Why Not Travel to Halifax? Day 3, The Perfect "Inn"

Canada Bliss at The Prince George Hotel with Porter Escapes

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. 
~ Martin Buber

Why Not Travel to Halifax? Day 3, The Perfect "Inn"

After planes, cars and hoofing around Halifax, I was ready to enjoy the amenities of the fine hotel that Porter Escapes was kind enough to select, the Prince George Hotel.  All I can say is, Porter Escapes sure can pick em’!

We stayed on one of the Crown Floors at The Prince George hotel.  Here, they provide complimentary continental breakfasts in the Crown Lounge each morning.  

I had become quite familiar with this lounge as it was a great place to unwind at the end of the day with hot chocolates, lattes, moccachinos, coffees…there were so many choices!

All this, from their ultra-sleek, complimentary brewing machine.  Once we grabbed our comfort-drink-of-choice, we could plug into the available laptop workstations with full print access and wi-fi, and chill out at the cafe style tables, or lounge on an cozy armchair or sofa.

Every morning Prince George guests are also welcome to full buffet breakfasts with a chef who can whip up any omelet or special request one may have.  We took advantage of this on our final morning.  It was delicious!
The Prince George Hotel Breakfast Buffet

On the main floor, if guest need to get some work done, there is - probably the prettiest - business centre that I’ve ever seen…

Also on the main floor, there are many lovely lounging areas…
Even my Canada Bliss Dream hat decided to drink in the lounge scenery.

I’m telling you, if you need to relax, this is the place to be!

Or if it is cardio equipment, water and sauna that turns your relaxation crank, they have that too!

The only fault I could find with The Prince George hotel it that, it’s so comfortable, you may never want to leave the hotel and see Halifax. 

By the end of your stay, you’ll be feeling like royalty!  I sure did!  Can you tell?

If I could have stayed longer, I would definitely spend more time taking advantage of the amenities of The Prince George Hotel and seeking out more lobster meals but, all good things must come to an end.  However, the experiences can live on through you!

Now it’s your turn to make your own experiences.  If you are thinking of travelling to Halifax, visit Porter Escapes. They will arrange a fantastic getaway of flight, accommodations and/or attractions at a great package price!

PLUS, for a limited time, by booking your #HalifaxBlissEscape through Porter Escapes you will also receive exclusive discounts on Canada Bliss products online with any Halifax package booking.

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Why Not Travel to Halifax? Day 2, We're Heading Downtown!

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
~ Saint Augustine

DAY 2 - Into the Hip Downtown Halifax

Isn’t it great it when you travel to a new place and there are friends or family that live there?  You acquaint with people you don’t see every day, you get local insight into things to do, find out what they do for entertainment, and where to find great food.

On Day 2 of our Halifax adventure, we headed downtown to visit friends at one of Canada Bliss’ fine retailers then check out what else downtown Halifax had going on.  

After a full day of being inside planes and cars the previous day, it was a welcome treat to breathe some fresh Atlantic air and get around on foot, or “hoof it” as my travel companion, Judie would say.  (I love the imagery of that!) 

Fortunately, our beautiful Halifax hotel provided by Porter EscapesThe Prince George was situated right downtown, atop a hill.  Being on a hill was well worth it as it made for lovely views.  Not to worry though, the hills weren’t steep, so getting back to the hotel on foot didn’t have too-noticeable an effect on our heart rates.  That’s what travel is all about -  Sometimes you’ve got to hoof it!

First stop was Barrington Street where the hippest retail store in Halifax, Canook Trading is located. 

Did you know that Halifax is a fantastic place for business? In particular for our retail partners at Canook Trading.  

I love the retail concept of this company.  It is simple and truly Canadian.  As Canook notes on their website, Canadian made clothing only accounts for 23% of the clothing bought in Canada and most Canadian marketed products are made abroad.  They bring to the forefront the interest of supporting Canadian made fashion.  Their vision is to bring quality Canadian products that are made in Canada, to the world.

