Get away to Victoria with @Hummingbird604 and @MagnoliaHtl (giveaway)

Among the crazy things I love doing is getting away, be it within my own city (a “staycation” as they call it) or within relative close distance of my home town, Vancouver. I recently stayed at the Magnolia Hotel, a boutique hotel located in downtown Victoria. In fact, I enjoyed my visit so much that I came back for a quick overnight visit recently, and I brought along my mom.

DSCF2780You may remember that I also enjoy trying to provide opportunities for my readers to taste things that they might not think or plan to enjoy themselves. Thanks to the kindness of many of my partners in the industry I’m able to offer “staycations” and getaways, and this time I’m partnering with the awesome folks of the Magnolia Hotel to offer you an opportunity to win a weekend holiday getaway.

The prize package consists of 2 nights accommodation at the Magnolia Hotel, $100 credit for the Magnolia Hotel spa and free parking (in case you decide to drive into Victoria). This prize pack should give the lucky winner a nice opportunity to enjoy the many things that you can do in the capital city of British Columbia.

To enter my giveaway all you need to do is comment on this post telling me (if you have visited Victoria before), what activities you enjoy doing while there, and in case you have never visited Victoria, what you might want to check out on your getaway. You can also earn an additional entry by posting the following text on your Twitter stream (total of 2 entries):

Told @hummingbird604 my favorite activities in Victoria to enter to win a wknd getaway @MagnoliaHtl http://is.gd/bYIoei Which are yours?

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The Parliament buildings. Photo credit: Derek K. Miller on Flickr.

Just steps from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa wins over guests with its unbeatable location and service. The award-winning hotel, voted one of the top hotels in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler readers and recognised as one of the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor’s® 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards, is one block from the harbour and the city’s best restaurants, shops and entertainment – exactly where you want to be during your Victoria stay.

Searching hotels in Victoria for an event venue or spa getaway? Check out our new meeting space and see why businesses are making us their corporate hotel. Plan a spa retreat with the girls and slip into Zenlike bliss at our newly expanded Spa Magnolia. Try Prime Steakhouse for lunch or dinner, a favourite in Victoria since opening in 2009. Our complimentary deluxe continental breakfast gets rave reviews.

Discover the kind of undistracted, unmatched service you can experience only in a boutique hotel with just 64 rooms.

I will draw a random winner on the next Travel Tuesday (August 9th, 2011 at 2pm). I will inform the winner by email and on this post. *The winner must provide their own transportation to Victoria.

You can follow the Magnolia Hotel on Twitter and on Facebook as well as on TripAdvisor.

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Comments (85)

RickJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:04 am

When I’m in Victoria I love to stop at the Bengal Lounge at the Empress Hotel for an ice-cold beer right in front of the mounted tiger. After that I like to hop aboard a boat and head to Fisherman’s Wharf for a little levity. The government buildings are always a draw and so are the merchants sellling their wares along the waterfront.

MehnazJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:06 am

I love love love Victoria! I went very many years ago now. My favourite was always to visit the Madame Tusauds wax museum and of course just mill around the harbourfront.

LisaJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:15 am

My favourite thing is to play frisbee in Beacon Hill Park!

Kristi FergusonJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:17 am

There are so many great things to do in Victoria. A few years ago we rented a scooter and rode around the city for 3 days. So, so much fun and what a beautiful coastline all the way around the city.

A breakfast visit to Lady Marmalade and beers at Canoe are among my favourite things to do in Victoria!

April DawnJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:18 am

I live in Victoria but I want a “staycation”! I just finished three weeks straight of work so could use some R & R… My favourite thing to do in Victoria this time of year is literally wander. The city comes alive this season so whether it’s boutique shopping, watching the buskers on the inner harbour or eating at one of the many great restaurants I’m in heaven! Tourist in your own town? Yes please!

LauraJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:19 am

I love just walking around the harbor area and looking at the beautiful scenery. I also love checking out all the little vendors that are in the area.

ElspethJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:24 am

With a lot of family in Victoria, I’ve plenty of things to do on the rare occasion I get to visit. One of the favorites is heading to Canoe Pub, sitting out on the patio and enjoying one of their Microbrews. It’s also lovely to grab a picnic lunch and head to Dallas Road to watch kites and families strolling around (and if you’re lucky, hang-gliders!).

JenJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:25 am

Breakfast at John’s Place, oysters at Ferris’ and a visit with my brother and his wife, who I don’t see nearly often enough!

RobertJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:26 am

I love showing newcomers and visitors around, and seeing my city through their eyes. It makes it fresh and new, every time.

paulJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:26 am

my favourite activity in victoria is EATING! there are so many good restaurants: like herandez, cafe bliss, mole, pizza pi… the list could go on. i also like just walking around – it’s a well laid out and easily walkable downtown core.

tracyJuly 27th, 2011 at 8:28 am

it’s a shame to stay that i’ve never visited victoria before, so this would be the perfect opportunity! the parliament building would definitely be one of my stops.

Yuri ArtibiseJuly 27th, 2011 at 9:19 am

My favorite thing to do is to hike Mt. Doug!

DoritaJuly 27th, 2011 at 9:25 am

I love to walk along the waterfront, visit the Parliament Bldg and its gardens.
Also enjoy Victoria’s great restaurants and the Rogers Chocolate store ;)

Darryl MillerJuly 27th, 2011 at 9:58 am

Victoria is a beautiful city with many hidden treasures to discover. When I travel there I usually stay at the Magnolia Hotel and walk the downtown core, take in the art galleries, boutiques and spralling waterfront. My favourite restaurant to visit is Pescatores Fish House and order the seafood dinner for 2…amazing! Simply walk and enjoy what Victoria is known for.

Michael KwanJuly 27th, 2011 at 10:18 am

It’s been years since I’ve been to Victoria, but I’ve never actually done the high tea thing at the Empress.

DilaraJuly 27th, 2011 at 11:16 am

I love going to Victoria! My best friend lives there so I love going there to visit her and her huge family. I also really enjoy strolling along the Inner Harbour, walking around the Parliament Building, and shopping in the little boutique stores all around downtown. My bestie and I also really enjoy shopping and eating in Chinatown (a little known gem in my opinion).

JenJuly 27th, 2011 at 11:59 am

While in Victoria, I love walking around downtown browsing in the shops, going to the Rogers Chocolate store for an ice cream sundae in their soda shop, walking along the boardwalk looking at the artists carve and paint, and finding great new restaurants! Victoria is a wonderful and quick escape from Vancouver, and I’d love to experience Magnolia Hotel :)

BethJuly 27th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I want to go to Rebar! Despite having been to Victoria several times, I’ve never been to Rebar – I always seem to forget about it when I’m actually there!

JeremyJuly 27th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

My favourite thing to do in Victoria is eat! I love checking out new restaurants and seeing what the foodies are talking about over there! Another thing I enjoy doing in Victoria is going to the Royal BC Museum.

TracyJuly 27th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

i like checking out the boutiques around downtown and walking along the harbour in the summer

SanazJuly 27th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I would like to check out the local boutiques

DeanneJuly 27th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I love Victoria! When I’m there I visit my sister, who studies at UVic, and like to visit the vintage stores downtown or do some bunny spotting on the university campus.

XingJuly 27th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I haven’t been to Victoria in about 10 years. This time around I’d like to visit Craigdarroch Castle and Butchart Gardens. I’d also like to dine at Il Terrazzo, which is named as Victoria’s Best Italian Restaurant by locals. I’d also like to visit the Royal BC Museum to see new exhibits.

MelanieJuly 27th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I have been to Victoria many times because my inlaws live there. I love the little boutiques along Government st. and walking along the inner harbour.

Lois PattersonJuly 27th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

My favorite thing is to just walk around Victoria, and go to Oak Bay and see the seals in the marina. I also love doing various cultural activities.

Dennis L.July 27th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

It’s been years since I’ve been to Victoria! One activity I would like to do in Victoria is see my sister for a couple hours! She works on a cruise ship and they’ll be docking in Victoria every Saturday until Sept.

Jennifer MunozJuly 28th, 2011 at 8:50 am

I’ve only been to Victoria once, on a school trip in elementary school!! We toured the Royal British Columbia Musuem and I’m sure some other things as well, but my memory is fuzzy! I would love to visit again and have tea at the Empress.

KarenJuly 28th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Victoria is home – and sometimes home can be taken for granted! A “stay-cation” means an opportunity to experience our city in a different way by taking our time: watch the buskers along the Harbour, walk along Beach Drive and get icecream at Beacon Hill drive-in :)

RebeccaJuly 28th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I love Victoria! It is so beautiful. I love Beacon Hill Park and having tea at the lovely tea houses.

NeilsJuly 28th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Lovr Victoria and my family that live there!!!

