The first time that we traveled to Prince Edward Island, Katie was not yet 2 years old and we were looking for a family-friendly resort to stay for a week. I read through the PEI Visitor's Guide (as I wasn't yet using the internet much in 1998) and chose Kindred Spirits Country Inn & Cottages in Cavendish. We were so pleased with our stay that we decided to book a cottage for the following summer before we left for home.
That was the first of seven trips to Prince Edward Island and Kindred Spirits has become our home away from home - my daughters wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.
The Inn is a lovely Victorian style country home located in the heart of the Cavendish resort area right next door to the Anne of Green Gables house and the Green Gables Golf Course. The resort is family-owned and operated which means that there is a personal touch to everything. When we first started visiting Kindred Spirits, the owners' children were teenagers (leading campfire sing-alongs) and now they are involved in running the family business as well.
Kindred Spirits offers a range of accommodations including various types of rooms in the inn and gatehouse and a number of 2 and 3 bedroom cottages that circle the property. Until our most recent visit we always stayed in a 2-bedroom cottage which afforded us plenty of space and provided the girls with easy access to the central playground.
On our most recent trip, we decided to splurge and rent one of the more spacious and luxurious 3 bedroom cottages so that the girls could have their own bedrooms and we could have the extra room to spread out - and we loved it!! The cottage could have easily accommodated twice as many people but it was ever so nice not to be tripping over each other.
These cottages have a sunken living room at the back with a double sofa-bed, cable television with dvd player and a full kitchen.
Our cottage had a master bedroom with a king bed and ensuite bath, a second room with a Queen bed, and a third bedroom with a queen bed plus a single. The main bathroom included a jacuzzi.
We loved our sundeck at the rear of the cottage, particularly the hot tub. There's also a barbeque - but we didn't make use of it as we generally ate out for dinner.
The resort has a large heated swimming pool and hot tub, a fantastic playground for the kids, a coin-operated laundromat, games room, fitness room, and high-speed wireless internet. There is no restaurant on site but there are plenty of family-friendly restaurants nearby.
Some of our best memories of Kindred Spirits revolve around the campfires - roasting marshmallows and sing-alongs. They are held a couple of times a week but are dependent on the weather and Emma was devastated that we missed them this visit - once because we were in Charlottetown and the second one cancelled because of high winds. I had to promise her that we would return soon to make up for it!
Cavendish Resort area is very popular with families and there is a wide range of activities and attractions nearby including Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place, the Village of Avonlea, amusement parks and the beautiful red sand beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park.
The Cavendish Boardwalk is just a few minutes drive from the resort and has casual dining, shopping and, most importantly, Cows Ice Cream. Just down the road, Cavendish Tourist Mart has a selection of groceries and other supplies for anyone who didn't stock up before arriving in the resort area or for any last-minute needs.
The capital city of Charlottetown is only about a half hour drive away so it is easy to head there for a day of sightseeing and to take in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
We have traveled around the world but Prince Edward Island will always be one of my favourite places to visit. Beautiful landscape, friendly people, delicious seafood and so many wonderful family memories revolving around our stays at Kindred Spirits keep us coming back for more. If you are looking for a resort in PEI, you can't go wrong with Kindred Spirits Country Inn & Cottages - you may find that one visit is the start of a family tradition.
- Kindred Spirits Country Inn and Cottages is located on Route 6 in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.
- The resort is open from mid-May to late October.
- The Inn and Gatehouse have a range of rooms categorized as Quality, Executive and Luxury.
- Two and Three Bedroom Cottages are available with fridges, stoves and microwaves, verandas, decks, and propane barbecues. All cottages have air-conditioning, TVs, and DVD players. Cottages are self-catering, however, there is daily housekeeping to empty garbage cans and refresh towels.
- Daily and weekly rates are available for the cottages.
- Pets are not allowed.
- All rooms and cottages are designated non-smoking.
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