We had such a lovely time at the Ocean Wilderness. The warmth of the hosts, Lori and Andy, was a true delight, and the inn itself is beautiful. It is NOT a rustic cabin, nor is it a hotel. It hits the perfect "sweet spot" between. We stayed in the Pacific Panorama, which has a fabulous view overlooking the ocean (but through the garden). The bathroom was lovely and had a shower, but the tub (large) was in the bedroom, with fluffy robes and huge towels.
The breakfasts were not only tasty, they were clearly prepared with a lot of caring and desire to make "breaking fast" an actual experience rather than a plonking down of a few dishes and juice and hoping everyone's happy. We also had a mead tasting (mead from Tugwell Farm and delicious) with cheese and some completely yummy granola on our departure. I don't think anything was left out of it. Loved the chocolate bits and, seriously Lori, were those wasabi peas???
There is a guest kitchen too for ambitious souls to make something with the local produce.
During our 4-day stay, we came back one dark and windy night to find Lori and Andy holding storm lanterns and obviously quite concerned for our safety. They escorted us to our room, left the lantern and made sure the candle was lit. Lori came back with a flashlight and water. How very thoughtful...and that's what this place is all about—thoughtfulness.
Loved the pod coffee and tea maker in the hallway/library. We took advantage of this many times over our stay. We also recommend the EdGe for lunch and/or dinner. It's a funky-looking place serving absolutely wonderful food. My husband raved over the pork chop dish (looked more like an elephant chop) and my Arctic char was just brilliantly prepared. The dessert - apple spring roll with black tea jellies - was mouthwatering. The EdGe is in Sooke.
Back to the Ocean Wilderness Inn: Throughout the year, they run workshops and concerts and this is worth checking out on their website. They have a FB page so you can see what's happening. I am so happy we found this place. Had we not received a Living Social email featuring it, weI might never have known about it. And that would have been a very great loss!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oceanfront B and B. Perched above the Salish Sea (Strait of Juan de Fuca) overlooking the Olympic Mountains, between Sooke and Jordan River, this serene, comfortable, seven suite ocean-front bed and breakfast retreat is perfect for your holiday get-away. Located about 60 minutes from Victoria on the Southern coast of Vancouver Island. All rooms have refrigerators, as well as coffee and tea. Our English cottage garden is surrounded by majestic old-growth forest and a lovely brook that runs along our beautiful trail to the beach. Book your room overlooking the ocean or the rain forest. Our Inn is within the Pacific Marine Circle Route next to Muir Creek beach. Lots of fun things to do here, geocaching, hiking, birding, fishing, biking, surfing, seaweed gathering, kayaking, paddle boarding, kite surfing, whale watching, beach combing. Looking for lower key? Then soak in the hot tub, read, gaze at the waves. Or for something completely different do nothing just sit and gaze at the spectacular views! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean Wilderness Inn Sooke, Vancouver Island