Victoria, BC invites you to get lost in one another.
Here street corner kisses are a natural occurrence, meals are designed to be lingered over and drinks are meant to be savored. This is a city for lovers to reacquaint themselves and new crushes to grow close. All you need is 24-hours and one great itinerary.
3:00 P.M. – Check-In & Unwind
Going out of town can often cause us to rush around, packing as many activities in as possible. Don’t! Slow down. Get to your room, take a moment to relax and wrap your arms around one another. Few things add more spice to your love life than changing up the status quo with a new location.
5:30 P.M. – Take a Horse and Buggy Ride
For a dose of old fashioned courting mixed with city sightseeing, take a carriage ride through the city. On the corner of Belleville and Menzies Streets, in front of the Parliament buildings, you’ll find several carriage stands and drivers. Add extra ambiance by asking your driver to head towards Old Town where street musicians gather nightly.
Tucked in Victoria’s historic Trounce Alley, The Tapa Bar is a hidden gem with a vibe that invites you to lean in close. Here, food is designed for sharing and meals are events over which you’re meant to linger. Drawing inspiration from Spain, their dishes incorporate a variety of local ingredients. Always a favorite are the bacon wrapped, almond stuffed dates. Equally enticing is the charbroiled New York topped with butter-garlic sauce. Just be sure you and your honey each have a bite of this one. It’s potent!
9:00 P.M. – Live Jazz at the Bengal Lounge
While retiring early can certainly be fun, you might opt instead for a little more public foreplay. Located at the historic Fairmont Empress, the Bengal Lounge puts a classy spin on seduction with the deep notes of live jazz. But keep in mind, the dress code is elegant casual. Skip the torn jeans, short shorts, flip flops and baseball caps.
12:00 P.M. – Brunch at Mo:Lé
Sleep in. Go on. Don’t set the alarm. Lounge in bed. Stay skin-to-skin as long as possible. Victoria invites you to do so. Here, brunch isn’t just a meal. It’s a way of life. Watches are forgotten. Service is intentionally slow. Breakfast is served late into the day. This is a city where menu options are often weighed once, twice and then again as coffee and mimosas flow.
While brunch spots are abundant, Mo:Lé’s all-day breakfast is a clear favorite due in large part to its neighbor Habit Coffee. Tucked side-by-side, these brick walled, neighborhood joints have a symbiotic relationship. If there’s a wait at Mo:Lé, but your name on the list and duck next door for a latte. Someone will fetch you when your table is ready. Then head over – with your latte if it’s not yet finished (the cup will find its way back) – and prepare yourself to indulge. This joint’s signature dish tops an aioli spread buttermilk biscuit with cream cheese scrambled eggs, bacon, a little roasted red pepper, and Havarti.
2:00 P.M. – Stroll to the Inner Harbour
Before your flight home, let brunch settle during a stroll through the Inner Harbour. Contemplate on which boat you’d like to vacation. Wander past the Fairmont Empress. Hold hands at the bottom steps of Bastion Square. Soak up every last second of time together.
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Remarkable architecture, lush gardens, and a plethora of delectable eateries dishing up some of the best eggs Benedict you’ve ever had make Victoria a must-visit destination.
There’s more to Victoria than the Fairmont Empress and Parliament Buildings. While both of these iconic landmarks are certainly deserving of a visit, B.C.’s quaint capitol is loaded with Instagram-worthy destinations.
When you have just a day to soak up the majestic beauty of Victoria, B.C., don’t let a second go to waste. Hit the streets. Immerse yourself in the culture. And, don’t forget your camera. You’ll want it on this photo walk.