It may seem quiet, but there are a myriad of activities here in Victoria that happen during “the quiet season” … Opera, Ballet, live Theatre, amazing holiday crafts fairs, the Storytellers’ Guild, Folk Music Night at Norway House, Hatley Park as you’ve never seen it (see insert photo), the salmon spawning spectacle at Goldstream Park, etc. Fine restaurants, bistros and brewpubs, besieged in the summer by the high season crush, now become cozy places to “pop” into without reservations, and try the [...]
For the 3rd year in a row, we are thrilled to report that Binners’ Bed and Breakfast has again been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. We are so very grateful to our guests who take the time to write a review about us at TripAdvisor.com
What an amazing race taking place this weekend here in Victoria BC .. the annual Swiftsure yacht races. They’ll be celebrating tonight whether they won or lost the cup.
While visiting in Canada, we recommend:- British Columbia Bed & Breakfasts Binners’… a Contemporary Oasis of a Bed and Breakfast in Victoria. Stylish and peaceful; very near seaside and parks, close to downtown and the city centre! The Yellow House B&B, Victoria. Toad Hall B&B, Victoria Arbutus Hill Bed & Breakfast, Victoria. Cordova Ridge B&B, Victoria. Race View Bed & Breakfast, Metchosin. Flying Cloud Bed and Breakfast, Nanaimo. Eagles’ Nest Bed and Breakfast, Nanaimo. Lake House Vacation Rental Bed & [...]
The Cricket Pitch in Beacon Hill Park. Do YOU understand how it’s played??? Several local marinas offer mooring as well as a variety of sailing options. World class windsailing on the waterfront at the bottom of Linden Avenue, just a half block from us at Binners’ Bed and Breakfast. Commonwealth Pool has fabulous modern facilities. An olympic-size pool, splash pool, multi-storey slide, etc. There are public swimming times, including an adult-only schedule most days. Victoria has over 300 golf days [...]
The custom designed bird’s-eye maple desk in Cascadia Suite’s sitting room, chrome and amber glass vases, and current issue of Visitor’s Choice magazine. Edge of raised fireplace mantle in Cascadia’s bedroom with built-in bookshelf with black matte lamp and cream and black linen shade. Whimsical spiral begonia revelling in the afternoon sun in the dining room. All throughout the home, you will find live plants and flowers … bringing the warmth of nature indoors. Detail of custom-designed, suspended night table [...]
Here are some of the ways we act sustainably at Binners’ Bed and Breakfast … Turn off lights in empty rooms (except where necessary for exit routes). Zone heating in all the rooms … guests have individual controls for each bedroom, sitting room and bathroom. Turn off computer when not in use. Turn off room and floor heats in empty rooms. Energy efficient natural gas water heater and clothes dryer. B&B was designed with multiple skylights energy efficient windows, to [...]
Cleaning 39. Re-usable, washable cleaning rags and dust-cloths. 40. Seventh Generation eco-friendly dishwashing liquid 41. Chemical-free cleaning of glass doors and mirrors. 42. Avoid use of aerosol cans whenever possible since they cannot be recycled at the curb. Garden 43. Kitchen waste (excluding animal products) is composted and used for the garden. 44. Pesticide-free garden producing organic cherries and pears, plus … 45. herbs (rosemary, mint, sage, chives, fennel, tarragon), … 46. as well as many of the flowers we [...]
There are ways to save the environment in the office too. We re-use the backs of printer paper for draft copies of documents and set our print quality to draft mode and grey-tone instead of colour. We send e-confirmations instead of hard copies. We purchase copy paper which is from recycled materials, and pay most of our bills by computer instead of using envelopes and stamps. View faxes as e-faxes to save having to print them (especially if junk).
Living right in the city, we find it easy to be a one-car family. Not only do we have only one car to maintain, but we have saved the manufacture footprint of a second car. Interesting to consider we bought it 2 years old instead of new … we didn’t have to earn the footprint equivalent of 2 years worth of depreciation. We drive the car with the usage gauge displayed, to encourage efficient driving habits … and we tune [...]