Travel Deal for December 4, 2012
Don’t scratch it off your list. Like many other Canadian cities, the Nova Scotia capital is learning to embrace chillier weather, turning its streets into a festive celebration.
The Christkindlmarket in Alderney Landing features handmade crafts from local artisans while the city’s version of “The Nutcracker” has been a long-standing December tradition. Halifax has one of the nation’s most delightful tree lighting ceremonies. The TD Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting features music and fireworks.
To help take this all in, the exquisite Prince George Hotel has special winter rates and packages. The hotel’s Holiday Rates package runs through December 30, 2012 and costs $129 per night for bookings made from Thursday to Sunday.
Vacay.ca Recommends the Hydrostone Market
The historic Hydrostone neighbourhood has been dubbed the best neighbourhood in Halifax and the second-best in all of Canada, Mary Alice Downie of Vacay.ca writes in her recent article. When you’re in the Nova Scotia capital, you’ll be sure to want to wander up to this area.
Downie writes: “By 1920, the district had been rescued from the ashes by the Scottish town planner Thomas Adams. Designed as an “English-style garden suburb,” there were townhouses, and two-storey family homes, all made of the distinctive ‘Hydrostone’ — blocks of hollow concrete, with grassy boulevards and back laneways.
During previous visits to the city, I made quick trips to the neighbourhood to pick up subs and pizza, “the best in Halifax” from Salvatore’s. But I was keen to see more and finally managed to make a day of it recently, wandering about, sampling the gentle pleasures of this ‘retail theatre.'”
To Book the Hotel Deal at the Prince George Hotel: Visit the Specials page on the hotel’s website and follow the links to the reservations page. Or call 902-425-1986, or toll-free 1-800-565-1567.