10 Things to Do for a Self-Care Weekend in Halifax
This winter I've been longing for a ~ getaway ~ but as an entrepreneur, life is always so unpredictable that it's hard to plan something far in advance. So this past weekend, my boyfriend & I took a spontaneous little trip to Halifax for his birthday. Sure it's no Mexico City, but you don't need to go far from home to have a great adventure. If you're planning a trip to Hali soon, here's my fave spots & things to do for a self-care weekend in Halifax:
1. Stay at the Hollis Halifax.
I've stayed at all the hotels in downtown Halifax, and the Hollis is always my favourite. Mostly because they give you these amazing warm cookies when you check in, and the suites are huuuuge (literally bigger than my apartment). It's also in the perfect location, nestled between the waterfront, restaurants and shops downtown.
2. Grab lunch at enVie.
enVie is what all vegan restaurants should strive to be. This was my first time there, and before the weekend was over we went back for seconds. The atmosphere is minimal and hip (with great natural lighting to take pics of your food for instagram). The beet juice is a must try.
3. explore downtown.
Halifax has a great downtown area with lots of boutiques and coffee shops to pop into while you stroll. Start at the Boardwalk and make your way up. My favourite stops are: Urban Outfitters (don't hate me), the Black Market, and the Halifax Library. If you haven't been to the library, it's seriously worth the stop - and was even named one of the top 10 most beautiful libraries on Earth.
4. Pop into Makenew for next-level thrifting.
My friend suggested Makenew as one of her favourite boutiques and so I decided to check it out. The moment I stepped in, I was in love. It smelled amazing (like the perfect candle/essential oils blend for a #selfcaresunday) and the entire ~vibe~ was chill, modern, yet inviting. They carry local designers and a selection of curated vintage/pre-owned pieces. The aesthetic of eveything matched so well together, that I couldn't tell what was "pre-owned" and what was brand new - it was all in-season and on-trend. Probably could have bought everything in the store (be forewarned).
6. Destress with some hot tub time.
The Hollis has a pool & hot tub, but I'm sure you could also find a great spa to spend a day if you're willing to spend some money and get serious about self-care. Also very important: wear a cute suit to make you feel body positive! This one is from Nora Swimwear's new collection (coming soon!), which donates a portion of each purchase to FINCA.
7. Order apps at the Brooklyn Warehouse.
This place has a cool vibe, and their menu rotates daily which is fun if you live in the area. It's kind of low key with a unique atmosphere; perfect for grabbing apps before heading elsewhere to indulge for the main course...
8. Eat dinner at La Frasca.
Hands down, my favourite new restaurant in Halifax. I'm a sucker for great Italian food, and this was 10/10. It was super busy, and even with a reservation we ended up waiting about 20 minutes. But the linguine & scallops is to die for. Please, if you're in Halifax, do yourself a favour and go to La Frasca.
9. sleep in & have a lazy self-care sunday.
My favourite thing about the Hollis is the massive king-sized beds. Sleeping in is an absolute must on my self-care sundays, and hotel beds are the beeest for lazy mornings. Don't set an alarm. Wake up with the sun. Drink coffee in bed & watch some good 'ol cable TV.
10. Check out local events happening.
We happened to be in Halifax during the Women's March - so after watching hundreds of thousands of women marching in Washington, New York, LA, London... we wandered downtown to support everyone who had marched in Halifax. If you're getting away for a weekend, check out Narcity for more local events & cool things in Halifax, or wander around and happen upon something by accident. Don't say no to live music, or new adventures.