Magical Stay in Sooke on Vancouver Island
We enjoyed 3 wonderful days at the Vista View. The view is indeed stunning looking out over the water in the middle distance, with the mainland mountains beyond that; beautiful both at sunrise and sunset. As an oil painter, my wife really appreciated those panoramic views. But even more, she appreciated the gorgeous rock garden with its beautiful flowers and natural setting. It became magical when the humming birds showed up to taste the flowers and join us at early morning coffee at our table on the patio outside our room. To top that off, our evening glass of wine at that same patio was enlivened by a young doe that came up to drink from the bubbling granite fountain that sits not six feet from the patio. table .... magical! The suite itself is terrific. A private parking spot and entrance leads into a modern kitchen with all the conveniences. The bedroom is airy, cozy and comfortable. The bath even has a heated floor ... now we're spoiled and my home can't match that! There is a spacious living room with a romantic fireplace that opens out to that wonderful patio and garden/ocean views. Signy and Doug are perfect hosts: unobtrusive as a default, they are there if you have any questions or want guidance on local attractions and activities. They are very involved with the community and have the inside scoop on art festivals and community events happening at the moment. Signy is very much a naturalist and provided spot-on information and guidance to nearby parks and hiking trails. They were also very helpful with guidance on the island's major attractions, such as the best time to visit the famous Buchardt Gardens. Best of all, they both gave outstanding recommendations to some really good local restaurants; places we would not have found on our own ... ranging from sophisticated resort settings to casual wooden shacks by the pier that had the freshest and best seafood ever. So you have a choice: you can cook for yourself or indulge yourself with fine local dining. We knew this would be fery different from our Indiana home; but as experienced travelers we must say this was a most relaxing and beautiful place that offers a lot of options: from energetic hiking to exciting whale-watching to just sitting and enjoying the beautiful scenery. I must say we tend towards the last and enjoyed it thoroughly. If we get to come back we will stay longer and explore more of the island, but we will definitely stay at the Vista View again. Highly recommended
Gorgeous Ocean 'Vista View'