Joanne HamelJuly 28th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I was born & raised in Victoria but have lived up island for 26 years. I love to visit my hometown and when I’m there I do a little shopping in downtown, visit the Fernwood Inn (my old stomping grounds), visit friends & family, and make sure to spend some time along the Dallas Road waterfront. On my next trip, I hope to catch up to a certain artist on the causeway and take in a play at the Belfry, and of course, the very best place to stay is the Magnolia, which I know from personal experience!!!

Ashley AJuly 28th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

High Tea at the Empress is my favourite thing to do in Victoria- I double it up as dress up time & pull my fascinator out of its hatbox. Always a good laugh~

J FarrisJuly 28th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I love Victoria and all it has to offer. Be it a local (as I am) or as a visitor. Must see places are the Museum, the Empress and the Leg all lit up at night, or if you are visiting at Christmas try the trees in The Empress Lobby and the Teddy Bears at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

KatJuly 28th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Victoria is a beautiful city and I don’t get there often enough even though I live on the island. I always take in the Provincial Museum and stroll along the inner harbour. Some day I hope to do High tea at the Empress!

Lori-Vancouver BC HostJuly 28th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I want to win this so bad:)
We used to go to Hugo’s (in the Magnolia Hotel) every time we visited Victoria, that’s where I first started liking beer. It was their Ginseng beer…they have another one with hints of chocolate.
Anyway…I love Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s wharf, having tea and treats at the bakeries in Oak Bay, the parliament buildings at night, James Bay & Cook Street Village.

DarcyJuly 28th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

What don’t I love about Victoria:)
The sea wall around the inner harbour, the great restaurants, Tuesday night specials at Hugo’s, the lounge at the Laurel Point in with a view of the Parliament buildings at night.

LoriJuly 28th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

The seals and float houses at Fisherman’s wharf, Cook St Village, James Bay, the bakeries at Oak Bay, walking through Beacon Hill Park, the Parliament Buildings at night and the inside tour during the day.

LyndseyJuly 28th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Ive never been to Victoria but have heard from so many how beautiful it is! A sunny walk along the waterfront with an icecream, my lovely man and the architecture to entertain me would be a dream come true!

ValeyaJuly 28th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Barb’s Fish and Chips, the BC Museum, walk on the breakwater, rice and gravy at Japanese Village, the Rogers soda shop, and the petting zoo in the park. I haven’t been in years, but I’d love to go back!

IrisJuly 28th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

When I am in Victoria I love to have lunch at Willie’s Bakery. I enjoy browsing the antique shops looking for interesting old postcards which have been written on and are stamped.

Carrie RyanJuly 28th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I grew up visiting Victoria often, and while Fort Rodd Hill, Beacon Hill Park and the lovely drive along Dallas Road should not be missed, these days I am a bigger fan of going for coffee in the Cook Street Village, or oysters and Pimms at the Irish Times. Delish!

C WilsonJuly 28th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I have kids so when we go down we usually visit Beacon hill park and the petting zoo and the Royal BC museum….The inner harbour is always a great thing to do to.

HeatherJuly 29th, 2011 at 10:56 am

Living in Victoria is great and I would love a “staycation!” Fave things to do at this time of year would be to check out one of the many beaches, or enjoy a cold beer on one of the many patios!

BrendaJuly 29th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Wax museum! They look so real it’s eerie.

Kari WarnerJuly 29th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I would love to visit Victoria, get all dolled up and take my 4 year old daughter for High Tea at the Empress. Everything is new when you see it through the eyes of a child.

Scott WarnerJuly 29th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I’d love to romance my wife in Victoria. We live on the island but have been so busy with our young kids that we haven’t explored Victoria. A moonlit walk around the harbour, a carriage ride and a late night dinner at the Prime Steakhouse. Top it all off with a night of luxury at The Magnolia!

SusanJuly 29th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

There are so many activities to enjoy in Victoria! When I’m there, it’s usually to meet with my very best friend, who I don’t get to see often enough. We LOVE to go for long, FAST walks along the Inner Harbour and over into Esquimalt, or along the beautiful waterfront of Dallas Road. We use that time to try and “catch up” on what we’ve been doing since we last got together. If our schedules allow, we’ll stay overnight, and talk into the wee small hours of the morning. We have yet to stay at the Magnolia, but it looks lovely, and I’m sure we’d enjoy it!

PatriciaJuly 29th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Victoria is where I would love to retire! We try and visit as often as we can but I must say we have never stayed at the Magnolia and I must say it looks wonderful. We are heading to Victoria in September and I will be checking out the Magnolia for sure!

