Sometimes you just find the best out of the way places.
I don’t remember who told us to be sure to visit Northport when we headed up the western end of P.E.I. this summer, but we definitely owe them a great big thank-you. What a fantastic little place.
Just a few minutes outside of Alberton, we pulled into Northport midmorning to find a quiet and peaceful fishing village and marina. We parked near a fairly large hotel, I think it was called the Northport Pier Inn, and walked down to the waterfront. There was a small building with very welcoming open doors which we soon learned was a sea rescue interpretive centre, complete with panel after panel telling tales of past seagoing adventures and rescues.
Next, we wandered down to the wharf and marina, enjoying a beautiful calm day and great views. Jake watched a seagull strolling along the wharf, then we sat on a bench for a bit just to take it all in.
By that point, I decided I wanted a coffee so Steve headed into The Boat Shop Restaurant to see if we could get a couple of javas to go. Because we had Jake, we intended to sit on a bench to get a caffeine fix. He returned a few minutes later without coffees, but with good news — we were going to have an early lunch, complete with coffee, on their outside deck and Jake was quite welcome to join us.
To say we were delighted would be an understatement. It’s always so nice when we can sit and relax and enjoy a meal with Jake that doesn’t come in a paper wrapper. We dined on fabulous lobster sandwiches (Jake likes lobster as long as I wipe off the mayo) and great coffee. The waitress even brought Jake a dish of water (they keep a dish there marked especially for dogs). Because it was so quiet with only a few other people joining us on the deck, we didn’t have to worry about Jake bothering other guests or getting into any sort of mischief. It was such a nice, relaxing hour.
We will definitely go back to Northport and would highly recommend it to anyone.