The Reno Begins!

Out with the old, in with the new. Here’s the first post — Week 1 — of our six-week long renovation journey. The Atlantica team is happy to be transforming, evolving and upgrading to serve our guests better.

We are excited to announce part of our renovation plan is getting rid of our HVAC system to make way for new energy efficient units. This keeps up with our environmental plan and commitments we have made to be more sustainable property.

In other renovation news – you can see the Commons Room and the lobby are underway! What an exciting time. Stay tuned to this blog for weekly posts, as well as additional photos and sneak peeks on our Facebook page! Thank you for all your support!

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Exciting Reno News from Atlantica Hotel Halifax

The blog has been on hiatus for Christmas and New Year’s Day — and now we’re back with an exciting announcement. Starting this Monday, January 6th, we’ll be undergoing some changes at the hotel! A major renovation, that is.

We want YOU to track the renovation progress with us, here on the blog. Check back each week for photo updates during the six week process, and watch our hotel evolve.

Here’s part of the official announcement…

Atlantica Hotel Halifax is constantly responding to feedback and industry trends to improve our guest experience.

Between January 6 and February 28, 2014, we will be carrying out necessary upgrades to four levels of our parkade.  

In order to minimize any inconvenience to our guests, the hotel will be closed during this period. We will be pleased to welcome our guests back as of March 1, 2014.  

We will also take the opportunity during the closure to renovate two additional guest room floors, our lobby and meeting space!

Off-site catering services will be available during the renovation. Meeting and banquet services are available at the Waegwoltic Club.  

For clients requiring a full service hotel experience during our closure, our sister property Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island is an excellent alternative for your meeting, conference or event. 

Atlantica Hotel Halifax is a locally owned hotel business with an excellent reputation. This renovation is just one part of our ongoing commitment to our customers. We look forward to serving you in 2014!

Check back next week for WEEK ONE photos!

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Our Fave Pinterest Christmas Crafts!

Only twelve days till Christmas. That means – it’s soon time for the kids to be out of school for the holidays. What better way to keep them busy than making Christmas crafts? I’ve rounded up a few ideas for both kids and parents to work on over this holiday season… via Pinterest, of course!

This one is super easy to do for all age levels, and if it turns out really well – frame it!

A must for new parents! Baby mistle”toes”. Adorable!

Don’t throw away those old lightbulbs! Save them for Christmas craft day! A great addition to your Christmas tree, or as a gift.

Another great use of something you otherwise might have thrown away. Use old sweaters or fabric to make these great trees!

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Canadian Black Friday?

What is Black Friday?

While historically the hugely popular shopping day of Black Friday revolved around the timing of American Thanksgiving (and still does), in recent years it has definitely made its way to Canada. Black Friday falls on the Friday following American Thanksgiving and signals the start of holiday shopping “season”.

We Canadians have, more and more, begun to participate in this tradition (but without the extreme lineups). There are plenty of opportunities to find some fantastic deals in Halifax on Black Friday weekend. Both big box and small, locally-owned shops are offering great holiday shopping deals to kick off the festive season.

Shop Local

For a truly Halifax experience, I recommend taking the time to explore neighbourhoods with great independent shops to start your Black Friday experience. Our part of town, the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District, is home to over 120 businesses. Santa will be making an appearance on Saturday November 30 and there will also be a pet parade!

The nearby Spring Garden Road Shopping District has a mix of brand name stores and local businesses, with tons of parking and great restaurants.

Check out Downtown Halifax, where many stores are offering their own unique Black Friday sales and hand-made products that you simply can’t find at the mall. If you’re a Twitter or Instagram user, you have a chance to #winwhatyouwish with the Downtown Halifax hashtag contest!

If big brand names are your thing, make plans to head to the Halifax Shopping Centre (less than 10-minute drive from our hotel) or Dartmouth Crossing for a full day of Black Friday discount shopping.

OUR FLASH SALE

Wherever your shopping adventure adventure takes you, kick off the season right with a stay-over at Atlantica Hotel Halifax. We’re offering a Black Friday flash sale of our own! Rates start at just $89 per night, click here and press “book now”, using the promotion code FLASH. Happy shopping!

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Holiday Event Roundup

Don’t let the holidays sneak up on you! It’s a mere six weeks until Christmas Day, and planning is fully underway for this festive season. Before you get caught off guard, here are some important holiday events happening in HRM that you might want to pencil in your calendar!

