Yellow Point encompasses not just a beach-side lodge and cottages but acres and acres of nearly virgin forest and close to a mile of private
waterfront for your wandering pleasures. This is definitely a destination resort and may be an acquired taste -- accommodations range from fantastic to merely okay but are never luxurious. However, many who come will immediately try to make reservations for the next year. They may be shocked to find that this is nearly impossible.
Reservation preference is given to the current renters in a not uncomplicated arrangement of dates -- you may "re-up" for the days of the week, not the actual dates. You may pass your reservation to someone else in order to hold your spot, but only for one year. For example, *we* have the last Tuesday through Thursday in September for a not-that-great room. The dates change, the mid-week time does not. We could give this reservation to a friend for one year, but would have to pay the nominal fee ($70 & credited to your account) and return the following year in order to hold this preference. We treat our reservation like the gem that it is. Of course, our hope is that we'll eventually switch to a "treasured" room with a view or even better, a cabin on the bluff. :-)
Spending time on this fabulous stretch of Vancouver Island is an experience in learning about yourself. Who are you? What do you like to do? Art? Sports? Games? Reading? Music? All are here at Yellow Point, but little is organized except for meals and an occasional musical evening. Nightlife away from Yellow Point is nearly non-existent, although Nanaimo (c. 20 miles away) is a curiously interesting town and the nearby "Gate and Crow" could be anyone's favorite pub. Some nearby artists will open their galleries and studios for visitors -- very interesting work to see when these are available. At Yellow Point, I am most likely to spend my time enjoying
the beach, watching shore birds and the antics of the resident deer and rabbits, reading, writing poetry, trekking through the woods and, of course, trying NOT TO BE LATE for communal meals where I will attempt to hold my own with the table conversation. Without a doubt, it is the camaraderie experienced as you grow to know your fellow visitors which makes this an especially wonderful place to stay. This fellowship is engendered by the owner and staff who are excellent at creating a comfortable, welcoming environment. Because there are so many repeat visitors, there is a special feeling here. Some visitors even join the Friends of Yellow Point Society, a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of this amazing place. FOYPS membership gives you access to newsletters, meetings and planned
In the winter it is slightly easier to find a room available. We are looking forward to a visit in late January 2008. We made these reservations in September and were glad to find a view room in winter,
- Also Known As:
- Yellow Point Hotel Ladysmith