Last month Jonathan and I spent a weekend at Point No Point Resort in Sooke, BC. We’d been given a voucher for the weekend as a wedding present and although we’d driven by hundreds of time, had no idea what was in store for us. The resort offers 25 beach front cabins, a restaurant, and several trails that lead to private beaches. The resort is relaxed and cozy and we really felt like we were on holiday even though we were only a few hours from home.
The cabins are rustically styled but have luxurious touches throughout. They have full kitchens, fireplaces, and private hot tubs on the beach facing balconies. The staff had laid out a fire for us before we checked in so the cabin smelled like kiln dried cedar when we walked through the door. On our first night we stayed in and watched the sunset from the hot tub with a bottle of wine and then cozied up by the fire. There is nothing more relaxing than falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach and a crackling fire.
One of the beaches has a shared outdoor cooking area with Adirondack chairs and a big fire pit. We strolled down there to find a couple cooking jambalaya over the fire while enjoying a bottle of wine. Does it get better than that?!
We spent our second day hiking and exploring some of the beaches in the area. The first stop for us was beautiful Botanical Beach. Botanical Beach is at the north end of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a 47 km trail along the west coast of Vancouver Island. We did this hike in 2013 during one of the rainiest weeks of the summer and by the time we reached Botanical Beach I was so exhausted and caked in mud that I just wanted to leave. It’s such a beautiful spot though and being there made me want to hike the trail again!
We also made a stop at Avatar Grove before driving back to the resort. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Avatar Grove. It’s a fairly long drive down a gravel road and was quite busy when we arrived. If you are looking to hike in an old growth forest and don’t mind driving on bumpy roads I would recommend making the trip to Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park instead.
We finished the evening with dinner and drinks at Point No Point’s restaurant. Like the cabins, the restaurant is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Each table has a set of binoculars so you take in the view while waiting for you dinner to arrive. We timed our seating so that we could catch the sunset and it did not disappoint. Our dinner was decadent and delicious, I had no idea the restaurant there was so good! Jonathan ordered the poached Albacore tuna with pad thai pirogi, green curry, and pickled pineapple. There weren’t any vegetarian mains on the menu, but the chef was able to whip up a delicious meal for me of couscous, rutabaga, and roasted vegetables with gremolata butter.
On our way back into town the next day we made a stop at Mom’s Cafe in Sooke for lunch. If you are looking for massive portions of diner style food this is the place for you. It’s a good thing I don’t live anywhere near this place or I would be there all the time!