A Christmas Lunch at Spinnakers Brewpub
We are so honoured to share a meal with Spinnakers Brewpub’s very own Paul Hadfield! What began as an unexpected drop-by to say hello and “Merry Christmas”, turned into a lovely afternoon shared with dear friends. We know what it takes to run a business and how just how quickly your days fill up, and that is why this impromptu luncheon was so incredible… not to mention the amazing food the talented chefs prepared for us! (Beat salad -YUM, and oysters-OMG). We very highly recommend this incredible gastro brewpub to any one of our friends, family, and guests – and that’s why we provide a beautiful craft beer and cider to welcome each and every one of our guests to their suites.
To this, we wish everyone who makes Spinnakers so great, a very, very, Merry Christmas!
View of Victoria and the Coho ferry from Spinnakers Brewpub
Premiere Suites Proudly Supports the Victoria Hospitals Foundation at the Visions Gala
This year Premiere Suites Victoria had the pleasure of attending the Visions Gala in support of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. What an incredible event to attend and support! The Visions Gala has been running for 26 years to raise funds for purchasing equipment for Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals in Victoria. The aim this year was to raise $635,000 for leading edge cardiac equipment in seven areas of cardiac care.
More than 300 community and health care leaders attended this spectacular event at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, which raised an all-time high of $698,000. The night consisted of an exciting live auction where items up for bid included a nature expedition on Newfoundland, a luxury Hawaiian getaway, an Arizona golf vacation, groceries for a year, and so much more. The silent auction included even more travel, artwork, spa packages, and dining & entertainment. We took advantage of the tablets provided to do our bidding over the dinner hour whilst enjoying a gourmet meal. Although we did not take home any auction items, a couple teddy bears from the bear raffle did find loving homes with us! The bear raffle itself was a significant contributor to the event, collecting $16,000 for the cause!
Our fellow Victorian’s continue to give in a big way. Over the course of this 27 year event, $7.8 million has been raised for our two local hospitals. It is an honour to support an organization that works so hard to improve the health care in our community!
Rachelle Keeley, President of Premiere Suites Victoria
Beverly Booth, Marketing Director for Premiere Suites & Auction Commitee for Victoria Hospitals Foundation
Bev & Tracy with representitive from Platinum Sponsor Coast Capital Savings
Rachelle with Rahim from Max Furniture (our preferred supplier!)
Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? You’re in luck, because there are tons of festive events happening right now and right through to the new year! We have put together a few of our favourite Christmas traditions in Victoria, with a couple few new ones this year! Kick start your holiday spirit with these festive events around Victoria.
The kick-off to the holiday season starts with the Festival of the Trees on November 15th. Vote for your favourite tree and support kids from your community who need the support and care of BC Children’s Hospital. This has become a family tradition for many families in Victoria and runs through the holiday season until January 2nd.
The Magic of Christmas season at Butchart Gardens extends from December 1st – January 6th, and includes traditions such as the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ display, Christmas carollers, ice skating, and festive brass bands to get you in the spirit. Make this family friendly, pet friendly event a Christmas tradition of your own.
Christmas at the Market” begins November 25th and runs daily from 11am – 4pm until Christmas Eve. Holiday festivities include gift wrapping and free pictures with Santa on Saturdays, and free cooking demos by Goodlife Fitness at 12pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Bring the kids to the Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade, Christmas Square activities, live performances & Christmas Tree Light-Up on SAT Nov 25! Enjoy free milk and Christmas cookies after the parade with Santa in Centenial Square. Dont’ forget to bring your donation for the Mustard Seed Food Bank!
This holiday market features over 80 vendors offering locally-made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewelry, household items, plus winter vegetables, apple cider and much more! December 9th & 10th from 10am – 4pm at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association buildings (1330 Fairfield Rd), the Garry Oak Room, and the Sir James Douglas School gym.
Feast your eyes on creative inspirations fashioned from gingerbread and other edible components. More than just houses, these are detailed sculptures and unique works of art crafted by professional and amateur chefs. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Canada”. Vote for your favourite with your donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Displayed throughout the Parkside Hotel & Spa’s stunning atrium, this spirt-rousing experience is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit! Open to the public daily from November 18th to January 2nd from 9am-9pm.
Watch large commercial trucs festooned with lights parade through the streets of the capital district. Starting at Ogden Point at 5:45pm on December 2nd, the convoy weaves its way through Oak Bay and downtown Victoria before continuing on to View Royal and Langford. People are encouraged to drop off their food donations at designated sites along the route.