November 15-17 – Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council Christmas Craft Show

Hit up the Cunard Centre to do some semi-early Christmas shopping and to explore designer crafts made by some of the most talented artists in the province.

Friday November 16 & December 6 – Shopping Under the Stars

Enjoy no tax, late hours, live holiday music and carollers in the Spring Garden Road Business District on these two special dates!

Saturday November 16th – The 18th Annual Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights

Don’t miss out this weekend – the Holiday Parade of Lights is already here; always great for a night out with friends or family! Head downtown with the kids in some warm clothes and grab a thermos of hot chocolate, the parade starts at 6pm. For information on the route, click here.

Saturday November 23rd – Christmas Tree Lighting in Grand Parade

This free annual event is a sure way to get into the festive spirit. There is a free live stage show for children as well. More details can be found here.

Keep an eye out for Win What You Wish – brought to you by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. Simply take a photo of something you’d like for Christmas at any downtown business and share it via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #winwhatyouwish for the chance to win big!

New Year’s Eve in Grand Parade

It’s a Halifax tradition to watch the hosts from CTV on stage in Grand Parade on December 31st. Fantastic musical acts are always on the schedule; this year enjoy headliner David Myles! Here’s the official website.

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Halloween EMERGENCY Solved!

Emergency! It’s October 30. You have no Halloween costume yet. We’ve all been there. So, what are you going to do?

Read this blog — that’s what. Luckily for you, I’ve been researching the easiest last-minute D.I.Y. Halloween costumes out there. And I’m going to share some of the best ones I’ve found, with you. This is why we love the internet!

First, a few ideas for kids…

This Starbucks drink with whipped cream is adorable and easy to put together. Bristol board, brown or white paper to go over top. The hardest part would be recreating the logo with a green marker — or hey, just print it off and paste it on! Get some white frilly material, or take an old white sheet and make it frilly for the whipped cream part. Done.

A kiddie mime. Find a striped shirt at the Salvation Army, or maybe you already have one, add some black leggings. Most people have a simple face painting kit for Halloween or grab one at the drug store. If you want to get super adorable, add a beret.

How about a scuba diver? If you’ve already got some kids gear, or older flippers, put them to use in this very easy DIY costume. Your little diver can stay warm with the black toque, as well!

Adult ideas…

Even without the crochet bear, the lumber jack costume is awesome. You can also paint on your own beard, or perhaps you have an actual beard — even better! We’ve all got a plaid shirt, or can easily find one at the thrift store. Wear some jeans, and your sturdiest work boots — or borrow some! Just maybe don’t take a real axe to parties involving alcohol!

Ladies, grab some blue clothing, find a red bandana, and before you know it, you’re Rosie the Riveter. Of course, you have to flex your muscles a lot… and have some attitude.

The scarecrow! Great for men, women or kids. Most of these items you might already have, and if not you can get straw raffia at the dollar store. Really easy face painting job, and you’re good to go.

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We love October!

The long Thanksgiving weekend may be over, but there’s no reason to feel down. The rest of October in Halifax is looking pretty exciting! A couple of our favourite events that take place in HRM just happen to be coming up in the next two weeks! What are they? Read on to find out…

Nocturne: Art at Night

Starting at 6pm this Saturday night (October 19th), you can walk all over Halifax and Dartmouth, taking in interesting, thought-provoking art. Everything from statues to living demonstrations to live music is offered, as inspiration comes from everywhere! Nocturne is truly a special event, great for a night out with family or friends. This year there are 94 exhibits. To make things a little easier, download the Nocturne app if you have a smart phone. Or check out the online guide here.

Halifax Pop Explosion

We are proud to be the host hotel again this year for the Halifax Pop Explosion digital conference as well as the headquarters for the overall music and culture festival. Starting October 22nd and running until the 26th, check out 180 different bands performing at 20 different venues throughout Halifax. This is a not-to-be-missed event for music lovers in Atlantic Canada and beyond. If you’re in the digital industry, you might want to register for the conference that’s boasting some awesome speakers. Check it all out here.

And of course, Halloween… but more on that later!

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The Best Things about Thanksgiving

Here is Canada it’s almost time for Thanksgiving weekend — a wonderful holiday that kicks off the festive feeling, leading us into crisp mornings, cold nights, beautiful fall leaves and pumpkin everywhere.

