Saturday, September 28, 2013
Labor Day Weekend in Victoria BC
This year we took a trip to Victoria, British Columbia over a Labor Day weekend. Victoria is very beautiful and I always enjoy visiting it. Here are the highlights from our trip.
We took a ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, then drove to Port Angeles and took another ferry to Victoria. While in Bainbridge we stopped at the Blackbird Bakery.
For a hotel I chose the Empress, which I believe is a preferred choice by all who stay in Victoria overnight. Usually hotels that have spas let you use their facilities for a small fee without getting a treatment. The Empress hotel was not forthcoming in this regard. I did end up using their sauna, steam room and a mineral bath and it was very relaxing. I asked concierge to call the spa and ask if I could use it.
One morning we walked to West Victoria to an organic bakery Fol Epi. We got sandwiches, almond cake and few macarons. The almond cake was my favourite - very light and full of berries.
For dinner we went to 10 Acres - the farm to table type restaurant. It was good, thought I felt like they tried to use too many ingredients from their farm that did not go well together. Sometimes less is more.
We also picked up few more macarons at Bon Macaron. These little nuggets are in vogue right now.
Things to See
We went to the famous Butchart Gardens and just walked the streets of Victoria doing some shopping. It is truly a beautiful area.