As one of our favorite Canadian cities, Victoria stands out as the oldest. Founded in 1843 as a Hudson Bay Company trading post in honor of Britain’s Queen Victoria, it is also known as the “City of Gardens” for its opulent flowers and gorgeously landscaped local parks.
A Primary Port
Just on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria expanded with the onset of the gold rush in 1858 and became the main port of entry to the colonies of both Vancouver Island and British Columbia, when British Columbia joined the Canadian Confederation in 1871. For most of the 19th Century, it was considered the largest city for trade and commerce, and when the Transcontinental railway was finally constructed, Victoria became the primary port.
Celebrating a Vital Community
Known as a seat for both the government and tourism, Victoria is an exceptionally vital community. Celebrating world-class architecture, parks, and cultural benefits with the gusto one would expect from a city that is constantly celebrated by its inhabitants and visitors, Victoria has become one of the primary destination for travelers worldwide.
One of the World’s Best Cities
With beautiful historic neighborhoods and the famed Inn Harbour, it is no wonder that Conde Naste Traveller Magazine named Victoria as one of world’s best cities. With a quality of life that is second to none, it has also become a magnet for retirees who wish to spend their time in a welcoming city, as well as for younger generations who wish to enjoy the contemporary feel that gives it a sense of forward-moving modernity.
Two Exceptional Bed & Breakfasts
Our research at Select Registry always brings us to the gems of a given city. When we researched British Columbia for the best bed & breakfasts, we found two particularly exceptional choices in Victoria.
One of the most interesting bed & breakfasts we at Select Registry have found in a long time is Abigail’s Hotel. This intimate establishment combines the feel of a top-tier luxury hotel with the personalized benefits of a bed & breakfast inn. A feeling of romance pervades as a result of the exquisite appointments that have been so carefully selected to decorate the 1930’s Tudor mansion with its elegant guest rooms and common spaces. At the same time, all the modern amenities add to Abigail’s comfort. Enjoy a daily three-course breakfast after a delicious night in a Standard, Deluxe, Superior, or a Premiere rooms with its king-size four poster bed, two person jetted tub, wood burning fireplace, and glorious vaulted ceiling.
Catering to the Senses
Abigail’s Hotel is an adult-oriented location that caters to the senses. Visit the Pearl Spa Room where personal attention is given by licensed spa care therapists. Whether it is a relaxing massage, facial, body wrap, or otherwise, you can take advantage of an experience that will bring you back to your self and get you closer to those you love by virtue of an atmosphere that invites you to let your hair down.
Speaking of the senses, Abigail’s offers unique packages, such as the Sexy Sleepover, where as an adventuresome adult, you can explore your fantasies in an environment that inspires creativity. A perfect venue for weddings, elopements, and other special occasions, this bed & breakfast provides an exquisitely sophisticated setting in an ambience that is perfect for celebration.
Exploring Local Culture
Near the downtown area and only three blocks from Inner Harbour, booking your vacation at Abigail’s brings you close to all of the attractions you could hope to experience in your travel experience to Victoria, British Columbia. Restaurants, art galleries, outdoor markets, public and private gardens, and so much more, make up the surrounding areas, giving visitors the chance to explore what the culture has to offer.
The Beaconsfield Inn
Also in Victoria, BC, the1905 Edwardian manor owned by a local financial Baron for his daughter, was designed by the notable Victoria architect, Samuel McClure. This extraordinary bed & breakfast was named after a luxurious London hotel frequented by King Edward VII and is listed as a Registered Heritage Property, sitting just four blocks from the renowned Inner Harbor.
A Sense of Ease and Timelessness
The Beaconsfield Inn boasts a Canada Select 5 Star Rating and was named the “Best International Bed and Breakfast” by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. Replete with antiques, oriental carpets, stained glass windows, feather beds with down comforters, fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and so much more, the Inn has nine guest suites and is ideal for a romantic getaway with its peaceful interior, beautiful landscaping, and sense of ease and timelessness.
For Your Enjoyment
Enjoy a glass of sherry by the fire, a book in the library, a coffee or tea, or an always available nighttime cookie, and when you awaken in the morning, a sumptuously prepared gourmet breakfast. Wander about the beautiful landscaping to enjoy the immediate surroundings, and then venture further afar to experience butterfly gardens, carriage tours, whale watching, and so much more.
Celebrate a Getaway with Family or Friends
The Beaconsfield Inn also has four vacation rental suites, each one with two bedrooms, hardwood floors, a kitchen, and a four-piece bath. Furnished with fine period antiques, exceptional linens and towels, and complete with a laundry room, you couldn’t find a more welcoming and comfortable place to celebrate a getaway with family or friends.
Creating Memories for Years to Come
Taking a vacation in British Columbia is always a treat, with so many vistas to enjoy, culture to absorb, and a population of welcoming people who treat you like their own. Add to this any one of the above renowned bed & breakfasts, and you will be creating memories for years to come, as well as a path back to Victoria whenever the time is right. Contact Us Today For more information on Victoria’s picturesque retreats along with bed & breakfasts and inns throughout the United States, please contact us today.