The 21st Century may very well have caught up with B.C.’s capitol, but Victoria maintains its old world charm with grace and elegance.
Like stepping into a fairytale, the downtown hub is a strolling couple’s paradise. Pocket gardens. Pedestrian-only alleys. Farm-to-table cuisine. Intimate cafes where brunch rules the day. Exciting scenic tours. Stunning views. And, blossoming beer and cocktail scene.
What more could you ask for in a romantic weekend getaway?
The Fairytale Getaway – Fairmont Empress + Carriage Ride
The Inner Harbor has always shaped Victoria, as a hub for commerce and beauty. At its innermost point, sits the Fairmont Empress. Like a majestic castle, the brick-ivy façade and slate roof could easily have been plucked from an Elizabethan novel. Since 1908, it has welcomed dignitaries and royalty throughout the world. (Most recently, these notable visitors included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton.) Explore the grounds and then catch a carriage ride to explore the city in style.
Breakfast Retreat – Dashwood Manor Seaside Bed & Breakfast
Dashwood Manor’s elegant woodwork, large stone fireplaces, and stunning chandeliers are a direct reflection of its gold rush roots. Built in 1912 by a wealthy businessman, it was designed to capitalize on its seaside location. To this day, large bay windows face the ocean, allowing residents to watch boats and storms alike. Its Beacon Hill Park backyard gives the impression you are on a secluded retreat. This is the kind of place where you can get wrapped up in one another for the entire weekend.
Scenic Escape – Laurel Point Inn + Whale Watching
The Laurel Point Inn isn’t officially dubbed a museum, but it should be. Its halls are filled with ancient Asian and First People artifacts. Located on its namesake – Laurel Point – the glass-paneled hotel offers is home to an expertly maintained Japanese garden, a restaurant focused on seasonal ingredients, and a staff attuned to meet your every need. In the morning, wake your coffee on the patio and watch as seaplanes and boats of all sizes share the city’s commercial waterway. Keep an eye out for the Zodiac boats. If you’re up for adding some adventure to your romantic weekend, you might want to hop aboard one. Prince of Whales offers an up-close and personal whale watching experience that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
Brew-Filled Vacation - Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe + Spinnakers
Do you two love to share a good brew? Linger together at Victoria’s original gastro pub, where full flavored pours and equally delightful bites are the name of the game. Stay at the nearby Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe, where you’ll enjoy views of the Inner Harbour from your room and the spa!
Blooming Holiday - Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites + Butchart Gardens
Bouquets are overrated next to an entire garden. Located just 13 miles outside of the Inner Harbor, The Butchart Garden’s 55 acres burst with color. Don’t worry about hailing a cab. Just hop aboard the CVS Tours double-decker bus and enjoy a narrated trip there and back.