When we visited Prince Edward Island in October of 2012, it was misty, drizzly, and overcast. Just the way I like it. The sweeping vistas of the island were best seen by car. We stayed at the Elmwood Heritage Inn, and the owners had recommended we pop into the Dunes Studio Gallery for arts and crafts. It was a peculiar mix of Canadian arts and crafts (from over 50 local artisans) with jewelry, furniture, and art collected from the owner's travels in Southeast Asia. Next to an oil painting of a lighthouse, there was a laughing Buddha in teakwood. We spent nearly an hour and a half just walking around the galleries and through the beautiful gardens. Peeking out behind the ferns are several fountains and stone sculptures that gently lead you around the flower beds. If you climb the spiral staircase to the fourth floor lookout, there is a gorgeous view of the sand dunes and the water.
The food at the restaurant was surprisingly delicious. The chef integrates coastal Canadian fare with the spices and textures of Southeast Asia. Of course, everything is seasonal and some vegetables and fruits are homegrown in their gardens. The delicious green curry and seafood chowder were just what we needed to combat the cold seeping into our bones. All in all, an afternoon very well spent!