With Fall upon us and the time change just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take on new projects that will not only be good for you, for your home, but also for the planet. These 4 DIY’s are presented in an effort to minimize the amount of plastics reaching our oceans. We have all heard about fish and marine animals ingesting micro plastics because they resemble food. Today a new study was released stating that corals actually like the taste of plastic. Yikes. So with that said, roll up your sleeves and try these simple recipes for natural, plastic free options that are good for you and our oceans.
DIY your own cosmetics instead of buying ones in plastic tubes.
Try DIY-ing your shampoo and conditioner instead of buying plastic bottles.
Skip the plastic tube toothpaste and make your own!
Reduce plastic packaging in your cleaning routine by making your own natural cleaners.
Recipes courtesy of http://www.onegreenplanet.org/crushplastic/
We are very excited to announce our new partnership with the Inn at Laurel Point!
You may be wondering why a corporate rental firm would refer their guests to an industry competitor like the Inn at Laurel Point. For us at Premiere Suites Victoria, we do not see accommodation providers as competitors but rather partners in our field. We do know our suites provide a home-like atmosphere that you won’t find in a hotel, yet there are times a hotel stay is exactly what one might need. The Inn at Laurel Point provides a perfect housing solution for our guests that are staying for less than 7 nights, or may just need a few nights accommodation until our extended-stay suites are ready for their arrival. There is so much to love about this gorgeous waterfront property. But what really speaks to us is the assurance that our guests will be well cared for at The Inn. We are especially pleased to provide our discounted corporate rates to our guests, and will even handle the reservation from start to finish. It’s just one of the many services we offer.
Fulll article from Tourism Victoria here
We’re just going to go ahead and say it: September in Victoria is amazing. The weather is gorgeous and summery, the majority of people are back to work and school and there’s still lots going on around the city. For locals, September is a chance to relax, refresh, and enjoy the last weeks of summer before the fall season.
ATTEND RIFFLANDIA FESTIVAL
Celebrating its tenth anniversary from September 14-17, Rifflandia Festival will bring over 150 performances to multiple venues across the city over three days and nights. With artists spanning genres from pop to indie and electronic music, attendees can curate their own festival experience and choose from shows taking place at almost twenty different stages.
While there is ample opportunity to party, Rifflandia is also super family-friendly and welcomes around 800 kids to enjoy the daytime festivities at Royal Athletic Park each year. Don’t be surprised if you see a tiny human riding atop someone’s shoulders wearing a pair of hilariously oversized ear protection.
Get Rifflandia tickets now!
Image: Rifflandia Festival
CELEBRATE CRAFT BEER
Have we mentioned that Victorians like craft beer? On September 8 and 9, the Great Canadian Beer Festival will take over Royal Athletic Park to showcase 78 breweries and 2 cideries, a VIP cask tent, food vendors, live entertainment and more. Get all the details and buy tickets online here.
Image: Great Canadian Beer Festival
INDULGE IN SPECIALTY TEA, WHISKY, AND CHOCOLATE
Victoria’s very own Terroir Tea Salon (recently licensed, and with a charming outdoor courtyard perfect for enjoying a cup of tea) will be hosting a special Tea, Whisky and Chocolate Tasting event on Saturday, September 16. The Whisky Manager at The Strath Liquor Store will serve four single-malt whiskies, while the founder of The Chocolate Project will introduce four bean-to-bar chocolates that are making their Canadian debuts at this event. Served alongside four pure teas selected to highlight aroma and flavour fusions and contrasts, this unique tasting menu will certainly highten the senses. You can register for the event online here.
Images: Terroir Tea Salon
LAST CHANCE TO SEE TERRY FOX & FAMILIES EXHIBIT
September is your last month to see the Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada exhibit at the Royal BC Museum. It’s moving on at the end of the month, so visit now while you still can! The exhibit includes a timeline of Terry’s life, including key moments along the Marathon of Hope, as written by Terry in his own journals. His iconic running shorts, shoes and t-shirts are included in the display, as well as the Ford Econoline van that housed Terry throughout his journey.
While you’re at the museum, make sure to visit the permanent ‘Our Living Languages’ exhibit, which showcases British Columbia’s diverse First Nations Languages. Also on at the museum is special exhibit Family: Bonds & Belonging, which offers a surprising and unconventional look at the broad concept of family through the eyes of Canadians over the past 150 years.
Image: Royal BC Museum
DO FRIDAYS LIKE A LOCAL
Another way to feel like a local during your visit to Victoria is to attend the Bites, Brews, Bands on the Barge event at Odgen Point. Each Friday, people gather on a floating barge at sunset to celebrate the end of another week with food trucks, live music, local craft beer and cider, and great company. It doesn’t get much more Victoria than that. On tap will be beers from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Hoyne Brewing, and Driftwood Brewery, and cider from Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.
