Planning a Romantic Victoria Escape
Victoria is nothing short of one of the loveliest cities in the world. We’re a seaside jewel filled with lush green space, majestic vistas and beauty as far as the eye can see.
All of this adds up to Victoria being the perfect spot for a romantic getaway for two. So if you’re looking for the ideal spot for a couples’ getaway, read our tips for planning a romantic Victoria escape.
Victoria restaurants are exceptional — not to mention full of cozy spots well-suited to dreamy dining. For continental cooking, it’s tough to beat Il Terazzo Ristorante. A full menu of Italian favourites combines with candlelight, fireplaces and an extensive wine list here. A vintage building, rustic woodworking, vaulted ceilings and soft lighting await you at Fireside Grill, as does a farm-to-table menu sure to satisfy. And if you’re looking for intimacy, you’ll want to stop into Vis a Vis, where traditional French cooking and bottled vintages combine with a comfortable setting.
What could possibly be more romantic than a spa treatment for two? Thankfully, there are some truly indulgent spas in Victoria, BC that offer relaxing rejuvenation for couples. Of course, we’re very proud of our own Parkside Spa. The experienced, professional practitioners here at our full-service, on-site escape offer a full range of revitalizing treatments, including massage therapy, facials and skin treatments, manicures, pedicures and much more.
Teas for Two
The city of Victoria isn’t just named for one of England’s most lauded royals — it’s also steeped in many timeless British traditions. And since one of those is the practice of observing afternoon tea, “steeped” is a particularly apropos term. If you and your traveling companion are hoping to experience an afternoon tea in Victoria, BC, there are some truly lovely locations to do so. Try the finger sandwiches and scones at White Heather Tea Room, check out stunning Inner Harbour views from the Pendray Tea House or sip surrounded in natural splendour at The Teahouse at Abkhazi Gardens.
Take a Tour
Many Victoria residents and visitors alike say that the sights and sounds of the city itself are often enough to inspire romance. So, taking a two-person tour of Victoria, BC is a great way to experience a little magic. If it’s the season for whale-watching, you and your partner can head out on any of the seafaring tours that help marine-life enthusiasts spot these majestic beasts. Or, opt for a points-of-interest excursion on a citywide coach tour. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, there are also private aviation companies that offer sightseeing tours from the air!
A Bicycle Built for Two
If you’d prefer to do a bit more street-level sightseeing, you can also opt for a relaxing, self-guided bicycle tour. Parkside Victoria Hotel & Spa offers e-scooter and bike rentals to make it easy for you to explore the city. Our friendly staff will happily recommend the best routes for you to take based on your preferences.
Shopping Victoria, BC is also a wonderful way to experience the city’s romantic side. Fisherman’s Wharf is packed with unique boutiques and curiosity shops sure to delight and inspire. The Victoria Public Market is a great place to find interesting items you won’t see anywhere else. Or head over to Vanity Fair Antiques and Collectibles — Victoria’s longest-running specialty shop — and check out some vintage valuables.
Regardless of what piques your interest, there’s really no end of amazing things for couples to see and do in and around Victoria. The team at The Parkside Hotel & Spa is also always happy to suggest some great activities in and around the area, so don’t hesitate to ask!
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