Nocturne is such an unbelievably busy night in Halifax that we want to make sure you have everything necessary to enjoy it to it’s fullest. Starting out with a room for 2 at the luxurious Halliburton House on Morris St., you’ll have somewhere to crash at the end of your art filled evening.
What goes better with art than a nice glass (or bottle) of wine and chocolate? Well, not much really – so after you check into the Halliburton, head down to Bishop’s Cellar for a bottle of Nova Scotia’s finest wine, and pop into Sugah for their Wine Pairing Chocolate Collection. Since you’re there, stop into Rum Runners and pick up a couple of rum cakes and a “traveller” to keep you hydrated for the rest of the day. If your date isn’t a wine drinker, just stroll the Boardwalk and hit up our favourite micro-brewer Garrison for a growler or two. Need a little snack already? Go visit Peter at the Fish Shop at Pier 20 – get an order of his unbelievable fried clams, or pick up some smoked salmon to take back to your room.
If you plan on cycling around to all the Nocturne sights, be sure to head up to Cyclesmith on Quinpool for lights, reflective gear or a quick tune-up. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Trail Shop and grab a fleece – it is October after all, the evening will get chilly.
In case your closet is looking a little bare, or not up to snuff – boy do we have you covered! You’re going to get to shop at Wildflower, Biscuit & the Hunt Club – you could very well be the best dressed duo at Nocturne. Grab a new pair of kicks at Fresh Goods – you are going to do a lot of walking as you take in the 40+ Nocturne sites. In case you want to eschew the sidewalks and go rogue on your adventures around downtown, head into The Adventure Outfitters to get everything you need.
If your fingers and neck are feeling left out, pop into the Vault or Touch of Gold, I’m sure they’ve got the perfect piece to finish off your look.
Nocturne doesn’t start until 6pm, so you’ve probably still got a little time to check out some great shops downtown to pick up some new stuff for around the house – again, lots of choices – Thornbloom, Carbonstok, Frame-It & P’lovers are all pitching in to make this one incredible weekend. If you’re leaving the kids with grandma for the night, or if you’ve never really grown up yourself, be sure to check out Uncommon Kids & Woozles – once that is taken care of you’re ready to really get blown away with what we have in store for you.
But, one final detail before you start – make sure you pick up some fabulous tea for the next morning at World Tea House on Argyle St. and some coffee from Uncommon Grounds – trust me, you’ll thank us in the morning.
Now if there is one thing we don’t lack in Halifax, it’s a fantastic collection of local, chef inspired dining choices and pretty much all of them worth their salt are contributing to make your Nocturne Weekend the most extravagant dining experience you’ve ever seen. You can eat at the Slow Food loving, Windsor St. gem, Brooklyn Warehouse – the never disappointing Robie St. bastion of good taste, jane’s on the common. Or perhaps, the European inspired Saege Bistro on Spring Garden Rd. is more what you’re in the mood for. Maybe Chef Dennis at Fid has just the thing- Beer & food lover? head down to Brussels in the Granville Mall. A little lighter fare, such as the distinctive wood-fired pizza at Morris East, or sushi at Hamachi House may be more appropriate to save room for wine and chocolate. Or maybe, just maybe, you’ve got everything planned out so well that you have the time to enjoy a truly wonderful – multi-course meal at Chives Canadian Bistro or the Italian stalwart, daMaurizio.
We admit, it may be tough to eat at all of these restaurants in one 24 hour period, so you’re probably just going to have to come back next weekend. Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.
Now, it’s Sunday afternoon, and time to get back to reality – head on up to Halifax Seed, grab some fall bulbs and get to work on your backyard – winter is just around the corner.
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