See the full music lineup schedule here.
Images: The Breakwater Barge
ENJOY SPECIAL FARM-TO-TABLE HARVEST DINNERS
Get dressed up and enjoy a spectacular evening overlooking the Inner Harbour from the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa on September 16. Supporting the BC Children’s Hospitality, Harvest on the Harbour will include a harvest dinner, dancing and entertainment under the stars – all for a good cause!
You can also indulge in a special Harvest Dinner at Woodwhynn Farms near Brentwood Bay on September 7. This four-course dinner will feature freshly-harvested heirloom fruit and veggies, locally farm-raised poultry, and more – each course paired with tea cocktails by Silk Road Tea.
Image: Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa
PARTAKE IN THE PGA
If you love golf, September is the right time to plan a visit to Victoria. We’ll be hosting an official PGA Champions Tour event from September 11-17 at the world-class Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. At the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, you will see top golfers including Sir Nick Faldo, John Daly and Tom Lehman compete for a $2.5 million USD prize purse. See available tickets and learn more about the event here.
Image: Bear Mountain Golf Resort
SOAK IN THE SUMMER WEATHER
It’s looking like summer’s planning to stick around for a few more weeks, so now is the time to cross off those last summer bucket list items. Check out our Essential Summer checklist for inspiration – and 9 Can’t-Miss Patios in Victoria so you’ll know the top spots to soak in the summer rays.
Image: Sombrio Beach, photo by Nik Dunn
Cool down this summer with a little help from Spinnakers
It’s all about the little things in life. Like coming home from a long day at the office and cracking a cold one on a hot day. And we’ve had our share of heat this summer, that’s for sure. This is why we treat our hard working guests and tired travellers to a chilled artisan brew, provided by Victoria’s own Spinnakers Brewpub. Spinnakers is the oldest brewpub in Canada, opening for business in 1984. So check into your suite, get comfortable, and be sure to take a peek in your fridge; a chilled libation awaits you!
Here is a sample of Spinnakers feature beer and ciders we provide in each of our rental units:
West Song Wit:
Light, sessionable, and perfect for a hot day. This classic witbier was brewed with coriander, fresh orange zest, and Vancouver Island grown Red Fife wheat. At 4.5% alcohol, this one is light and easy drinking on Victoria’s summer days.
Red Fife Hefeweizen:
Red Fife Wheat, Canada’s first contribution to Slow Food International’s Arc of Taste, incorporated into this classic Bavarian style symbolized brewing in the new world, blending old world techniques with new world opportunities. Craft beer at its finest.
House Dry Apple Cider:
Spinnakers craft ciders are made from freshly pressed 100% BC fruit varietals, each individually fermented and then blended and then back sweetened to taste with freshly pressed juice. This refreshingly dry cider packs a punch at 6.5% alcohol.
VIC Common Amber Lager:
To celebrate their brew #6100 in Roman Numerals – VIC, they offer a new take on a California Common. A “new world” malt forward amber lager featuring delicate caramel notes balanced by moderate bitterness and a light hop character. Enjoy now because this limited edition lager won’t be around forever!
Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Pride
Canada 150 marks a celebration like no other. Over 100 free live performances are scheduled for 11 days leading up to the culmination of events this Saturday, where nearly 50,000 proud Canadian’s will gather in Victoria’s Inner Harbour to celebrate what it means to be truly Canadian. For those needing a brief history refresher, Canada Day, formerly known as Dominion Day, marks the historical event in which Canada gained their independence from Great Britain in 1867.
Canada Day celebrations kick off at 12pm on July 1st. The day will be filled with multicultural artistry, diverse food & beverage offerings, and live music, and of course a grand finale fireworks display to commemorate our nation.
Grab your flags and be sure to check out this eventful Canada 150 Day schedule in downtown Victoria:
Main Stage, BC Legislature Lawn:
12pm: Coast Capital Savings living flag tee shirt pickup
2pm: Coast Capital Savings living flag photo
3:00pm: Elder Blessing
3:15pm: Esquimalt Singer & Dancers
3:30pm: Lekwungen Traditional Dancers
3:50pm: “O Canada” – Valdy & The Childrens Choir
4:10pm: Stella Swanson & The Rosie Joyfuls
4:55pm: CIBC Reaffirmation Ceremony
5:30pm: Dirty Mountain
6:15pm: De Temps Antan
7:10pm: En Karma
8:05pm: The Funk Hunters
Harbour Stage, Ship Point Inner Harbour:
12:30pm: Mexican Folklore Dancers
1:15pm: Lilia’s Polynesian Dance Co
2:00pm: To be announced
2:50pm: Sooke Community Choir
3:30pm: Shan-e Punjab
4:15pm: Fortune Killers
6:00pm: Stinging Belle
7:00pm: Deep Sea Gypsies
8:00pm: Band of Rascals
Top 6 Reasons To Use a Realtor
There is a time and a place for DIY, but buying or selling your home is certainly not one of those! For most, buying a home will be the biggest purchase of your lifetime. Your realtor will save you time and money, all the while supporting you during a highly sensitive time. The following is Premiere Suite’s top 6 reasons to use a Realor:
Negotiating skills are essential if you want the best deal. Realtors are skilled negotiators because they are able to bring an objective voice to a very subjective situation. They are able to remove themselves emotional aspects of the transaction, which enables them to negotiate professionally on your behalf.