Lauren BradenJuly 29th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I Love Victoria. I have to say, my favorite time to visit Victoria is right before Christmas! I enjoy the carriage rides through downtown. High Tea at the Point Ellice house (don’t miss the tour of the house here!), walking around in Oak Bay, Beacon Hill Park, and lots of Dim Sum! Ok, want to go now.

DebbieJuly 30th, 2011 at 11:45 am

we love to go to Victoria, we visit chintown for lunch, walk along the Inner harbour taking in all the artists, and street performers, visit the Museum and watch the latest Imax film, dinner usually at one of the excellent pubs

ZahidaJuly 30th, 2011 at 11:48 am

A wander around my partner’s old haunts, and visiting the family. He grew up in Victoria and we always enjoy driving around and going for walks in various neighbourhoods as it brings out the kid in him.

Deborah LepetitAugust 1st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Victoria must be one of the best cities on earth because it is so beautiful and there is something for everyone. The stores downtown offer many local crafts and artwork as well as many boutiques with one of a kind local pieces. Each area of town is like its own small town with unique experiences for walking or biking. I am a local dressmaker and just love the inspriration, natural beauty and relaxed pace of Victoria. It would be so nice to get out of the apartment for a weekend and take a special someone for a staycation at the Magnolia. Thanks for all you do and sharing these great contest. ; )

Cathy AAugust 1st, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I love Victoria, and try to get there at least once a year. Must do’s for me include: watching the goat stampede at Beacon Hill Park, and getting a cone from the Beacon Drive Inn. Strolling aong Clover Point, watching dogs play and paragliders. Heading down to Fisherman’s Wharf for some chowder and seal feeding, and hours and hours of watching the open water. Heaven on earth!!

MattAugust 2nd, 2011 at 11:58 am

I really enjoyed Victoria and Vancouver Island and happened to stay at the Magnolia on a quick two day one night visit with my father about a year ago. My Dad was visiting from Ontario we decided to take a quick road trip on his visit and decided to take the ferry to Nanimo and then drive down the coast to Victoria. I made a reservation at the Magnolia hearing from a friend that it was an amazing place to stay.(it was!) It also happened to be the Taste of Victoria event which was amazing my Dad and I where able to have a great steak at Ric’s Steak House and a fantastic nights rest at the Magnolia Hotel.
Would love to spend more time in Victoria out of the car exploring the streets and restaurants, it’s an amazing city.

EileenAugust 2nd, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Been a while, but I went to The Butchart Gardens & had some tea! Good times…two nights in the city would be fantastic!

RajuAugust 2nd, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Hop on the Victoria harbour ferry, walk around downtown, check out a few of my fave (local) stores, rent scooters, go for a walk around the harbour in the evening!

lisaAugust 2nd, 2011 at 9:08 pm

want to checkout DT Victoria!

RobynAugust 2nd, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Victoria’s amazing! I love it the more I visit. My favourite activities – flying in via Harbour Air. Going for a walk along Government Street to Bastion Square then Fan Tan Alley. Walking up Fort Street to Cook Street, dropping by Moka House for a coffee, and then meandering along the beach at Dallas Road. Having fish & chips at either Barbs or Red Fish Blue Fish… then strolling through the residential streets behind the Parliament Building (past Emily Carr’s House) – magical!

KreeliAugust 2nd, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Despite living in Vancouver, I very rarely make it over to Victoria and would love an opportunity to visit friends and relations I only get to see once in a while. My favourite Victoria-area activities involve the Royal Museum of Natural History, chowing down on some amazing veggie Chinese food at Lotus Pond, and if I’m lucky, getting out to Sooke for a dip in the amazing potholes!

AretaAugust 3rd, 2011 at 6:30 am

I’d love to go for High Tea at the Empress and the Royal BC Museum.

CarolAugust 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 am

I absolutely love Victoria. First there is a great ferry ride to get there complete with a chance to perhaps see some whales then there is a charming city loaded with activities. I love to walk around the inner harbour. The Empress Hotel and the parliament buildings are beautiful (especially at night). Shopping is wonderful. I can never get enough of Victoria.

KarenAugust 3rd, 2011 at 8:45 am

I wear out a lot of shoe leather in Victoria because I love to walk the neighbourhoods–Cook St Village, Chinatown, the Inner Harbour, Fort Street…all that walking makes me hungry, so to fortify myself I treat myself to nibbles at the many wonderful neighbourhood shops along the way.

