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My husband and I just returned from a lovely get-away to Victoria. We were there for 3 nights, and stayed at Abigail's Hotel, a wonderful B&B close to the downtown area. We had a room with a see-through fireplace, facing into the bathroom and the bedroom. Breakfasts were delicious and they served a nice evening snack if hors d'oevres with tea or coffee.

Lodging was much less expensive than it is in summer. In fact, the price for our B&B was higher when I'd made the reservations, but I was browsing the internet close to our arrival and noticed the rates had been lowered. I called Abigail's and they were happy to honor the lower rate.

We went from Seattle, taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island and the Coho ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria. There were no lines at the ferries this time of year, but you have to figure time to coordinate the ferries and the drive. The ferry to Bainbridge I. takes 35 minutes; then there is a 1 1/2 hour drive to Port Angeles; then a ferry of about 1 1/2 hours across the Strait of Juan de Fuca into the harbor in downtown Victoria.
Returning takes longer because of border checks upon arriving at Port Angeles. We spent 1/2 hr in line getting off the ferry due to this US check, and we were about in the middle of cars getting off.

We found this a great time of year to visit Victoria. We stumbled upon a lot of special entertainment we hadn't expected as we toured about. We had surprisingly good weather, too, cool but sunny.

We went on the scenic drive to Oak Bay, which is clearly a great place to bike or walk. Oak Bay has a nice shopping area. We visited Craiderough (sp?) Castle. That visit was made especially wonderful because a trio were singing old English type songs and carols while we were there. We went to the Emily Carr house and learned about her. She was a great painter and writer. An actress played Emily Carr and read a heart warming Christmas story while we visited. We visited Buchardt Gdns at night and enjoyed their beautiful light display on the theme of the song "On the First Night of Christmas..." And we did the usual shop visiting in downtown Victoria.

We went to the spa at the Delta Victoria. It was my husbands first spa visit. We both enjoyed it, though it added a lot to the cost of the trip, and I'm not sure if we'll do that again.

We had a lovely dinner at Camille's, which is reportedly the most romantic restaurant in Victoria. It was very nice and was indeed romantic. My husband recommends the venison.

Victoria was a refreshing break. It's an easy winter getaway from Seattle, and also from Vancouver, I'm sure.

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