Your realtor will have the inside track on properties before they even hit the market. On top of MLS listings, they have access to every home on all market sources, including ones that may not be listed publicly.
3) Access to information
Agents have heaps of information that will come in handy when deciding on a property. They can provide neighbourhood details such noise levels and quality of schools, home features and precautions, as well as market conditions such as how long the house has been on the market, square foot cost of similar homes, and other important criteria that will help guide you on your decision.
4) Understanding the fine print
Shopping for a home is the fun part, but navigating your way through complex contracts and legal arrangements can leave your head spinning. Today’s contracts are often 50 pages or more, with added riders and addendums on top of that. Because real estate agents know the buying & selling process, they can navigate you through lengthy and confusing paperwork that goes with the transaction.
5) Emotional support
For most, property represents the biggest purchase you will ever make. With that comes a rollercoaster of emotions that accompany the excitement and stress of the buying/selling process. Having a concerned, yet objective 3rd party will keep you focused on the most important issues. And when you reach that moment of buyer’s remorse, your realtor will offer professional, objective advice when you need it most!
6) Connections in the industry
Your realtor has spent years, if not decades, building connections with industry professionals. Utilize your realtor’s networking – they can recommend the best lawyers, mortgage brokers, bankers, inspectors, and even tradesmen for renovations.
Together we are stronger: Simple donations bring a community together to make a difference
Dell Wergeland from CRW accepts a donation from Premiere Suites Victoria
To uphold our 4 star quality standard in our suites, we are continually upgrading and improving our products and services. With nearly 50 suites in our portfolio undergoing updates, we do end up with a lot of perfectly good, usable items that are certainly not destined to fulfill their days in the landfill. Hence, our philosophy is that what we don’t use or need, we donate. Today was a day not unlike others, but what started out to be an ordinary donation drop off, turned into a heart-warming glimpse into the human spirit of our dear Victorian neighbours.
Today we made a trip to the Compassionate Resource Warehouse, or the CRW as they are known locally. The CRW is a registered charity that helps those in need by collecting, processing, packaging, and shipping a variety of donated goods and equipment to responsible charities around the globe. Walking into the Compassionate Resources Warehouse was like entering into a working beehive. Dozens of volunteers buzzed about between towering shelves stacked high to the ceiling. Rows upon rows of boxes stretched back into the shadowy depths of the huge warehouse. It was almost too much to take in at first; the vast quantity of supplies was dizzying. We were quickly greeted and welcomed a tour of the space and operations. What initially appeared to be complete chaos, soon took the form of a tightly organized, well-oiled machine of an operation.
Every body makes a difference.
I couldn’t believe how many people came together to make a difference. Everyone had a job to do, and everyone did it happily. Someone was assembling educational kits for a country in need, another was fixing sewing machines and replacing the electric components with a hand crank – so that anyone in any country could make use of the machine whether they had access to electricity or not. Dozens of wheelchairs were collected, disassembled, reassembled, fixed, and stored. Everything had a place in the warehouse, from sporting goods to educational materials, tools, toys, medical supplies, clothing, and housewares. Last year alone, the Compassionate Resource Warehouse shipped over 500 walkers overseas, 2956 sewing kits, 689 bikes, 4145 medical supply boxes, and 1267 hospital beds.
It stretched my mind and warmed my heart to think that this kind of compassion is coming from our fellow friends and neighbours, who freely give their time, skills, and resources to make a difference. The CRW is an all-volunteer organization and reflects the generosity and community spirit of Victorians, and we couldn’t be happier to donate our gently used goods to this charity. For drop off information, visit the CRW website here.
Rachelle Keeley of Premiere Suites Victoria gives a heartfelt thank you after a tour of the CRW
Seeing these faces make it all worthwhile
Sewing machines refurbished, labeled, and ready for shipping
Victoria’s CRW ships a full container every other week to responsible charities worldwide