What’s so great about Thanksgiving? Here are my top four things about this holiday…

1. Family and Friends

Spending time with family and friends, an extra day off school or work, what’s not to love? Relaxing with the people who matter most, catching up and having some laughs, is definitely one of the most enjoyable parts of Thanksgiving.

2. Decorating

Admit it, when pumpkins and gourds first come into season, you’re a little excited… right? Working with seasonal items (I like to pick them up from the farmers’ market) to create fun decor for the Thanksgiving table is all part of the festivities. Need a little extra inspiration? Check out Pinterest!

3. Counting Your Blessings

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving should be as literal as it’s name… but taking the time to really think about what you’re truly thankful for, or even sharing out loud with your friends and family, is wonderfully up-lifting. Try going around the table, or creating place cards for guests with spaces to write down what they feel thankful about.

4. Food

Whether you indulge in a classic turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, or you’ve adapted the holiday to include your own culinary traditions, sitting down to a big meal with the people you love is undeniably satisfying. And of course, pie. Who doesn’t love pie?

Thanksgiving Tip: Looking for an easy dinner with friends and family? Try our turkeys-to-go! Dinner includes: Homemade tea biscuits and butter, house salad with selection of two dressings, roasted turkey with homestyle gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, buttered seasonal vegetable and a delicious dessert.

 10lb Turkey (Serves 6)         $210.00 per package plus tax

20lb Turkey (Serves 12)       $295.00 per package plus tax

Orders should be placed a minimum of 3 days prior to date required

Call (902) 490-3331

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At the Table… with Executive Chef Luis Clavel (First Edition)

 

Are you interested in having an elevated dining experience, surrounded by others who are   also intrigued by amazing food and presentation? Whether you’re a long-time foodie or just getting into the scene, our executive chef Luis Clavel has created his once-a-month fine dining club for people like you; people who want to make the time about once a month to treat themselves to an incredible meal, and experience something new.

At the Table with Executive Chef Luis Clavel, at Seasons by Atlantica, offers just that: something new, every month. Let Luis take you on a culinary adventure, opening your mind to unique ways to view and taste food. You’ll be glad you did.

The first edition of this event is happening on September 27th. Advanced reservations are needed. Here’s what is on the menu for the first At the Table.

“Gluten Free Dining”

Beginning

Ravioli of Chicken Leg

Pork Belly in Sarsaparilla

Chicken Truffle Jus

Homemade Ricotta

58⁰C Egg

Pine Nut Basil Purée

 

Cleanser

Green Apple Explosion

Raspberry Consommé

 

Middle

A Study of Short Loin of Beef

Sous Vide Kansas Steak

Portabella Sausage with a Cheddar Center

Yam Fondant

Pan Fried Pumpernickel

Red Wine Gel

 

Finally

Chocolate Sampler

Chocolate Genoise

Double Chocolate Tablet

Hibiscus White Chocolate Ice Cream

Dulce De Leche

Vanilla Powder

Dehydrated Chocolate Mouse

Milk Chocolate Pudding

 

$65 per person (taxes and gratuity not included)

Call for reservations: (902) 490.3366

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September Event Round-Up

Here we are — September in Halifax, once again. Technically it’s still summer, but the air starts to cool, the leaves start to turn, and you can do a bunch of fall clothes shopping — I love this time of year!

There is no shortage of events happening around the city during this gorgeous month. Here’s a quick list of upcoming event highlights, to help with your planning!

Atlantic Fringe Festival – Happening right now, until September 8th

Experience something new. As their slogan goes… “Something for everyone — or not.”

Italian Weekend – September 6-8

Immerse yourself in rich Italian culture (and eat some delicious food) at this annual festival — happening in Halifax’s North End.

Atlantic Film Festival – September 12-19

Take in one of over 150 carefully selected films at this annual not-to-be-missed event! Plus – there’s industry events and awesome parties!

Port of Wines – September 25-18th – Italia Viva Vino!

If you’re a wine lover, dabbler or a beginner wanting to learn more, this is the festival to do it. Ticket includes delicious samples of food made by some of Halifax’s best chefs.

Oktoberfest - September 21st at Pavilion 20 in the Seaport Market.

Eat and drink like a German!

At the Table with Executive Chef Luis Clavel - September 27

Luis’ debut fine dining club event, featuring a four-course gluten-free menu that will blow your taste buds away! Call 490-3366 for reservations.

 

Plus so many more! Get out there and experience the city, before the cold weather hits…

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