Dine Around Victoria 2020
With flurries and sub-zero temperatures hitting Victoria this week, it may take a bit more gumption to leave your comfortable abode – however there is one very good reason to do so! Starting this week on January 17 and running until February 2nd is the city’s most anticipated foodie event – Dine Around Victoria.
Dine Around is an annual event put on by over 60 restaurants in Victoria is an effort to entice locals to try new restaurants and chefs to try new recipes during the industry’s slower months post holiday frenzy and spending. Diners can choose from set price, three-course menus ranging from $20 to $50, with the option to add VQA wine pairings. To celebrate the launch of this event, the Victoria Conference Centre is hosting the Dine Around Kick-off Gala on January 16th. Chefs will be present to discuss their culinary creations, and attendees can try bites from over 50 participating vendors.
Check out this years list of participating restaurants here!
Did you hear that 8 Victoria restaurants have made their way onto Yelp’s list of top 100 places to eat in Canada in 2020? Way to go Victoria! The interesting part is that Yelp created their list by compiling millions of user reviews over the course of 2019 to determine the most popular and highly rated restaurants across the country. So it’s not just Yelp saying we’re good, it’s the thousands of real life individuals who have weighed in with their top picks. One restaurant in particular deserves special mention, as they not only made this list, but they also feature a menu at the Dine Around Victoria event – Olo. Located in Old Town Victoria, Olo features seasonal ingredients sourced right from the island. I just had lunch and my mouth still watered just looking at their Dine Around menu!
989 Johnson St. condos are a sight to be seen
We are so thrilled to welcome three new suites into our portfolio at Victoria’s brand new elite development at 989 Johnson St. What is even more exciting is that one of the suites belongs to our very own Dennis, Premiere Suites Victoria’s Manager of Operations. Dennis has been with us for nearly 10 years and we celebrate with him the acquisition of this stunning new property! Dennis’s suite is already tenanted, but he did take us through our other 4th floor unit. Guests will be treated to fresh new furnishings that adorn this dwelling with concrete and mill work accents. The combination of textures and colours bring a comfortable contemporary feel to the modernity of the two-towered glass structure. Honestly, you have to see these suite to really appreciate how fantastic they are!
Here are a few sneak-peak snapshots of our visit to suite #412:
This chef-inspired kitchen has all the storage you could need
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Today we reached a marketing milestone as we celebrate our 3000 Likes and Followers on Facebook. And it got me to thinking that we wouldn’t be where we are today if it were not for these people, and so many others whom support us in so many ways. Our local Victoria branch has grown from a humble beginning of one apartment to nearly 65 incredible units in 30 properties across Victoria. We couldn’t have done it without you, our social media allies, and ALL whom link our vast web of partnerships.
With sincere and deep gratitude, we thank the following whom have supported, us, trusted, us, and advocated for us over the years, especially our OWNERS who trust us with their homes and investments, the GUESTS who trust our name and our quality accommodations, our STAFF who work around the clock to keep operations running impeccably, to SPINNAKERS BREWPUB for keeping our guests’ bellies full and happy, to our RETAIL partners for our beautiful and modern furnishings/decor, the CONTRACTORS whom we trust to fix, update, and revitalize our suites, to the REALTORS, ADJUSTORS, and RELOCATORS for all your referrals, the PROPERTY MANAGERS, CARETAKERS, and STRATAS who support what we do in so many ways, to our MARKETERS who showcase our product, and our HOTEL PARTNERS who ensure we never have to turn away a guest.
Our partners mean the world to us and with this we say a very heartfelt THANK YOU to all.
Dads are hard to shop for, so let us help take the guesswork out of what to get him for Father’s Day this year. Whether your dad is into golf, hiking, museums, or kicking back with a craft beer and an epic view, we all know the one thing he really wants is to spend time with you.
1. PADDLE COWICHAN BAY
If your dad enjoys getting out on the water, gift an experience and take him for a 2-hour tour with Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre. The best part? When you book a tour on June 16, your father paddles for free!
Insider tip: Use the code FD2019 when booking your tour online.
2. GET YOUR HEARTS RACING
Kick Father’s Day up a notch with a lap around the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. The full-day experience will give hands-on instruction in positioning, control, ideal cornering, dynamic driving and more. Make sure you call ahead to get all the details and arrange your dad’s driving experience.
