We only stayed one night at Firesign Art & Design on Quadra Island, but we had a wonderful time and can't wait to come back.
Quadra itself is a forested bit of paradise, so quiet and peaceful!
Firesign Art & Design is the home of the hosts, Tracy and Nancy. Guests stay downstairs in a suite of three bedrooms with a living room and small kitchen, but fortunately, you can rent as few beds as you like. I just loved the flexibility AND the privacy.
The rooms all have charming personal decorative touches. The room I slept in had a beautiful birdseye maple armoire that I admired. The room my children stayed in had adorable decorative pillows on the beds and much more. We were also provided with water pitchers and glasses and Lindor truffles in each room. As I often need water in the middle of the night, this was a surprisingly thoughtful touch I've seen nowhere else.
The house is built in a beautiful clearing in the woods with flower gardens and several outbuildings, including the one where the gallery was housed, which is the hosts' former home. Tracy took us on a tour of the gallery, which features Nancy's paintings and Tracy's handmade cigar-box guitars. He even played a blues riff on one of his guitars and told us the story of how he got into guitar-making.
Firesign is the home of two super-fluffy cats, Jasper and Scrappy (I think?). They're a little standoffish but very entertaining and adorable.
The food was marvelous. The coffee is roasted locally and comes in a bag with a design created by Nancy. Delicious, too! Nancy made us fruit plates, local smoked salmon, and spelt blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup. Oh...my...goodness. Everything was excellent.
Tracy and Nancy were both very kind and welcoming. We felt very much at home and relaxed in this beautiful island paradise.
You won't be sorry you went!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Firesign Art & Design B&B Guest Suite offers comfortable and quiet accommodations on forested acreage on beautiful Quadra Island, BC, off the east coast of Vancouver Island. Beautifully finished and furnished, Firesign has separate entrance, kitchenette and living room for guests. Meet the owners Nanci Cook and Tracy Tomlinson and learn about things to do and see. B&B Guest suite with 3 bedrooms-use one or all 3. Original Paintings by Nanci Cook, also offering classes, art retreats. Tourism BC approved. Check out Tracy's handcrafted cigar box guitars. Participants in the year-round Quadra Island Studio Tour. ... more less
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