Update 8-28-2023: The Mariner King Inn is permanently closed.
Fit for a king
During my Nova Scotia road trip in June, I had the pleasure of staying at the Mariner King Inn in Lunenburg. There was much I liked about my accommodations: a comfortable, nicely-appointed suite; its convenient location in picturesque Old Town Lunenburg; its friendly and attentive staff; and its well-supplied and tasty breakfast buffet.
The inn has a long history going back to 1830 when Dr. Charles Bolman of Lunenburg marked the coronation of the “Mariner King”, British King William, by building a home at 15 King Street. Several years later, the property was sold to sea merchant John Zwicker and stayed in the Zwicker family until 1953. During the following years, it served in a number of capacities — apartments, a rooming house, a home for the elderly, offices, a French bakery, and a restaurant. For the past 25 years, it has been operating as an inn, and in 2007 underwent extensive renovations resulting in the lovely Victorian-style building it is today.
In the main building (shown above), there are three rooms and two suites, one an attic suite with an over-the-rooftops view of Lunenburg Harbor. Recently, the inn opened the newly-renovated Cranberry Suites (where I stayed) and Candy Apple additions, located in buildings on the next block. During my two-night stay at the inn, my days and evenings were quite busy with activities in and around Lunenburg, so I didn’t spend much time in my suite. But it was a pleasant place to begin and end my days.
There are four suites and two rooms in the Cranberry Suites addition, each furnished in modern maritime décor. My suite was on the top floor, accessible by stairs as well as an elevator. The living area was roomy, had a window overlooking King Street, and was equipped with a fireplace. A hallway connects the living room and bedroom, which also has a fireplace. I can imagine how cozy a fire would be on a winter’s night.
The super-comfortable bed with an allergy-free pillow-top mattress and luxurious linens compared favorably with those of many upscale hotels I’ve experienced. I also appreciated the in-room coffee and tea maker — a cup of coffee before heading out of the room for the day is a definite plus for me.
Although I slept with the windows open in both the living room and bedroom, I slept soundly — Lunenburg is a quiet town at night.
The Mariner King Inn is convenient to Lunenburg Harbor, restaurants, shops, and attractions. The newest restaurant in town, Rime Restaurant, is adjacent to the Cranberry Suites, and I enjoyed a delicious meal there.
Rates at the inn include a complimentary gourmet buffet breakfast in the main building. Guests can be seated in the cozy small dining room or adjacent bright and airy atrium.
The food selections were plentiful and included local delicacies such as pickled herring and salmon. It was a pleasant start to our days spent exploring Lunenburg on foot, taking a boat cruise, and visiting local attractions.
Now the tasty surprise
Here’s something I experienced that you can enjoy — whether at home or when you get a chance to visit Lunenburg and stay at Mariner King Inn. The ginger scones baked fresh by Paterson, the inn’s baker, were a big hit with my companions and me. Paterson was nice enough to share her recipe saying: “It’s an excellent recipe, so let the world know!” And so I am.
Paterson’s Ginger Scones
Preheat oven to 400°F
2-1/2 cups (10-1/2 oz) All-purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 tbsp (5 oz) cold butter
1 tsp dried ginger
2/3 cups chopped crystallized ginger
1 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp + 1 tsp honey
Mix together dry ingredients, except ginger.
Cut butter into small pieces. Work butter into dry ingredients, flattening pieces with hands.
Whip whipping cream and honey until it forms soft peaks.
Make well in center of dry ingredients. Place whipping cream into well, and fold dry ingredients into whipping cream until dough comes together.
Turn out onto a floured surface. Knead a couple of times, not too much. The less you handle the dough the better!
Tip: Keep the dough cold!
Roll into a 9-inch circle. Cut into 8 pieces. (This is for the large size.)
Brush tops with a little whipping cream, sprinkle with sugar.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy! Please tell me if you use the recipe to make your own scones. I’ll let you know how mine turn out, too.
I hope to stay at Mariner King Inn on future visits to Lunenburg. There are also special deals available such as spa, dining, kayaking, and tour packages with local businesses. I’d like to try those as well … and, of course, a few more of Paterson’s ginger scones.
For more information: Mariner King Inn
Thanks to my travel companion, Karen Schaler of Travel Therapy, for the mouth-watering ginger scone photo.
Thanks to Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and Taste of Nova Scotia for making my Nova Scotia Road Trip possible, but my opinions and perspectives are totally my own — as always.
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