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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Nautical in St. Andrews


5. Oddball Day

Whimsical sculptures at Kingsbrae Garden, which is located on the grounds of several old grand estates.  

Spend some time on land to take in some non-maritime attractions. Start off with a latte ($3.50) and a homemade blueberry scone ($1.95) at Honeybeans Coffee (157 Water Street, 506-529-4888) before donning a kilt (a nod to St. Andrews’s Scottish name and heritage) for a two-hour bike tour ($60) with Off Kilter. You’ll learn about the town’s history—first as a prosperous shipping port and later as a Victorian summertime resort—as you wind along the water and into the surrounding hills. Then stroll through the 27-acre Kingsbrae Garden ($14), divided into more than a dozen sections, including a sculpture garden and a labyrinth. Have lunch on the terrace of the Garden Café, which serves light fare like salads ($6.95–$16.95), lobster rolls ($15.95), and quiche ($12.50). Afterwards, take a scenic 90-minute drive out to Roosevelt Campobello International Park, where FDR and his wife Eleanor spent their summers. Take a free self-guided tour of their 34-room home and the surrounding grounds, or hike along the scenic two-and-a-half-mile trail out to the Mulholland Point Lighthouse. Head back to St. Andrews for dinner at chef Alex Haun’s home, which doubles as the restaurant Savour. Bring your own wine from the province-run Alcohol NB Liquor to enjoy with the six-course seasonal tasting menu ($65), and request the chef’s table if you want to sit in the kitchen and watch Haun at work. For nighttime entertainment, stop by the Red Herring Pub for a beer and live rock or blues concerts. St. Andrews doesn’t have much nightlife, but this spot is lively and stays open late.

Published on Aug 10, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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