ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Literary Vacation - Anne of Green Gables

Updated on May 6, 2012

What Is A Literary Vacation?

A literary vacation is a great way to take a beloved tale and bring it to life through travel. Literary vacations can be a great grown up getaway or a fun educational experience for children.

The Book: Anne of Green Gables (1908)

By: L. M. Montgomery

The Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada

Age Group: Families with children ages 8 - 14


The Book

Anne and her literary peers which include Kate Douglas Wiggin’s Rebecca and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Mary where all written by a new generation of authoress’. Women were discovering a new sense of autonomy and fighting of rights. Women were setting down the cross stitching and making their way to the voting booths and the literature reflected this with independent, curious and spunky little girls as the main characters. Anne, with her adventurous mind and hair as vibrant as her personality as been catching the attention of readers for over one hundred years now, causing her story to be continuously in print, films to be made about her and there is even a National Park in Canada devoted to her.

One of the reasons we love to love Anne is because of the scrapes she gets herself into. We can all relate to her desire to be loved, go on an adventure and be someone else. On of the most memorable of her shenanigans is the chapter when she is fed up with red hair and buys dye when no grown up is home and tried to make her hair black only there is a terrible mix up and poor Anne ends up with head of green hair.

Children can identify with Anne’s excitement and enthrallment with the world around her and adults can be reminded not to lose that awe.


The Destination

There is no place to collect a little bit of Anne’s imagination and delight in life than at her home, Green Gables, on Prince Edward Island (PEI).

Prince Edward Island National Park is the home of Green Gables, a home that once belonged to the authors cousins and is the setting that inspired Anne’s home. The home is set up as it would have been if Anne had been a real little girl and had lived there with her adopted family of Marilla and Matthew. After you wander through the home and spot things such as the flowers in Anne’s rom or the mouse traps in the pantry head on out to the trails and pathways throughout the park.

Follow the nature trails to find locations in the book such as The Haunted Wood and Lovers Lane. As you walk in the footsteps of Anne be sure to keep an eye out of the signs that quote passages from the book, or better yet bring your copy of the book along and find the parts in the book that mention the place where you are standing.

When visiting the Park Charlottetown is the nearest town and is important to your stay as it’s the place with the beds and food but there are also a number of things right in town that will add to the Anne themed vacation. A stage version of Anne of Green Gables runs throughout the summer months and a stop at Anne’s Tea Room for scones and strawberry preserves made from the authors recipe is lovely. Throughout the area there are many shops and attractions that capitalize on the little girl the island calls their own. Some are a bit more commercial, such as Rainbow Valley, which has little to do with the book other than it’s name, it is a mini theme park of sorts with miniature gold and some rides. This might be a good option for a family with children who like a bit more action than a museum or nature trail can provide. On the other hand if your family is all about theAnne there is Avonlea, a mini village with costumed docents and period activities that you may enjoy. And of course in Silver Bush there is The Anne of Green Gables Museum which is different than the Home in the National Park because rather than walking through Anne’s home it is made up of exhibits telling about Anne’s stories, the author’s life and the history of Prince Edward Island. No matter what sort of literary vacation is right for your family from historic homes and the theater to mini golf and bike rentals Prince Edward Island and Anne can provide it for you.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Anil and Honey profile image

      Anil 

      6 years ago from Kerala

      Good language,I am glad to know literary vacation,thanks

    • inevitablesecrets profile imageAUTHOR

      inevitablesecrets 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's quite surprising just how many awesome literary vacations are out there.

    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a great idea -- a literary vacation! That surely would motivate reading in young people. I loved the Anne of Green Gables books and I would love to see PEI and this national park. Very informative hunb!

    • inevitablesecrets profile imageAUTHOR

      inevitablesecrets 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks! I'm working on a bunch of them :)

    • yoginijoy profile image

      yoginijoy 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      What a great idea! This is fabulous. I love how you get the entire family involved in reading and then make it an activity of deeper learning with travel. Wow! You should do a series of these (if you haven't already). So many families could use this idea and have fun with it. Voting up and awesome!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)