Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Travel Guide: Fredericton, NB...


Just got home from Fredericton on Sunday (after a very scary flight on which I actually held a strangers hand-yes I am a spazz) and I am still revelling in my fun trip to the East Coast (scary flight and all)...I was able to spend some much needed time with my wonderful sister-in-law (who also happens to be a phenomenal cook-read: must go on diet yesterday!), got to check out the adorable city, eat yummy food, drink lots of great tea and wine...oh right, and give a paper at the conference (probably the least fun part-but necessary)...but instead of going on and on about my trip, instead I am going to write up a little travel guide for this lovely city...if any of you have been to Fredericton, New Brunswick and can suggest any other cool places that I may have overlooked, or did not know about, please send me a quick note and I will be sure to add it in...until then, hope this little travel guide will suffice...enjoy....

Before I begin, however, always remember that when traveling make sure you have all of your essentials,
Here is what I brought on board with me...
{Tote: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Blazer: Club Monaco, Blackberry, iPad, Passport and Tickets: Case by Andy Warhol Art, Purse: Costa Blanca, Notebook: Moleskin, Scarf: Alexander McQueen}

Where to go....
Beaverbrook Art Gallery: "The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, a gift to the people of New Brunswick from Lord Beaverbrook (Sir Max Aitken), features works by Canadian and British artists and a unique sample of works from international artists. The Gallery exhibits an exciting mix of works from its own collection as well as works and exhibitions on loan from other institutions. The Gallery's icon, Salvador DalĂ­'s Santiago el Grande is on permanent display." For more info click here...

Historic Garrison District: "The Historic Garrison District is the National Historic Site is where you'll find an enticing blend of musicians, artists and historic re-enactments. It is Fredericton's historic and cultural heart. Located in the city's beautiful downtown, corner of Queen and Carleton Streets, next to the St. John River, the Garrison is a centre for heritage, culture, craft and entertainment. Visitors will find a variety of attractions and activities in the Historic Garrison District including the Changing of the Guard, tours, concerts, artisans at work, gift shops, and live theatre." For more info click here...

The Bridges of Fredericton: located on one of the many trails that span about 85km, these bridges are magnificent and a great way to spend a sunny day...walking, enjoying and people watching. I was able to take some shots of these famous date spots, see below...to check out more on the various trails that dot the city, click here...
Where to Eat...
The Blue Door: Definitely my favourite restaurant in Fredericton...the food is amazing, the atmosphere incredible and the wine selection...well let's just say it's goooood! In fact I liked this place so much that we ended up going twice in the 6 days I was there...yup, it's THAT good...

Relish: Suffice it to say, that any burger lover is sure to fall in love with this little gem...located in an adorable house with picnic tables on the outside but an unexpected modern and trendy interior (complete with Blackberry Tablets for the e-junkies) this place is awesome...and I haven't even gotten to the actual food...I have no idea how the patties are prepared, but I can tell you that they are literally finger licking good (I'm not kidding, I still have to stop myself from liking my fingers at the mere thought of these yummy creations)...with burger titles such as: "L.A. is my Lady", "Harvest Jazz" and "The Great One"...really, how can you go wrong?

The Palate: Great for breakfast, especially after a long Friday night (oh common you know what I mean!) This place is fairly big, but it does fill up quickly so I recommend making reservations...with a cute patio overlooking a park and the river, this place is great for a nice relaxing Saturday breakfast, brunch or lunch...

BrewBakers: Both a chic restaurant and a bakery, BrewBakers is another gem located in the heart of the city...their award winning chef's which specialize in local as well as international cuisine, are sure to satisfy any palate...
Reads Newsstand and Cafe: This was by far one of my favourite hang-outs in the city...located right in the thick of things on King St. this cafe/magazine and book store is amazing if you like to sit, read and sip some tea...with an extensive tea menu (my favourite was Pink Grapefruit Green Tea) it's sure to satisfy even the pickiest tea-lover's palate...plus their magazine selection is amazing...for a magazine junkie like me, Reads was pure heaven...

Coffee and Friends: Right beside Reads also on King St. is another adorable cafe...the lady who owns it is incredibly sweet and the ice cream alone is worth the trip...it's also rumoured to have fabulous lattes, and the tea selection is not to shabby either...a very cute patio, perfect for people watching and relaxing also adds to this little cafe's charm...

Cedar Tree Cafe: I did not have a chance to visit this particular establishment, but I am told that their falafels are something else! Plus apparently, this sweet little place boasts a wide and exotic coffee menu, worthy of any coffee connoisseur...although I did not get to go in, I did walk by it on my way downtown, and it sure is cute...located in a traditional East Coast home it was so lovely to see people playing card games and scrabble sitting on the little chairs and bistro tables set up outside...
Where to Shop...
Boyce Farmer's Market: I can say so much about this place, but I will try to keep it brief...open every Saturday (rain or shine, hail or snow) this place is amazing...complete with food, crafts, drinks, and flowers, it's a sensory overload...but in a good way...one of the most popular stands is the samosa van for which the line-ups are literally around the block...well worth the wait I can tell you that much (yeah, I brought home 30 spicy chicken samosas-only 19 left)...it's also a great place to pick up organic goat's cheese (available in a plethora of flavours), amazing soy candles (also available in a plethora of flavours), organic dark exotic chocolate (yeah brought a whole bunch of those home too) and anything else one can think of under the sun...plus it's a really fun way to spend Saturday morning...I highly recommend NOT having breakfast at home and indulging in the many goodies at all the various stands...
The fresh squeezed orange juice is extraordinary...no joke!
All the amazing goat cheese...stinky-yes, but just as yummy...
Where else could one get fresh lobster if not in the Atlantic provinces...seriously!
Robert Simmonds: Located on York and King St. this boutique features upscale, name-brand fashions with will leave any fashion-lover salivating for more...R.S. features brands such as Burberry, Diesel, Cole Haan and much (MUCH) more...but don't be fooled by it's chic interior, the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful, no snobbery here people-if it's not the fashion that will keep you coming back then the East-Coast charm surely will ...(yeah I went twice!)

Made You Blush: If you are looking for make-up or skin-care products this is your one-stop destination...not only does this adorable little shop carry every amazing brand under the sun (such as Stilla and Bloom) the decor alone will leave you blushing...seriously, it's like barbie's personal boudoir...so cute and pink...

Savour Decor: Seeing as I am on a mission lately to find anything that will go into our new home, this place was my little oasis...the interior speaks for itself, and as soon as you walk in you feel an instant sense of calm...plus it's a great place for some interior design inspiration and the prices are very reasonable...my kind of place!

Urban Almanac General Store: Not your typical general store, as a matter of fact nothing typical about it...this shop combines modern with traditional with quirky interior design items and gifts, complete with furniture, glassware, candles, dog accessories and even a little corner tea shop...a really cute stop for anyone into interior design or for anyone just looking for a neat gift...

So there you have it...my very own condensed mini-travel guide to Fredericton NB...hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I loved putting it together and experiencing it...that's it for now, happy Tuesday everyone...
Love K

1 comment:

Audrey Allure said...

Looks like some great places to visit!

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