A small city with great history, sights, food, and fun. I totally fell in love with Halifax as soon as we flew in on the airplane. Located on the eastern coast of Nova Scotia, Halifax’s natural harbor looks right out on the blue Atlantic. A little breezy at times, but an absolutely beautiful place to spend a few days before the start of our provincial road trip!
We checked in at the Waverley Inn, a beautiful 19th-century Victorian mansion-turned-B&B in downtown Halifax. The furnishings were quite fancy – mostly antiques. The Waverley has been a mainstay in the Halifax scene for over 100 years, and Oscar Wilde even stayed there when he visited Nova Scotia…
Halifax’s Public Gardens had just opened, and since the season is later there, the spring flowers were just coming in – daffodils, tulips, budding trees! It was great to relive spring all over again (with an added dose of allergy medicine, that is).
Our walking tour of the city continued to the National Historic Site of Citadel Hill:
Next come the three Fs – all very important, and well-represented in Halifax:
I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Halifax’s happening food scene. There was an abundance of quality eateries in the city – so many offering organic and vegetarian options. This particular meal was our lunchtime stop at Sweet Basil Bistro. Kris started his long seafood tour of the province here with a seafood chowder, and I warmed up with an amazing Cream of Chestnut soup (intriguing, eh? I have to figure out how to make it!) Served up with a little side salad and some freshly baked bread. Other foodie highlights include Jane’s on the Common for brunch, The Wooden Monkey for local veggie cuisine, and The Bitter End for a nice drink with dinner.
It was an honest-to-goodness coincidence that this great yarn shop was located so close to our hotel. I swear. The Loop of Halifax is a cafe/yarn shop with a lovely selection of commercial staples, and several local(ish) yarns as well. I contacted Mimi, the co-owner a few months back through Ravelry, and it was very nice to meet her in person. (Too bad I missed Cathy and Bill - next time?) That is Mimi and me in the third picture. I am holding a very adorable needle felted puffin doll. Mimi gave us some amazing tips about hiking trails, restaurants, shops to visit… we used her suggestions throughout the whole trip! Great to meet you, Mimi!
I got to meet Megan (and her adorable shoes)! and it was a mighty fine pleasure. I had stumbled across Megan’s photos on Flickr and had also visited her blog, but it was on Ravelry where I really got to know her! We had arranged the meetup before I left the States, and it just so happened that we also got to meet her very cool “other half”, Brent. Brent and Kris talked hours of photography and hockey, while Megan and I caught up. We got dinner at the Economy Shoe Shop, and then headed down to a bar for a little hockey action (this was before my Penguins lost the Stanley Cup series… Game 2). Despite the loss, we had an amazing time with M and B. There is a chance that they will be coming our way sometime soon, and we hope to show them a good time in DC SO great to meet you both!
Oh, Halifax, I miss you already…
Next stop on the NOVA SCOTIA road trip: Camping, lighthouses, and national parks on the South Shore! Stay tuned