Hartland is the perfect place to stay if you are on your way from Ontario to Newfoundland. Hartland is 750 km from the ferry terminal in North Sydney, NS. If you leave Hartland about 9:00 AM you'll be in Cape Breton in plenty of time for a relaxed dinner before arriving at the ferry terminal for the overnight crossing.
We like to stay at the Covered Bridge Bed & Breakfast which is in Somerville, NB, just across the St. John River from Hartland. It's very close to the famous bridge. Just cross the covered bridge and you are in Hartland. A very pretty town that has a great restaurant if you are looking for dinner.
Jeremiah's is in a renovated former Wesleyan Church. It's very nicely decorated with a beautiful bar. The service and food are great. It's not too far off the Trans Canada, I would even stop here if I wasn't staying in Hartland. To get to Jeremiah's just cross the covered bridge and turn right. It's just a bit down on your left. There's a large parking lot you can use that's across the street.
Update on Jeremiah's for summer of 2016. Unfortunately they will not be open and have the restaurant for sale.
We had a funny story here, I asked the waitress about the history of the building and was told that it used to be a Chinese Restaurant.
Doris Kennedy is your host at the Covered Bridge Bed & Breakfast. She's a local historian and has actually written a book about Hartland's history. Doris was able to tell us about some of the interesting buildings in Hartland. The town has gone through a couple of devastating fires, but amazingly the bridge has never burned.
My grandfather was from Hartland and moved to Cobalt, Ontario during the silver rush about 1910. Doris was able to give us some information on relations still in Hartland.
The Bed & Breafast is beautifully maintained. The room we stay in is very large, nicely decorated and across the hall from a large washroom that's just for this room. There is a nice common area with a kitchen and fridge. You are free to use it and clean up when you are done.
Breakfast is served in a guest dining area, where you can chat with Doris and the other guests.
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