Romantic Victoria

We planned an all-too-short one night trip to Victoria, after driving up from Seattle to Vancouver, as part of our one year wedding anniversary celebration. There were so many things to do and see - we toured the famous Buchart Gardens and Empress hotel, shopped, had tea, stayed at a B&B, and ate a delicious dinner. We wished we had stayed an extra day to visit the British museum, butterfly gardens, and go outside the city to explore other parts of the island.

Romantic Victoria

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Wisecloud guide on May 2, 2002

Definitely spend two days there - we only had a day and missed out on going to the British Museum among other things. Buchart Gardens is a must, bring a camera! ${QuickSuggestions} If you take your car by ferry, arrive early - we were surprised by the number of cars travelling on a Wednesday morning at 7am. If you want to have tea, make your reservations early! It's a romantic place for a short get-away. ${BestWay}

Humboldt House

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Wisecloud guide on May 2, 2002

We found a very cute yellow Victorian home in a quiet area, close to downtown, to spend one night. We chose to stay in the Mikado room, a Japanese style room, complete with a king sized bed, jacuzzi spa and fireplace. Quite romantic! The homemade chocolate truffles were yummy! As was breakfast - you choose seafood crepes, continental breakfast, or a couple of other items. There are no phones in the rooms, but you may use the phone in the library - free for local calls. Small refrigerators are located in each room. We thought it was a deal - the exchange rate for US to Canadian $ was good, we went during the low season, and on a Wednesday, we paid approximately $105.00, including the 14% tax - and you may qualify for a 7% tax rebate. The rooms vary in price; we chose to splurge. The welcoming and helpful hosts advertise specials when they have available rooms, so check out their website - photos, too -
Humboldt House Bed & Breakfast
867 Humboldt Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 383-0152


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Wisecloud guide on May 2, 2002

Delicious food! I tried their duck salad as an appetizer and my husband ordered the soup - the soup was too spicy for him, but the salad was great. We both ordered fish - salmon (served with ravioli and spinach)and halibut(with bok choy and risotto) - big proportions and we were too full to order dessert. It's located in a basement in downtown and the ambience is very romantic - low lighting with candles - but you can see your food! They have a large listing of wines available, too. Don't go here if you are in a rush; they allow you to eat in a very leisurely, romantic pace.

FYI - we made reservations via their website: click here.

Camille's Fine Westcoast Dining
45 Bastion Square
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 381-3433

Buchart Garden

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Wisecloud guide on May 2, 2002

It's a must see! Although we visited the garden in the early spring season, all the tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth were in bloom and gorgeous. The gardens are incredibly beautiful - make sure you bring a camera. Be careful - don't get run over by the big groups of tourists!
Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, V8M 1J8
(250) 652-4422

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