On our recent driving trip of Vancouver Island we spent one night at Kiwi Cove Lodge......our room was "Chocolate" on the ground level. Nice sitting area, roomy bedroom, and large bathroom by some b&b standards. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon so we explored the grounds....Kiwi orchard, large grassy area on the water, and a wonderful vegetable garden which we learned was for the owners and the food bank! What a splendid way to help the less fortunate.
Peggy gave me several dinner suggestions earlier so we set off for a little drive and found a small marina that we as boaters had docked at about 20 years ago but we knew their restaurant was closed that night. Onward we drove to the Crow and Gate Pub.......it was like a stop in the U.K., lovely setting in the countryside, and very authentic atmosphere plus a wonderful garden. Ate at a communal table outdoors and enjoyed meeting new travelers.....my husband enjoyed his burger and me, crab cakes!! Don't miss the cider either.
After a good sleep, we enjoyed Peggy's breakfast fare. Came away with a purchase of kiwi jelly too. Peggy and Doug are nice people and helpful hosts so it is a pleasant stopover near to Hwy Canada 1 on a visit to Vancouver Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Getaway rural accommodation on Vancouver Island just 20 minutes south of Nanaimo.All 12 guestrooms have private bath and breakfast included. South view rooms overlook a well manicured kiwi vineyard with ocean and mountains beyond.A relaxing park-like waterfront property, great for group retreats, reunions and weddings. Open year round. ... more less