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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Pub-Crawl Like a Victorian in Halifax

This former British naval garrison is packed with lively bars serving up native Nova Scotian brews and live fiddle music.


1. Where to Stay

The Halliburton  

The clean but creaky Waverley Inn (from $119) bares no resemblance to New York’s same-named bastion of fabulousness. But the 34-room hotelóreplete with antique beds, enormous windows, print wallpaper, and baked beans on the breakfast buffet—is perfectly placed just a ten-minute stroll from the pubs and clubs in the town center.

Even closer to the action, the smartly updated Halliburton (from $124) tacks a private garden and sundecks onto three historic townhouses a block from the waterfront. Rooms are exceptionally comfortable and decorated with well-chosen antiques; request number 113 for its working fireplace and skylight.

The closest thing in Halifax to a four-star business hotel, the Prince George Hotel (from $170) is centrally located near the Citadel, a mid-nineteenth-century British naval fort. After a boozy night out, let the midday firing of the fort's guns be your wake-up call.

Published on Sep 12, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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