An Afternoon in Charming Sidney, B.C.
It was a rainy afternoon in one of my favorite Canadian towns, nicknamed "Sidney by the Sea"(which reminds me of course of Carmel, another place near and dear to me.). Close to Victoria, another popular Canadian destination, this little seatown consisting of just a few blocks filled with shops and restaurants is just as charming as it is delicious. Staying at a popular hotel right on the water, I was walking distance to everything. Looking up you see seagulls and even the occasional bald eagle, while looking out to the water it is a never ending abyss of sea and all that lies beneath. After a quick rinse and nap we headed out for lunch and to hopefully score some good happy hour deals before retiring in for an early bed time. We had a 3;15am wake up call the next morning, so dinner was a maybe but happy hour was a must. I noticed this little blue shack on the water behind the hotel as we drove in and knew instantly I had to check it out. One building was a fish market, the other smaller building was a restaurant. Inside it was warm and filled with christmas decorations! It was the day after Thanksgiving, which I had been working instead of spending time with my family, so this warmed my heart and instantly got me in the holiday mood! They had some cheap wine and beer prices for happy hour so we stocked up. We also ordered crab cakes and chowder to split and OMG. Best crab cakes I've ever had. More crab than cake which is key ;)
We also found a distillery along the water. We went inside to look at gifts since Christmas shopping has officially begun. We knew we couldn't handle sampling Gin, Vodka and Whisky due to the early showtime the next day so we settled for shopping. It was a beautiful ambiance and I would like to return to try the product when I can more responably handle it. The pilot I was exploring with even took pictures of some of the tiles and architecture as inspiration for his home he was remodeling, thats how awesome the building is.
We made one finals top to the "Surley Mermaid", which I loved! They also had great happy hour options and a full menu which looked to die for. The ambiance was dim and stone and enchanting. Kind of like a sea cave but modern and beautiful. We kept warm on a couch by a fireplace which added to the charm. The atmosphere was lively, we were sad to head back so early.
For all my airline people who are here on overnights, the restaurant inside of the hotel is amazing for happy hour. They have deals on drinks as well as food, you can definitely make a meal out of it. If you come not at happy hour though, expect to spend some major cash here $$$.