This all starts with their flagship store right here in Halifax, Nova Scotia at 1669 Barrington Street.

So, while in Halifax, we saved on shipping and brought them their spring re-stock in person…

…ran through some of the new designs for the Fall.

Had some fun merchandising…

…and styling with Canook merchandiser and all-round good sport, Alexis.

After Canook, it was just about time to hunt for the perfect lobster at the waterfront. 

Needless to say, the waterfront is breathtaking.  You can find yourself sitting at a patio watching the water or taking  a ferry ride for just $2.50 to take pictures of the skyline from the boat.  

This is where you can find the night life and talented artists performing at the Lower Deck, or simply relax and have a great cocktail after a tasty meal at many other surrounding restaurants.

Our pick on this afternoon was Salty’s Restaurant.  

As we hoped, we found fresh lobster here...

...as well as many more tasty seafood selections (lobster roll and muscles) on their menu! 

Sure it was a little chilly that day, (as I always say, it's a good thing I make hats!) but the chill didn’t stop us from enjoying the boardwalk.  

Is it me? Or is there something about being near fresh water that gives you a lot of energy!

After a fantastic lunch, more exploring of downtown and a spritely jaunt back up the hill to the hotel, it was high time to enjoy some of the amenities of The Prince George.

If you're mouth already is watering for fresh, authentic seafood, book your #HalifaxBlissEscape air, accommodations and attractions today through Porter Escapes https://www.porterescapes.com/halifax-getaways. 

Read on with Day 3 - The Perfect Inn, In Halifax?

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Why Not Travel to Halifax? Day 1: Canada Bliss and Porter Escapes Adventure

Canada Bliss Signature Pom Hat and Porter Escapes

Canada Bliss and Porter Escapes, 
Halifax Adventure

Day 1 - ARRIVAL...Into Halifax We Go!

The flight was on-time and pleasurable as there were lots more free snacks and friendly staff on the Porter flight.  

Upon arriving in Halifax, we already had a full day of sight-seeing planned!

The Tour

Prior to leaving for this trip, I knew that our time would be tight so we needed to plan a way to take in as many Halifax sites as efficiently as possible. 

To maximize our time, I researched tour companies and decided on a private car tour with Halifax Titanic Historic tours.  

The company had great reviews online and had the second highest ranking on Travel Advisor for Tours of Halifax.  When I called to get more information, Paul McNeil, the owner was very hospitable, informative and accommodating. 

As planned, upon our arrival in Halifax, Paul was waiting for us.  We made a quick stop at the hotel then off we went, exploring Halifax.

Over the next four hours we heard and experienced Halifax’s history from the Great Halifax Explosion, the lost stories of the Titanic, countless explosion artifact sites, neighbourhoods, university campuses, churches, schools, picturesque coastal shores and Fishing Coves. 

Here's a glimpse of the sites:

The Clock Tower...

Through the Citadel...

Fortunate enough to catch a photo with the most pleasant guard that I've ever seen photographed at the Citadel...

The guns!...
Wearing Canada Bliss Blithe cap in Olive.
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Pier 21

Lighthouse catching...
Wearing Canada Bliss Signature Pom Pom Hat in Silver.
Shop the look at www.canada-bliss.com

Memorial Tower

Halifax Explosion Cemetery
These are just a handful of the history in Halifax. 

What a day! This is me a little bit tired, and sooo ready to eat.
Wearing Nadia Lyon Art Fashion
Shop the look at: https://nadialloyd.com

On any trip, I always look forward to the food.  The final stop of our tour brought us to Wharf Restaurant at Fisherman’s Cove where we had the very best fish and chips!  

Yum…That was well worth the wait!  Our culinary fish finale tied together the entire day’s experiences. 

You can plan your own Halifax adventure through Porter Escapes https://www.porterescapes.com/halifax-getaways.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s outing, Day 2 where we visit Downtown Halifax!

