A Car, a Ferry, Three Terminals and an Island
Salt Spring Island was the perfect destination for my husband and me to escape to for a couple of days. It’s close enough to Vancouver that it won’t take an entire day to travel there, but far enough that it feels like you’re getting away from your everyday life. We made a reservation for the ferry, drove on and three ferry terminal stops later we arrived on Salt Spring Island.
Quarrystone Bed and Breakfast, a Shabby Chic Refuge
Situated on five acres of land, the Quarrystone Bed and Breakfast looks out over the ocean. It provided a stunning view from our balcony. Nothing beats waking up to birds singing, water lapping against the shores and fresh air floating through the window. I couldn’t get enough.
The guest rooms are decorated in a modern, shabby chic style, and located in a separate building from the owner’s house. They each have a private entrance, rare for a bed and breakfast. The rooms look as if they came straight from the pages of a magazine and each one is equipped with a couples’ Jacuzzi tub. It was all about details at Quarrystone Bed and Breakfast, from a five-course breakfast, ginormous muffins, rain forest showers, homemade bath salts, to a separate, accessible room with games, tourist info, ice and DVD’s. I wasn’t surprised to read many entries from their guest book that overflowed with praise and admiration.
Driving Salt Spring, Not a Traffic Light in Sight
Driving around Salt Spring Island was beautiful and fascinating. I grew up in farmland, but it was nothing compared to driving through two-way intersections freaking out because it felt like we had to stop. We drove through rolling hills, surrounded by trees, sheep farms, and beautiful country homes. And after being there for two days, I realized that we had yet to see a traffic light!
We spent a lot of time in Ganges – “downtown” Salt Spring – along the water and the docks. We window-shopped, ate food and gawked at the water and the boats. Salt Spring is an artists’ island, and it was the destination of choice during the hippie movement. The artists’ culture still remains with 34 studios on the island open to the public. Studio tours range from cheese factories and sheep farms to pottery studios and wineries. Because you can drive across the entire island in approximately 45 minutes, it was easy to pick the studios we were most interested in and visit them all.
Editor’s Note – Since we’re celebrating the harvest at VancouverMom.ca, it’s fitting that many of the destinations Kristy listed involved local food. In fact, Salt Spring offers a wide variety of culinary and dining tour options, and it’s a hotbed of local food.
There was a lot to do and we tried to fit it all in while also relaxing. I’m sure my husband and I will be heading back there again next year! To book your getaway, wedding or event at Quarrystone Bed and Breakfast visit www.quarrystone.com. For more information on visiting Salt Spring Island, visit www.saltspringtourism.com.
Kristy Hill, of TwellMedia, is a freelance writer and graphic designer working out of her home office in the Lower Mainland, with a happy, enthusiastic little boy by her side.