Maritime History and Tradition Live On at The Algonquin Resort St. Andrews by-the-Sea, Autograph Collection

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Built in 1889 within the lovely city of St. Andrews by-the-Sea in New Brunswick, Canada, the Tudor Revival-style The Algonquin resort shortly grew to become an architectural icon and a bastion of coastal luxurious for well-heeled vacationers. Now a part of Marriott’s acclaimed Autograph Collection in addition to its groundbreaking Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, the storied resort goals to “envelop guests in the mystique of a bygone era and offer a respite from contemporary life.” The stately 233-room construction overlooking picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay, a real fortress by the ocean, reopened in March 2014 following a painstaking $50 million renovation that restored it to its former glory. It additionally boasts a 7,000-yard, par 72 golf course with a follow facility designed by Rod Whitman, and is a 2021 Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award winner.

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Not removed from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s summer time retreat on Campobello Island, over the many years The Algonquin has performed host to FDR and fellow presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson, in addition to HRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and extra modern stars like Diana Ross, in addition to nearly each Prime Minister of Canada ever elected. As a part of the landmark renovation, the visitor rooms and suites have been enhanced but proceed to mirror The Algonquin’s authentic Victorian fashion and class—and its distinctive quirks. While most fashionable resorts have lower than 10 room varieties, as a result of it was in-built levels, the Algonquin has 117 completely different room sizes and configurations, making every keep actually distinctive. 

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While the extensive porch has lengthy been the favored spot for a drink or a chunk, be it afternoon tea or one thing stronger, the property can also be well-known for its outside hearth pits, the place s’mores are de rigeur. The property is canine pleasant and even has a home hound giving each visitor a welcoming wag of the tail. The doormen nonetheless put on the normal kilt and tartan tie in a nod to the area’s Scottish heritage. The Algonquin additionally has each indoor and outside swimming pools and a spa in addition to a health heart in one of many newer additions. Dining choices embrace the Smokehouse BBQ & Bar at the just lately renovated golf course, the Passamaquoddy Veranda, and the Right Whale Pub, in addition to Braxton’s, one other nod to the Algonquin’s historical past.

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It’s named after G.F. Braxton, one of many first cooks at the Algonquin within the late 1800s who grew to become famend for the excellence of his delicacies, a convention of stylish but easygoing high quality eating carried on to this present day. The seasonal menu carries on with a dedication to recent components and an emphasis on locally-sourced merchandise. Menu standouts embrace an Atlantic lobster roll on a standard sliced bun with lettuce, mayo, dill, citrus and crimson vein sorrel; Bay of Fundy halibut with lobster risotto, swiss chard, chimichurri and fried leeks; and a 40-oz. Tomahawk steak for 2 with mashed potato, chimichurri, vine-ripened cherry tomatoes and a alternative of aspect dish together with asparagus, inexperienced beans and mushrooms. Of course there’s a fastidiously curated wine, beer and cocktail listing to go with each dish. 

We spoke to the resort’s General Manager, Nicolas Messian, concerning the storied property and how it isn’t solely adapting to the challenges of the present journey state of affairs, however thriving because it celebrates its a hundred and thirtieth anniversary and appears ahead to the following century.

When did the property change into a part of the Autograph Collection and how has being a part of Marriott Bonvoy improved issues? 

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The Algonquin grew to become the primary Autograph Collection Hotel in Canada in 2014 and true to the essence of the Collection, it’s a property which is precisely like nothing else. The Autograph Collection is a pure match for The Algonquin Resort. And Marriott Bonvoy provides the resort visibility and entry to well-traveled friends who share an appreciation for the best hospitality. 

How has the resort advanced through the years but maintained its robust traditions? 

The Algonquin Resort is a historic resort in-built 1889. In spite of adapting to immediately and know-how, the resort has maintained historic hospitality at its roots. To some extent The Algonquin Resort might be truly known as Historically Chic. This is a generations resort—now we have had 4 generations of a household coming and celebrating their particular moments and events with us. Our friends have so much to discover; there’s a sense of place on this protected city and it’s straight out of a storybook. The friends can actually benefit from the maritime hospitality and way of life. There isn’t any rush, you may decelerate soak up the environment and actually calm down and unwind.

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 Have American vacationers began to return? 

They completely have. We have been humbled by the belief and assist that our worldwide friends have proven us ever because the border reopened. We have missed one another for 19 months now and we’re glad that The Algonquin might be part of their trip plans and recollections once more. In addition to households and couple retreats, the golf course is a giant draw for our worldwide vacationers as properly. To have entry to an acclaimed course, ranked among the many Top Public Golf Courses in Canada, is an expertise that they wish to not miss as properly. 

Are there any plans for additional enhancements going ahead? 

We are embarking on a journey from Good to Great. We have been a part of individuals’s lives for over 130 years now and evolution and change is fixed. We are engaged on product enchancment, incorporating service enchancment, elevating the benchmarks for ourself and taking daring choices however nonetheless retaining the very essence of conventional hospitality at its very core. It is and might be all about creating experiences for our valued clients. 

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