Nova Scotia small luxury hotel rates as top 10 in Canada

Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia counts among the winners of BedandBreakfast.com’s 11th Annual Awards for Canadian B&Bs and inns. Finalists were chosen based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews on BedandBreakfast.com from the past year, and winners were selected by an independent panel of guest judges:
Caroline Morse, senior editor for SmarterTravel
Stirling Kelso, freelance travel writer and editor
Jessica Plautz, travel editor for Mashable
Laura Motta, director of publishing for ShermansTravel
Jo Piazza, managing editor for Yahoo Travel
The list of winner can be viewed at: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/info/travelers/awards/regional-awards/top-10-canada-bbs-of-2015 Other Nova Scotia winners include Hillsdale House and the Queene Anne Inn, both in Annapolis Royal. Trout Point Lodge is located in Yarmouth County, adjacent to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area.
Both Nova Scotia and Britich Columbia scored highly in the competition in terms of the number of properties honoured. Trout Point had previously won the honour in 2012 and 2013, but that was before the professional media panel started scoring the entries.

BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 12,000 properties worldwide, representing nearly 80,000 rooms. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals.

Algonquin gets 4 diamonds

Officials with the Algonquin Resort  have announced that the hotel was awarded the Canadian Automobile Association’s (CAA) prestigious Four-diamond designation. The Algonquin is a member of Marriott’s distinguished Autograph Collection of hotels and is only the third hotel in the province to earn the designation.

Fewer than six percent of the 29,000 hotels in North America that are rated four diamonds by CAA/AAA inspectors. According to CAA, four-diamond hotels are “refined and stylish with upscale physical
attributes that reflect enhanced quality throughout. Fundamental hallmarks include extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.” CAA inspectors rate
hotels on a scale of one to five diamonds.

“The Algonquin reopened only a few months ago following an extensive, 18-month renovation,” said Denise Bradbury, Director of Sales & Marketing. “CAA diamond ranking is  recognized the world over as a reliable gauge of quality, so it is very gratifying to see everyone’s hard work pay off with such an important, international certification.”

The 233-room Algonquin Resort overlooks the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay from St. Andrews-by-the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada. Each guest room and suite was carefully renovated to reflect The Algonquin’s original Victorian style.  Modern conveniences and amenities include luxurious pillow-top mattresses, plush bathrobes, MP3 players, 32-inch flat screen televisions, in-room coffee and complimentary, in-room movies and WiFi. The 17 suites provide a separate, private seating area, and select guestrooms and suites feature a spacious balcony or patio.

Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia shortlisted for luxury hotel award

Trout Point Lodge has been shortlisted by the Luxury Travel Guide for its 2015 Luxury Hotel Awards.

Luxury Travel Guide hotel awards

Over the last 12 months Luxury Travel Guide invited and encouraged its affluent subscriber base to cast their vote on hotels who they believe have excelled. Additionally the Luxury Travel Guide’s extensive research team have put forward a selection of hotels who have excelled within their region.

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards is an international awards programme in recognition of all accommodation options from large hotel & resorts to small luxury hotels. An announcement of winners will be released shortly.

Located in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, Trout Point Lodge offers authentic Canadian wilderness experiences in a luxury setting. The Lodge has earned 5 stars from Canada Select, the accommodation rating agency, and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It has 12 guest rooms & suites, as well as a 2-bedroom cottage.

Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn Named One of Top Three in Air Canada EnRoute’s 2013 “Canada’s Best New Restaurants”

Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada, has been selected as #3 of Canada’s Best New Restaurants for 2013 by enRoute, Air Canada’s award-winning in-flight magazine.

“The Fogo Island Inn is absolutely delighted by this recognition”, says Murray McDonald, Executive Chef of the newly-opened Fogo Island Inn. “With only four months behind us, we are honoured to be in the stellar company of our urban colleagues.”

The culinary team at Fogo Island Inn – led by Chef McDonald – is devoted to the use of local ingredients. The kitchen’s motto, “to find new ways with old things”, celebrates all that can be locally foraged, fished, hunted, and grown on Fogo Island.

During this past year, enRoute sought out newly opened restaurants instrumental in advancing Canada’s culinary identity. During a month-long gastronomic odyssey, 35 restaurants were visited and judged anonymously by international food and wine writer, Andrew Braithwaite.

“This year’s search wasn’t just about what was on the plate,” explains Braithwaite. “We went looking for good people who’ve dedicated themselves to delivering memorable experiences. There’s a terrific survivalist spirit bursting out of Chef McDonald’s kitchen, where most everything is made from scratch.

From chefs to sommeliers, these are talented people we want to champion. I think readers will be intrigued by the diversity in our 2013 Top 10 list.

The Top 10 restaurants are:

  1. Bar Isabel, Toronto
  2. Shoto, Toronto
  3. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
  4. Supply and Demand, Ottawa
  5. Pidgin, Vancouver
  6. Carino Japanese Bistro, Calgary
  7. Maison Publique, Montreal
  8. Le Bouchon du Pied Bleu, Quebec City
  9. The Acorn, Vancouver
  10. Electric Mud, Toronto

“We’re very proud of the strong regional representation from coast to coast this year,” said Ilana Weitzman, the editor-in-chief of enRoute.

