When Alison asked me if was interested in contributing to her virtual literary road trip with a post featuring Prince Edward Island – I was over the moon. You see, I grew up just an hour away from the island of red shores and home to the magic of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables, and while it’s not summer without a visit to the Island — it’s been ages since I’ve done the Anne of Green Gables experience.
That was until good friends arrived from New York and I took them to picturesque Cavendish, home of Green Gables, Avonlea village, and all things Anne. My friends will tell you that while they were the tourists, I was equally (if not more) excited to walk amongst Anne’s haunted woods, sip some raspberry cordial, brush shoulders with the one and only Gilbert Blythe and just for you – exchange book recommendations with Anne herself!
So without further ado, here are a few of my favorites haunts and things to do when visiting Cavendish!
The Famous Anne of Green Gables House. Nestled amongst a picturesque forest and rolling fields is the house that inspired Green Gables. Tour the inside of the house, take a stroll on Lover’s Lane, or brave the Haunted Wood Trail — said to be where author Lucy Maud Montgomery found most of her inspiration.
Spend a Day at Avonlea. Avonlea Village is the perfect way to spend a day in 1908. From the moment you walk through the railway station, you’re sent back in time for a day you’ll never forget. Watch live interactions of Anne’s first day at school to her infamous tea party with Diana, dress up as Anne yourself, take in a lesson on the prohibition in the schoolhouse or take part in the fair! We may have gotten ourselves entered into a pie eating contest organized by Gilbert himself!
Sip A Raspberry Cordial or Two! Available all over the island, but extra special when purchased from the General Store in Avonlea or at the Butter Churn Cafe at Green Gables.
Best Place to Sit and Read. I highly suggest curling up on the lawn at Green Gables with your raspberry cordial! It’s the most magical place!
What’s Anne Reading? If you’re curious about what books Anne herself is reading, I was able to steal a moment with her at Green Gables to ask – just for you! Consider this an exclusive! She told me that she is simply in love with Tennyson’s Poetical Works, the book she was reading that day on the Green Gables lawn.
About the Author: Crystal is a lifestyle, pop-culture and book blogger over at Sunsets on Piers. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A established publicist by day and fangirl by night, she’s rarely caught without a romance novel in her Kate Spade bag, a toffee nut latte in one hand and her iphone in the other. For her latest musings, follow her on Twitter @crystalcrichard or find out what she’s reading in her Book Pile.