Victoria Journals

High Tea in Victoria

A June 2000 trip to Victoria by Carmen Sandiego

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Quote: While working in Everett, Washington for several weeks, we took a "side trip" to Victoria via water plane.

High Tea in Victoria


Victoria, BC Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
My first official tea was at the Empress Hotel. It was lovely - a little pricey, but good. We went on a tour of Ann Hatheway's house (Shakespeare's wife). That was very cool! Learned about the origins of many current sayings like cold shoulder, wake, upper crust, etc. The Butchart Gardens are spectacular...makes you want to acquire a green thumb. Even if you're not much of a flower person, there are rock gardens and lovely bridges with streams flowing throughout. A friend went whale watching but didn't see any; he said it was still worth it for the adventure.Quick Tips: We had a great time at a local pub by the docks with outdoor seating - watching the sunset and the passing pe...Read More

Magnolia Hotel And Spa

Hotel | "Magnolia Hotel & Spa"

Magnolia Hotel And Spa Photo, Victoria, British Columbia
This hotel has four diamonds from AAA and it's well deserved. Good location near the harbour. Luxurious is the first word that comes to mind. There was a fireplace in the cozy room. The rooms themselves are not big, but there is so much good stuff ideally placed in there - it's amazing! Lavish marble bathrooms have walk-in glass showers and separate deep tubs for the ultimate relaxation. Bathrooms come complete with luxurious linens, bathrobes and extensive toiletries and bath balms, even bubble bath and other aromatherapy type products. It rained one day of our stay, so I took a bath and then relaxed in front of the fire - it was perfection... There's also an Aveda full service spa in t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2002

Magnolia Hotel And Spa
Victoria, British Columbia V8W1B8