The renovations continue....
Once renovations begin, it can sometimes be difficult to stop, as we have come to realize this year. When one project ends, it often accentuates the tiredness of other areas. After renovating four Fireplace Rooms this past winter, the remaining two definitely stood out of place. Even though they were only re-decorated last year, we did not realize the differing opinions towards the colour purple. Guests either loved the decor or hated it and after the stunning transformation of the other 4 rooms, Abbey Rose and Tiffany Rose just weren't holding up. So we once again enlisted the expertise of Design District Studios to re-design these two rooms and they did not disappoint. New carpet, wallpaper, paint and soft fabrics were all that was needed to brighten, warm and enhance these beautiful rooms. We also updated the breakfast room from Country Inn to elegant Boutique. The wallpaper was carefully chosen to reflect the city of Victoria, new light fixtures, tile, plush chairs, re-covered benches and accent pillows are in keeping with the 1930's style of the hotel yet with an elevated modern feel.
Thank you to Danisha Drury and Donna Morrison at Design District Studios for their creative talents!
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Victoria turns 150!
This year marks Victoria's 150th Anniversary and celebrates with an unprecedented amount of Festivals and events throughout the summer. Here is a small preview of some of the highlights:
150th Anniversary Public Ceremony & Community Celebration
Centennial Square, 11am-6pm
Join the Mayor, Victoria Council and special guests for the official 150th anniversary ceremony followed by a free afternoon community celebration. Experience a journey through time, interact with creatively costumed performers, enjoy refreshments and cake and settle in for the afternoon festivities
Chinatown Night Market
June 20, July 18, August 22, September 12
For four evenings this summer, Chinatown comes alive with festive celebrations, dancers, musicians and performing groups. Each night has its own theme - Awakening of the Water Dragon, Karaoke Stars, Festival of the Sevens and Autumn Moon Lantern.
The Victoria International Buskers Festival
Various Downtown Locations
Victoria will once again be home to one of the world's most unique street theatre festivals! Buskers from around the world will converge in Victoria and present ten days of performances on event stages along our Inner Harbour and in Bastion Square. Additional daily lunch time performances will also be presented at the Bay Centre.
Victoria Symphony Splash
Inner Harbour, 7:30pm
From a floating stage, Victoria Symphony Orchestra performs at the Inner Harbour to an audience of more than 40,000+ people.
Victoria International Chalk Festival
The Victoria International Chalk Art Festival Society welcomes you to Canada's largest International Chalk Art Festival presenting an array of international and local chalk artists! Over five days beginning Wednesday, September 12th, come and join in the building excitement downtown led by renowned international 3D chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum as she creates a 26' 3D chalk art drawing at the Bay Centre's Centre Court. Then on Saturday and Sunday, September 15th & 16th, Tracy's efforts will be complimented by a two day chalk art exposition where both international and local artists will present works on Government Street which will close to vehicle traffic.
Abigail's Country Granola
Our Granola recipe is quite easily our most requested. A lighter, healthy choice that goes great with your favourite yoghurt.
5 cups Large Oat Flakes
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds
1 cups Whole Pecans
1 cups Pumpkin Seeds
1 cups Dried Cranberries
1 cups Dried Cherries
2 cups Long Shredded Coconut
3/4 Tbs Cinnamon
Zest from 1/2 Orange
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Honey
Mix dry ingredients (except dried fruit) together in large bowl.
Pour melted butter and honey over top.
Blend together with hands.
Spread out over 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake @ 325°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Add dried fruit and mix together.
Store in air tight container.
Makes about 30 x 1 cup portions
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