Christmas for me on the West Coast means walking on soggy paths under soaked evergreens, warm fireplaces, sweet aromas of baked goods, shopping for unique gifts for your favourite people, music that evokes memories of childhood and family, and of course spending time with loved ones. All of this above and more can be found on Salt Spring Island, which is why John and I spent a few days at Hastings House last winter, and you can have your own experience during Christmas on Salt Spring events this season as well.
Christmas on Salt Spring Island
Discover a wealth of curated boutique shopping, winery tours, spas, art galleries, outdoor adventures, and festive, foodie experiences. Considered one of Canada’s best-kept secret holiday destinations, there are a lot of ways to explore Salt Spring Island’s holiday magic. Santa arrived a few weeks ago and the first events of the season, like the chili cookoff, were a big success.
I attended the 4th annual Glowtini cocktail competition and sampled ten different seasonal creations from local bartenders, which is double previous years. I was blown away at home many local ingredients were used in each. Vancouver Island spirits, Salt Spring clams and mussels for Caesars, local honey, ciders, eggs, and more. The savoury cocktail was definitely the trend and the winner this year was Alex from Rock Salt Restaurant in Fulford Village. The Fulford Flip: Laughing Apple Farm’s mulled cider, VSOP brandy, Aperol, fresh lemon juice, walnut bitters & egg white:
When you visit this season, take the self-guided Glowtini Tour to sip and savour the very best seasonal cocktails on the island.
If you missed the Beaver Point Christmas Craft Fair or the Fulford Christmas Craft Fair, enjoy the Seasonal Saturday Market on December 13th and December 20th, and Wintercraft until December 22nd. Santa’s Christmas Ship arrives December 13th and on December 22nd, it’s Merry Monday in Fulford with Valdy and enjoy the 15th annual Community Christmas Day Dinner.
The Salt Spring Christmas Committee is comprised of the Island’s accommodation providers, retailers, restaurant owners, specialty stores, local media, the island’s arts community and the members of the Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the Christmas Committee is to encourage visitors to explore a holiday destination that rekindles the magic of the holidays, provides a warm community welcome and offers a sophisticated food, beverage, shopping and world renowned art scene.
Win a Luxury Getaway to Salt Spring Island
Christmas is a time of giving and for the last three years the Salt Spring Christmas Committee has offered up an amazing getaway for one lucky Miss604 reader and their guest — and we’re doing it again this year!
Your prize starts with a round trip flight for two, departing from floatplane docks at either the YVR Seaplane base, or from downtown Vancouver courtesy Salt Spring Air. Destination Ganges Harbour on beautiful Salt Spring Island.
Hastings House Country House Hotel will meet you at the seaplane dock and escort you to the hotel where you will spend two luxurious overnight stays in a Deluxe Hillside Suite including: Dinner, Breakfast Hamper, Afternoon Tea and a gift card from the Wellspring Spa.
Settle into your Deluxe Hillside Suite overlooking Ganges Harbour. Your hillside room features a king size bed, gas fireplace, large bathroom with deep soaking tub and separate shower, heated floors and a covered balcony to drink in the views. Enjoy an exquisite meal in one of Canada’s best dining rooms in the Manor House on the estate property.
The following day discover a morning hamper at your door with freshly baked muffins. Come to the Manor House and enjoy a full English Breakfast to prepare you for another day of discovering more fabulous adventures on Salt Spring! And be sure to visit the Wellspring Spa for a revitalizing treatment at this tranquil oasis.
This luxury prize package also includes a dinner gift certificate from Auntie Pestos – a local favourite nestled in a waterfront boardwalk in the heart of Ganges. Chef Shawn Walton prepares a fresh, from scratch menu using quality local ingredients wherever possible. And a $50 boutique shopping gift card from Twang & Pearl – described by American Way Magazine as ‘Anthropologie with an Edge’, this sweet shop delivers on its promise of delighting locals and visitors with its uncommonly beautiful finds.
To recap, this incredible prize (valued at $2,000 and is exclusive to Miss604) consists of:
- Round trip flights for two, courtesy of Salt Spring Air
- Two nights accommodation for two, at Hastings House Country House Hotel, including: Dinner the evening of your arrival, Afternoon Tea and English breakfast, and Wellspring Spa gift card
- Dining gift certificate at one of the Island’s popular eateries, Auntie Pestos
- $50.00 Gift Certificate for boutique shopping at Twang & Pearl
Enter to Win
Here’s how you can enter to win the incredible Salt Spring getaway from Salt Spring Island Tourism and the Salt Spring Christmas Committee:
- Leave a comment naming a Christmas on Salt Spring event (as listed in the online calendar) (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
Follow Salt Spring Island Tourism on Twitter and Facebook for more event and accommodation information throughout the year.
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Must be 19+ to enter and claim. Prize includes and is limited to the items listed in the prize recap above. The winner will have to claim their prize between March 1, 2015 and June 25, 2015, based on availability of flights and accommodation. Blackout effect during long weekends). The winner will also agree to be disclosed and do any follow-ups via social media. The Christmas on Salt Spring Committee, Hastings House Country House Hotel, Salt Spring Air, Twang & Pearl, and Auntie Pestos are sponsoring the prize pack.
Update The winner is Leanne Scherp!