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Get to know us...the MacDonalds


In the strictest definition according to Prince Edward Islanders, Jay and Carol Macdonald belong to the "come from away" category, which includes all those poor unfortunates who were not born in PEI. But with a name like Macdonald and very legitimate Island roots, it did not take the couple long to get involved in the local business community. "We chose to move to PEI, thinking it was a perfect place to raise a family," says Jay. "My grandparents were born on the Island, and my family came here on summer vacations, so moving here from New York State seemed natural enough."

In 1986 a large home they had often admired went on the market, and the Macdonalds soon found themselves hosts of a heritage bed & breakfast. While they had experience running cottages on PEI's North Shore, the concept of antique-filled rooms was still quite novel in Charlottetown in the 1980s. Their instincts on quality accommodations and first-class customer service proved to be timely and the five-star Elmwood Heritage Inn is now a thriving year-round operation.

The Inn, designed by PEI architect William Harris in 1889, was once the home of a premier of the province. Now seven rooms are available, some with fireplace, claw foot bath or whirlpool tub. "We had become very accustomed to meeting and greeting visitors while running the cottages," says Carol. "Many visitors come back year after year and it's always a treat to see them return."

Carol & Jay's Tips!

We do lots of travel planning for our visitors and we always suggest a walk to the dunes at Greenwich, PEI National Park. We also recommend touring our Scenic Heritage Roads, which are especially beautiful in fall.

French Toast Suzette

1/2 cup blend cream
8-10 eggs
  rind of one orange, grated finely
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Dip thick-cut slices of day-old French or sourdough bread in mixture until well coated and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Grill both sides until golden browned.