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Call Us "Honey Boo Boo" Thanks to Fairmont Hotel's Bees

October 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM | by | ()

You may recall that we developed a taste for honey from Fairmont Hotel bees over a year ago.

Readers, it has become an obsession.

Earlier this year, we returned home from the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada, with a few wee jars of their bee's honey. When we ran out, we were bereft. What could brighten up a cup of morning tea or bowl of yoghurt like this honest-to-goodness, tastes like real food sweet stuff?

Supermarket honey just didn't cut it, of course. To our surprise, the Fairmont folks heard our Twitter moaning and offered to send us samples from a few more of their hard-working hotel honeybees in residence.

We were surprised that the honey from different properties was often a different color. Each came packaged in its own style, but consistency came in the form of flavor. Each kind was delicious if a slightly different shade of sweetness.

We'll now be seeking out Fairmont-branded honey at any of the hotels we are lucky enough to find ourselves in. (We'll add this to our other Fairmont 'to do' -- meet all of the brand's Canine Ambassadors.)

You can learn more about the onsite bee hives and honey production at the Fairmont site here. And check yourself into any of the hotels listed below to play Winnie the Pooh and taste the honey for yourself.

· The Fairmont Washington D.C. has three beehives on the roof, affectionately named Casa Bella, Casa Blanca and Casa Bianca.
· The Fairmont San Francisco’s bees dine on the hotel’s lavender and herbs to create delicious honey, which is used in afternoon tea service and in cocktails, entrees and desserts at the hotel’s three restaurants.
· The Fairmont Dallas uses rooftop hive honey in dishes at its storied Pyramid Restaurant and Bar.
· The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle
· Fairmont Newport Beach in California saved their current hive of honeybees from extermination when they were found “swarming” in the hotel’s ground-level parking lot.

· The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto even serves a unique beer, called “Royal Stinger,” made by local Mill Street Brewery and featuring honey from the hotel.
· The Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver offers garden and hive tours to guests.
· Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec
· The Fairmont Vancouver Airport
· The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia's bees reside in the hotel’s Centennial Garden. These hives of European Carniolan and Italian bees produce over 1,000 pounds of honey which is used in the hotel's world-renowned Afternoon Tea service, and in other restaurant dishes.
· The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s bees provide fresh honey for the Pastries department to use in baked goods for the resort’s breakfast buffets and room amenities.
· The Fairmont Palliser’s culinary team in Calgary imported its very own honey bees from New Zealand.
· Montreal’s Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth: Four queens and their entourage of 200,000 honeybees reside in four hives installed on the hotel’s rooftop on the 22nd floor.
· The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

·The Fairmont Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan China recently installed beehives that will produce fresh honey on the hotel’s namesake lake.
· Fairmont Beijing

· Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mexico & Bermuda
· The Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is home to "Melipona" bees, a rare species from the area that is in danger of extinction. They produce honey that's known for its medicinal purposes. (Kinda like tequila?)
·The Fairmont Southampton Hotel in Bermuda

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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