The Algonquin Resort Launches New Bi-Lingual Website — St. Andrews-by-the Sea Destination Prominently Featured

The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin Resort has not only re-launched the storied New Brunswick resort hotel,  but also inaugurated a brand-new web site that captures the hotel’s  multi-million dollar renovation and entry into Marriott’s exclusive Autograph Collection of hotels.

“It’s an interesting challenge to reflect the charm and old world elegance of a 19th century hotel while using 21st century technology,” said Mark Gascoigne, president Trampoline branding
of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who developed the site. “Today’s guests expect to be able to thoroughly explore a resort via its website and book a vacation, but we didn’t want technology to overshadow the hotel’s unique qualities. I think we’ve threaded that needle pretty well.”
In addition to the expected elements like descriptions and photos of every room category,  restaurant menus and direct booking capabilities, www.algonquinresort.ca enables guests to plan their stay by offering full- and multiple-day itinerary suggestions and direct links to area attractions, such as Kingsbrae Gardens, Off-Kilter Bike Tours and Fundy Tide Runners, a local whale watching operation. Guests also can book tee times at The Algonquin’s top rated golf course and enroll in Marriott Rewards.

“The Algonquin is a Canadian landmark and a vital part of the St. Andrews-by-the Sea community,” said Tim Ostrem, general manager. “We felt it was important to use our website, and the incredible reach that comes from our affiliation with Marriott and the Autograph
Collection, to market the entire destination. “St. Andrews and The Algonquin have a very symbiotic relationship, not only from the
standpoint of the guest experience, but also from a business standpoint,” Ostrem continued.

“What’s good for one is good for all, which is why we were very careful to showcase the entire town on our site.”
The site also will showcase the hotel’s Twitter feed, a regularly updated blog and curated TripAdvisor reviews. Guests will be able to post to their own Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels directly from the website and the hotel’s Facebook and Pinterest pages will be used to celebrate all things St. Andrews for further showcase the destination.

For additional information about The Algonquin Resort, please visit the website at www.algonquinresort.ca.

The Algonquin in St. Andrews, New Brunswick re-opens with an offer of luxury

Algonquin Resort guest room

A Maritime tradition in its second century of impeccable service, The Algonquin Resort is a Canadian landmark evoking the sensibilities of a distant past and offering a respite from contemporary life.

Overlooking the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay, in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick, the 234-room Tudor-style “Castle-by-the-Sea” has been welcoming guests including heads of state, royalty and vacation and business travelers since 1889.

One of the first chefs at The Algonquin Resort, in the late 1800s, was the brilliant and respected Chef George F. Braxton. The Algonquin Resort is looking to honour the culinary great and learn more about the gastronomic history of the iconic resort.

“To piece together the history of The Algonquin Resort, we’re launching the Chef George Braxton Challenge,” Says General Manager, Tim Ostrem. “We’d love to connect with the ancestors of Braxton’s culinary team and fellow staff members who served our first generation of guests.”

Braxton is believed to be the first African-American man to lead a luxury resort kitchen and publish a cookbook. His philosophy of providing uncompromising quality continues to inspire the resort to this day, so much so, that The Algonquin named their new fine dining room Braxton’s Restaurant and Bar in his honour.

As The Algonquin Resort reopens in 2014, the resort is proud to honour and pay-respect to one of the legends of their seaside resort. They’re looking forward to inviting the descendants of Braxton and his co-workers to the grand opening.

If individuals have any information on George Braxton and/or the history of the Algonquin Resort, connect with the Algonquin Resort on Facebook {link} and Twitter {link}, or e-mail information to
socialmedia@algonquinresort.com.

Cabot Links named among top 100 by Golf magazine

Being named among GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in the World is an honour that everyone involved in a golf course dreams of. We at Cabot Links are proud to be part of this list and it really speaks to the amazing work of our entire team including our visionary architect Rod Whitman, and all of our extraordinary Cabot staff. We hope this means more people come to Nova Scotia to experience the product, which we believe in so strongly.

Trout Point Lodge among world’s best hotel culinary schools

Trout Point Lodge has announced that it has placed number 5 on a list of the world’s top 10 hotel culinary schools just published by Fox News in the United States and curated by Gayot.com.

“Both globetrotting gourmets and rookie cooks should check out the world’s top 10 hotel culinary schools where everyone can take lessons while on holiday,” stated the article.

This Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, wilderness lodge was singled out as embodying cutting edge offerings for savvy tourists: “Rugged wilderness, sustainable food practices and cozy quarters that include freestanding cottages make this Atlantic Canada lodge one of our favorites.” The commentary authored by the food-oriented guide Gayot also praised Trout Point’s “innovative French Acadian cuisine.” The Lodge was the only hotel on the list representing Canada.

