Fall is all about warmth and comfort. With that in mind, Chef Michael Boragina is sharing one of his favourite fall recipes – celebrating fresh, local ingredients. Embrace the changing season with this delicious meal, perfect for sharing with friends and loved ones (serves 4). 


1.5 lbs chuck or blade roast cut into 1 inch cubes
1 large cooking onion
2 stalks celery
2 medium carrots
5 cloves garlic
1 medium turnip
3 parsnips
1 sweet potato
3 Yukon gold potatoes
2 bay leafs
2 sprigs of thyme
1 sprig of rosemary
5 sage leafs
2 cups red wine
1.5L good beef broth
2/3 cup flour  
1/2 cup canola oil
Salt and pepper


  • Dutch oven or heavy bottom pot with a tight fitting lid
  • foil
  • tongs
  • stirring spoon or spatula.


  1. Preheat your oven to 300F

  2. Peel your celery, onions, carrots, parsnips and turnips then chop them into 1/2 inch pieces

  3. Cut your sweet potato and yellow potatoes and place in a separate bowl.

  4. In a separate bowl add 1/3 cup flour then season with salt and pepper stir well to combine.

  5. Place your Dutch oven on the stove over medium high heat let it get hot.

  6. While it’s warming up take your beef cubes and toss them in the seasoned flour so that they are well coated.

  7. When your pan is hot, add your oil let it warm for 5 seconds then start adding your beef cubes. ( Now you don’t want to crowd your pot otherwise your beef won’t brown so only place in a few pieces at a time as to just have the bottom of the pan covered.

  8. Brown all the sides of the beef, then place them into a bowl and brown the rest.

  9. Once all the beef in browned and removed from the pot add your all of your chopped vegetables except the potatoes.

  10. Add your herbs, garlic cloves and sweet until slightly softened, season with salt and pepper. Add the remaining flour and stir well until it is stuck together and forming a paste on the vegetables.

  11. Add your wine while stirring making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot.  

  12. Add the rest of your liquid and stir to combine. Add your beef and potatoes and bring to a simmer. 

  13. Remove from heat cover the top of your pot with foil making sure there is a tight fit then put your lid on top of the foil. Place in oven and let braise for 4 hours

  14. Remove from oven let sit with cover on for 15 min before serving along your favourite side dish.

Seafood is the lifeblood of Nova Scotia. The availability and variety is unlike anywhere else. It’s at the center of our maritime culture with this in mind, we’ve prepared a simple, but decadent recipe for you today. Who doesn’t love Digby Scallops? Follow these steps to make the perfect rich, creamy, garlic seafood experience.


12 scallops
1 tsp garlic minced 
2 oz sherry 
1/3 cup 35% cream
1 tsp chopped chives 
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp butter 
Salt and pepper to taste 

Making your Scallops

  1. Start by removing any connector muscles from the back of your scallops, then place them on dry paper towels. 
  2. Place a non stick pan over high heat until it just starts to smoke.
  3. Pat dry your scallops – this will help them develop a nice brown crust. Season with salt and pepper on all sides, then lightly toss with your canola oil.
  4. Place the scallops in your hot pan flat side down. Don’t touch them for 30 seconds!
  5. When they develop a nice brown crust, flip them and add your butter and garlic to the pan
  6. Once your garlic has lightly browned, add your sherry to the pan ( be careful it will flare up).
  7. Once the alcohol has burned off, let reduce by 3/4, add your cream and let that reduce by half.
  8. At this point you should have a lovely caramel colored sauce that will coat the back – with a spoon remove your scallops, season your sauce and add your chopped chives.
  9. Pour sauce over scallops and enjoy!

If you are looking for an alternative to cooking sherry, a dry white wine will do in a pinch. If you are looking to try something a little different, you can even substitute Mirin for a slightly sweeter flavour.

If you are looking to experiment, try the sauce on different types of seafood, like shrimp or muscles.


Room rates for 2020 are available above. Units with an oceanfront view, or ocean facing windows are with the wave icon. Our Hollyhock units are currently our only room with wheelchair access.  Hollyhock Suite 5 has an accessible washroom.

Our rates are subject to change without notice. These changes may not be reflected here at time of change, so please ensure you contact us with any questions you might have. You may also look at our booking calendar for up-to-date rate information on specific rooms.

Fall is an incredible time to be at Oceanstone. Stoking evening fires and retreating to cozy accommodations, all with a background of brilliant orange, rusty red, sharp yellows, and crisp brown. We can tell you’re unwinding already! We have your evenings covered, but if you are looking for day trips, Oceanstone is close to some great local spots that are rich with the fall flavours of Nova Scotia.

Sweet Delights

Maple This, Maple That – Even though the sap runs in early spring (February, March, and April), maple products always remind us of the fall. If you’re the same and want maple everything this time of year, head 20 mins down Peggy’s Cove Road from Oceanstone to Tantallon and you’ll find the retail location for Acadian Maple Products – a haven for all things maple. Open 9-5 throughout the week, or 10-5 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. If you’re a large group or a corporate function, you can even call ahead to schedule a meal! 

Cyclists Hideaway

If you’re feeling adventurous and aren’t ready to say goodbye to our fantastic fall weather just yet, bring your bicycle to Oceanstone. Although the famed Lighthouse Route is beautiful any time of year, the fall is especially stunning with its medley of colours and crisp sea breezes. My personal favourite rest stop is the Bike and Bean Cafe in Upper Tantallon (about 1 hour and 20 mins away by bike). Open 8-5 daily. Grab yourself a Hot Chai Cider to warm up and a delicious Turkey, Provolone and Cranberry Mayo panini to refuel before heading back to the trail. If you’re from out of town or don’t have a bike they do bike rentals too! Positioned conveniently on the BLT Trail, there’s no reason even beginner cyclists can’t enjoy Nova Scotia’s fall beauty. If you would rather take in the scenery in with a drive the Bike and Bean’s cozy atmosphere is just a 20 min car ride!

