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10 Small Stays & Getaways Around the Halifax Region

Looking for a weekend getaway near Halifax? Whether you’re seeking action and adventure or rest and relaxation, this list of local inns, charming B&Bs, cute cottages, and seaside motels around the Halifax region is the perfect way to start planning your small-stay getaway.

1. The Halliburton Hotel
2. Compass Distillers Tower
3. Brewery Park Hotel
4. Lawrencetown Lodge
5. The Marmalade Motel
6. Ocean Bay View
7. Oceanstone Resort
8. Star of the Sea B&B
9. Larinda’s Landing
10. By the Bay Bed & Breakfast

1. The Halliburton Hotel

Downtown Halifax

Situated in the heart of downtown Halifax is the historic Halliburton Hotel. Previously serving as the home of Sir Brenton Halliburton, the first Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and later Dalhousie University’s prestigious law school, this boutique hotel provides a one-of-a-kind, authentic Haligonian experience.

The Halliburton Hotel suggests that smaller can be better – they may be onto something. With only 29 guest rooms, rest assured you’ll be in for an intimate experience. Bask under the sun in the private garden or enjoy a handcrafted cocktail in Sir Brenton’s library – whatever suits you, you’re bound to find a calming escape from the bustling downtown.

One of the highlights of The Halliburton experience is Stories, a casual fine dining restaurant and gastronomical retreat for those serious about food. Expect to find a dynamic mix of organic seafood and game plates that will wow your palette.

2. Compass Distillers Tower

North End Halifax

Stay above an award-winning craft distillery at The Tower!

Located above Compass Distillers, Halifax’s first and only grain-to-bottle distillery, this two-bedroom condo is a North End hidden gem. Offering two queen-sized beds and a murphy bed, the condo comfortably sleeps 6. Take in the harbour views while soaking up the sun on the rooftop deck, equipped with a barbeque for all your grilling needs.

Not in the mood to cook? No problem – you’ll be steps from some of Halifax’s best restaurants, bars, breweries, and a cidery. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the shopping scene, as the North End is home to some of Halifax’s favourite boutiques.

Perhaps the best feature of this condo is the distillery below. Head downstairs for a tour, tasting, or handcrafted cocktails. A stay in The Tower will certainly be an unforgettable one.

3. Brewery Park Hotel

North End Halifax

Nestled in the heart of Halifax’s North End is the trendy Brewery Park Hotel. Choose to stay in one of eight stunning studio suites, each with its own personality. If you like the idea of contactless service, this is the hotel for you – you’ll be provided with a unique access code to your suite 24 hours prior to your arrival so you can skip the front desk check-in.

Here, you can enjoy the convenience of having a kitchen in your suite, but we suggest you check out the North End’s food scene – you’ll be steps away from a handful of some of Halifax’s favourite restaurants. If you’re needing that caffeine fix, you can just head downstairs to Sidekick Café where you’ll find a variety of coffees and teas, as well as a wide selection of fresh baked goods and meals.

4. Lawrencetown Lodge

West Porter’s Lake, Eastern Shore

Retreat to the great outdoors with a getaway at Lawrencetown Lodge.

If you’re looking for a tranquil escape from the busy everyday life, this is the ticket. Stay in one of three tiny cottages sheltered in a wooded area, just minutes from Lawrencetown Beach. These cozy cottages are fully equipped with all your basic needs, including a kitchen, bathroom, and living and dining area, designed to encompass a back country rural feel while providing all the modern touches.

The best part about these cottages? You’ll have your own outdoor space that features a barbecue, a fire pit, and an off-the-grid wood-fired cedar barrel hot tub nestled within the trees. Pets are also welcome here, so your furry friend won’t miss out on the fun.

From café hopping to surf lessons, there are tons of activities nearby the lodge to fill your day with fun. When the day is over, pull up a chair by the fire or soak in the hot tub, listen to the serene sounds of nature, and gaze at the dazzling stars above.

5. The Marmalade Motel

Port Dufferin, Eastern Shore

The Marmalade Motel has one goal in mind: creating a high-quality, memorable stay that doesn’t come with a 5-star price tag.

Stay seaside in style at this charming 8-room pet-friendly motel, situated on the shores of Port Dufferin. All rooms are individually decorated with a modern boho vibe and include a private balcony with westward facing ocean views, perfect for catching afternoon rays or watching the sunset. 

Whether you decide to spend your time basking on the sun deck, soaking in the hot tub, or strolling the rocky beach, you’ll find lots of ways to relax and recharge. There are also lots of great local attractions and activities, including boat tours, seaside hiking, beachcombing, dining, and so much more.

One of the best features of the Marmalade Motel is the selection of grazing boxes. From breakfast to midnight snacks, charcuterie, and so much more, choose from a selection of fresh, made-to-order food boxes to satisfy all your sweet and savoury cravings. You can even order picnic boxes to take with you while exploring the area.

6. Ocean Bay View

Musquodoboit, Eastern Shore

If you’re looking to book a stay for a larger group, Ocean Bay View is the perfect option. This beachfront luxury guesthouse has all the bells and whistles to make your stay one for the books.