Image courtesy of Island Motorsport Circuit
3. ENJOY PIZZA, CRAFT CIDER AND LIVE MUSIC
Forget pizza and beer, Merridale takes the concept of pizza and cider to a whole new level. This Father’s Day, treat your dad to an evening on the back deck at Merridale Cidery & Distillery for live music and house-made, brick oven pizzas from the orchard cookhouse.
Insider Tip: Reserve your spot in advance, this is a popular evening!
Image by Deddeda Stemler
4. TAKE HIM TO CAR FREE YYJ
Plan a family bike ride to Car Free YYJ for a full day celebration. Check out the five stages with live entertainment, all-ages licensed areas, a beer garden and more than 400 local artists and makers.
Image via @carfreeyyj
5. PEDAL FOR YOUR PINT
Possibly the most entertaining way to get around the city is The Rolling Barrel, Victoria’s pedal pub tour. Hop on the trolley with your dad and a group of other beer/bike enthusiasts, and pedal to three of Victoria’s iconic pubs. At each stop, you’ll enjoy discounted food and drinks, as well as free appetizers.
If you’d prefer less of a party and more ocean views, opt instead for a Pickle Pub Crawl with Victoria Harbour Ferry. They’ll whisk you across the harbour between several of Victoria’s finest waterfront pubs.
Image via @therollingbarrel
6. ENJOY QUALITY TIME ON THE COURSE
For dads who love to golf, Victoria is the perfect place to enjoy a Father’s Day round. Head to Bear Mountain Golf Club & Academy for a challenging course with stunning views over the Olympic Mountain Range, or treat him to brunch and golf this weekend at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, where you’ll get unbelievable views over the Satellite Channel and Salt Spring Island.
Image courtesy of Westin Bear Mountain
7. CHALLENGE EACH OTHER
With more than 700 board games to play or buy, Victoria’s Interactivity Board Game Cafe is a favourite with locals and a great way to spend quality time with your dad. Challenge one another to a game of wits or battle it out Risk-style; this place has got pretty much any board game you could hope to play.
It’s only $5 to play as many games as you want and stay as long as you like, plus there’s a great menu of snacks, sandwiches, candy and milkshakes to keep you going.
Image by Bob Hewitt Photography
8. GO FISHING
You could also opt for a day of sport fishing with SpringTide. It’s a great option whether your dad is a seasoned fisherman or just a guy who likes to get out on the water. You’ll get a professional guide and a four-rod set-up on a 46′ Sportfish Yacht, plus all the bait, tackle, cleaning, bagging and fishing gear that you’ll need for the trip. For even more guided options, check out these fishing tours around Greater Victoria.
If you and your dad are comfortable taking a boat out without a guide, rent a fishing or sightseeing boat from Pedder Bay RV Resort.
9. VISIT A MUSEUM
What better way to celebrate family than with an exhibition all about families? Head to the Royal BC Museum to enjoy their brand new exhibit, Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises. It’s a super inclusive, interactive exhibit that uncovers the mysteries of the Ancient Maya culture.
This weekend (June 21-23) the Indigenous Cultural Festival will also be taking place just outside the Royal BC Museum. See live performances, shop from Indigenous artisans, and indulge in traditional Indigenous foods.
10. SAY CHEERS! TO DAD
You could also opt for a Victoria Craft Beer & Culinary Tour with Off the Eaten Track, where you’ll enjoy beer samples, food stops and lots of history about Victoria’s craft beer scene. If your dad is interested in the process of making beer as well as drinking it, check out a behind-the-scenes look at Victoria’s breweries with West Coast Brewery Tours.
Image via @canoebrewpub
There you have it! All the inspiration you need to enjoy a great Father’s Day. If you are still looking for more ideas, check out the see & do page or look at the event calendar to see what’s going on around the city.
Encore! We are so thrilled to welcome this incredible property to our portfolio!
Encore is the newest elite addition to the 20 acre master-planned community of Bayview Place, and the newest addition to Premiere Suites rental pool. With impeccable interiors, a stellar location, and amenities galore, there is so much to love about this property.