The online version of the article can be found at http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/11/08/top-10-hotel-culinary-schools/.
Other hotels among the top 10 include Villa Giona of Verona, Italy, and the Sazon Cooking School at Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Trout Point Lodge has earned 5 stars in the Inn category from Canada Select and is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Gayot was founded by André & Alain Gayot. André Gayot, who with his friends

Henri Gault and Christian Millau coined and promoted the term “Nouvelle Cuisine” in the early 1970s, has been directing sophisticated travelers to the world’s best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions for more than 45 years. His expertise provided a foundation for Gayot guides in the United States, beginning in 1981.

Alain Gayot, André’s son, participated in the launch of the American guide book series and began researching ways to distribute the content electronically, initially with Minitel technology in the early ’90s, later with partners of the Prodigy network, and finally on the web with AOL and other media companies.

Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia among world’s best says luxury hotel alliance

The 2014 World’s Best Hotels & Resorts Awards put on by Five Star Alliance has announced that Trout Point Lodge has been selected for both its “Top 50 World’s Best Hotels” and “World’s Best Hotel Restaurant” categories. The World’s Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Awards is an annual event since 2005. A team of luxury hotel experts selects finalists for the Awards from among more than 4400 luxury hotels worldwide. Washington, DC, based Five Star Alliance is the leading comprehensive online directory of luxury five star hotels. Five Star created the World’s Best 2014 to showcase properties that represent the best in unique experiences, class, guest feedback, and reputation. The Alliance first accepted Trout Point as a member property in 2007, but it has never previously won an award.

The Best Hotel Restaurants Award goes only to properties where “world-class restaurant is the proximity of fine-dining to luxury guestrooms,” according to the Alliance. “The World’s Best Hotel and Resort Restaurant means grand hotel dining within a luxury property. Michelin stars and top-starred Forbes Guide restaurants abound on our list of the top luxury hotel and resort restaurants.” “We’re honoured by the selection and greatly appreciate the restaurant award,” said co-owner and chef Vaughan Perret. “Everyone at the Lodge works extremely hard to provide guests with a truly exceptional dining experience, but given our wilderness location and size, we often don’t get noticed in the worldwide restaurant ratings.” Other Restaurant Award recipients include the the Michelin 3-star Meadowood Resort of California, renowned Inn at Little Washington in Virginia, the Dorchester in London, England, and the Michelin-starred AbaC Hotel & Restaurant in Barcelona, Spain. Earlier this month, Fox News named Trout Point Lodge among the world’s top 10 hotel culinary schools.

The Lodge also appears on the Five Star list of Top 50 World’s Best Hotels. Properties in this group “reflect the full array of exclusive options from the classic and iconic favorites to intimate and inviting inns to sprawling oceanfront resorts.” The 50 properties were selected using an algorithm based on the Alliance’s web site page views, bookings, feedback, and 3rd party sources, according to Five Star’s Courtney May. The Lodge was joined on the list by acclaimed luxury hotels such as the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, California, The Carlyle in New York City, and Hotel Danieli in Venice, Italy. Only three Canadian hotels were on the list, including Le Saint-Sulpice in Montreal, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, and Trout Point.

Nova Star Cruises adds new luxury cruise experience to Nova Scotia travel

The Nova Star cruise ferry

Visitors to Nova Scotia and New England will soon be able to travel on the new cruise ferry that will start service between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine in May 2014. The Province of Nova Scotia has signed an agreement with Quest Navigation, Inc. and ST Marine Ltd. to re-establish the Yarmouth-Portland ferry service. The cruise ferry service will operate under the brand name Nova Star Cruises and provide daily round-trip service within 24 hours, from May 1 to November 2 next year.

“We are excited to have reached an agreement with the province, and are looking forward to offering passengers a unique and entertaining travel experience between Yarmouth and Portland,” said Mark Amundsen, president and CEO, Quest Navigation. “Over the next few months we will continue to work full steam ahead with the province, our partners and the tourism industry to begin ferry service in May 2014.” As part of the agreement, the Province of Nova Scotia will provide Nova Star Cruises with up to CDN $21 million of financial support over seven years to assist the company with re-establishing the ferry service.

Nova Star Cruises estimates that more than 100,000 passengers will step aboard the brand new, 161-meter cruise ferry, Nova Star, in the first year of operation. Nova Star will leave Portland each evening at 8 p.m. EST and arrive in Yarmouth at 7 a.m. AST the next morning. The ship will depart two hours later and arrive back in Portland at 5 p.m. local time. “We would like to thank the Government of Nova Scotia, the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, the State of Maine, the Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership and, in particular, the people of Nova Scotia for their confidence and support in ensuring the return of this vital service. We look forward to providing a world-class cruise ferry service for generations to come,” said Steve Durrell, COO, Quest Navigation.

More details about Nova Star and the service, including fare structure, exclusive vacation packages, and other passenger and tourism operator information, will be released at informational sessions with company officials to be held in Nova Scotia and Portland over the coming weeks. To stay informed about Nova Star Cruises visit www.novastarcruises.com and sign-up to receive updates, or follow @NovaStarCruises on Twitter.