AlAugust 3rd, 2011 at 8:49 am

I used to live in Victoria years ago. I loved the scuba diving there and would definitely do it again during a visit.

I’d also spend a lot of time catching up with old friends and enjoying the food and coffee scene.

RochelleAugust 3rd, 2011 at 9:09 am

I absolutely love Victoria. It’s my favorite place to go when I need a vacation. It’s also the home to many of my relatives that I only get to see once every few years. It always feels like going back “home” when I get to visit there. There are still many things I haven’t been able to do there though, like go for High Tea. One day I will go there just for High tea!

JudyAugust 3rd, 2011 at 9:13 am

I’m sad to see the wax museum go. My favorite part of Victoria is the harbour. I also love watching all the cruise ships go in and out.

BonnieAugust 3rd, 2011 at 9:23 am

I haven’t been to Victoria too many times, but I would like to see the amazing lights that are featured in your photo, and get a chance to really walk around the downtown area to explore the different attractions and restaurants.

E. TangAugust 5th, 2011 at 10:30 am

It’s been years and years since I’ve been to Victoria. I’d like to check out afternoon tea at the Empress and the city’s best restaurants.

Rob BediAugust 6th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I used to live in Victoria and still visit it often. I like walking around downtown and also visiting Langford (a suburb of Victoria) for shopping, lakes, and for nice walks (as there is still a lot of forestry and greenery around there compared to Victoria).

Krista JohnstonAugust 7th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I love Victoria! I especially like Beacon Hill Park! It is so amazing! I also like checking out the nice seafood places downtown by the water – Yum! :)

JoeyAugust 7th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

When I visit Victoria, I love seeing my friends who have relocated there for work, sitting on the lawn of the parliament building and having some drinks on a patio by the harbour.

Melanie MooreAugust 8th, 2011 at 8:50 am

Victoria is my favourite city in the world. When I am there, I make sure to go on long walks around the harbour and along the breakwater near Dallas Road. I also think Victoria has some of the best brunch spots in the world, so I do spend a lot of time thinking about where I want to eat breakfast! Of course, no visit would be complete without checking out some of the boutiques on Johnson St. So quaint!

TYAugust 8th, 2011 at 9:35 am

i want to have a nice stroll downtown and grab a snack at one of the cozy cafes

ChristineAugust 8th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

My favourite Victoria Experience is a long walk in Oak Bay. Love to imagine myself curled out in those gorgeous homes reading a great book!

ErinAugust 8th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I always love to go to Barb’s fish at the pier and then take the water taxi across the way. If I go back I would love to take one of the walking architecture tours and go through the parliament building. I also want to go to the Pizzeria Prima Strada.

KathyAugust 8th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

(@kathygko) I don’t think I’ve ever properly visited Victoria before and I would visit the Butchart Gardens and have high tea at Fairmont Empress.

Amber SAugust 9th, 2011 at 6:40 am

I have never visited before but I would just love to take my daughter to Buchart Gardens on a saturday night to see the firewords with a picnic surrounded by their lush gardens. I would also try out the carriage ride through the city, the glass bottom boat tour and a whale watching excursion. Actually I’ve never seen the ocean in person so I would spend most of my time either swimming in it or close to it in some way. Thank you for the chance to win such an amazing prize package – good luck everyone!

DeidreAugust 9th, 2011 at 7:57 am

Used to live in Victoria – loved the July 1 fireworks and walks along Dallas Road!

VinceAugust 9th, 2011 at 7:59 am

really enjoy walking by the water – oak bay marina and dallas road are beautiful in the evenings – also liked going to Barbs Fish and Chips – wonder if it is still there?

AlejandroAugust 9th, 2011 at 8:14 am

I have been to visit Victoria a few years ago, but it was a very short trip and didn’t get a chance to see much. I would love to go there again with my wife.

Jessica R.FAugust 9th, 2011 at 8:59 am

I love strolling through the city and taking in the old architecture.

Cecilia LuAugust 9th, 2011 at 9:01 am

Red Fish Blue Fish in the inner harbour. No, really. BEST sustainable fish shack ever.

AnneAugust 9th, 2011 at 10:33 am

Oak Bay marina – at dusk – lovely!

BinAugust 9th, 2011 at 11:38 am

I want to see whales.

LindsayAugust 9th, 2011 at 11:52 am

I have only been in Victoria once for a visit to take in the Canada Day activities a few years ago. Would definitely like to go again to check out more of the city. Great contest, Raul!

Ian YeungAugust 9th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I love going to Victoria for the Belgian waffles and the noodle boxes! Haha

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