/Smoked Salmon/Taste Of New Brunswick
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Includes a cold buffet and hot entre each day
 Morning: In the morning walk with a naturalist guide through the village, past a tidal harbour where fishing boats sit in the mud at low tide. Learn about the ecology of the Bay and about the world's highest tides. Experience the rise and fall of the tides as you walk across the ocean floor at low tide out to sea caves carved into dramatic red sandstone cliffs. Please note that the timing of this session may be adjusted closer to the program date to work with tidal predictions.
 Lunch: Buffet Lunch
 Afternoon: Be sure to save some room at lunchtime for an afternoon workshop that will involve some extensive sampling of smoked salmon, various spreads and other salmon products. Learn about how salmon is smoked and produced along New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy coast. In the second workshop of the afternoon learn about such local favourite foods as fiddleheads, dulse and cranberries. Learn about New Brunswick's specialty wineries and their production of fruit wines from abundant cranberry bogs and blueberry fields. Sample a variety of different wines and liqueurs.
 Dinner: Full service candlelight dinner
 Evening: A foot tapping, hand clapping Celtic kitchen party in the evening provides a lively finish for the day.
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Explore the Splendor of the Bay of Fundy
(Wednesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast includes cold buffet and hot entre each morning.
 Morning: This entire day is spent exploring the splendor of the Bay of Fundy. Travel along sea cliffs, back roads and secluded beaches. An outdoor workshop explores the elements of a gourmet picnic overlooking a tidal beach.
 Lunch: Gourmet picnic lunch overlooking the Bay of Fundy
 Dinner: Full service candlelight dinner
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Acadian Influences/Appetizer Workshop/Music Reception
(Thursday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast includes a cold buffet and hot entree each day
 Morning: The morning begins with a light French style breakfast. The morning lecture explores the arrival, life and contributions of the early aboriginal and Acadian settlers in the area. Learn how the Acadians of the 1600's dyked and farmed the nearby tidal marshes before the English settlers arrived. The session is followed by a traditional Acadian Brunch.
 Brunch: Acadian Brunch
 Afternoon: The afternoon workshop hosted a chef features a demonstration on the preparation of sumptuous appetizers. Collect recipes and ideas for hosting your own food events for friends and family.
 Dinner: Full service candlelight dinner.
 Evening: The evening features a six course meal, completed by a dessert buffet and music reception.
   
Accommodations: The Tidal Watch Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Day 6: Evaluations/Check-out
(Friday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Cold buffet and hot entre each morning.
 Morning: 9 - 11:00 a.m. Check-outs
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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