Dine Around and Stay in Town

Dine Around and Stay in Town is an annual promotion in Victoria that many of us await enthusiastically. The simple reason is that we are offered a wide range of fine dining at very fine prices.

Each year Dine Around & Stay in Town runs from mid February until early March. You can select from three course menus costing $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person at over 60 Victoria restaurants. It’s our annual opportunity to sample local cuisine or to return to favourite venues to re-experience their offerings at excellent prices.

This year my wife and I went with in-laws to a restaurant we had been intending to visit for over 25 years but we had never quite got around to it. It was such a tasty meal – the range and high quality of food and wine which Vancouver Island offers is impressive, fresh foods from our community.

For accommodation during this event you can select from these Victoria bed and breakfasts.

Your Victoria B&B hosts

It might be said that your Victoria B&B hosts are a motley crew. This photo is surely proof of that. Further, we represent a motley selection of bed and breakfasts.

Here you see most of us, your Victoria B&B hosts, members of the Greater Victoria Bed and Breakfasts Association (three B&Bs were absent here). We were enjoying a cool but delightful tour of the Butchart Gardens followed by a splendid seafood barbeque at Corbett House B&B. (Here I should mention that Darren Corbett can provide all our guests with a three hour sailing trip on his 30 yacht at a special rate.)

I described our B&Bs as motley. One dictionary definition is acceptable made up of units not alike for we are all different, but Im not so sure about of different colours like a clowns suit.

In common, we Saanich Peninsula innkeepers operate a variety of B&Bs just north of the city of Victoria, in quiet country areas or small communities (the peninsula is about 30km / 20 miles north to south). We all provide a full breakfast along with accommodation, and we all offer free smiles.

However we are different in so many smaller respects. Some are near the ocean or lakes, others in rural countryside; some are modern, others traditional; some may (?) accept children though I think none accept pets; guest amenities naturally vary; all probably have wireless internet and some have greater business facilities; some have gardens; some offer packages and massages; some are near Victoria, others near Sidney.

To illustrate these differences I’m posing a quiz for you, with one question per B&B. The “questionable” value in this is that they may be one you relate to in searching for the ideal bed and breakfast in the Victoria area.

1. Which B&B has a landscaped train set in its gardens?
2. Where do ocean waves virtually lap up to your window?
3. Here your hosts speak Dutch, un petit peu Francais, und ein klein bischen Deutsch.
4. The only bed & breakfast I know offering a guest car wash.
5. Sleep in a Loft with five acres of parkland in sight.
6. Here you enjoy breakfast overlooking Brentwood Bay.
7. Your host speaks French (from birth), Spanish and even a touch of Bulgarian.

Answers are to be found at your chosen Saanich Peninsula bed and breakfast!