“FROM THE SEA, WEALTH.” The motto says a lot about Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, a Canadian province almost surrounded by the Atlantic. Though visitors and locals gravitate to the waterfront, a good introduction to the city is the hilltop Citadel, a 244-year-old fortress with a panoramic view of the city and its strategic harbor.
A short walk from the Citadel, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic exhibits the city’s history as a pirate hangout, commercial port and base for warships. Artifacts from the 1912 sinking of the Titanic offer a grim reminder of the city’s role in recovering the dead, 121 of whom are buried locally in Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Another exhibit recounts the Halifax Explosion of 1917, when a ship collision set off the world’s largest accidental manmade explosion, killing 2,000 residents and injuring 9,000.
Near the museum lies the waterfront, where the Royal Canadian Navy’s Atlantic Fleet bases its operations, but most harbor traffic comprises yachts, sailboats, tour boats and cruise ships. A boardwalk connects almost three miles of shops, galleries, bars, restaurants, museums and tour offices. Benches and hammocks offer vantage points for enjoying the ever-changing view. Get even closer to the action with themed cruises (wine, craft beer, history, nature). Among the harborside eateries enjoy local favorites such as The Bicycle Thief (Italian), Salty’s (seafood) and the Stubborn Goat Gastropub (tapas, comfort food).
At the waterfront’s southern end explore Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, where more than 250 vendors ply their wares in a restored, LEED Gold-certified warehouse with a rooftop patio and garden. Nearby, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 commemorates the site where a million people entered the country. The Westin Nova Scotia, the grande dame of Halifax hotels, overlooks the Seaport. Built in 1930 and a frequent host to royals and celebrities, it has gone green with aggressive energy saving, recycling and composting initiatives.
The hotel keeps in step with Halifax in realizing its wealth does come from the sea. Accordingly, Haligonians embrace Canada’s plans to ban single-use plastics by 2021 and to retrieve “ghost fishing gear” — lost tackle, lines and traps that harm marine life.
The Airline Passenger Experience Association and SimpliFlying recognized United Airlines for providing a hospital-grade standard of cleanliness and safety during travel. Among the four largest U.S. carriers, United is the first to receive Diamond Certification, the highest in the new APEX Health Safety audit powered by SimpiliFlying.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
A couple of my friends and I decided to rent a house in the Camelback Mountain area of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains for New Year’s Eve. To find the perfect place, we used Vrbo.com; there were a bunch of properties to choose from, but, in the end, we decided to rent a place in The Village at Camelback.
The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways partnered to launch the IATA Travel Pass for passengers on the Gulf carrier. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that helps passengers manage travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. It will be initially offered on select Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi in early 2021, with plans to extend the offer if successful.
Are you looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own refined adventure of a lifetime. You can custom order your new Volvo, tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection recently debuted a complete redesign, now standing as a luxurious, modern mountain resort in Telluride, Colorado. At 10,540 feet, the ski-in/ski-out retreat boasts new social spaces, a refreshed lobby, a new boutique, a collection of new guest experiences and amenities, and wellness offerings. Additionally, Madeline features a collaboration with Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who helped create the hotel’s Recovery Ski Lounge.