Welcome to the breathtaking natural beauty and culinary delights of Southern Vancouver Island! The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is excited to announce the Sooke Flavour Trail map, a guide that will take you on a remarkable journey from rocky coves to hidden beaches and from independent restaurants to local farms and breweries. Join us as we embark on a mouthwatering adventure to discover the best of Sooke, Metchosin, and Langford, just a short drive west from the hotel’s downtown location.
Stop 1: Sheringham Distillery – Langford’s Liquid Gem
Our first stop is Sheringham Distillery, a hidden gem in Langford. Here, you’ll find the World’s Best Contemporary Gin, their award-winning Seaside Gin. Infused with locally harvested winged kelp, this gin offers a unique taste of the region. Take a tour, learn about their distilling process, and savor the flavors of their exceptional spirits.
Stop 2: Metchosin’s Rural Charm
Leaving the city behind, the landscape transforms into rolling farmland as we enter the charming community of Metchosin. Our recommended stops include Bilston Creek Farm, a picturesque farm where you can wander through lavender fields and picnic under heritage apple trees. Don’t miss the chance to stock up on their delightful small-batch lotions, essential oils, and bath salts. For a delicious meal, My-Chosen Cafe is renowned for its home-style cooking amidst the idyllic farmland. Make sure to say hello to the friendly goats!
Stop 3: Sooke’s Hidden Coves and Artisan Ice Cream
As we venture further toward Sooke, the surroundings become rockier, and hidden coves await beachcombers. Discover the Aylard Farm area in East Sooke, a perfect spot for beachcombing. While there, don’t miss Sea Chest Ice Cream at Becher Bay Marina & Campground. This quaint seaside nook offers mouthwatering, organic ice cream sandwiches made with in-season ingredients from the owner’s garden.
Stop 4: Sooke Potholes Provincial Park – Nature’s Refreshing Oasis
After indulging in ice cream, take a refreshing dip at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. These natural rock formations create pools and waterfalls that will invigorate your senses. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the park before continuing your journey.
Stop 5: Bad Dog Brewing Co. and Shirley Delicious
Quench your thirst with a visit to Bad Dog Brewing Co., a craft microbrewery in Sooke. With twelve delectable beers on tap, you’re sure to find a brew that suits your taste. Further up the coastal road, you’ll find Shirley Delicious, a cozy café nestled in the woods. This charming spot is the perfect pit stop before a scenic hike to Shirley Lighthouse, offering breathtaking coastal views. Alternatively, you can explore nearby French Beach Provincial Park for a serene seaside escape.
Stop 6: Culinary Delights and Sunset Views
Before heading back to the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, treat yourself to a delightful dinner experience. Stoked Wood Fired Pizza & Market in Sooke serves up mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas that will tantalize your taste buds. Enjoy your meal and catch the stunning sunset over the Juan de Fuca Sound from one of the nearby beaches. Another fantastic option is Wild Mountain, an advocate of the Slow Food Movement, where you can savor a farm-to-table dining experience that celebrates the region’s flavors.
The Sooke Flavour Trail is a culinary adventure that takes you through the natural wonders and culinary delights of Southern Vancouver Island. From exploring rocky coves and hidden beaches to indulging in artisanal ice cream and farm-fresh cuisine, this journey offers a true taste of the region. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa‘s Curated Trails maps, including the Flavour Trail, provide the perfect tools to explore at your own pace and discover the vibrant communities and local producers that make Vancouver Island a food lover’s paradise. Book your stay at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa and embark on a remarkable culinary journey that will leave you with unforgettable memories.