Ken Hueston grew up with a penchant for bones. According to the Goldstream News Gazette, he began his formal education in pursuit of paleontology, but he soon found that although his instincts were correct, they were slightly misguided?his place was not among dusty and brittle dinosaurs, but in the steam of a kitchen. There, his commitment to local ingredients, handmade cuisine, and chef education would earn him the B.C. Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008, a spot on enRoute's Best New Restaurant list, and a 2012 feature on Food Network Canada's You Gotta Eat Here.
Today at Smoken Bones Cookshack, after a brief absence, Ken is back as head chef, bringing with him a fresh dose of creativity and heeding the traditions of artisanal cooking, forming his menu's burgers, cheeses, and bacon by hand, without additives. Ken and his apprentices prepare everything on site, using scratch cooking techniques, including smoking food with local Vancouver island woods. Featured on You Gotta Eat Here, their pork and beef ribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket stake out the spotlight, though the Cookshack has not forgotten seafood, chicken, and stacked sandwiches. The emphasis on all-natural methods also extends past the cuisine and into the smoking process itself, which employs wood from Vancouver fruit and alder trees.
The forest figures heavily into the restaurant's decor too: in between praising the venue's bacon ice cream, Heed the Hedonist recounts "exposed ducts and exposed wood everywhere, including a plywood bar that was fashioned from a Douglas Fir that had blown down during a windstorm." Big-screen televisions augment the natural appeal, broadcasting sports on game nights, and live blues music twangs during special events.
Located in Victoria (Langford), The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria is convenient to Goldstream Provincial Park and All Fun Recreation Park. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Langford Lanes and Luxton Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 156 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting, cotton sheets, and down comforters. Rooms have private balconies where you can take in city and golf course views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and makeup/shaving mirrors.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including a golf course and a health club. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
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Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Victoria? This hotel has 4629 square feet (417 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and a meeting/conference room. Free self parking is available onsite.
Efficiency/Studio Hotel Year Built 1981 Year Remodeled 2009 Additional Property Description A great hotel in Victoria, BC with an excellent harbor location, offering a delicious complimentary full breakfast, well appointed rooms and personalized service. Ideally located right at the inner harbor downtown Victoria, our Victoria, BC hotel is a short walk to major attractions, restaurants, shops and ocean side paths. Our beautiful rooms, spacious one bedroom suites and luxurious penthouse apartments are 100 percent non smoking and each include a private balcony, free Wi Fi, a refrigerator, microwave and DVD player. Ideal for extended stays, our Victoria accommodations also include well equipped kitchen studios and suites available for weekly and monthly stays. Relax in the outdoor seasonal heated pool, open from mid May to early October, indoor whirlpool, dry sauna or the steam room. Enjoy a complimentary guest computer with printer and our convenient on site 24 hour guest laundry facilities. Our award winning staff is on hand 24 hours to assist with concierge and any other requests to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Popular attractions near our Victoria, BC hotel include the Royal British Columbia Museum, Parliament Buildings, Undersea Gardens, the Empress Tea Room, Miniature World, the Bug Zoo, Horse drawn carriage tours, Beacon Hill Park, departures for whale watching tours, seasonal, and all the entertainment the Inner Harbor has to offer. A short drive away is the Craigdarroch Castle, Government House and the Victoria Art Gallery. A must see is the world famous Butchart Gardens, open year round, about a 30 minute drive from the downtown area. For an exceptional stay, friendly service, lovely rooms and the convenience of Victorias best location, make a reservation at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Inner
As golfers line up tricky, round-deciding rolls on the green of the signature 17th hole at Olympic View Golf Club, they might have to block out an unusual sound. Just behind the green, water crashes earthward for more than 60 feet over one of the course’s two waterfalls. The dramatic feature generates a roaring din as well as a beautiful backdrop for players as they near the end of their scenic golfing excursions.
Such tranquil scenes are common on the 6,600-yard course framed by the dense forest of south Vancouver Island and the looming profiles of Olympic Mountains peaks. But the calm can be deceptive, as the Bill Robinson–designed layout aims to challenge. Twelve lakes are interspersed throughout the site, and numerous bunkers intimidate golfers with their depth and walls etched with tally marks. This signature mix of beauty and difficulty earned the club a four-star rating from Golf Digest in 2008, as well as a ranking of 10th Best Public Golf Course in British Columbia by Score Golf in 2011.
The GBC Golf Academy at Olympic View Golf Club aims to prepare golfers mentally and physically for playing the most enjoyable golf of their lives. Located on 14 acres, the academy features nine large grass driving areas with target greens as far as 330 yards. In three short-game areas, players practice putts, pitches, and fake surprise at finding the ball in the cup. The amply appointed grounds complement a teaching philosophy that encourages development of a repeatable swing tailored to the individual’s physical capabilities.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,600 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa is in the heart of Victoria, walking distance from Pacific Rim College and Maritime Museum of British Columbia. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Bastion Square and Open Space.
Make yourself at home in one of the 240 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting. Windows open to city and courtyard views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, and flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature handheld showerheads and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including outdoor tennis courts, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 10 km.
Grab a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Self parking is available onsite.
As Justin Lussier traveled through Naples in 2005, he decided to stop for the city's famous pizza at a small street-side eatery bearing the sign Pizzeria Sorbillo. He loved his traditional thin-crust pie so much that he rushed to a pay phone and called his friends Christian Bullock and Jason Allard to tell them that he wanted to make that same pizza. When Justin returned to Canada, the trio travelled to confer with the culinary experts at Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) in order to uncover what truly makes a pizza Neapolitan. Two years later, the friends set out to open Famoso.
Famoso's chefs all follow strict guidelines set by the AVPN—they only use OO Caputo flour imported from Naples, and they hand mill tomatoes imported from the foot of Mount Vesuvius, where each crop is grown in soil enriched by volcanic ash and sung to daily by volcanologists. Chefs top the crust with local fior di latte mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, and pecorino romano cheese. They then spread dough into wafer-thin disks, which they blast-fire at 900 degrees for 90 seconds inside imported Italian bell-shaped ovens. Pizzas are also topped with ingredients such as soppressata, oven-roasted Italian sausage, kalamata olives, and truffle oil.
Famoso Baristas can pair many of these pies, some of which are reinvented twice each year, with a mix of local and international wines—including vintages from Italy and Canada—and hand-crafted gelato. At each restaurant, they ferry dishes and drinks through rustic and inviting interiors, each of which reflects the unique style of its neighbourhood, though all are united by accents of exposed brick and wood, wine-bottle art, and sculptural pizza-box displays.