It is the last day of May and I have already started checking items off my summer bucket list of Cape Breton experiences that I previously blogged about. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Glenora Inn & Distillery. What a treat!
Glenora is located in Glenville on Route 19, not far from Mabou. It is a lovely 900-acre property nestled in the green, rolling green hills of Inverness County. I was amazed at how lush the property looks already so early in the season.
Although it was a cold, rainy May day on the outside, we were greeted with warmth and hospitality from the moment we arrived. From the comforting sounds of MacLellan Brook which was alive from the rainfall to the glow and heat from the crackling fireplace and the smiles of the wonderful Glenora staff, our cold shivers quickly vanished as we were seated for dinner.
For all of you “foodies,” the Glenora menu is designed and presented by Chef Andrew Kinnear. Each signature dish is prepared using local ingredients and influenced by tradition and Nova Scotia culture. Dining at Glenora is in the top 100, according to "Where to eat in Canada" and I can see why. I very much enjoyed the Lobster and Scallop Fettuccini featuring grilled asparagus, roasted peppers, and lobster in white wine, tarragon cream sauce.
After our meal, we were entertained in the Glenora Pub in true Cape Breton style by a local piano and fiddle player.
Unfortunately my time didn’t allow for a tour of the distillery and a taste of the infamous Glen Breton Rare single malt whisky. But that just gives me a great excuse to go back!
The Glen Breton Toast
So the word is now out for all to see
A single malt from this side of the sea
A lowland taste, or a highland smile, or the tang of the sea,
Like a malt from the Isle
These secrets reside in the walls of the cask,
And those bouquets and flavours are with us at last.
Ten years in a complex of oak and of smoke,
Now we reach for the glass,
For the cask has awoke
And we’ll toast with Glen Breton,
With more than a dram,
For the dream of Glenora has captured our land
From the shores of Cape Breton to our mountainous west
Canadians now toast with their very own best
By Bryan Finlay