Allie & Sam’s Cottage Staycation

I have been dreaming about visiting Oceanstone Resort for such a long time. If you have read my 2018 Travel Bucket list post it was actually included. I am so excited to announce that I have checked off something from that list already! I have been ogling peoples photos of Oceanstone’s on social media for so long, and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. Oceanstone is a seaside resort located just minutes away from Peggy’s Cove and about 40 minutes from our home in Halifax. It is one of the top wedding locations in Nova Scotia and the perfect spot to disconnect from the busyness of life. They have rooms, suites, and cottages available and each cottage at Oceanstone is unique.

 

OUR STAY

We stayed in the Captain’s House. This big blue cottage is right on the water. Inside there are three bedrooms. One on the main floor and two bedrooms on the upper floor. The cottage had so much character and it made us long for our own piece of heaven on the ocean. The decor was the perfect mix of old and new, the walls were all painted a crisp white, there was exposed beam ceilings in the living area and a wood stove that we used lots.

I would completely recommend the Captain’s House for a family getaway. With three bedrooms, five beds, two bathrooms, and a full kitchen – it is the perfect place to enjoy time with your family. Allie and I are already trying to figure out who we should bring for a visit in the summer!

I am obsessed with the ocean, I mean look at the name of my blog, and this was the perfect place to connect with the ocean. The view was to die for. From every room, you could see the ocean with its large crashing waves and mist rolling in. READ MORE…

 

We love when writers and bloggers come to visit! Check out this post from Heather Lynne, she and her family visited this summer!

Their family stayed in Periwinkle and put together this fun little video about the cottage.

Read the entire blog post here

Before we begin, we must warn you that this post may lead to serious cravings.  

1. THE CANADIAN

Canadians are maple-syrup lovers. We can’t deny it.  So what is a Canadian s’more without maple-syrup flavoured marshmellows?

Instantly ‘Canadianize’ any s’more with these bad boys! Top it off with one of our exclusively Canadian chocolate bars, that you won’t find south of the border, like Crispy Crunch or a Crunchie bar , that will go perfectly with that maple syrup flavour.  If you really want to go full blown Canadian, grab some Tim’s doughnuts on your way, slice one in half and use in replacement of graham crackers.

Pair with an ice cold Canadian craft beer, and call it a celebration.

2. PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE S’MORE

Peanut Butter and Chocolate are a match made in heaven, there’s no doubt about it.

Toss a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup on your s’more as a substitute for chocolate, or spread some peanut butter on your graham cracker before layering your ooey gooey ‘shmellow on there.  Your average s’more will never be the same!

Not a peanut butter fan? Replace it with Nutella and prepare for love at first bite.

3. LURE CARAMEL S’MORE

Of course, this is an Oceanstone favourite.  Next time you stop by, make sure you pick up a box of LURE caramel chocolates from Rhubarb restaurant on your way in. These are hand-made caramels, dipped in delicious chocolate that will melt in your mouth.  They are made from start to finish right here on our property, so we can assure you, you’ll have a fresh batch.

You can pick from a variety of sea salt, pecan, almond, or ginger, but we recommend you try them all. Check them out here.

4. THE COOKIE S’MORE

If you want to seriously step up your s’more game and impress your guests… whip up a batch of fresh made chocolate chip cookies before your fire and use as graham crackers. Need we say more?

Short on time? Pick up some Chocolate Chip cookies from the grocery store, or a pack of oreos!

     


5. THE HEALTHY S’MORE

Now that we’ve got your mouth watering, we thought it was best to leave you on the right track.  Try out a healthier option for everyone’s summer guilty pleasure by swapping out milk chocolate for dark, making your own marshmellows with this recipe.  For the finishing touch, be sure to check out recipes like this one for a healthy alternative to store-bought graham crackers!

                


Try one, or try them all!  Either way, let us know what you think.


Have any other to-die-for s’mores recipes that we should add to the list? Let us know!

