Magnolia Hotel Celebrates the Holidays with a Festive Trail
It couldn’t be easier to get over to the Island with Helijet, and that’s exactly what you should do to capture Victoria’s holiday magic this December. With over a dozen flights a day, right from downtown Vancouver, you are easily on your way on your holiday journey and quickly back to the mainland when you’re ready.
Book ahead for the Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s ‘Christmas in Victoria’, starting at just $249 per night until December 31, 2016 and you’ll receive all the special holiday touches the hotel has to offer.
Start the day with muffins and coffee in the lobby, or return later in the afternoon and warm up with a hot cup of mulled apple cider and cookies.
Special Christmas treats such as Bailey’s and hot chocolate are delivered to each guest’s door as part of the hotel’s nightly turndown service and the ‘Christmas in Victoria’ package also includes a $25 daily voucher for a hotel service of choice.
While in town I’d suggest checking out Ferris Oyster Bar, where I recently had fresh oysters and a spectacular cocktail, the Spanish Negroni with olorosso sherry, campari, cinzano, orange and cava, and a tasty salad after some shopping along Fort Street.
The hotel’s restaurant, Catalano, is also great for happy hour, lunch and dinner; I dined on a perfectly cooked duck paired with a glass of Burrowing Owl Syrah and I’d recommend you do too!
The rooms are gorgeous, many have views of the harbour and you’ll have a hard time rising from their super comfortable beds.
Breakfast at the hotel is also lovely. I went for the healthy start (for a change).
Be sure to check out “The Festive Trail”, part of the hotel’s Curated Trails program, and see the festive sights of Victoria. The Annual Festival of Trees, at the Bay Centre will get you in the holiday mood and the Gingerbread Showcase is a must at The Inn at Laurel Point. Festive Trail highlights also include Christmas in Old Town at the Royal BC Museum and a holiday Ferris Wheel, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
To book, visit www.magnoliahotel.com or call 1-877-624-6654.
*Helijet and Hotel Magnolia covered my charges, but, as always, I only write about what I truly loved.