James and I recently snuck away for a 4 night vacation sans Bauz. The days leading up to the trip I was filled with anxiety about leaving my baby for the first time, but he did so well- at least that’s what grandma and grandpa tell us! One of the hardest things about becoming parents has been losing our unlimited time as a couple. I think it goes without saying that we would never trade it but finding time to make our relationship a priority can definitely be a struggle. I don’t know if it’s the same for men, but once we do find the time, enter mom guilt! It’s so hard not to fall into the trap of feeling like you’re failing if you don’t spend (and love) every second with your child.
While I was scrolling through Instagram awhile back, I seen a post (I wish I could remember who’s it was) that said her mother always told her that even though you’re a mother you’re still your husband’s lover. Isn’t that the truth? It is so easy to get caught up in teething, diapers and sleepless nights that it feels impossible to put each other first. One thing I am sure about though, is that I want Bauz to grow up with two parents who love each other more than when they first met and that’s what these little getaways are all about.
We landed in Vancouver and took a last ferry of the night over to Victoria so that we could sleep in and take our time starting our next day. A friend recommended we have breakfast at the diner his mother-in-law works at, John’s Place and I’m telling you guys, hands down that was the best service and food that we have had in a very long time. First off, everyone in the restaurant was so lovely and inviting. Secondly, having eaten dairy free for well over a year now, I was SO excited to read a menu with vegan options and soy milk. Grande Prairie is probably the least accommodating place to eat with allergies and I find it unbelievably stressful going for dinner and worrying that Bauz will be sick after. I think being able to eat great food without a care in the world was one of the best parts of the entire trip. If you’re in Victoria, you definitely have to check them out I promise you’ll love it!
My other restaurant recommendation is 10 Acres, they are an organic restaurant that has their own farm supplying the food you are eating. What they aren’t able to provide, they source from other local farms with similar values. Their motto is, “Farm to Plate. We Live It.” Anyone that knows me knows that I love to support local so eating here was such a treat! Not to mention the food and service were equally amazing. I wish I would have had my camera to share some photos of the restaurant with you but sometimes you just get caught up in the moment, some might argue that that’s the best place to be. 🙂
The interior is the epitome of cool with chalk art farm scenes and smooth velvet booths to snuggle up in. They have fans that run on a pulley system and beautiful wood details to contrast all the neutral colours. It is a must see!
I can’t get over how lush and green everything is on the island. I expected it to be more like the mainland but it is like an out of control jungle. Everywhere you look, there is a hedge taller than a house and ferns growing like weeds. I can barely keep a fern alive and I try pretty darn hard. Moss coats the trees and rock walls and the orange fall leaves brighten up the rocky ground. It is stunning.
We did a tonne of sightseeing and drove partway up the island to check out all the small towns that are scattered on the coastline. Every single place we visited was picture perfect. You’re welcome for sparing you the other 8,000 photos I took. The atmosphere was fairly moody as the smoke from the wildfires had rolled in the night before we arrived and hung around for most of the trip. Once the smoke cleared, it poured rain on us. James was a little heartbroken over our obstructed views, but something about the fog rolling over the hills just speaks to my soul. Lets be real though, nothing could get me down because I got to drink a steaming hot coffee 4 days in a row… uninterrupted!
For our last day of vacation, we hopped back over to Vancouver and did some shopping. We had a late night dinner on the harbour and died over the cost of real estate in downtown Vancouver. Does that make us sound old? Lol! James teases me about house hunting non stop, but he really does feed the addiction. To put things into perspective, we would have paid about 2-2.5 million dollars more for the house we live in if it was in Vancouver depending on the area! How do you Vancouver readers make that work?
All in all, we had the most wonderful time. It was a short flight which is great for a weekend away and I really felt like we couldn’t have chose a more beautiful place to visit. The anxiety of leaving Bauz for our first weekend away was totally worth it. He was all smiles when we got back and couldn’t stop talking about grandma and grandpa- a few tears were even shed while he told me over and over, “Mama, Papa, all gone.” Safe to say he had the time of his life and so did we! We will definitely be back, Victoria.
Thanks for taking the time to read our little vacay story. We ran out of time to hit some of the recommendations we were given so I’m already compiling a list for our next visit. Do you have any must sees/dos while in the area? Let me know in the comments!