Coming to Halifax? Not sure what to do? I’ve received SO many emails and messages asking for my suggestions for Halifax, so I decided to make a blog post for you all! I’m happy so many of you are excited to come to my city because I really do love it oh so much. To celebrate #Canada150 I’ve compiled a pretty intense travel guide for you, but if you have any specific questions PLEASE let me know. I’m happy to address any of your travel concerns.

*Also don’t miss it but I’ve collaborated with a bunch of local bloggers, so be sure to check out their blogs as well.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A CAR

If you have a car you’ve got to go to Peggy’s Cove because it’s what EVERY tourist does lol. Heads up it’s VERY windy, and usually pretty cold (in case you wanted to shoot outfit pics). While you’re there also visit Polly’s Cove and dine at The Rhubarb for dinner, or stay at Oceanstone…

To read the full review with SHORTPRESENTS, click here!

 

“Do you have a peer group…a community…a tribe…a squad…whatever the cool kids..and Taylor Swift…call it?  😉 I feel so lucky to be working as a blogger, which is mostly a solo gig, but also to have found “my people” at ECM Media.   With the  support of ECM, bringing us together to network and learn, I’ve learned so much and have been privileged to make friends along the way. I’ve spent some time learning how to paint, decorate with flowers, and sometimes we get together in a beautiful setting like Oceanstone Seaside Resort…”

To read the full review, click here!

Okay guys, this will be a bit of Story Time so bare with me… you will love it, I promise!

Let’s back track to the day I got engaged. Jon proposed in September of 2013 on a Friday and the following Monday morning I was on the phone with Oceanstone because I knew that was the place that I wanted to get married. I was lucky enough to get around the date that I was hoping for because boy, do they fill up fast! We knew we wanted to get married in Nova Scotia because this was our home, where we met, also where we grew up and started adulting. Jon’s family is from Iceland and My family lives in Nova Scotia and at that point they didn’t really have a lot of time to spend together so I wanted to give them the classic east coast oceanside cottage retreat so they could relax and get to know each other and Oceanstone was beyond perfect for that. The best thing about planning a wedding at Oceanstone (aside from the staff, more on how amazing they are later) was the fact that the entire property was reserved for your wedding party for two full nights. This allowed us to have a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony the night before our actual wedding so we were able to combine both of our cultures together… not to mention the opportunity for our family and friends to gather and meet and mingle before the more formal day…

To Read the full review by LOVE AND SUNDAYS, Click Here!

Oceanstone Seaside Resort can be found nestled along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean not far from Downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. If I could describe the property in three words it would be charming, relaxing & perfect.

I took my mum for a little mother-daughter retreat. We checked in and were given our keys for the Periwinkle Cottage – a sweet little spot featuring two cozy bedrooms & a deck close enough to the ocean that you could throw a rock off into the Atlantic! The cottage had cute features like barnboard throughout, driftwood accent furniture and a beautiful wood stove…

To read the full review by HILARY HENDSBEE, click here!

This is a snippet from David Culligan’s Facebook post. For the video, and full post, click here!

Huge thanks to Oceanstone for having us for a much needed escape from the hustle and an amazing dinner at Rhubarb with some amazing live music from John Gracie. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stomping my feet and pounding the table to the music.

The food was amazing and the cabin was so so cozy.

Got to make some s’mores in the wood stove and my absolutely favourite part was the view of the ocean only about 30 feet away from our back deck…

Friday, I was having a day. The kids were acting out, Poppy had hit a whole new level with her teething, and I looked like I needed 20 hours of sleep. we put the kids to bed and Rob told me not to worry, he was going to whisk me away soon enough.

The next day, I was ordered to go to the city to grab a dress that would photograph well on a beach but would also be great for a nice dinner together. I found this one at Forever21 and started to get excited about what was going on but really had no idea any details until Monday.
I guess I should backtrack a bit. As many of you loyal readers know, I turned 30 last month and as you could tell from my social media, we didn’t really do much for it. I had always pictured going down south to celebrate but it just wasn’t in the cards this year, so I just moved through it like it was any other day.

Rob felt horrible for us not doing anything big. So, behind my back, he secretly planned out a night away just the two of us to Oceanstone Seaside Resort.

To read the full review by WILD ROSEBUDS, click here!