I love Anne of Green Gables. I read all the Anne books as a kid and used to read all six every summer well into my 20s. Craig has read almost everything Lucy Maude Montgomery wrote and kids are starting into the books too (slowly).
One of the reasons I wanted to come to PEI was to see the places from the novels and learn more about Montgomery's inspiration.
There is quite an Anne-based tourist trap around Cavendish which we avoided for the most part. Instead we went to the historical sites. We saw the house where the author was born (didn't go in because she only lived there for a few months and there didn't appear to be much to see). Then we toured her cousin's home where LMM was married which has the Lake of Shining Waters. That place was very well done with lots of pictures, autographed first editions which were given to her cousins as gifts, her wedding dress and lots of family history.
There were even Sock blockers by the stove
The park site is set up to wander some paths that inspired places in the books like the haunted wood. Sadly some of it borders on a golf course which kills a bit of the feeling inspired by the park, but only for a few minutes. That trail also led us to the foundation of the home where Montgomery lived as a child (she was raised by her grandparents after her mother died) which is still owned by a relative who lives next door. It was all good for this fan and I really got to appreciate how Montgomery was inspired by her home. When she married (at 36) she left the Island and moved to Ontario, but always called PEI home.
With places like this I can see why
The waves were huge and the sand dunes were spectacular. We worked up an appetite by jumping in the surf. So we headed off to New Glasgow for a traditional lobster supper.
I'm amazed that I ate today. Chowder, home made rolls, salads, all you could eat mussels, a 1lb lobster and pie. I confess this is the first time I've eaten a lobster in the shell. I actually don't like the experience of busting into a thing to eat it. And I still don't (though the lobster is tasty--I blame the two years I worked at Red Lobster as an undergrad). The kids had their first lobster dinners and I'm not sure they're hooked.
Craig was in heaven though; he ate everything the kids didn't finish.