Posts Tagged ‘Victoria Bed & Breakfasts’

Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair Returns to Victoria

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Out of Hand Fair

Browse and buy from Greater Victoria’s premier artisans at the Out of Hand Fair.

The 2012 Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair celebrates its 24th year at the Crystal Garden in Victoria, BC from November 23-25.  The focus of the Out of Hand Fair is new art and craft works and new artisans from the Greater Victoria area.  Thousands are expected to attend this celebration of fine crafts, artisan food & the decorative arts, the largest professional craft show on Vancouver Island, so it is advisable to make your Greater Victoria lodging plans now.

Greater Victoria Artisans, Artists & Craftspeople Display Their Works at Out of Hand Fair

The works presented by local artisans include art in a variety of mediums, fashion & accessories, jewelry, body care products, foods and much more. (more…)

The bigger word in “Bed & Breakfast”

Monday, May 16th, 2011

A large part of the attraction of staying at a British Columbia Bed & Breakfast concerns the bigger word in “Bed & Breakfast”, our breakfasts of course!  The BC Innkeepers Guild definition of what is a Bed & Breakfast includes the requirement that breakfast must be provided and included in the room rate.

So, what about breakfast?  As many different B&Bs as there are in our Guild, probably as many different kinds of breakfasts are provided.  Breakfast may be served at a communal table in the dining room, or individual tables, may be delivered to your room, may be set up as a buffet, may be served outside on the patio or deck, weather permitting, or may be provided for you to help yourself to at your convenience.  You may enjoy 5 courses or 3 courses or an expanded continental version, a breakfast menu or a choice of breakfast selections.  Always check when you’re deciding which Bed & Breakfast to stay at, so that you will know what to expect.

Innkeeper Sharon at Race View B&B , a Greater Victoria Bed & Breakfast in rural Metchosin, offering a single private suite, may start you off with home made banana icecream topped with maple blackberry “swoosh”, followed by smoked salmon and asparagus rouladen with rosemary roasted potatoes and whole grain toast made from locally grown red fife flour.  At the Bee & Thistle Guest House, a Vancouver Bed & Breakfast in a 1908 fully restored historic home in the Commercial Drive area, innkeepers Lynn & Michael offer fresh brandied strawberries in lace toffee cups, feta and scallion scones with whipped chive butter, creme brulee french toast with fresh banana slices and Canadian maple syrup accompanied by chorizo potato petals with sour cream and chives.  Yum, is your mouth watering yet?

Bed & Breakfasts can cater to special dietary restrictions, or specific activities that require flexible breakfast times, but please let them now in advance.  At St. Marys River B&B a Kootenay Bed & Breakfast in the small community of Wycliffe, British Columbia, innkeepers Dale & Doug Martin have devised a self-serve breakfast as they cater to a lot of fishermen and other early risers.  Hot and cold cereals, seasonal fruit and yoghurts, home baked goods or breads, and a quiche or french toast casserole that guests can pop into the oven whenever they are ready to eat.  Dale & Doug still find opportunities to host their guests as well.  A gluten and dairy-free menu served at La Pause B&B, a Courtenay Bed & Breakfast on Vancouver Island, starts with a super soy smoothie.  Innkeepers David & Lucille may then serve gluten and dairy-free lemon blueberry muffins and individual apple wood smoked bacon quiches.  There is no reason to sacrifice taste when dealing with diet restrictions.

How about one more to tickle your taste buds?  ThistleDown House, a North Vancouver Bed & Breakfast, is known for its unique breakfasts.  On Friday May 13th, this was the menu: ThistleDown porridge, pineapple poached in kirsch with crushed frozen raspberries, and a main course of wild British Columbia steelhead trout with sea asparagus.

Of course there are many more great breakfasts served by our BC  innkeepers.  All will be accompanied by delicious coffees and teas and a variety of fresh fruit juices, and are very often locally sourced and organic.  As we could not possibly include them all here, keep an eye on our Facebook page for further delectable offerings from our British Columbia Bed & Breakfasts!

Emily Carr, a Canadian treasure

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The world-renowned Royal BC Museum in Victoria is hosting a new exhibition on Canada’s greatest woman artist Emily Carr.  The exhibition focuses on Carr’s early years before she emerged on the national scene in 1927, and draws on the Royal BC Museum’s extensive Carr collection.

The other Emily: Redifining Emily Carr

“The Other Emily: Redefining Emily Carr” is the first-ever exhibition to focus on her life before she became famous.  Included in the show are twenty of her masterpieces, including a painting recently acquired by the museum and put on display for the very first time, rarely-seen sketches and drawings, manuscripts and personal diary accounts.

To complete the “Emily experience” related presentations and activities are offered throughout the run of the exhibition, including children’s art activities like the “I-Spy Emily: Kids’ Workshops” during Spring Break.

Emily Carr was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1871.  She first studied art in San Francisco and later spent time on further studies in England and France.  She was heavily influenced by landscape and First Nations’ culture in BC and Alaska.  She connected with the famous Group of Seven in the 1920′s and developed a long and valuable association with the Group, who later called her “the Mother of Modern Arts”.  Emily Carr died in 1941 and is interred in the Ross Bay Cemetery, facing the Pacific Ocean in Victoria.  Tours of the cemetery are available year round.

