St. Andrews By-The-Sea

Victoria Day in New Brunswick means a three-day weekend - so we could just stop there and it would already be a happy ending, right?

 Kingsbrae Garden - grab a map at the welcome desk and explore your way through a breathtaking labrynth of flowers, then stop for lunch at the Garden Cafe

Kingsbrae Garden - grab a map at the welcome desk and explore your way through a breathtaking labrynth of flowers, then stop for lunch at the Garden Cafe

But an extra day off means an opportunity for an extra adventure, so for us Victoria Day has also come to mean an annual road trip to the ever-charming seaside town of St. Andrews. This has become something of a tradition for us, and a trip we always look forward to no matter how many times we've visited before. The drive takes us just over an hour and a half, so it's long enough that it feels like a getaway, but not too long for a solid day-trip. 

Nestled on the coast of Atlantic Canada, just on the border between New Brunswick and Maine, St. Andrews comes alive for the season in the spring. The sun glints off the water as passers-by stroll along the wharf, sipping good coffee, or gearing up to head out on their whale watching tour. Brightly coloured houses and shops line the streets, offering tourists an array of locally made art, home decor and quality seafood. That being said, you can have your pick of restaurants, from upscale dining at the Algonquin Hotel, to some good old fashioned take-out at the Clam Digger. For such a small town, there are tons of things to keep you busy, and you’ll be planning your next trip back on your drive home. There's a reason why it was voted the top destination in Canada by USA Today!

 View from the top of Chamcook Mountain

View from the top of Chamcook Mountain

 Honeybeans Cafe - the perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up

Honeybeans Cafe - the perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up

While we also recommend voyaging over to Minister's Island, taking a long walk through Kingsbrae Gardens, and making a weekend out of it at the Rossmount Inn, this past Victoria Day we decided to keep it simple and show you how we like to spend a slow afternoon in St. Andrews by-the-sea in our vlog below. We hope this shows you why we love it here so much, and that you can start planning your own trip soon!

Already been to St. Andrews? Leave a comment below and tell us what's on your must-see and -do list!