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Curious about Halifax? Canada Bliss is setting out to the Canadian East Coast with Porter Escapes

Once a Year, Go Someplace You've Never Been Before
~ Dalai Lama

Canada Bliss Adventure with Porter Escapes

I am so grateful that my new found vocation allows me to travel to fun and exciting places.  Today I set off on a trip to the beautiful Canadian east coast, Halifax Nova Scotia with Porter Escapes.


It was my intention today to start this adventure with a post about the Porter lounge. I always look forward to catching my breath and relaxing in the lounge after check-in and security, because sometimes, getting through the security can be such a grueling process.  (Especially if you’re carrying scissors, seam rippers, needles and crochet hooks in your carry-on so you can get some crochet work done during the flight.  Security can be so nit-picky!)  

Anyhow, once I got to the lounge, it is very classy.  They have pretty light fixtures on cute tables next to the cushioned seats and armchairs.  The lattes, soft drinks, water and snacks are delicious and complimentary, and the staff are friendly.

Porter Escapes Porter adventure with Canada Bliss Photo Credit: http://www.corporatetraveller.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/Porter-Airport-Lounge.jpg

Enjoying the lounge was every bit as pleasurable as I anticipated.  


Once I got to the Porter lounge, something awesome happened…I ran into Jeanne Beker!  That’s right!  And then, we became instant best friends!  (At least my world we did!  Don’t burst my bubble.)

If you’ve been following me and my company Canada Bliss over the past year-and-a-half, I’ve had my share of celebrity encounters. There are however, some people I will forever geek-out over.  Like Whoopi Goldberg (I gratuitously geeked-out when I met her) and Jeanne Beker.

So, unless you have missed out on the last two-and-a-half decades of fashion, Jeanne Beker is the epitome of fashion icons in Canada.  I remember her best watching her on FT (Fashion Television) growing up.

Apparently, she flies Porter all the time!  Fortunately for me today, she was on my flight to Halifax to present an award at a university.  We chatted, she asked me about my company.  I told her about Canada Bliss, shared other common associations, she took my card and we wished each other well and went on our way.

I believe good fortune ebbs and flows in the universe and I also believe that the good you put into the world comes back to you in unexpected ways.  Considering that I am embarking on a fashion/travel project with Porter Escapes, I considered it good karma that the trip started out with me meeting such an accomplished woman that I’ve admired for most of my life.

As for the Porter lounge experience…Well, here’s a picture of the yummy free cookies and latte that I enjoyed prior to boarding.  

…and here’s a picture of Jeanne Beker and I, hanging out like BFFs!  Oh yeah!

...and here's what she wrote to me so I wouldn't forget this super-cool encounter!

All of this excitement, and we haven't even left Toronto soil yet.  There's so much more travel to be had!

Could all of this happen to you on a Porter Escapes adventure?  Possibly, but you'll have to go on one of your own to know for sure!

Want more #HalifaxBlissEscape Canada Bliss Diaries?

If you’re already itching to travel, don’t hesitate to pick on of the many trips on Porter Escapes https://www.porterescapes.com/halifax-getaways.

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While I'm Stirring Things Up This Spring...Why Not Travel A Bit, Too?

I am living a richly guided life. 
~ Caroline Myss


PRESS RELEASE - April 5, 2016

MILTON - From Hollywood glitz to Halifax charm, Canada Bliss, the Canadian made brand of luxury handmade hats and accessories, is partnering with Porter Escapes, to explore the the beautiful landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes in Canada Bliss style.
Canada Bliss, founded by CEO Karen Viloria-Miguel, has styled the heads of celebrity A-listers including Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Vanderpump, Alan Cummings and Viola Davis to name a few and now she's travelling Porter to the Canadian coast.

"Canada Bliss is proudly, a Canadian company."  Says Viloria-Miguel.  "What better way to promote Canadian business, travel and support our Canadian economy, than to partner with like minded organizations and endorse our diverse Canadian destinations - with style.” 

