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Fall 2006 | Nova Scotia

Fall 2006 | Nova Scotia

Mens in kilts, rolling green hills, and wild rapids may invoke thoughts of faraway Scotland, but savvy U.S. travelers have discovered that all this and more can be found in our very gay-friendly neighbor to the north.

Five damn good reasons to visit Nova Scotia:

1. Take the train
The most unique way to get to the capital, Halifax, is by train from Montreal. Take the 22-hour overnight ride on Via Rail and dine on Atlantic Canadian cuisine while watching the sun set over the pines and rivers. Be sure to book the Easterly class with the new luxury sleeper cars. Easterly class also has exclusive use of the Park car with its domed observation section.

2. Have a Wilde night's sleep
In Halifax check into the Waverley Inn. Souped up with lush lighting and furnishings, this bed & breakfast is famed as the place Oscar Wilde held court on the first stop of his North American tour.

3. Dine with the hip
Get thee to Seven. With an endless list of wines and cocktails, this former firehouse is the perfect place for the pre- and postdrink. In between feast on pan-seared foie gras and Prince Edward Island beef tenderloin. Better look cute because the crowd sure does.

4. Check out the Menz
Halifax isn't known for its gay bars, but Menz Bar is the spot to be. Besides, this is the only place to try Atlantic Canada's first Queer Beer. Once guests are loaded they can stumble downstairs to Mollyz diner for a slice.

5. Day trip
Take a day to see the most photographed harbor in North America, Peggy's Cove, and the neighboring UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg. This is the real McCoy: 19th century wooden houses perched on grassy knolls and anchored with a historic lighthouse. If time permits, book a night or two in the romantic Oceanstone Inn and cottages.

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