During my Maritimes road trip across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick I needed to stay somewhere with a central location that offered easy access to the highway and all of the beautiful areas nearby.
It turned out that Amherst, a sleepy little town right near the border in Nova Scotia, met my requirements and during my stay I was lucky enough to be able to spend two amazing nights at the Apothic Inn.
Just steps away from downtown Amherst, the Apothic Inn is a luxury B&B that can be found in a completely restored Victorian home from the 1870s.
The historic vibe is felt as soon as you walk through the door with time-appropriate furniture and other historically relevant furnishings found throughout the entire home.
Rhonda, the current owner of the Apothic Inn, strives to ensure that her guests have a memorable experience during their stay and she turned out to be one of the highlights of our entire trip throughout the Maritimes so far.
Anything that you might want or need during your visit to the B&B has seemingly already been taken care of by Rhonda from the delicious home-cooked breakfast to the incredible smelling amenities.
Even small details, such as soft robes and a plush carpet for your feet right beside the bed, have been provided and laid out for you so after arriving there really isn’t much that you need to do except for kick back and relax.
Rhonda herself is full of helpful information and is able to make recommendations on just about anything you might be looking for in the area whether you’re on the search for something to eat for lunch or dinner or if you’re trying to get off-the-beaten-path and explore somewhere more unique nearby.
Although the property itself was amazing, it was really Rhonda that made my stay at the Apothic Inn so memorable and I don’t think I would have had nearly as a great an experience if it was anyone else but her running the place.
In this post I want to share the experience that I had during my stay at the Apothic Inn and share some helpful tips if you’re planning on visiting the property and Amherst as well.
The Apothic Inn: A Luxury B&B in Amherst, Nova Scotia
I’m a big fan of unique boutique-style of accommodation, so when I stumbled across the Apothic Inn I knew it was somewhere I had to stay.
After arriving I quickly learned that the home that the B&B operates out of was from the 1870s and walking around I could tell that a lot of time, effort, and money went into renovating everything and updating it to how it looks today.
The welcoming and historic charm that you find in older homes has been retained and arriving at the B&B feels more like you’re visiting your relatives rather than showing up at a strangers home.
I was surprised to find so many fireplaces in one place, although the inn takes up more than 6,000 square feet, and the original flooring in one of the rooms I stayed in was quite the homage to the history of the house itself while providing that personal and welcoming touch that I fell in love with.
There are bedrooms on the main level and the second floor of the home and also on the main level is a large dining area/sunroom where breakfast is served and where you can relax throughout the day if you’re looking for somewhere cozy and comfortable to hang out.
I tend to enjoy my privacy and the quiet surroundings that you experience when you’re staying at a hotel, and surprisingly I enjoyed the same while at the Apothic Inn.
Rhonda was there when you needed her and the rest of the time she was kept busy by maintaining the property or tending to the needs of the other guests. She wasn’t overbearing by any means and seeing her smiling face was actually a welcome sight both in the morning when coming down for breakfast and when returning from a long day exploring the region.
The other guests were respectful as well and it was great to interact with fellow travelers in the morning during breakfast, rather than not meeting anyone at all like when you’re staying at a hotel.
It’s safe to say that Rhonda and my stay at the Apothic Inn changed my view on B&Bs and I’ll now be seeking them out first before taking a look at the hotels available when I’m traveling – you just can’t beat that welcoming feeling!
My Stay at the Apothic Inn
I stayed in two different rooms during my visit to Amherst and both of them were perfectly well-equipped for a short term stay.
I really liked the room I stayed in the first night and my girlfriend preferred the room that we stayed in on the second night, so I recommend taking a look at photos online of the different rooms to see which you might prefer!
The room we had first, my personal favorite, featured a large, comfortable bed, a seating area by the window with two chairs, a fireplace, and a small mirror area that my girlfriend used for getting ready in the morning.
The window let in a beautiful late-summer breeze and we didn’t even need to use the fan that was provided in the room.
The fireplace was a nice touch, we actually ended up using it before falling asleep that night just to watch the faux-flames dancing across the ceiling, and it really helped to add to the overall historic vibe of the property.
One other thing I noticed was that there were quite a few sockets for plugging in our laptops and electronic gear, something you usually don’t find too often.
I also found the wifi to work quite well and this was a huge bonus as I’m working online and a strong internet connection is important to me.
I was surprised by the modern design and interior layout of the bathroom that I had at the Apothic Inn.
The bathroom area was made up of two rooms – a smaller area at the entrance with a little seating area that could be used for getting dressed and the larger dedicated bathroom area with the sink, shower, and toilet.
All of the amenities you would need while traveling were provided along with a selection of soft, plush towels and even some cozy bathrobes.
There was plenty of counter space to arrange everything and ample outlets as well for things like hair dryers and straighteners.
I really liked the shower, which featured a unique entrance a design, and didn’t get water all over the floor like you find with many stand-up showers these days.
The interior design of the bathroom with the soft colors and warm lights made it feel very welcoming and just added to the overall charming and cozy vibe of the rest of the room.
I found the bathroom to be quite spacious and well-equipped for two people for a short or even long-term stay.
The Apothic Inn is located just 5-minutes from the Trans-Canada Highway and about 7-minutes from the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Border.
The Inn itself is just steps away from the historic downtown area of Amherst, a small town in Nova Scotia that’s definitely worth walking around and exploring if you have the time.
You can easily walk to all of the downtown restaurants and small shops on foot if you’re looking for somewhere to eat or you just want to check the area out.
Otherwise, you can drive to a large shopping center in less than 5-minutes where you’ll find a Wal-Mart, Atlantic Superstore, Sobey’s, and plenty of other dining options.
For me, the location was great for exploring the area by car and it was really convenient to head out to Advocate Harbor and the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, which are some great places I recommend visiting.
Helpful Tips for Visiting
Stop at the Nova Scotia Visitor Center
Depending on how you’re arriving in Nova Scotia or Amherst you might want to consider a stop at the Nova Scotia Visitor Center.
It’s really close by, just a short 7-minute drive, and the staff there can be very helpful when it comes to making suggestions on things to do or helping you plan your time in the area.
There are also a variety of pamphlets and maps to choose from as well as a small souvenir shop so it’s a good idea to check it out if you’re looking for more information or you want to pick something up for your friends and family back home.
There are normally two areas for parking at the property, although when I visited there was some construction going on out front.
It’s possible to park either at the back of the house or the front and there really isn’t any benefit to either area, it just depends on the available space.
Parking is free.
Breakfast at the Inn
Rhonda is one of the best cooks I’ve ever met and the breakfasts she’s able to whip up in her kitchen are simply amazing.
There is a choice between a few different options and I recommend trying them all between you and your travel partner so you can really experience her skills in the kitchen.
My favorite was the eggs benedict with smoked salmon as well as the chocolate waffles and the dishes my girlfriend tried were also incredible.
Even if you have an early day, Rhonda is able to accommodate your departure with an earlier breakfast so make sure you take the time to enjoy it – you won’t be disappointed!
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