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A culinary cut above

Published on October 15, 2010 in the Chilliwack Times, by Paul J. Henderson The Fraser Valley is well-known as the breadbasket of the province and the Okanagan certainly leads the way in British Columbia’s wine industry. But Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley is a fabulous place to pick up culinary delicacies–from oceanside oysters to mountain morels–and… Read more »

One ‘Grape escape’ on Vancouver Island

Published October 12, 2010 in Surrey Now, by Beau Simpson Victoria’s Magnolia hotel a starting point for adventures north in Cobble Hill As far as invites go, it was a good one. “Not willing to let summer fade away?” the email read. “Are you a wine lover who likes adventure off the beaten track? Then… Read more »

Travel Temptations

Published August 21, 2010 in The Vancouver Sun, by Barbara Braidwood and Rick Cropp Marathoner Package The two night Magnolia Marathoner package (1-877-624-6654,,from $239 per night) is for those attending the 31st Annual Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon on Oct. 10. It includes overnight accommodation, breakfast, parking, plus spa treatments for one (a 60-minute spa… Read more »

Valentining In Victoria

Published January 29, 2010 in, by Jane Cassie Is an Olympic event your ideal Valentine venue – or is it going to interfere with this day of love? If romance, in your perfect world, doesn’t include skating rinks, ski slopes or a swarm of spectators, escape the hectic pace and head over to the… Read more »

Victoria’s Secret Shopping From the Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Published December 1, 2009 in by Joy Metcalfe “Tis the season to find the perfect gift, something unique for that someone special – and Victoria is where boutique hotel meets boutique shopping. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Victoria’s four-diamond, European-style luxury boutique hotel, is just steps away from designer stores and trendy boutiques filled… Read more »

Free Ferry with ‘Getaway’ to Victoria BC

Published October 8, 2009, in Discover for yourself why the West Coast is called “Lotusland.” Escape the cold and snow without a passport, and discover Canada’s own emerald isle. Fall and winter weather in Victoria is warm, and the values are hot! And this fall and winter to help you to getaway to Victoria… Read more »

Bill Lewis is home again

Published October 3, 2009 in the Times Colonist, by Darron Kloster After spending almost 20 years with the Coast Hotels chain, Lewis has been named general manager of the Magnolia Hotel and Spa downtown. Lewis had been at the Coast Harbourside in James Bay for 12 years –working his way from night bellman to director… Read more »

Fireworks and flowers throughout the summer in Victoria, British Columbia…we’re talkintravel.

Published June 21, 2009 in, by Ruth & Rich Carlson Fireworks will explode this summer over the famous Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. Book a room Saturday night from July 4th though September 5th to see pyrotechnics set to music. Butchart Gardens is world famous for spectacular gardens and now extravagant firework displays… Read more »

Taking a breather in Victoria, B.C.

Published June 17, 2009 in, by Anne Dimon Like a whole-wheat pita stuffed with locally grown veggies, my recent visit to Victoria was packed with activities any wellness-minded traveller would love. It was Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary that made the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global list of top ten most livable cities, but when it… Read more »