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A Taste of the South Shore tour begins in the town of Lunenburg, a two-hour drive from Tulips and Thistle Bed & Breakfast, and winds its way easterly along the costal highway towards Halifax.  At the end of the tour the traveler is an easy sixty-minute return drive to Tulips and Thistle.

LUNENBURG was formally established in 1753 as the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax.  Early settlers to the area were from Germany, Switzerland and the Montbeliard region of France.  They followed in the footsteps of the earlier Mi'kmaq and Acadian inhabitants in the area.  The heritage, customs, cuisines and dialects add to Lunenburg's uniqueness.  In 1995 Lunenburg was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site after being acclaimed and Canadian National Historic Site several years earlier.  The town is the home of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Museum and is the home harbour to the world-renowned Bluenose sailing vessel.  Lunenburg is a great town to walk through and discover the many interesting and exciting things it has to offer.  A ten-minute drive to the east from Lunenburg is the village of Blue Rocks.  This working fishing village is among the most picturesque in the province and is well worth the short detour to visit.

MAHONE BAY is situated on a bay of more than 100 islands and is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Eastern Canada.  The harbour-side churches create one of the most photographed scenes in the region.  The community boasts a rich treasure house of history, culture and 19th century architecture.  The charming main street hosts an assortment of art galleries, antique stores, artisan markets and living museums, all within an easy stroll.

CHESTER is said to be the sailing capital of Nova Scotia, with its famous "Chester Race Week" held annually in August.  Quaint shops in the village invite the visitor to stop and explore.

PEGGYS COVE along with the Bluenose is likely the most recognized symbol associated with Nova Scotia.  Set on rocky shores, the lighthouse and village at Peggy's Cove are a photographer's paradise.  Despite its popularity this tiny fishing village has been able to retain the same relaxed atmosphere that made it famous.