Need a break from the winter blues? We’ve found a spot that’s perfect for some R&R
If you’re feeling the need for a little you-time, whether that’s Valentine’s, Galentine’s, a solo weekend, or a small trip with the kiddos – you can’t get any more relaxing than a visit to the Cowichan region.
This stunning region on Vancouver Island is awash with old-growth forests, farm-to-table restaurants, boutique shopping,, and a coastline that stretches for eternity.
If you’re looking for a return to a slower, simpler pace of life – you’ve found your ticket. Here are 5 ideas of how to spend a relaxing trip in the Cowichan region.
Take A Wine Tour
What better way to start off a relaxing vacation than with a wine tour?
The Cowichan region is Vancouver Island’s thriving wine belt, with several family-owned wineries stretching across gorgeous scenery.
Set aside a half day to enjoy wine tasting and picturesque family-owned vineyards like Enrico Winery, Blue Grouse Estate Winery, Averill Creek Vineyard, and Unsworth Vineyards. Make sure to have an empty trunk for all those bottles you’ll want to take home!
Of course, you can’t plan a trip to the island without setting time aside to enjoy the views. Try a nature walk through the rainforest in Stocking Creek Park near Chemainus.
This park offers a serene setting for a leisurely stroll among towering trees, verdant green undergrowth, and stunning waterfall and trails suitable for all skill levels.
Plan A Rustic Getaway
Does a quiet, rustic getaway sound like the perfect thing? Book a stay at the Cowichan River Lodge! This spot is nestled in the forest along the Cowichan River and provides a tranquil spot for a quiet winter getaway.
If rustic isn’t your scene, then try an unscale relaxation experience instead at Tuscan Spa at the Villa Eyrie Resort. Located at the top of the Malahat, this spa offers stunning mountain views and an unbeatable atmosphere. Choose from their many spa packages, like the couples’ escapes or essential oil massages.
Take In Local Art and Culture
It’s no surprise that such a beautiful area lends itself to creative expression, so why not explore the artistic and cultural gems of the region?
Pop by for a visit at the Ladysmith Gallery to discover local artists, or visit Duncan and explore the abundance of artisans and their work at local shops and markets.
Savour Culinary Delights
Wherever you go, you’ve got to eat – right? Luckily the Cowichan region has a thriving and down-to-earth culinary scene from charming cafes to mouthwatering restaurants.
Enjoy a leisurely brunch at the Duncan Garage Cafe, known for its cozy atmosphere and delicious food, or try one of the many farm-to-table dining options in the region like Merridale Farmhouse Eatery and Farm Table Inn.
Unplug, relax, and unwind as only the West Coasters can. We’ll see you in Cowichan.