For Christmas, my lovely boyfriend Alex gave me some really thoughtful gifts. One of them was a “surprise romantic Winter weekend getaway.” The location and time was unknown to me, but I was so excited all Winter, especially with the Winter we’ve been having here in Halifax. Finally, in mid-March Alex whisked me away and eventually I figured out on the drive that we were heading to White Point Beach Resort! I’ve lived in Nova Scotia for almost my whole life, but I’ve never been to the resort. (Correction from my Mom: “You have been to White Point in July 1994. We stayed in the main lodge and the weather was cold and cloudy and you liked the bunnies and we watched Mrs. Doubtfire on the VCR. LOL!”) I was so excited to finally visit.
Now, I have to say that I’ve taken a bit of time before writing this because I wanted to think about how I was going to word this: I don’t want it to come off like I’m bashing the resort in any way, because we truly had a lovely stay and everyone who worked there was extremely helpful, understanding, and kind. However, now that we can laugh a bit, I will share that at the time it felt like each little thing that could go wrong, went wrong, and while we were able to “roll with the punches,” I know Alex was a little disappointed that everything wasn’t ‘perfect.’ I’m sharing this, though, because I want to highlight how the resort handled everything and commend them for doing so.
We arrived at White Point and checked in rather quickly. I was so thrilled with our room. It was a large, King room with a fireplace and tons of windows. I’m pretty sure Alex purchased some sort of Winter romance package, as we had nice, plush robes to wear, and there was a bottle of sparkling rosé on ice, chocolate truffles, and roses. It was great. However, as I placed my suitcase on a luggage rack in front of our sliding glass door out to our deck, I saw a dead mouse staring up at me that must have died trying to get in to the room. To rational people, this is not a big deal, but if you know me at all, you know that rodents are literally my least favourite thing in the world (translation: they scare me). I was very thrown off by this and could not ignore it. We finished unpacking, and when we went to dinner, we alerted the front desk and they said they would have someone take care of it right away. When we returned from dinner, it was gone, but its stomach was left on the snow… not the prettiest sight…
Speaking of dinner, it was included with our package deal. We had the option of ordering two of either an entree, appetizer, or dessert, or we could get the buffet. We decided that on our first night we’d try the buffet, and the next night we’d order off the menu. The buffet was alright. Decent and what you’d expect from a hotel. We tried lots of their salads which were the highlight, as well as some charcuterie, and then the beef and veggies. I really enjoyed the sticky toffee pudding. Drinks were not included, but Alex had a beer and I had a Singapore Sling, one of my favourite cocktails.
We went back to the room and attempted to get our fire going. I say attempted because due to the weather (snow, surprise!) the wood they placed in our woodbox was soaking wet. We later found out that apparently their wood pile is completely open to the elements, which I guess is understandable, but disappointing nevertheless. I felt bad because Alex was driving himself crazy trying to keep the fire going. Eventually we got it to last for a while and we enjoyed some ciders and snacks that we brought with us as well as the L’Acadie sparkling rosé that was in the room. (Really liked that btw!)
We woke up around 7:30am to find that our heater had stopped working and that the wall was leaking water from the wet weather outside all over the room. We were freezing and sleepy, and the front desk sent a maintenance guy to check it out. This was frustrating, because we wanted to sleep in and enjoy our morning with breakfast in bed, but it happens. He (the maintenance man) had to keep coming back and forth to check on parts, etc. and while necessary, it was still frustrating and not very relaxing. We found out that he wouldn’t be able to fix the heater during our stay, and he told us to use the fireplace. We were a bit put off with this solution due to the difficulty keeping the fire going the night before, but luckily before we even had to call the front desk about this issue, they called offering to switch us to another room that had all the same amenities AND offered us free lunch to make up for it. Go White Point!
We opted to eat breakfast in our original room before having to get all packed up to switch buildings and we both ordered eggs benedict from room service. This was delicious and I’m hungry just thinking about it. One of the best eggs benedicts I’ve ever had.
The front desk sent some staff members to help us move rooms. We actually brought quite a bit with us (Alex’s camera gear, laptop, ipads, lots of snacks and booze and then our actual luggage), and since it’s not a traditional hotel, we had to change from one building to another in the wet Winter weather, so this was a big help and we really appreciated it since we weren’t moving the car at this point.
Finally, after what felt like a really long morning, we were in our new room, which looked great! Just like our old one. Until we inspected it…The sliding glass door in our new room would not lock whatsoever, and the security bar was broken too… This was annoying because as mentioned above, we had lots of valuables with us, and even if we didn’t, we weren’t comfortable with just anyone being able to walk in from our deck. There was also lots of dirt in our sink, but other than that, everything else was fine. We called the front desk with these new issues and they agreed to fix them while we ate our lunch.
We REALLY enjoyed our lunch. I ordered their chicken strips and caesar salad, and Alex ordered the fish and chips. We were both shocked at just how amazing the chicken strips were. I can’t explain to you how perfect and delicious they were, and yes, they were just chicken strips! I think we’d both totally be down to drive to White Point for the day just to eat them again. That good. Seriously. We also really enjoyed the cocktails we had at lunch time too. I had the White Point punch, made up of strawberries, pineapple juice, rum, 7up, and maybe cointreau. Alex had a delicious blueberry lemonade cocktail. It was lots of fun enjoying our food and drinks in the lodge right by a window looking out the stormy ocean waves.
We went for a walk in the afternoon and went back to the room to relax before our dinner reservations. Again, we painstakingly got the fire going for a few hours and then got ready for dinner.
Again, we sat at a window. This time I ordered a twist on a classic mint julep that included some honey, and at first I hated it. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to drink it at all. After a few more sips though, it really grew on me and I finished it all. I was quite impressed with the drink selection at White Point. This time at dinner, like I said before, we opted to order off the menu. We decided to both get appetizers and an entree. Alex got the salmon chowder, which he said was amazing (it looked awesome, but sadly I am allergic to salmon and couldn’t try it) and I ordered their blue crab cake. I LOVED it. Seriously so flavourful, chock full of hearty crab, and it was served with a delicious aioli and a mango salsa. We both ordered the lobster crusted haddock, which was served with broccolini and paprika mashed potato. Honestly one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Neither of us could finish our entrees, so we got them packed up since we had a fridge in our room and we re-heated it in the oven at home the next night for dinner. It was even delicious as leftovers which I find rare for fish.
White Point was nice enough to give us an hour later check out for the next day due to the inconveniences we’d experienced, and we really appreciated that. We ended off our second night with some more fireplace frustrations that were mostly remedied by having more kindling delivered (seriously great customer service here–always offering to bring us anything we needed to make things a bit smoother), and enjoyed some more ciders.
The next morning we opted for the breakfast buffet. I wish I’d ordered the eggs benedict again, but the buffet was still great too. There was tons of selection including fruit, yogurt, pastries, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausages, hashbrowns, breakfast hash, and more.
After breakfast we packed up, checked out, and then went for a walk on the beach. Alex got lots of pictures, and while it was super cold and windy, it was a lot of fun. The waves were awesome and the rock beach was really cool. We really enjoyed seeing lots of bunnies all around the resort during our stay too. Our room was in a building on a lake and Alex took some nice pictures there as well.
All in all, White Point Beach Resort has beautiful scenery, cute bunnies, delicious food and drinks, and great customer service and a team who is really understanding and responsive to small hiccups. I’d love to go back in the Summer months some day.