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We’re Crushing on The Coastal Charm of The Ivy House Inn, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Fourteen years ago, entrepreneur extraordinaire Tara McDonald moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia – to Lunenburg, to be exact. “A paradise with friendly people,” is how Tara describes the seaside town trailing the province’s south shore. After offloading her wildly popular Two If By Sea Café, famous for its habit-forming croissants, Tara opened the Ivy House Inn, in 2019. The three-suite boutique hotel is situated in an old converted  house. It’s 4,000 square feet, over two storeys.  Tara resides on the main floor with her daughter Ivy, “the big boss.” (The Inn is named after her.) The pair are often in the kitchen testing out chocolate chip cookie recipes (Tara’s a tad excitable on that subject, determined to find THE ONE). Lucky guests get to sample the goods. Step inside this mother-daughter’s enormously charming house replete with rustic shiplap, local art and boho furnishings. There’s also sticks. Lots of sticks. Check out the video tour here.



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