Frank Opdebeck, concierge at the Delta Barrington, was born and raised in Halifax. He joined the hotel industry in 1989. Currently vice-director of Les Clefs d’Or Atlantic Region, he played an instrumental role in bringing this international association of concierges to the Maritimes.
What’s June’s can’t miss event for visitors to Halifax?
The city’s oldest and largest cultural festival takes place on June 12 to 15. Halifax Greek Fest showcases Greek entertainment, dancing, wine tasting and as much Greek food as you can eat. It’s a three-day party!
What’s your favourite spot for a relaxed weekend brunch?
One of my top recommendations is Saege Bistro, an established restaurant on Spring Garden Road near the Halifax Public Gardens with an excellent Sunday Brunch menu.
If you only had one day in Halifax, how would you spend it?
On a sunny day, I would walk the Halifax Waterfront starting from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and ending at Historic Properties, perhaps with a cold beer on the patio of the Lower Deck pub. On a rainy day, I would visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, enjoy lunch at Stayner’s Wharf and then spend the afternoon at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
What’s your favourite day trip from Halifax?
Head to Wolfville and Grand Pré and visit our wonderful wineries. Many travellers are surprised at the thriving winery business here in Nova Scotia. A map will show you all of the wineries to visit in the area including Luckett Winery, Domaine de Grand Pré, Gaspereau Winery and L’Acadie Vineyards.
What’s Halifax’s best kept culinary secret?
Stories at Halifax’s best small hotel, The Halliburton House. They have a lovely courtyard garden for dining al fresco.