Lunenburg, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is a must-stop-and-see on any trip to Nova Scotia. It is a charming, walkable town. The town has many sights to see, from the colourful historic homes and buildings to the magnificent 19th-century churches to the tall ships, including the famous Bluenose II, docked along the waterfront. And not to forget the culinary, Lunenburg has many great accommodation options. Scroll down for a list of our recommended Lunenburg accommodations, including hotels, inns and B&Bs.
You might want to consider staying near Mahone Bay instead of Lunenburg! While we love both towns, Mahone Bay tends to be a bit warmer and less foggy than its neighbour. Lunenburg tends to get very crowded during the summer months, and parking can be a real headache. We've found that Mahone Bay tends to be a bit cooler and offers a more laid-back vibe that our guests love. Plus, staying near Mahone Bay means you're just a short drive away from exploring all three delightful seaside towns of Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Chester.
Make sure you also check out our recommended Lunenburg restaurants.
Alicion Bed & Breakfast is situated on a large corner of the New Town of Lunenburg, a 10-minute walk from the Lunenburg Heritage District. The mansion was built in 1911 and was a family home.
Alicion Bed and Breakfast offers bright, spacious, well-appointed rooms and contemporary comfort. The rooms have king-size beds, traditional-style furniture, modern amenities like bathrobes, in-room tea and coffee, and smart TVs with cable. Guests can relax on the wrap-around veranda or practice their short game on their putting green. Alicion Bed & Breakfast is not children-friendly and is only open seasonally.
Alicion Bed & Breakfast is the best accommodation for you if you like staying at a more upscale bed & breakfast in a more quiet location in walking distance from the Old Town of Lunenburg and don't travel with children.
66 McDonald St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia - (902) 634-9358
Smugglers Cove Inn is one of Lunenburg's biggest hotels. The historic inn is situated in the heart of town, two blocks from the harbour. They have a variety of modern accommodations and contemporary amenities, some with a view. They offer four room categories with different room types in each (Queen, King, 2 Double). Smugglers Cove Inn offers their guests limited, come, first-serve parking.
Smugglers Cove Inn is open year-round and does accommodate children. There is an elevator for easy access to the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Smugglers cove Inn & Suites is the best place to stay if you like staying in the hustle and bustle of everything right in the Old Town of Lunenburg in a hotel-style accommodation.
139 Montague St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia -(902) 634-7500
River Ridge Lodge is a short 20-minute drive from Lunenburg and is highly rated on TripAdvisor and Google. The lodge is situated on a large pastoral property surrounded by nature. The accommodations are spacious, bright and well-appointed; two guest rooms have king-size beds, and one is a 2-bedroom family suite. The owners live in a separate part of the house with a separate entrance and offer their guests privacy yet attentive service. Breakfast is optional, customized and easily accommodates gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan diets. The owners are very friendly and personable and love helping plan your trip to make your stay memorable. River Ridge Lodge is family-friendly and open year-round.
River Ridge Lodge is the best place to stay if you love nature and a quiet and peaceful stay with privacy in luxurious accommodations with attentive service. It's also the best choice when travelling with children. The central location on the South Shore makes it easy to visit Lunenburg and Mahone Bay.
28 Silver Point Rd, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia - (902) 531-2284
Pelham House Bed & Breakfast is located in a former captain's house dating back to 1886. They have four traditional-style rooms with antiques, including two queen rooms, a family suite that sleeps four, and one ground-floor room. All guest rooms have private ensuite bathrooms. Pelham House Bed & Breakfast has free parking in close proximity to the Old Town.
Pelham House Bed & Breakfast is highly rated on TripAdvisor and is only open seasonally and they don't accommodate children under the age of 12.
224 Pelham St., Lunenburg, Nova scotia - (902) 634-7113
Kaulbach House Bed & Breakfast is located in a registered heritage property in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage town and only a short walk from the harbour. They offer a mix of classic old Victorian-style rooms with high ceilings and modern amenities. The B&B has modern bathrooms. The accommodations provide views of the harbour and private onsite parking. Breakfast is healthy with fresh fruit, cereals, yogurt and a cooked dish.
Kaulbach House Bed & Breakfast is highly rated on TripAdvisor and is yonly open seasonally; they do not accommodate children under age 4.
75 Pelham St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia - (902) 634-8818
Mariner King Inn closed permanently in 2023.
The inn is located in the centre of the Lunenburg Historic District in a historic building dating back to 1830. The Inn has three rooms and two suites in the original building and six suites and three rooms with a more contemporary mariner theme in two other buildings. All rooms have either queen- or king-size beds and ensuite bathrooms. They offer breakfast, a business center, a parlour, a winter garden, and laundry facilities.
Mariner King Inn is rated highly on TripAdvisor and is only open seasonally. They do accommodate children.
Mariner King Inn is the place to stay if you would like to stay in an upscale inn in the centre of the Historic District.
15 King St., Lunenburg, Nova Scotia - (902) 634-8509
Bed and Breakfast (often abbreviated as B&B or BnB) is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast. Traditionally bed and breakfasts are large private family homes with a limited number of guest rooms, usually between 4-11. Usually, the hosts live in the same house. Unlike hotels, B&Bs are usually operated by the owners, but they can also have a small staff.
Usually, a Bed and Breakfast offers a quite different type of experience than most hotels, motels or inns. Bed and Breakfasts provide hospitality services on a more personal level. A smaller number of guests usually allows B&B hosts to connect with their guests more personally. Though Bed and Breakfasts retain the guests' privacy, hosts often develop a closer relationship with their guests. Most Bed and Breakfasts aim to make guests feel at home during their stay. Another difference is that each room at a Bed and Breakfast is unique. Hotel rooms generally have similar layouts and multiple versions of the same room type. Most hotels typically offer breakfast, but at Bed and Breakfasts, it is usually homemade.
The Property – The 10-acre property with rolling hills and views of the river is unique and picturesque. The property offers many amenities and is a perfect spot for guests that love nature and the outdoors.
Privacy - The owners of River Ridge Lodge live in a separate part of the house with a separate entrance and staircase. The owners profoundly respect their guests' privacy and don't provide daily room service. However, they don't want guests to hesitate to ask for anything reasonable.
Breakfast - Breakfast is optional and customized. The owners understand that some guests prefer not to be on a schedule, don't usually eat breakfast, are visiting friends or family, and would like to enjoy their breakfast with them.
Family-friendly - River Ridge Lodge has a 2-bedroom family suite and loves children.
Complimentary Bikes & Snowshoes - River Ridge Lodge offers both complimentary bike and snowshoe rentals for their guests' use.
Attentive & Friendly Service – The owners of River Ridge Lodge are happy to make recommendations and reservations for activities and places to eat and drink. Frauke is an enthusiastic concierge, and self-proclaimed ambassador for Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and the Nova Scotia South Shore and gladly helps with trip itinerary planning.
Pets - The owners have a Newfoundland dog and a colour-matching Tuxedo cat on the property. Many guests ask to meet the pets, but if you are allergic or afraid of pets, let them know, and they'll ensure that you won't have to meet them. The pets are only on the owner's premises and not in the B&B part of the house. River Ridge Lodge cannot accommodate guests' pets due to some guests having allergies or fear of dogs or cats.
The climate of Lunenburg is moderate; the winters are slightly milder, and the summers slightly cooler than most areas at latitudes. Spring conditions arrive late in the season, often not until mid-May due to the cooler ocean temperatures. The summers are comfortable but are getting more hot and humid; the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy. Temperatures typically vary from -7 °C to 23 °C, and it’s rarely below -15 °C or above 28 °C.
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