A visit to Victoria to take in the Emily Carr exhibit and perhaps a tour of the Ross Bay Cemetery, as well as the MANY other attractions the city has to offer, would not be complete without an exceptional stay at one of the fabulous Victoria Bed & Breakfasts that belong to the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild. Our promise is “Rest Assured BC” and you will be so well looked after, you’ll want to come back soon!

One of BC’s Best Innkeepers Wins Victoria Hospitality Award

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Anne Mosher of  Abbeymoore Manor was just awarded the Victoria Hospitality Award for June 2010.   Anne’s partner, Ian MacPhee, says “Fourteen ambassadors from the City of Victoria descended on Abbeymoore and lavished gifts and praise upon her. It was fun watching her be speechless for a change!”

Anne’s act of incredible hospitality was to help out a visitor who was coming to town to assess her aging Godmother who was living on her own. The visitor had called Abbeymoore to inquire about staying there and Anne offered to provide a cot (delivered) at no charge so the lady could stay with her Godmother. The cot was delivered along with freshly baked scones and the visit went well.

Since 1994, the Victoria Hospitality Award Program (VHAP) has encouraged outstanding hospitality by recognizing individuals, companies and associations from the Greater Victoria area that go out of their way to make visitors, and locals, feel like there’s no better place to visit or live.   Anne and Ian have previously won the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild’s own Moyra Turner Hospitality Award.  Fellow innkeepers are not surprised that the city of Victoria has recognized Anne.   She is hospitable and caring and sets a high standard for us all.

Starboard Tack!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The Swiftsure International Yacht Race, May 29 and 30, is the premier long distance sailing race  in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia area. Starting and ending in Victoria, BC, Swiftsure draws boats and sailors from California, Hawaii, New Zealand and even Russia. The nature of the course and the potential variety of sailing conditions provide an exacting review of seamanship. Swiftsure consists of nine races over four courses in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, including the Rosedale Rock (formally “Sookesure”) and “Classics” races. 

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A Victoria Spring (or Summer) Fling

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Question: What could be nicer than spending two relaxing spring days in beautiful Victoria, BC?

Answer: Enjoying those spring days knowing you’ll be spending your nights at one on the city’s eight marvelous Historic Inns AND that your package includes not only the finest accommodations and breakfasts but admission to three of the area’s most famous and beautiful gardens; Butchart Gardens, Glendale Gardens and Woodland (including peaceful Takata Japanese Garden), and the Abkhazi Garden.  Allow yourself to slow down and really smell the flowers.  Whether you visit this spring and delight in the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths or wait for the roses of summer, the season’s flowers await you as does the extraordinary hospitality of Victoria’s Historic Inns, all  of whom are BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members.  Guests will also take home a basket of “gardeners goodies”!

Gardens package at Victoria's Historic Inns

A taste of spring in Victoria

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Lassies, the Men are wearing Kilts, and they’ve got the legs for it!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

The tee shirt read “Don’t crush that Scotsman, hand me the Caber!”   Whoa said I, what the heck’s a “Caber”?  Little did I know a Caber is a log the size of telephone pole tossed about by some of the strongest men in the world who just happen to be Scots wearing kilts.  There are Highland Games showcasing BC’s Scottish heritage scheduled all over British Columbia this year beginning May 22 in Victoria and in the Comox Valley.  Victoria’s games are, for the first time, in conjunction with the  IHGF World Heavy Events Festival so book your Victoria B&B  accommodations early as it may get crowded.  The games are not all about strength, though the big fellows also throw heavy hammers, stones, kegs and bales.   There are world class pipers, drummers, piper bands and highland dancing displays as well.

This Highland Games link lists all the BC events including the Cariboo Highland Games June 1 & 2 in Quesnel, the Sons of Scotland Games June 10 in Abbotsford, the BC Legion Highland Gathering  June 19 in Sqamish, the BC (United) Scottish Highland Games in Coquitlam June 26,  the Penticton Highland Games July 1 and the fall finale Castlegar Highland Games on October 4.  Followers of the Games will find friendly BCsBestBnBInnkeepers close to all the locations for a nice rest after all the caber tossing, dancing and maybe even a fine meal of haggis and a pint or a wee nip of single malt!

On now- The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

It began in 1927 as the Victoria Music Festival and has come a long way, but the goal remains the same.  Its purpose is the “development of musical ability and appreciation of good music and it’s allied arts.”  Back then it was a major event in the city’s cultural life with – according to the Mayor in 1935 – one tenth of Victoria’s population represented!  Today there are honours and awards in Musical Theatre, Piano, Choral, Vocal, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Dance, Strings and Ethnic Dance with participants ranging in age from 4 to 70.   It is a major stepping stone for many talented musicians and performing arts students.  The 2010 festival began March 27 and continues through May 8.  For more information visit www.gvpaf.org/pages/aboutus.html and you’ll have one more terrific reason to visit beautiful Victoria.

If you come to attend the Victoria Music Festival, you can find excellent accommodation at one of the many excellent Victoria Bed & Breakfasts who are part of the British Columbia B&B Innkeepers  Guild.  Stay an extra few days to explore the many other attractions Victoria has to offer!