Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Happenings in Annapolis Royal

Last evening we checked out two great Halloween experiences in Annapolis Royal. First we dared to go inside the Haunted House at the Sinclair Inn where we encountered a number of spirits from the past and wondered for a while if we would ever be able to return to present day. This was very well done and even provided a little ghostly historic education from previous times in our area.

From the haunted house we went on to Goblets & Goblins at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Under the cloak of darkness the gardens provided an excellent venue for Halloween tricks and treats. The decorations throughout the gardens were great, including a carved pumpkin bonfire. The fire was burning in the Acadian cottage and there were a number of samples fresh out of the wood oven. We also took in a ghost story provided by non other than our own Mayor Phil Roberts, who was wearing his horns.

No doubt this is going to become an annual offering, so you should put it in the calendar for next year, and plan to include a night at the Hillsdale House Inn of course.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Home Routes 'Maritime Circuit' Visits Hillsdale House Inn

Val & I are very excited to be a part of introducing to you the Home Routes 'Maritime Circuit'. In simple terms, the Home Routes program is a series of house concerts. "Home Routes is about world-class musicians, known and unknown alike, performing complete concerts in the comfortable intimacy of private homes and other non-traditional spaces". For a more detailed overview of the program I invite you to click on the Home Routes logo above, which will take you to their website.

Home Routes has been very active in Western Canada and Ontario for several years. This year marks the first year for the Maritime circuit which will include Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. We are very pleased that Annapolis Royal and the Hillsdale House Inn have been selected as one of the stops in the circuit.

Outlined below you will find the dates and the artists who will be performing in November, December, February, March & April. You will also find additional information about how the concerts work. Because there will be limited seating for each performance we will be taking reservations.

As you will see there are some very interesting artists coming with a diversity of styles. To visit the websites of the artists click on their names below.

We hope that you can join us!

Friday, November 5th  Mark Reeves

Saturday, December 4th  John Mann

Sunday, February 13th    Gillian Boucher

Tuesday, March 15th   Old Sledge

Wednesday, April 13th  Maria Dunn

  • Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end around 9 p.m., with a 10-15 minute intermission at the midway point.

  • There is a $15.00 admission charge. Please plan to bring cash, which goes to the artist directly.

  • CD's will be available for purchase during the intermission and following the performance.

  • A wine & beer cash bar will be available prior to the performance and during the intermission.

Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Please call (902)532-2345 or email to to reserve or be added to our electronic mailing list.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ghost Hunting, Goblets & Goblins

Ghost Hunting, Goblets & Goblins Package

While there are no known or reported encounters with ghosts at the Hillsdale House Inn, what better place to search for them than a 151 year old Historic Inn on Halloween weekend.

While visiting the Inn to conduct your own search we also want you to have the opportunity to take in GOBLETS & GOBLINS – A Bewitching Evening of Wine & Merriment in the Historic Gardens.

Your package will include:

  • Overnight accommodation for two in a deluxe room

  • Complimentary full hot breakfast

  • Welcome gift

  • Two tickets to attend “Goblets & Goblins” at the Historic Gardens on Friday, Oct. 29th

Package Price

$119.00 plus tax

[Add an extra night with room and breakfast for just $79.00 plus tax]

Advance reservations are required and can be made either by calling us directly at 902-532-2345 or by emailing us at