Watercolour of Cooper’s Inn by Gail Armstrong
When Pigs Fly
The path less travelled, the adventure destination to ‘life beyond the ordinary’, the less touristy corner of the Southwest Nova Scotia Shore, or ‘when pigs fly’.
Do you need another or a ‘better’ reason for stepping into a new comfort zone or simply one that was previously unknown?
Perhaps you’re from Canada or even some other interesting international locale or….
…you’re among the estimated 85% of Nova Scotian’s that have never found your way to Shelburne on our beautiful and rugged Southwest Coastline? It’s even been called the ‘banana belt’ of the east.
Perhaps, ‘not so surprising’, Shelburne and County are only a short step or two away from that more ‘heavily beaten path’ and some of us would say it’s the ‘more heavenly path’.
At The Cooper’s Inn B&B you’ll discover it’s easier to connect. Virtually every day from June through October we meet and greet guests from all parts of the world during our Social Hour (between 5PM and 6PM). Younger guests meet more ‘experienced’ guests; new guests meet returning guests; coming together as strangers and parting as friends; and it’s surprising how often connections are made; interesting what can happen when we’re just a few steps away from the crowds.
New friends before dinner are old friends in the breakfast room the following mornings.
Are you feeling like the Captain, the Professor, Ginger or Gilligan? Or in more contemporary terms you want to add a ‘3 Hour Tour’ into the mix?
You’ll not be asked to build it yourself, not quite anyway.
On the premise that anything worth doing is worth doing well. You’ll be the Executive Chefs. What follows is a list of potential ingredients. All you have to do is tell us which ones you’d like to use, how much time you want to commit, what extra pieces (the herbs and spices) we can use to build the adventure. Then we’ll put it together. You won’t want to do this alone. Who’s going to believe you if you go Solo? (...we will, but we already know). And, just so you know, ‘Solo’ is an option.
A ‘Thing-a-ma-jig’ is a 2-day excursion for 2, for the pounding waves.
Starts at $599.00
2. A ‘Do-hicky’ is a 3-day adventure for 2, for the sand and rocky shore.
Starts at $849.00
3. A ‘What-cha-ma-call-it’ is a 4-day extended weekend for 2. (Any 4 days makes a weekend.) Discover the shells of time.
Starts at $1099.00
4. A ‘5-days to play’ for 2 will never happen unless you say, yes, 5-days. Starts at $1299.00
5. And ‘When Pigs Fly’ is for days 6 days more (Add them onto the 2, 3, 4 or 5 day ‘adventure’ or simply make it 6 days away to recharge if you’d like). Returning guests and guests that wanted to stay longer the first and second and third time always tell us they want more. The slower pace, away from the ‘race’…’and going back for more’. Starts at $1599.00
Must have ingredients:
Accommodation in The Coopers Inn B&B Cooperage, twin or queen
Full menu breakfasts each morning
Social Hour each day with treats and a beverage, 5PM-6PM
Deluxe Welcome Basket
Surf or Turf on the Harbour
Shelburne Sunset Excursion
Picnic Lunch/s (how many)
Inn-side accommodation upgrade, King or Queen
Inn-side room upgrade to The Harbour Suite, may accommodate up to 4 guests c/w 2 queen bed chambers
Boxing Rock Brewery Tour
Dock Street Museum passes
Black Heritage Centre passes
Shelburne County Exhibition
Whirligig & Weathervane Festival + Ukulele Festival
Monday Evening Mackerel Fishing (June through September)
Charlotte Lane Eatery (closed Sundays and Mondays) Open Mother’s Day Weekend through to just before Christmas
Kayak adventure on the Harbour (add optional Harbour Tour Guide @$25/hour)
McNutt’s Island excursion
Hiking Island’s Park
Bird watching at The Hawk Park, self guided
Lunch time dining at Charlotte Lane (how many times?)
Evening dining at Charlotte Lane (how many visits?)
Pub Style dining at The Ship’s Galley (how many?)
Chinese Eat in/take out
A wellness excursion to Sound Beings
A Psychic reading
Hike Keji Seaside adjunct
Massages for 1 or 2
Lunch or dinner vouchers for The Seadog Saloon (how many?)
Learn Belly Dancing
Attend the Asbury Shorts Film Festival & Shelburne Film Festival ‘Get Your Shorts On’ Competition
Make a CD: Record your story, music, comedy or poetry or ?
BYOB: Bring your own bike and we’ll help guide on place to explore as day trips from the Inn
Fitness Centre Day Passes (how many?)
Genealogical Research for those Shelburne and Shelburne County Connections
A Coffee Break at Art Studio 138 and take a class (www.artstudio138.com)
Lunch at the Beandock (how many times?)
Songs at Sea Level Music Festival (tbc)
Lockeport Sea Derby
Harmony Bazaar in Lockeport
Shag Harbour UFO Festival
Guided Local Birding Adventure (Shelburne County/South Shore Region)
Herbs and Spices:
You’ll have to tell us what these are for you. They’ll add flavor and zest to your holiday.
Romance (you know how this ingredient works -you’ll find the atmosphere here)
Fragrance of the Sea
Sails & Sunsets (sails are often seen, sunsets as Mother Nature chooses)
Hominess-It’s in the air
Wilderness and Waterways
If we told you…they wouldn’t be a secret. Once you have put your wish list together we’ll select a secret ingredient that complements your selection. Think of it as a wild card. Its dollar value will fluctuate depending on the rest of the offer or maximum dollar value that you determine. It is, in fact, a selection you choose to add your list of ‘Potential Ingredients’.
An ingredient that will be your secret. Yup! ‘Will you marry me?’ We don’t want to intrude; yet, we do want to do anything possible to help in making the magic moments perfect.
Ask about customized packages. Inquire about larger groups of 8 or more and corporate/festive bookings for up to 18 guests. Planning a family reunion and looking for activities and lodging and more. As you can see and imagine from the incomplete list of possibilities above, Shelburne has the potential of being a unique gathering venue. Bring your family in from all corners of the globe for all the right reasons. Reconnect. Reflect. Reunite. Reignite.
“Crashing, pounding waves
engulfing the rocky shore,
leaving behind the shells of time
and going back for more”
~Patricia (nee Boone) Chute