mahone bay getaway

Celebrate Nova Scotia Polish Heritage Month with a weekend getaway to this crown jewel of the South Shore!

Photo courtesy of  Betty Meredith

Check out the Polish Heritage Weekend Mahone Bay Getaway Package!

Umm… what?

Yep! By official proclamation, September is now Nova Scotia Polish Heritage Month, and the people of Mahone Bay are always ready for a party! Mahone Bay businesses are teaming up to give you a relaxing, Polish-themed weekend getaway (yes, you read that right), and the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Come to this crown jewel of the South Shore, renowned for its heritage homes, scenic views, and iconic three churches, and enjoy:

  • A two-night stay at Kitch’Inn Bed & Breakfast, complete with an authentic Polish breakfast special!
  • Meals from the special Polish menus available at two participating restaurants (Mateus Bistro and Rebecca’s)
  • A $75 voucher, good at either of the above-named restaurants
  • A complimentary, autographed copy of THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO, by Mahone Bay author William Kowalski (this year’s Polish Heritage Month Featured Author)

If everyone’s Irish on Saint Paddy’s Day, then you’ve got the whole month of September to get your Polish on! See you at the Kitch!

The Particulars

Stay at the Kitch’Inn.

Boasting modern amenities, exquisite large suites, luxury accommodation and mouth-watering breakfasts…you probably won’t want to leave. So don’t. The hospitality here is epic, and an autographed book will be waiting on your pillow!
From The Kitch’Inn it’s just a short walk to Main Street, with its restaurants, shops, cafes, art galleries, and more.

Experience fine Polish-inspired cuisine!

Let your taste buds celebrate Nova Scotian Polish culture! Mahone Bay is beyond lucky to have world-class chefs like Matthew Krizan of Mateus’ Bistro (winner of the Taste of Nova Scotia Award), Jessika Hepburn (The Biscuit Eater), and Rebecca (Rebecca’s). All three are creating special Polish menus available only during September!

Relax with The Big Kowalski

You heard right! Mahone Bay’s own Saltbox Brewery is teaming up with Garrison Brewers to create their own signature Polish-inspired honey-flavoured pilsener, named after Mahone Bay resident (and this year’s featured festival author) William Kowalski. Try the unique experience of drinking a Kowalski while reading Kowalski… and if you’re lucky, Kowalski himself might even drop by! (He just lives around the corner, after all.)

Meet your Eats…

The Biscuit Eater

The Biscuit Eater

Housed in a circa-1775 building, the Biscuit Eater is a Black-led business in Mik’mak’i. We are a refuge + resource for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) and Queer/2SLGBTQ+ communities. Come visit us for afternoon tea, browse our books, or fill up on comfort food!



Rebecca’s offers locally-sourced seasonal food all year long. ​ Our menu is very diverse and everything is made in house; satisfying the palates of seafood and meat lovers alike while also paying close attention to vegan, vegetarian, gluten free & common food restrictive allergies.

Mateus Bistro

Mateus Bistro

Experience the incredible flavours of local food transformed by the culinary genius of Matt Krizan, the visionary, award-winning chef/co-owner of Mateus Bistro and one of Mahone Bay’s star attractions. Winner of multiple culinary awards. You’ll be amazed!

… and Think about Drinks!

Mahone Bay is lucky enough to have its own microbrewery! The Saltbox brews delicious beer right on the premises and offers it for sale at the bar or to go. Relax in the outdoor beer garden, soak up some rays, and take in the ambience of the town. On Sunday afternoons, catch an authentic live Polish ceilidh 🙂 with master fiddler Eilidh Buchanan, her husband the all-around talented Paul Buchanan, and whoever else happens to show up! There are flautists, guitarists, drummers, banjos, and sometimes a bazouki or two. Check out the video below to get a taste of the fun you’re in for!

What else does Mahone Bay have to offer?

  • The best fish and chips on the whole dang planet at Oh My Cod!
  • The most beautiful pub in the Milky Way at the Mug and Anchor
  • The comfortable, rustic-yet-classy companionship of The Barn Coffee and Social House
  • Canadian-made skin care products, gifts, and home decor at Sprig
  • Excellent thrifting opportunities at Flipped
  • Take a tour of Oak Island with celebrity captain Tony Sampson of Salty Dog Tours, featured on the show The Curse of Oak Island
  • Endless opportunities to make new friends
  • Breathtaking scenery everywhere you look
  • Living history at the Settler’s Museum
  • Mackerel fishing off the town wharf
  • Sea kayaking
  • Bike or hike the Dynamite Trail (don’t worry, there’s no actual dynamite)
  • Lots more shops where you can find delicious things to eat, beautiful things to feather your nest with, lovely items to adorn your gorgeous self