To kick off the spring season, Canada Bliss and Porter Escapes are teaming up to put into action the stylish and sought after Canadian accessories of Canada Bliss, and the charm of Porter Escapes Getaways to highlight the beautiful Canadian destination of Halifax  Nova Scotia from April 16 to 18, 2016 in a special social media series.

Viloria-Miguel says, “With the current exchange on our dollar, this is a fantastic time to show travellers the charm of our country’s own destinations. There’s so much beauty and culture in Canada.  We want to make it easy for people have a peek into the experience.”

You won't want to miss a moment of this Maritime adventure!  Follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @porterescapes and @canadabliss.  Special promotions will be available on Canada Bliss products for Porter Escape Halifax getaway bookings, throughout the promotion.

Canada Bliss handmade products can be purchased online at www.canada-bliss.com.  Porter Escapes getaways can be booked at www.porterescapes.com.

For interviews, please contact info@canadablissdesigns.com

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Just One Year Ago Today, I Set the Course for the Unexpected...

Do you have the courage to bring forth 
the treasures that are hidden within you?
~ E. Gilbert

Just one year ago, the following media release was published.  It was the start of a truly unexpected journey of unexplainable blessings and experiences.
This past year has been like a complete wind whirl.  I wish I took notes of all the happenings and my feelings as they were occurring, but frankly, at times, I hardly had time to shower consistently.
So, now for the few out there who may still be reading this blog and the new readers who are interested, I'm going to do my best to recap in upcoming posts the experiences from just a year ago.
It'll be a fun exercise in exploring how well (if at all), I took any of my own Simple Career Life advice.  
So, from the beginning...
December 2, 2014
Media Release
Canada’s crocheting darling selected to gift at Golden Globes
MILTON -- From clothes for her dolls to hats for the stars, a Milton-area mompreneur who has built her year-old business on a lifelong love of crocheting, is set to be the only Canadian designer featured at the 2015 Golden Globes gifting event with GBK productions.
With her handmade winter Canada Bliss hats, Karen Viloria-Miguel is truly bringing Canada to Hollywood and will be giving out her warm, funky accessories before the star-studded January 11 event that kicks off the entertainment awards season.

Viloria-Miguel - a 40-year-old mom of two young kids, who works full time in human resources for a large school board and crochets for about five hours a night to "unwind" - was contacted in August by GBK to go to the Golden Globes through her Canada Bliss website. 
She's bringing 100 hats and one assistant to Hollywood and will be the only Canadian designer featured in the Celebrity Gift Lounge for two days before the Golden Globes. There she'll be able to snap pictures with celebrities wearing the hats she gives them. And if takers include Tina Fey or Jennifer Lawrence, her day will be complete. Nominees, presenters and an array of Hollywood A-listers visit the room annually.

Viloria-Miguel's hats have already taken off in the Greater Toronto Area, where they are sold at three boutiques as well as through her website www.canada-bliss.com. Though she has a staff of three part-time crocheters now, including her mom who stitches from Florida all winter long, Viloria-Miguel started the business only after giving away countless hats to family, friends and friends of friends. She’s careful to source from Canadian companies when choosing materials for her hats.
“I always knew I wanted to run my own company. If anyone would have told me years ago that it would have involved crocheting, I would never have believed it. It’s truly a dream,” said Viloria-Miguel, who started out as a little girl making doll clothes and leg warmers, and finally launched Canada Bliss after immersing herself in her hobby during a time of stress, while her husband was going through a rare skull based tumor treatment. 
“I believe in supporting Canadian business,” she adds. Since launching Canada Bliss last December, Viloria-Miguel has sold more than 200 of her hats, made with locally-sourced, high-end, quality yarns. She's seen them on many heads, but said she'd like to see "what they look like on famous people."
Viloria-Miguel leaves for the Golden Globes this January, and has also been invited to promote her line at the 2015 pre-Oscar’s celebrity gifting event in February with GBK Productions. 
Here's to the fantastic journey thus far and the potential that lies ahead!

For interviews with Karen Viloria-Miguel contact canadabliss@gmail.com.

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