Step into this scenic waterfront home to experience coastal charm at its finest – featuring five bedrooms and six bathrooms, this spacious home accommodates 10 people comfortably and includes a full-size kitchen including a barbecue, entertainment spaces, and tons of kid-friendly amenities to make your stay easy and stress-free. Perhaps one of the best parts about this guesthouse is the luxurious steam room and sauna – you won’t even have to leave the house to enjoy a relaxing spa experience.

Situated on the calm Petpeswick Inlet, this guesthouse is the perfect place for swimming and exploring the waters with kayaks, boards, or the rowing boat you’ll have access to. Just 10 minutes away is Martinique Beach, the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia. If you’re feeling up for adventure, go for a scenic hike around the area or catch some waves with a surf lesson.

When the day is done, decompress from your adventures with a soak in the hot tub under the stars – the Eastern Shore offers some of the best stargazing around Nova Scotia, so you’ll be in for a good show.

7. Oceanstone Resort

Indian Harbour, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

Connect with nature and escape to Oceanstone Resort for a rejuvenating retreat.

Whether you’re visiting for a romantic getaway or for some quality time with the whole family, this seaside resort offers private cottages, guestrooms, and suites suited to all needs. All cottages include a fully equipped kitchen and barbecue, perfect for cooking your favourite meals away from home. If you’d prefer to cook without the labour of prepping, you can order locally sourced barbecue kits or gourmet meals to heat and serve from the main lodge. No desire to cook? No problem! Indulge in local fare from Rhubarb Restaurant, a cozy onsite eatery overlooking the ocean.

Oceanstone offers something different for everyone with curated packages and getaway specials. Choose the Hygge Package for a cozy stay with someone special, the Hiking package for a picnic lunch and a post-hike relaxation kit, or the Storm Watch Package for charcuterie and drinks to settle into with some wild weather.

If you’re looking to explore the area, there’s lots to see and do for all types of interests. Take a day to hike the Coastal Heritage Trail, visit the iconic lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, explore the waters with a boat tour, or even try scuba diving! If you want to experience all things local, you’ll be nearby local galleries, quirky boutiques, and great food. When you’re done for the day, elevate your experience with a session at the hydrothermal spa for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, coming this summer.

8. Star of the Sea B&B

Fergusons Cove, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

Feel far from the city without having to travel far at Star of the Sea.

Located just outside of Halifax, this charming getaway is the perfect place for a quiet stay. This restored church built in 1846 has two spacious rooms to stay in with stunning ocean views. You can expect all the luxury finishes here while enjoying the quaint atmosphere.  If you plan on cooking, the Northwest Arm Suite includes a kitchenette, but in-room breakfast can be requested.

This place is the embodiment of tranquility; enjoy spectacular harbour views of cruise ships, sail boats, submarines, lobster fishing boats, whales, and large cargo ships go by while you relax on the sun deck or soak in the heated pool overlooking the ocean. If you’re looking to explore the area, go for a hike at York Redoubt National Historic Site situated high on a bluff with stunning views of the entrance to the Halifax Harbour and only steps away from Star of the Sea.

When you’re done for the day, throw on your robe and head out to your deck to enjoy the sunset and surrounding nature – you’ll never want to leave this private seaside oasis.

9. Larinda’s Landing

Boutilier’s Point, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

Just 35 minutes away from downtown Halifax is Larinda’s Landing, a beachfront getaway with eight charming cottages. With one to three bedrooms per cottage, this is the perfect place to escape from the city with your friends or family. Each cottage includes a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious deck complete with a barbecue. You’ll have access to firepits and a private beach with calm water, perfect for swimming and soaking up the sun. The property is dog friendly, so you won’t have to worry about your furry friend missing out on the fun.

Situated on the famous Lighthouse Route, Larinda’s Landing is the perfect place for those seeking adventure. Take a drive and explore coastal towns, beaches, and tons of local restaurants, including the iconic Shore Club, known for their lobster suppers, just 15 minutes away.

10. By the Bay Bed & Breakfast

Glen Margaret, Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region

By the Bay is ideally situated for the tourist, the ‘honeymooner’, the adventurer and the artist alike.

Just minutes from Peggy’s Cove, this bed & breakfast offers three large rooms, including one that is fully accessible for wheelchairs. Step inside and find the walls decorated with stunning local artwork, ocean views, and sunlit nooks to cozy up in. This place is known for their amazing breakfast, which is included in your stay – you can expect to wake up to the smell of fresh bread baking and other treats being offered on their rotating menu.

If you feel like staying in for the day, relax on the verandah or a hammock with a good read. You’ll be located on Long Cove, so the calm water is perfect for swimming or exploring the nearby sheltered coves and open bays in a kayak.

Looking to explore the area? Set out for the day and discover tons of local shops, galleries, and restaurants suited to all preferences. If you’re interested in doing a tour, there are lots nearby that will show you the highlights and hidden gems of the surrounding area.

Featured photo: The Marmalade Motel | @daveyandsky

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