The Train Station Inn is a gem on the north shore of Nova Scotia. Everything about the train station, it’s history, the owner and the people who work there is authentic to its core; heart warming hospitality that cannot be rivalled and an experience that will not soon be forgotten.
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The Train Station Inn is located in the town of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. A quaint town famously known as the hometown of the late Ron Joyce, but known to me as the hometown of two friends, Julie and Jennifer. If it hadn’t been for Julie being excited to show me her hometown I likely would have never driven the Sunrise Trail and found the Train Station Inn.
The location of Tatamagouche itself is ideal for a weekend getaway from many larger centres. It was a 3.5 hour drive for us from Bathurst, NB while it would be a mere 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Halifax, NS or 1.5 hours from Moncton, NB.
Who would have thought that you and your family could leave the city, drive for under two hours and have a completely unique experience sleeping overnight in a caboose?
Train Station Inn
If I begin talking about the history and the nostalgia of this place you may never finish reading the post and start to think that this may have been written by Sheldon Cooper (from Big Bang Theory) or another train buff. The story of the inn and much of its history is on the website but my favourite part of the story is that the Train Station Inn exists because of a boy’s love for Trains and for his community. That alone makes this place something special and gives it a sense of home that most accommodations simply cannot offer.
There are 9 cabooses and boxcars available to rent that are all a “cabin” style more than a “room” style. Each has its own entrance, bathroom and has more of a cabin feel than a hotel room feel. The prices per night range from $129.50 to $189.50 depending on which caboose or boxcar you choose.
A little further down the track there is the dining car and lounge car. If you are passing through Tatamagouche and do not have the opportunity to spend the night, be sure to dine here!
Everything about our caboose was quaint, nostalgic and overall what you would expect if you were sleeping in an old school rail car. That said, ff you are expecting a modern hotel accommodation, this is not it.
The beauty of this unique accommodation experience is exactly that, it’s uniqueness. It is not a cookie cutter room you could find anywhere. The caboose, the experience and the feeling are unique to the Train Station Inn.
We stayed in Caboose #4; here is a little look on the inside:
Railway Dining Car
Having dinner in the Railway Dining Car was arguably the best decision we made while visiting Tatamagouche. The food was absolutely delicious! The Mr and I shared the mussels as an appetizer at the suggestion of our server. They did not disappoint! The mussels had a sauce on them that had a hint of basil and just enough pepper to add a flavour that I have never tasted on mussels before. For our main we both ordered the special, which was Haddock stuffed with lobster covered with a lemon cream sauce. I am not sure how to describe the meal other than to say Chef Alec cooked everything to perfection. We will be going back to the dining car on our drives to and from Cape Breton without a doubt!
Little Dude ordered from the Jr. Conductor menu and enjoyed the pasta with garlic bread. In fact he LOVED the garlic bread and even stole my piece that came with the mussels. The staff was patient and kind to us with the kids… overall, a great dining experience.
What to do in Tatamagouche
When we decided to go to Tatamagouche for a weekend I did as many of us do and I asked for recommendations on Facebook. You all did not disappoint and recommended some things that I would not have considered doing if it wasn’t for you.
The Tatamagouche Road Train was Little Dude’s favourite activity by far. I have to admit I thought it was pretty neat also. The road train runs from Foodland (on Main Street) and is paid for with a donation.
Staying at the Train Station Inn was a truly unique experience and one Little Dude will be talking about for quite some time, I’m sure! I love finding places like this and having the opportunity to share them with all of you. We are so blessed to have so many beautiful landscapes and amazing things to experience in Atlantic Canada.
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