Travel Calling: Victoria

VictoriaThe darling town of Victoria, located on Vancouver Island is the perfect location for a getaway. A few weeks ago we escaped the city for a wonderful stay at The Magnolia Hotel. After a quick flight on Harbour Air, we touched down in Victoria, ready for a fun filled weekend. I always enjoy my time here, so I’m sharing my favourite places to see, shop, sip and eat!

VG8VG11VG9Stay – Magnolia Hotel
Located in the heart of Victoria, Magnolia Hotel is perfect place to stay. With beautiful harbour views, comfy beds, roaring fire places and big soaker tubs, we never wanted to leave this stunning boutique hotel. The staff is incredibly attentive and the service is impeccable. They also have a fantastic restaurant attached to the hotel that we loved for brunch, cocktails and appetizers.
m8 Shop – Violette
This delightful accessory and paper store is a must visit spot. It’s filled with treasures from brands like Rifle Paper Co., Rebecca Minkoff and Alexis Bittar, along with local favourites like Leah Alexandra and Pyrrha. The all white store has lovely displays located throughout, making it a wonderful experience to shop.VG2Brunch – Jam Cafe
This all-day breakfast and lunch restaurant serves homemade fare in a rustic-city atmosphere. I always eat so well when I’m in Victoria. The town is filled with so many incredible restaurants and Jam is one of my favourite for places for brunch. Be prepared to wait as many other know the joys of Jam. But trust me, it’s worth it!

VG4VG3Dinner – 10 Acres
Conveniently located opposite The Magnolia Hotel, 10 Acres sources all their food locally. What they don’t grow and ethically raise on their organic farm in North Saanich, they find from other like minded farmers, food purveyors and fishermen. Their locally inspired menu is made from the freshest and innovative ingredients available. They are passionately committed to supporting locally grown, sustainable ingredients. This is easy to see (or taste) as soon as you try their food.

1782062_304090889740069_2018476792_nTea Time – Silk Road
When I told friends I was visiting Victoria, almost everyone said ‘Oh you have to visit Silk Road.’ Opened in 1992, Silk Road is the ultimate destination for tea lovers. Most teas sold in North America are several years old by the time they reach you (Like 7 years, isn’t that crazy?!) That’s not the case with Silk Road’s tea. The fresher the tea, the higher the antioxidant value and the better it tastes. The space is filled with tea canisters with the most incredible flavours like sour cherry, berry victoria and spicy mandarin. They’ve also launched a line of skincare including cleansers, moisturizers, and serums, all with the healing properties of their tea.VG10

Thank you to Tourism Victoria for hosting us.