Victoria Spring Gardens – April 21-27, 2024
Victoria Gardens in the Spring!
Embark on a week-long journey filled with natural beauty, cultural exploration, and delightful gastronomy on our Victoria Spring Gardens 2024 trip. Departing from Dallas, Salem, Woodburn, and Tualatin, this adventure takes you through picturesque landscapes and charming towns, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and discovery. From vibrant tulip fields to historic museums, iconic gardens, and flavorful wineries, each day promises a new and captivating experience. The trip focuses on the enchanting city of Victoria, where the blend of history and modernity creates an unforgettable atmosphere. Join us for a seamless and enriching exploration of Victoria and its surroundings.
Day 1: Departure and Journey North
Starting in Dallas, with pickups in Salem, Woodburn, and Tualatin, guests will start the trip with a splash of color at the Tulip Festival – you cannot go wrong with 40 acres of tulips, a windmill, and Mount Hood framed in the background.
Departing the tulip festival, we head into Washington State for lunch and a trip to the Olympic Peninsula. Our first day will be rounded out by a dinner and then rest at the hotel. Tomorrow, the Black Ball Ferry and Victoria await!
Day 2: Ferry to Vancouver Island
With the road mileage behind us, we can have a leisurely start to the day ahead of the 1:00 pm ferry to Vancouver island. We will explore the surrounding areas of Port Angeles then pick up a boxed lunch for the ferry – the best lunchtime views will come from the water! We will have 90 minutes on the water during the 23 mile scenic journey across the Stair of Joan de Fuca which will place us on the doorstep of our home for the next four nights, Victoria!
After getting settled into the hotel, we will hit the town for a welcome dinner, sampling the cuisine of the island. Heading back to the hotel, we will look forward to the days ahead.
Day 3: Museums and High Tea
Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before setting off to explore the fascinating Royal BC Museum. Dive into the captivating exhibits that showcase the cultural and natural history of British Columbia. The morning is a journey through time, providing insights into the region’s rich heritage. Following the museum, venture to the enchanting Abkhazi Garden for an afternoon of botanical splendor and refined indulgence. Take a guided tour of the meticulously curated gardens, each corner telling a story of love and dedication. The experience culminates with High Tea, where you’ll savor delicate treats and aromatic teas in a serene setting.
The evening is yours to explore the charming streets of Victoria at your own pace, perhaps opting for a late dinner in one of the city’s eclectic eateries (if you are still hungry after High Tea!). Whether wandering through historic neighborhoods or along the picturesque waterfront, Victoria’s charm is sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart.
Day 4: Gardens and Harbor Adventures
Rise early for an enchanting morning at Butchart Gardens, a floral paradise that unfolds its beauty with each step. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast surrounded by blooming splendor before meandering through the various themed gardens. From the tranquil Japanese Garden to the vibrant Sunken Garden, each corner offers a visual feast.
The adventure continues after lunch; stroll along the Harbor Pier at your own pace and take in the setting. In the afternoon, set ‘sail’ on a Harbor Tour aboard Pickleboats, where the city’s waterfront charm unfolds before your eyes. As the day winds down, indulge in a three-course dinner featuring local flavors, creating a perfect ending to a day filled with natural wonders.
Day 5: Island Wine Tour
Awaken to a delightful breakfast at the hotel, setting the stage for a day of culinary exploration. Today we will explore the countryside surrounding Victoria. Vancouver Island is home to award winning vineyards and many working farms. We will taste our way through the countryside, with a lunch, some cider, and wine. After a tour around the countryside, we will return to Victoria for a final evening on the town. Return to the hotel with a full stomach and a happy heart.
Tomorrow we depart for Washington.
Day 6: Farewell to Vancouver Island
Bid farewell to Victoria with a hearty breakfast and board the ferry to Port Angeles, a scenic voyage offering breathtaking views of the coastline. Lunch in Port Angeles provides a taste of the local flavors and fuels the afternoon’s exploration in Port Townsend. Explore the charming streets and stores in Port Townsend and sit down for a final meal with your traveling companions.
As the day concludes, reflect on the memories created during your time in Victoria, appreciating the blend of nature, history, and culinary delights that define this enchanting region.
Day 7: Journey Home
The final day begins with a leisurely breakfast before embarking on a journey to the Squaxin Island Museum. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Squaxin Island Tribe, exploring exhibits that showcase their traditions, art, and history.
After the museum visit, enjoy a relaxed afternoon, perhaps exploring local shops or taking in the scenic surroundings. One final lunch on your allows the opportunity to reflect on the experiences shared and the connections made.