Perfectly situated in Vic West, you are a 5 minute stroll to downtown, and moments from the Galloping Goose trail and the West Bay Walkway. Miles of coastline start right here at Encore. We invite our guest to explore the gems of this coastal neighbourhood including Spinnakers, the nation’s oldest gasto-brewpub! Amenities of Encore are some of the best in the city. Upon arrival, an on-site concierge is there to greet residents and guests alike. Onsite facilities include a stunning residents lounge, complete fitness facility, and a heated outdoor swimming pool (seasonal). Interiors feature gourmet kitchens with premium appliances, stone countertops, and are equipped with forced-air heating and cooling to provide a comfortable environment year round – A rare find in Victoria!
We furnished this unit from the ground up, and are pretty pleased with the results:
Tell us what you think – we would love to hear from you!
We hope you found joy and peace this holiday season and wish you a bright and prosperous 2019!
From your friends at Premiere Suites Victoria:
Rachelle, Courtney, Ann, Beverly, Dennis, Romeo, Tracy (& Carlos), and Jonathan
We are very excited to share our new CHEK News commercials with you all!
Watch for us airing on on channel 6, and in the meantime check out our awesome new ads!
Cam highlights how our services extend to locals of Victoria who are displaced from their homes. Did you know we work with many insurance companies around Victoria and do direct billing with them? It’s just one of our services, and one less thing to worry about while your home is under repair.
What do you think of our brand new suite at the Emerson? We are so in love with this luxury 2 bedroom suite, sitting right between Fairfield’s tranquil neighbourhood and downtown Victoria!
No more costly hotels! Our fabulous star, Vanessa, explains how Premiere Suites is the perfect housing solution for corporate travellers. She’s shooting in our Penthouse suite at the Inner Harbour (the Reef), located in James Bay at 21 Erie Street.
Today we wish our very own Courtney Hilverda a very Happy Birthday!
Courtney has been Premiere Suites Victoria’s reservations manager for the past three years and we honestly don’t know what we would do without her!
Courtney, thank you for taking great care of our guests and keeping the office running like clockwork. We are so lucky to have you!
We are thrilled to introduce you to Sue Maitland, Victoria’s own ICF Certified Life & Career Coach. We have recently teamed up with Sue in an effort to add a valuable service to our guests who are relocating and transitioning to a new life in Victoria.
Being locals of Victoria, working in a local company, we often take for granted the network of support that surrounds us on a daily basis. We forget things like how many years it took to build the friendships around us, and the plenitude of resources that helped us to get to where we are now. Our lives are full professionally and socially, but it took a long time to get there – often a whole lifetime.
Imagine uprooting everything you know, everything you have built up – your house, your family, your friends, your job. When relocating, some of these elements may follow you, many may not. As exciting as a new opportunity or a fresh start can be, it can also be a very stressful time in one’s life. This is why we have partnered up with Sue Maitland and recommend her coaching services to our guests who are new to Victoria. She has a special area of her practice focused on helping people have a smooth and successful transition when moving to Victoria. Some of Sue’s services include free, live information sessions and videos, co-sponsored events in Victoria, and workshops on topics such as Networking for Success in Victoria.
We are happy to introduce our guests to Sue Maitland. Our guests can find her letter of introduction & available services within their furnished, executive suite.
We can’t help but to feel a tad proud of this wonderful review our guest wrote!
“I first discovered Premiere Suites advertised on the City of Victoria’s website, and figured if the City is recommending this organization then it must be good!
I am extremely happy to say that the up front service and administration, and the excellent affordable long-term accommodation provided by Premiere Suites, Victoria deserves the 5-star rating in the true sense of the word!
From the initial point of contact via emails and telephone conversations; the coordination of booking our stay; the signing of the rental agreement; payment of deposit, the presentment of keys, the instructions with regard to the rental accommodation and the final key hand-off- Courtney Hilverda, Reservations Manager, Premiere Suites, Victoria ensured that our stay was exquisite in the true sense of the word! We really appreciated the personal touch (no Call Centres), and the western hospitality that was represented here and how we all felt truly welcomed to such a beautiful City as Victoria! Our thanks and appreciation is also extended to Dennis, who also went the extra mile in order to ensure that we were all settled into our accommodations as comfortably as possible for the month-long stay.
Thanks to all of you for such a marvellous stay! We look forward to our return – same place, same time next year!
All the best!
Bev Streicher and family”
-Dockside Green Synergy, April 2018