We only have a bit of summer left before school starts up again after Labour Day. But we have been busy and much has been happening! I have a lot to share...and not enough time to do so. But I will attempt to share with you what's been a wonderful summer with my family so far....
Soule Creek Lodge:
Trev and I visited this lodge for a weekend in August. Soule Creek Lodge is in Port Renfrew, a 2 hour drive from Victoria. We took B.C. Ferries, Spirit of Vancouver Island from Tsawassen to Victoria then drove the 2 hours from Victoria to get to Port Renfrew.
The ride from the Swartz Bay terminal in Tsawassen to Victoria is about 1 1/2 hours. It is a lovely, scenic ride with lots of beautiful scenery.
On the way there we stopped at a little town called Shirley to have lunch at a quaint little place called Shirley Delicious. We found out about it through Yelp, which is a great APP to use when trying to locate places to eat. The food was good enough, nothing spectacular but not bad. The owner was a friendly guy who chatted up his customers. For some reason he kept thinking our names were Bev and Steve. On the way back after our visit to Soule Creek, we stopped here also and he called us that again :)
Our little getaway at Soule Creek was so wonderful. We stayed in a yurt high atop the San Juan Ridge with 360 degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Juan de Fuca Strait, the Olympic Peninsula and the coastal mountains.
This was the private gravel road that led up to the resort, which sits atop a mountain.
And this is the view of the yurts from the other side of the mountain, as you drove up to the resort. Ours was the middle yurt :)
Above is a picture of the outside of our yurt. And below are some pictures of the interior. It was beautiful and had all the amenities of a luxury hotel.
The skylight was a nice touch -- we opened it up at night and fell asleep watching the stars. In the day, it let in wonderful sunlight as we spent the day reading and relaxing in bed.
The wraparound deck provided us panormaic views of the water and mountains. We sat and had our coffee here and enjoyed the beauty of this natural setting.
When trying to decide where to go, I googled the top 10 lists of getaways, and this place was #1 on the Top 10 Most Unusual Vacations. It is owned by 2 brothers, Tim and Jon Cash, both trained chefs having worked in 5 star restaurants across North America in the past, before deciding to venture out on their own. Breakfast was included everyday and it was a treat to walk to the lodge from our yurt to see what we were having for breakfast. All the ingredients are fresh, the produce bought daily and the fish for dinner was caught earlier in the day.
So you never really knew what you were going to get. That was part of the uniqueness of this place that I loved -- the food was always a surprise and everything was prepared expertly and tasted fantastic.
We returned home after 2 days of relaxation, but only for a day....and we were off to Whistler with the family for 4 days.
A day after our return, we left for Whistler summer vacation. Alyssa's best friend since preschool, Amy was able to join us again this year. Whistler vacations are the same every year -- a tradition that the family enjoys and that our children look forward too. It's 4 days of eating, games, reminiscing, walking and exploring around the village, mixed in with a healthy dose of sleeping in and naps.
On the way home from Whistler, we stopped at the new Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish and rode it up to the summit. It was beautiful up there and the views were wonderful. We lucked out and chose a day when the sun shone and the clouds (or lack of) allowed us a great view of the land and seascape below us. The gondola ride takes about 15 minutes and once up there you can go on trails and walk across the suspension bridge while marveling at the breathtaking view.
This is a worthwhile stop if you like trail walking and hiking. We only had a little over an hour to spend once we were up as we had to get Amy to the airport for her flight back home, but one day I hope to be able to visit again and explore some of the trails.
Well....it was a wonderful, relaxing week of family time. It's been such a beautiful summer, and I'm a bit sad it's almost over! I'm so thankful to be able to spend and create these cherished memories with the people who I love most in the whole world!
Have a great week ahead everyone. Remember to be happy and grateful for all the people in your life :) Enjoy what's left of summer.