What’s Old is New

Even though it’s only November, people are bound to start thinking about the gift-giving season. In the past few years, I’ve been avoiding buying new and thoroughly enjoy the hunt of finding that perfect something from an antique store. Whether you find that valuable, sought after brand name, or an unknown article that you can upcycle into something new and unique, antiquing can be incredibly rewarding. Luckily, there are a few gems around Oceanstone that you can scour for that special item. One of our favorites is Lo+Behold . If you haven’t visited yet, it’s an absolute must! They are open Friday & Saturday from 11-6, and Sunday 11-5 through fall and winter.

It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives; balancing work, relationships, social connections, health and all kinds of responsibilities – but what would this world look like if we all made a little more effort to create kindness; for ourselves, for the earth and for the people and places around us?

You could win your stay at Oceanstone for starters.

Join us this Month for the Oceanstone Kindness Challenge. Add the below challenge graphic to your instagram stories and cross things off as you complete them. (and don’t forget to tag us!) 

Bonus points if you capture photos or videos of the acts! 

  • STEP ONE : Save our bingo image to your Instagram stories.
  • STEP TWO: Check things off as you complete the bingo card.
  • STEP THREE: Tag us in your photos and videos of you filling out the bingo card!

We’ll be sharing our kindness at he end of the month; we’ll perform an act of kindness to one lucky participant and gift them a 1-night stay at Oceanstone.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted” — Aesop 


Pick up trash from the beach
Our oceans are in trouble, and every bit helps. Bonus points if you organize a full beach cleanup!

Go plastic free for a week!
Show us what steps you’re taking to go trash free. It’s harder than it looks.

Choose Sustainable seafood
Choosing the right seafood can greatly help our oceans. By the way, lobster is one of the recommended alternatives.


Give a gift, just because!
You don’t need a holiday or birthday to show someone you care. Our favorite gift is the gift of experience.

Hold the door open for somebody.
Tried, true, and easy to do. Sometimes the simplest ways to show kindness are the best.


Relax by the ocean
What can we say? We love the sea, and it helps to center us.

Discover something new at home
Be a tourist in your own neighborhood, community or province! Find those great places that you haven’t discovered yet!

Take time for a nice breakfast
Slow down and enjoy! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Whether you’re doing something home-cooked, or enjoying a brunch at Rhubarb, you’ll feel better all day!


Donate unwanted toys or clothing
Everyone has something they don’t need, that someone else could use. Sometimes clearing out our old things can be a self-kindness too!

Shop or eat at a locally owned business
Show community support by visiting a small locally owned businesses or restaurant and help them grow!

Help is always needed. Choose a cause you are passionate about and donate your most valuable asset – your time!

We all have those weeks. Things didn’t go right, you’re not feeling yourself, and you can’t wait for the weekend to come. We believe it’s important to embrace these weeks and instead of choosing to find the negative in the week, find the positive in the ending. It’s time to unwind that stress.

Here are 6 ways to unwind after a long week:

1. Indulge in your favorite treat

Wine and chocolate covered strawberries by the fireside at Oceanstone

Food and feelings go together like strawberries and chocolate. 😉 There’s something so gratifying about indulging in your favorite food. Food brings comfort, and after the week you’ve had – comfort is good!

2. Read a good Book

Reading while watching storms brew on the sea in one of Oceanstone's beautiful rustic cottages.

It is a proven fact that reading can help reduce stress – it provides a wonderful escape from reality. Simply by opening a book, you allow yourself to be invited into a literary world that distracts you from your daily stressors. Find a book or magazine that piques your interest, anything from a thrilling paperback, to a gardening magazine, or even a cookbook. Set aside 30 minutes to read in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. It will do your mind good!

3. Spend time with people who make you Happiest

Spending a rainy day playing board games with the kids.

This one seems simple, right?  Far too often, in the midst of stressful situations, we fail to realize that the thing we need most is just time with those that bring us comfort. Your kids, your partner, your parents, your friends, even your pet; take some time to enjoy their company. Like the old saying goes “spend time with people who pull the magic out of you, not the madness.”

4. Meditate

Contemplating the sea at the beach by Oceanstone. Relax, Unwind, and exhale the ocean breeze.

We don’t need to tell you that meditation reduces stress because you already know. But why aren’t you doing it more? Many people are intimidated by meditation; which is the exact opposite of what it’s intended to do. Take 5 minutes to clear your mind and focus on your senses. Sit down somewhere comfortable and close your eyes, what do you see, smell and hear? Pay attention to your breath as you inhale and exhale. It’s not about thinking; it’s about being. Being present, being clear and being connected to your inner self.

5. Listen to music

Heather Rankin performing in our Great Hall at Oceanstone.

Tried, tested and true, music improves the quality of our lives. It’s a distraction that can also improve productivity, and help us unwind. It brings people together, and can make time alone even more enjoyable. The best thing about music is, there are many kinds and many ways to enjoy it. Spend time listening to your favorite songs or embark on a journey of discovery to find you new favorite. No matter what you choose, enjoy it. You deserve it.

6. Spend time by the Ocean

Rain or shine, being near the ocean can be a beautiful experience that helps you unwind.

Do not underestimate the healing powers of the ocean. We may be a little biased, but there’s something about the salty air and the sound of the waves crashing that puts us at ease.  Here in Nova Scotia, we are extremely blessed to live so close to the ocean – so take an hour and get yourself to the oceanside. We’re certain you’ll leave calmer than you arrived.

If none of the above works: Book a night at Oceanstone where you can unwind and exhale in our little oasis by the sea!