Lunenburg is one of the most popular small towns in the Maritimes. During the summer tourist months it can get rather busy when people from all over the world come to visit.
Its popularity as a tourist destination in Nova Scotia as well as its close proximity to Halifax means there are quite a few options when it comes to accommodation in town. Because of this it can be hard to determine where to stay in Lunenburg during your trip.
During my trip two Lunenburg I stayed at the lovely Lunenburg Inn.
There are quite a few inns and B&B’s in town . Despite all of the options I found that the Lunenburg Inn offered the best location for sightseeing. It was located perfectly for getting around the area unhindered.
The B&B is situated just outside of the historic city center. This means that parking is free and always available. It’s less busy during the day and it’s a short 5-minute walk to the harbor area. You’re never too far from the action and you can walk anywhere you’d like to visit.
The inn is run by Donna, a lovely lady that strives to ensure that you’re having a great time at the property. She’s pleasant to interact and full of all the information you’d ever need to know about your visit to Nova Scotia.
The property itself has 7 rooms in total – 2 suites and 5 guests rooms. This puts it on the small size compared to some of the other properties in town. This way you’re able to enjoy a private and intimate stay during your visit.
Other amenities include a home-cooked breakfast every morning and a reliable wifi connection. There’s free parking on site and AC in all the rooms (an awesome summer bonus).
As for visiting Lunenburg, it’s an hour away from Halifax and a “must-see” if you’re traveling in Nova Scotia. Consider spending the night so you can take your time to explore the historic downtown. This also gives you plenty of time to check out some of the picturesque coastal villages nearby.
In this post I want to share with you the experience that I had at the inn! Let’s jump right into it!
The Lunenburg Inn: Quaint and Welcoming Accommodation in Lunenburg
The inn is located in a historic building dating all the way back to 1893. The exterior of the building gives its long lifespan away with all of the ornate historical details and dated architectural style..
It was originally used as a family home. In 1924 the property had its first experience of welcoming paying guests. Until 1979 it was used as a hotel until it was closed for almost a decade.
Then, in 1987 the building was designated as a Lunenburg Heritage Property. Since then it has been restored and has operated as the Lunenburg Inn that’s there today!
The property, both inside and out, feels very welcoming. It’s a wonderful place to arrive after spending a long day on the road.
Donna, the current host, strives to ensure that the guests needs are met. I had a wonderful time chatting with her whenever she wasn’t busy running the inn.
Her husband is responsible for the delicious breakfasts that are served each morning on the main floor. The breakfast itself was a memorable and tasty experience!
The wifi works well throughout the property. I had no problems connecting or using the internet during my stay.
On the second level there’s a small reading room. During the warmer summer months you can step outside onto the balcony to relax to enjoy some fresh air.
Depending on the time of year you visit rates start at $109 for most rooms. As for the rooms, there are a few different types to choose from. Call Donna directly to discuss with your room selection.
My Stay at the Lunenburg Inn
During my stay I was in a spacious queen room on the second floor known as the “Reuben Conrad Room”.
This was the original master bedroom of the home. The room featured a comfortable queen sized bed, a desk, a storage wardrobe, and some seating options.
One feature I really liked about the room was how bright it was thanks to the large windows. These let in plenty of natural light and gave the room a spacious and airy feeling.
Despite being an older home I didn’t notice any unusual creaks or sounds that you find in historic properties. Everything was very well put together, clean, and arranged in a way that effectively utilized the space.
Having the desk meant I could comfortably get some work done during my stay in a more ergonomic fashion. My girlfriend appreciated all of the storage space for her clothes and other accessories.
Overall, I found the room to be a great size for one or two people visiting Lunenburg for a few days. It was well-equipped with everything one or two people would need for a short term stay.
The bathroom at the Lunenburg Inn was modern, spacious, and clean.
Every detail in the bathroom seemed to be taken care of without any room for improvement.
The bathroom area itself was broken into two different parts – the main area with the sink and shower and a smaller area with the toilet.
The tub/shower was clean and the water pressure was suitable.
There were plenty of towels and amenities provided including soap, body lotion, and shampoo. There was a makeup removal cloth that my girlfriend found quite useful.
The bathroom was a great size and came with everything needed for a short-term stay. I was impressed by how clean the space was and how everything in the bathroom was looked after.
The historic interior design of the inn adds another layer of charm to the property. This definitely enhanced my visit to Lunenburg.
There aren’t any chain hotels in town. Staying at an inn or local B&B offers a unique travel experience, helps to stimulate the local economy, and boosts tourism.
Checking in was straightforward and Donna was there to greet us for a quick tour of the building. She shared with us some helpful information on the best things to do in Lunenburg and where to eat nearby.
She also has a collection of menus from the restaurants in town. Don’t forget to check those out if you’re looking for somewhere for lunch or dinner.
There wasn’t really a dedicated lobby area though right behind the front desk was a large seating room where you could relax after a long day of exploring the town.
The fresh, home-baked cookies left out in the reception area were such an added bonus! These made for a nice treat to arrive to especially after such a long drive.
The inn has a great location 5-10 minutes away from the historic downtown Lunenburg area on foot.
It’s easily accessible by car. Thanks to the free parking on-site there aren’t any issues finding somewhere to park (this also saves you money).
Across the street is a great little restaurant, the Knot Pub. There’s a gas station conveniently located down the street.
I found the location to be perfect for exploring town. There’s even a small walking trail that runs beside the inn that you can use for a relaxing nature walk during your stay.
Helpful Tips for Visiting
There is free parking at the inn out front of the building.
There are two separate parking areas. I recommend parking in the lot that’s located off of the main street.
This makes it easier to get in and out when you want to leave. In these spots you don’t have to worry about the traffic.
Getting into Town
There are a few different ways you can walk into the historic downtown.
I recommend veering to the right of the gas station building and making your way to the small trail at the end of the parking lot.
This trail takes you through a small park and right along the water into town. It makes for a more peaceful and enjoyable experience rather than taking the main sidewalk on the busy street.
Head to the View Point
Just outside of town is a golf course that happens to be located right across from the downtown harbour area.
You can drive to the parking lot at the golf course and up the road that leads up to the view. Here you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of Lunenburg and the skyline.
This is a great place to catch the sunrise. It’s even better to visit during sunset when the sun will illuminate the buildings along the water.
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