Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia – News

Kemptville, Canada

A fabulous lodge surrounded by swathes of forestland in the wilds of Nova Scotia

Cruise to Trout Point from New England in 2014!

Starting May, 2014, a luxurious sea-to-forest vacation experience awaits travelers as Nova Star Cruises will commence daily service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, with a brand new cruise ferry offering a variety of accommodation, seating, and dining options, including stunning ocean-view cabins and a casino. 5-star Trout Point Lodge lies about 50 km from the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal, and will offer select packages including transportation from the dock to the shores of the pristine Tusket River.
Starting May, 2014, a luxurious sea-to-forest vacation experience awaits travelers as Nova Star Cruises will commence daily service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, with a brand new cruise ferry offering a variety of accommodation, seating, and dining options, including stunning ocean-view cabins and a casino. 5-star Trout Point Lodge lies about 50 km from the Yarmouth International Ferry Terminal, and will offer select packages including transportation from the dock to the shores of the pristine Tusket River.
Trout Point and Nova Star will join forces to benefit Boston public broadcaster WGBH during its Spring, 2014 benefit auction, with the Lodge offering a 5 night all-inclusive stay, and Nova Star providing round-trip passage, including a vehicle, and an ocean-view cabin.
Trout Point Lodge is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This prestigious accommodation organization has numerous member properties in New England and slh.com provides for easy vacation planning. Travelers can now easily experience charming New England inns, a fantastic cruise across the Gulf of Maine, and the haute rustic charms of Trout Point Lodge, one of Canada’s premiere wilderness resorts.

Trout Point Lodge among world top 10 hotel culinary schools

Press Release: TPL among world top 10 hotel culinary schools

Trout Point Lodge is pleased to announce that it has placed number 5 on a list of the world's top 10 hotel culinary schools just published by Fox News in the United States and curated by Gayot.com.

"Both globetrotting gourmets and rookie cooks should check out the world's top 10 hotel culinary schools where everyone can take lessons while on holiday," stated the article.

This Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, wilderness lodge was singled out as embodying cutting edge offerings for tourists: "Rugged wilderness, sustainable food practices and cozy quarters that include freestanding cottages make this Atlantic Canada lodge one of our favorites." The commentary authored by the food-oriented guide Gayot also praised Trout Point's "innovative French Acadian cuisine."

The online version of the article can be found at http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/11/08/top-10-hotel-culinary-schools/

Nova Scotia chef/innkeepers on their way to Bordeaux wine country

Nova Scotia chef/innkeepers on their way to Bordeaux wine country

Bordeaux, France L'Union des Crus Classés de Graves has invited the owner-chefs of Trout Point Lodge to le dîner traditionnel des Accabailles December 8 in Bordeaux. The event, which marks the conclusion of each year's grape harvest, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. Usually only Michelin-starred chefs and luminaries from the world of French cuisine receive such an invitation.

Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary will have the chance to sample numerous vintages of both the region's red and white wines, old and new, and experience the gastronomy of Southwestern France. A tasting from all member chateaux occurs before the dinner.

The Union is made up of the finest wine producers of the Bordeaux region known as Pessac-Léognan, including the world-renowned Château Haut-Brion. In addition to the gala dinner and wine tasting hosted by Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary will experience an additional wine tasting lunch at Château Carbonnieux and a tasting of the 2009 vintage at Château Pape Clément.

The award-winning Trout Point wine list features a number of bottles from this region, just to the north of Bordeaux City. "Pessac is actually one of our favorite appellations, not just from Bordeaux but around the world," said Charles Leary. "We're honoured to have received such a rare invitation." Perret & Leary lived in Bordeaux for a brief period in 2006-07. During the December 7 weekend, they will also get to stay for 2 nights as guests in one of the Union's member chateaux, among the vineyards.

"It really helps our understanding of wine and food to visit a region like this. We can truly represent the Pessac wines on our list as well," said Perret. A number of wines from these producers are currently carried by the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission as well.

This is not the first link made this year between Bordeaux and Nova Scotia. Owner of Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Daniel Cathiard, was among a prestigious group of French winemakers who visited Nova Scotia wine producers this past May.

Perret & Leary last attended Accabailles event in 2011. Only 30 persons will receive an invitation to the 50th anniversary weekend event, according to the Union.

Besides Haut-Brion, Union members include Château La Mission Haut-Brion Château La Tour Haut-Brion - Château Laville Haut-Brion, Château Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Couhins, Château Couhins-Lurton, Château de Fieuzal, Château Haut-Bailly, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Château Olivier, Château Pape Clément, Château Smith Haut Lafitte.

Trout Point Lodge is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which also has a member hotel adjacent to Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte.

Nova Scotia eatery Canada's first to score in the “Michelin stars of sustainability”

Nova Scotia eatery Canada's first to score in the “Michelin stars of sustainability” from the U.K.'s Sustainable Restaurant Association

Kemptville, NS Trout Point Lodge is pleased to announce it has been declared a “champion of sustainability” and received 2 stars from the London, England-based Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), in the very first instance of the SRA's rating scheme implementation in North America. The current global launch of the Rating complements the granting of the inaugural Sustainable Restaurant Award at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 ceremony on April 29. Organized by Restaurant magazine and sponsored by San Pellegrino, The World's 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts.

The SRA announced the new global reach of its rating in conjunction with the unveiling of the 50 Best list, which receives worldwide press attention. Already, restaurants across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America are lining up to take the Rating, with the aim of earning the coveted stars – called ‘the Michelin Stars of sustainability’ by The Sunday Times in the UK.

The Lodge, located within the UNESCO-recognized Southwest Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve, has long received acclaim for its kitchen while also endeavouring to excel in eco-friendly and sustainable practices, earning 5 Green Keys and the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award several years ago. “After reading about the worldwide launch of the Sustainable Restaurant Association program at the 50 Best Restaurant Awards, we immediately contacted the Association in London to undergo an assessment,” said the Lodge's co-owner Charles Leary. The Lodge has also offered cooking classes emphasizing sustainable seafood and local ingredients for over a decade. Scientific American termed Trout Point a “serious venue for culinary ecotourism” in 2009.

The SRA assessment, covering Sourcing, Environment and Society, is open to restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafes or anywhere else serving food and the initial online assessment is free to take. The Sustainability Rating process involves thorough and independent assessment across 14 key areas of sustainable practices and management. Those establishments that excel gain One Star (good), Two Star (excellent), or Three Star (exceptional) status. A Sustainability Champion badge is the hallmark of a restaurant going the extra mile to achieve sustainability, according to the Association.The assessment process was completed today.

“The criterion are strict and engage us in reviewing and thinking about all aspects of our operation,” said Leary. “Earning 2 stars at the outset is a testament to sustainable practices we've already engaged in, while the assessment also pointed out areas for improvement to be truly exceptional on a world stage.” Consumers increasingly pay attention to green practices and sustainability in choosing hotels & restaurants, at all levels of style and cuisine.