Until March 31, 2012, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub and GuestHouses of Victoria is offering a getaway package SO good, even local residents should seriously consider booking it.
Subject to availability (their language, not mine), this is what you get for $159 plus taxes:
- One night in a fireplace-warmed room in Spinnakers GuestHouses (double occupancy);
- A three-course dinner for TWO at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub;
- A breakfast basket of baked goods, fresh squeezed juice, Silk Road teas, and Spinnakers own (fabulous!) granola delivered to your room in the morning.
- A complimentary beer and truffle tasting at the gastro brewpub, where both the brews and chocolates are made from scratch;
- The option to purchase a second night of accommodation for $69.
The only aspect of this getaway special I have not personally sampled is the lodging. You’ll have to gauge that for yourself based on the photos and copy on the Spinnakers GuestHouses web page.
I’m positively weak for the gourmet sweets at Spinnakers, created with exquisite TCHO chocolate. (Get the scoop on the quality, exclusivity, and ethics of TCHO here.) Made on site and sold at the Provisions kiosk inside the front door of Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, the chocolate truffles are accented with such exotic flavours as chili, lavender, and balsamic vinegar. The chocolate barks and clusters may include figs, dried cranberries, pecans, or almonds, and the astonishing butter-toffee chocolate bark will make you swear off those vastly inferior Skor bars forever.
The three-course dinner at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub is no small add-on to this package. This excellent waterfront restaurant emphasizes house-made and fresh, locally sourced ingredients. To give you an idea, here is what I ordered for lunch on my last visit:
Goat Cheese & Beet Salad (half $6, and it was BIG): Organic spinach, Sea Bluff Farm beets (from Metchosin, BC)), Happy Days goat cheese (Chilliwack, BC) with candied almonds, tossed with Spinnakers barley-wine vinaigrette (made on site).
Local Mushroom Trencher ($8): Salt Spring Island shiitake mushrooms and button mushrooms sautéed with garlic, onion, and garden rosemary with grilled local squash, served open faced on fresh multigrain bread (baked on site) with Spinnakers Stout grainy mustard aioli (also made on site) and Kootenay Alpine Cheese Co. Alpindon cheese (Creston, BC area).
That breakfast basket included with the winter special will contain breads and pastries made fresh by Spinnakers’ resident bakers. Based on the lavender shortbread cookies and pain au chocolat I have enjoyed from the Provisions kiosk, you can look forward to a very happy wake-up.
Spinnakers (www.spinnakers.com). For reservations: call 250-386-2739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org