Victoria is a city rich with historical architectural and beloved rituals – not the least of which is tea. From afternoon tea to high tea, Victorians and visitors celebrate the indulgent reprieve from the hustle and bustle of life.
As summer evenings turn to crisper days and golden hues fill the sky, we Seattle dwellers are looking for an easy weekend getaway loaded with color, tasty bites, fun activities, fabulous libations, and great views. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there’s no better place than Victoria, B.C. Just a 45-minute flight from downtown Seattle, the B.C. capital offers a mix of old world charm, contemporary convenience, and lush foliage.
Victoria’s old-world charm is part of the BC capital’s heartbeat. But there’s more to this city than flower lined light posts and quaint carriage rides. Its walkable streets have become a trendy shopping hub, especially for Americans who enjoy a favorable exchange rate.
A spur-of-the-moment trip to the San Juan Islands is not the easiest to plan in the middle of summer (or for that matter, throughout the year). Ferry reservations can be difficult to obtain and accommodations are usually at peak season rates. I wanted to head up to Orcas Island and had a few days to get away and no intention of spending a chunk of it in Seattle traffic or waiting in ferry lines.
A behind the scenes peek at ‘island life’ delivers a grassroots, ground-level introduction to Orcas. Hosted aboard a Mercedes Benz 12-passenger Sprinter Van, Salish Sea Tour Co. takes visitors on experience-driven excursions.