As Yammafitter suggested, I'm heading back home along the Sunrise Trail which is around 4 hours from Fredericton to New Glasgow. Once you hit New Glasgow, I can get you back on the Sunrise all the way to Antigonish which we call the baby Cabot Trail. It will give you an idea of what to expect.
On a good day, I can do the Cabot Trail from home and back in 8 hours (no stops other than gas). New Glasgow to the Glenora Inn is around 2.5 hours. This will give you a little idea of timeslines. I would recommend making reservation at the Glenora Inn if that is your planned stopover.
The locals usually do the Trail CCW. In that case, Baddeck would be a great place for you to spend the night. Great food and Seth would also enjoy the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. http://www.capebreto...com/AGBell.html
Keep the questions coming, you are in my playground now.
Thanks for the input. Great minds think alike as I was planning on running the Sunrise Trail exactly as you described. My main reason for stopping at Glenora Inn was it's not often you can say you slept at a distillery. Remember, we have a wannabe Irishman with us.
I also was planning on running the Cabot CCW and I know that going to Mabou doesn't make much sense but I spotted Hwy 395 crossing back over the highlands and I am intrigued.
My thought was to to stay at Glenora Inn, go north through Inverness, cross over the highlands on Hwy 395 and then run up Hwy 105 to St Anns Bay for the north turnoff for the Cabot Trail. I did a quick Google search of Baddeck and the waterfront views would make it nicer than Glenora so now I am somewhat torn.
Anyone have a favorite? (I'm still leaning in favour of Glenora Inn)