Heather Rushton
Heather Rushton, Communications & Member Engagement Coordinator

Hubbards is a world away from Halifax- and yet it’s only 40 minutes outside the city. For those looking to escape, hit the beach, have a great lobster supper and be home within an hour, it’s the perfect destination- and Rosewood on the Cove is one of the loveliest places to stay if you’re in search of accommodation. I spent some time with Cathy Layton (photo at right), one of the owners of these quaint cottages, on a chilly November morning.

The main core of cottages were built in 1930, and expanded throughout the years. In 1989, Phylis Hind (a past Halifax Business Awards winner) purchased the property and lived in the largest cottage for many years. Now, there are ten cottages in total, all of varying colors, size and layout, scattered amongst the oceanfront property. Cathy Layton explains that Rosewood is now a condo-corporation, owned by several different investors who rent out their cottages to visitors from April – November.

Folks come from all over the world to experience the quiet beauty of Hubbards, but the community is no sleeper- there are world famous lobster dinners at the Shore Club, which is virtually next door to Rosewood on the Cove- and there are bus tours coming through frequently. Close to Peggy’s Cove, Halifax and Lunenburg, it’s a prime spot for business people who want to experience a nearby retreat. Next year is the 50th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Schooner Association and several schooners will be on display in Hubbards Cove, and there is already a buzz about the tourism boost. This is all good news for Halifax- because Hubbards has the unique vantage of sitting half in Lunenburg County, and half in Halifax. This is also the first year Hubbards will have its own dedicated page in the Nova Scotia Doers & Dreamers guide.

Cathy has a knack for running a tight ship, organizing visitors, bookings and generally running the show at Rosewood on the Cove- for example, knowing exactly which cottage to book guests into based on their family / sleeping needs.  As for Rosewood’s attractions, they include a pool, wireless internet, beautiful and unique rooms, laundry facilities, and the opportunity to walk straight from your doorstep right onto the waterfront. Cathy explained that the interaction with other businesses in the community has been not only positive, but essential – stressing the importance of small businesses supporting one another, and sometimes recommending one another.

In terms of Rosewood on the Cove’s involvement with the Chamber, Cathy credits most of the relationship to Phylis Hind. “She’s always been involved with the Chamber – she knows how important it is.” Cathy says, noting that the networking and meetings are particularly worthwhile. Another business related note is that Rosewood can host small conferences- the meeting rooms can comfortably hold 15 people, with catering available. This little gem has been a longtime supporter of the Chamber, and it was a pleasure to spend some time on their turf enjoying the beautiful property.