If you're not planning a fall or holiday season weekend in Victoria B.C., you're passing up one of the best budget getaway offers I've seen so far this year. Isn't off-season travel fun?
Clipper Vacations is offering round-trip transportation on the Victoria Clipper between Seattle and Victoria plus an overnight stay in a top hotel for $226 for two, taxes included, for travel between Oct. 8 and January 2. I did a little checking and the website showed availability on the (American) Thanksgiving weekend.
The hotel is the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites which gets high marks on Trip Advisor. The location is excellent - right on the Inner Harbour, but for a few dollars more, $17 to be exact, I'd opt for the Royal Scot Hotel and Suites (indoor pool).
Victoria is the ideal destination to get in the mood for the holiday season. Think twinkling lights and horse-drawn carriage rides. From November 20 to January 3, the Fairmont Empress Hotel celebrates its annual Festival of Trees, an annual fundraiser for BC Children's Hospital. Local businesses, organizations and individuals sponsor and decorate dozens of Christmas trees that deck the halls of the hotel.
Starting November 24, visitors can feast their eyes and noses on creative gingerbread inspirations at the 2012 National Gingerbread House Showcase at the Inn at Laurel Point. Professionals and amateurs will vie to produce elaborate, decorative gingerbread creations using all edible ingredients.
Butchart Gardens presents its 25th season of The Magic of Christmas starting December 1.