Where the Rainforest Meets The Sea
We just returned from a three week stay at La Mer on Vancouver Island. We could not have a chosen a more perfect spot to relax, hike, and sightsee. I will start with the spectacular house that is like a glass tree house built into the mountain! There are beautiful vistas from every window! We loved watching the fog give way to the sun everyday on the water--with the Olympic Mountain Range as a backdrop. While we were there we saw Orcas, gray whales, sea lions, and an eagles! The kitchen was spacious and came with everything one could need. I enjoyed preparing island meals like crab and fresh halibut! It was so peaceful to just sit on the deck, watch for marine life, look and the boats and enjoy the view! David and Marlene were excellent and gracious hosts. They guided us on where to eat, hike and take in some unique sights--always spot on! They checked in on us while not being intrusive. We are not experienced hikers although my sister and husband who visited us during the time were. There are so many trails for all levels of hiking ability. Most trails involve hiking through an ancient rainforest, with ferns, lichen, gnarly roots, towering pines. Most trails led to the rugged rocky coast with magnificent driftwood on the shore. One had petroglyphs (ancient drawings on rocks) that were amazing! One beautiful trail is in French Beach which is just at the end of the street! We also took in local points of interest like the distillery (across the street), a Mead farm with tastings, a sea salt production company, MANY artisans, local museums--which were all fascinating! The owners/artisans were so friendly and interesting! At the end of the street is a beautiful lighthouse. There are many great restaurants in the area--many with a view of the sea (lots of binoculars at the restaurant tables!). Our favorite was Wild Mountain restaurant--as well as Point No Point. Most pride themselves on being farm to table restaurants. Day trips included the Pacific Marine Loop which cuts through the island on steep winding roads that highlight the giant pines and cedars. A trip to Victoria as well as the Salt Spring Islands, had much to offer in terms of wineries (some of the best) more artisans, great food, beautiful scenery. There really is something for everyone at La Mer and in this part of the island. We were so happy to be a part of the spectacular wilderness--all the while having complete state-of the -art comfort in a gorgeous home!
La Mer at French Beach