Canada’s Martha’s Vineyard: St. Andrews by-the-Sea

The Obamas have Martha’s Vineyard, and the Kennedys have Cape Cod, but what have you got? You’ve got the Bay of Fundy, home to countless seaside towns that offer twice the charm – at half the cost – of those American East Coast enclaves. DailyXY’s pick is St. Andrews by-the-Sea, which is an hour away from the Saint John Airport – and light years away from big-city stress.

Gorge: Ossie’s Lunch, an institution since 1957, knows that ocean-fresh seafood, like all food, is best enjoyed deep-fried. Stop in for fried clams – and take a lobster roll to go. Because you’ll be hungry again…eventually.

Shuffle: Contemporary luxury meets Tudor charm at the Fairmont Algonquin (pictured above), a 120-year-old, 234-room estate that takes a page out of The Great Gatsby. Sip Caesars on the terrace, or enjoy the facilities and you’ll surely agree: There’s nothing like shuffleboard and croquet to make drinking and gambling feel positively gentlemanly.

Dine: At the Rossmount Inn, the menu changes constantly, depending on what local seafood and produce – much of which is grown onsite – is available. Highlights might include chanterelle truffle risotto, smooth-as-butter Bay of Fundy haddock, and unimpeachable “naked” lobster.

Drive: In case you can’t make it to the links of Scotland, the Fairmont’s seaside Thomas McBroom-designed course will be a more-than-adequate stand-in.

Dance: Get some local flavour – and by that, we mean Moosehead – at the Red Herring, the town’s live music venue and liveliest watering hole. Visit on a Thursday for Boom Boom Night and get rowdy with local hotel staff on their night out.

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