We are so excited to see guests and staff members return for another great year of networking in downtown Victoria. Thank you for letting us be an accommodation partner in our community. We wish you a great event.
Recently CNN wrote an article called 3 fun and cheap road trips. Trip no. 2 covered the Pacific Northwest which included a trip from Seattle to Victoria to Cowichan Bay and then on to Vancouver. Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites was listed as the great place to stay in Victoria. They even mentioned our rooftop restaurant – Vista 18.
We are so excited that CNN has recognized that we have a great downtown Victoria location, delightful rooftop restaurant, and affordable pricing. What a compliment! So in honour of CNN’s 3 fun and cheap road trips, we thought we’d suggest our favourite 3 fun and cheap things to do while in Victoria.
- Take a walk along the waterfront at Dallas Road and through Beacon Hill Park in James Bay. There are great paths, beautiful gardens and gorgeous ocean views. There is even a petting zoo for the kids.
- Browse the shops along Government Street for some great local shopping.
- Take a 45 minute Inner Harbour Tour from Harbour Ferries. The little ferries take you all around the inner harbour, past the floating homes and marina to the entrance of historic Esquimalt and back. Well worth it for only $22.
For more great ideas of how to have fun in Victoria, check out Roy Recommends, a bi-weekly blog full of ways to discover all that Victoria has to offer.
The Victoria Symphony has many wonderful performances throughout the year. One of note is coming up Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 – The Red Violin. Enjoy music from two fabulous films – The Red Violin and West Side Story.
The symphony will be playing four pieces:
- Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
- Concerto for Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
- The Red Violin Suite, John Corigliano (1938- )
- Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).
Renowned Canadian violinist Lara St. John will make her debut with the Victoria Symphony to play the Red Violin Suite. Lara has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times. She has been playing violin since she was two. Amazing!
Leonard Bernstein’s masterwork Symphonic Dances from West Side Story will also be performed. West Side Story is Bernstein’s most popular work. It’s based on the retelling of Romeo and Juliet and set in New York. Dances has been described as profoundly difficult, but well worth the effort. It will be wonderful to hear I’m sure!
It is always a pleasure to listen to the Victoria Symphony and The Red Violin is a particularly beautiful piece. The performance will be at the Royal Theatre – 805 Broughton Street, just a few blocks from Chateau Victoria. You can buy tickets here. The prices range from $18 to $55.
Roy has been a Concierge at the Chateau Victoria since 2004. He loves people and he loves Victoria. His favourite part of being a Concierge is introducing guests to the many hidden treasures that Victoria has to offer.
New for the fall of 2013, Cookin’ on the Coast is a half hour cooking series which will replace YUM TV on CHEK Television. Delicious and innovative, Cookin’ on the Coast’s focus will be on the great sustainable food we have on Vancouver Island, and the remarkable dishes created by Chef Garrett Schack. Chef Schack is Executive Chef at Vista 18, Chateau Victoria’s well-loved rooftop restaurant and we here at Chateau Victoria couldn’t be prouder to see him returning to television this fall.
Chef Schack’s love of food started at the professional culinary arts program at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. Upon graduation, he headed to Australia and South East Asia. This awoke his passion for working with the rich flavours found in fresh, localized ingredients. Garrett returned to Victoria with a new approach to West Coast cuisine. He worked at a selection of Victoria’s best restaurants before rising to the heights of the long-established Vista 18. He puts great importance on getting to know local farmers and food providers and is always on the look-out for new ideas and interesting ingredients. He has developed a strong team in the kitchen and with other chefs in the food community. He wants to bring the television viewers recipes that teach and inspire and the love of cooking that he enjoys at work and at home.
Between preparing an array of uniquely West Coast dishes, Chef Schack will hit the road to visit other wonderful restaurants and eateries that embrace our local food culture. Plus he’ll show you fantastic pairings with local brews, wines and cocktails. You won’t want to miss this delightful show airing tonight at 10:30pm. Visit CHEK TV for other air times.
Cookin’ on the Coast. Monday night at 10:30pm, Tuesday at 1:00pm and Wednesday at 11:00am. We’ll be posting the teasers, and other fun information for you on our website, so be sure to check back regularly.