Maggie’s is a charming and historical farmhouse located on the Cabot Trail near Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On arrival we were made to feel very comfortable and welcome by Uli and Cathy, quickly noting the warmth, cleanliness, and rustic beauty of the house and area. We particularly liked the wood-burning fireplace in the kitchen which heated the whole house and produced a cosy feeling throughout. But Maggie’s is also equipped with modern conveniences such as fast WiFi, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, and a coffee-maker. Throughout the house are books and magazines with both current and historical information about Maggie’s and the local area, not to mention period photographs on some of the walls. It is obvious that much care, good taste, and love were given to produce a special place for visitors to Cape Breton, a home away from home.
We arrived at Maggie’s in mid-October during the highly popular Celtic Colours festival amidst brilliant autumn foliage and unseasonably warm temperatures, ideal for hiking as well as exploring the Cabot Trail. On a rare rainy afternoon, we drove to Baddeck and visited the Alexander Graham Bell museum which is highly recommended. Uli took us for a walk to a nearby beach area known as the gill with his friendly dog Tomo, and also provided information about other local walks/hikes from Maggie’s and along the Cabot Trail. Both he and Cathy are very knowledgeable about the area and obviously enjoy sharing information when asked.
The local seafood was delicious, especially lobster rolls and various types of seafood chowder. It was late in the season, but we managed to have chowder at Neil’s Chowder House at Neil’s Harbour on the last day it was open. It was so good we bought two more portions to take away for another meal. Otherwise, there are grocery stores in Baddeck and Ingonish providing everything needed for home cooking.
We are already looking forward to returning to Maggie’s and Cape Breton in future and are very appreciative of the helpfulness and generosity provided by Cathy and Uli.