As the leaves change colour and the mornings grow cooler, autumn is the perfect time to explore. Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s new Curated Journeys help guests dive deeper into the scenic beauty of Vancouver Island via partnerships with leading tour outfitters: Hike Victoria and Island Time Tours.
“Our Curated Trails downtown Victoria maps have been so well received by our guests that we decided to help our guests explore a little further afield with the launch of Curated Journeys,” explains General Manager of the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Bill Lewis. “With Curated Journeys, we are excited to partner with some excellent local tour companies to provide the perfect west coast experience.”
Anchored to the notion of “the Victoria you wouldn’t expect”, the Curated Journeys program launches with a tour to view the Goldstream Salmon Run with local expert Mark Vukobrat of Hike Victoria, where three species of BC salmon gather in the tens of thousands to return to their place of birth in the lower Goldstream River. Salmon Run tours begin October 30 until November 30, departing daily from 8.30am to 1.00pm, and costs $60pp. To book, speak to the hotel concierge or book online.
If culinary is more your beat, Island Time Tours offers scenic day trips to the Cowichan Valley vineyards. Departing downtown Victoria daily from Wednesday to Sunday (except January), the drive weaves through the island’s stunning vistas of mountains, rainforests and farmland before arriving in wine country. Enjoy stops at three of the region’s best wineries followed by a tasty picnic lunch of local, artisan charcuterie and authentic balsamic tasting from Venturi-Schulze; one of the few places to experience the delicacy outside of Italy. Tours cost $139pp, bookable online or through the hotel concierge.
Pair these tours with the Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Fall Getaway package, which includes a daily $25 voucher to use at any of the hotel’s onsite partners (Spa Magnolia or Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar) or room features (room service, mini bar, parking), for a perfect fall escape. Rates start from $209 per night.
Finish each exciting day with a stay at Magnolia Hotel & Spa, rated #1 City Hotel in Canada by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. With their deep soaker tubs, luxe bedding and nightly turn down service, Magnolia Hotel provides the utmost in comfort and relaxation to wind down from a day of adventure. To book, visit www.magnoliahotel.com