Blogger Stephanie Forrer shares her tips to Eat and drink your way through Cowichan
We invited food and travel blogger Steph Forrer to Cowichan to take part in November’s Eat Stay Play packages and share her experience! Below is a list of some of her favourite places and must-do activities in Cowichan. This piece was originally written for Eat, Drink, Travel, Y’all! – visit Stephanie’s blog to see more of her food and travel fun across the Pacific Northwest and beyond!
*All photos credit to Stephanie Forrer unless otherwise noted*
We just made the trip up to lovely Cowichan to sip wine, explore farms and vineyards, taste cider and eat so much delicious food. Cowichan is located on lovely Vancouver Island in BC and it’s the perfect time to visit because during the month of November, you can take advantage of the Eat Stay Play promotion happening! Eat Play Stay is featuring exclusive getaway packages with everything from wine tasting to whale watching to stays in luxury hotels in Cowichan all month long (and all at a great value)! Here’s a look at some of the wonderful offerings happening and visit this link for the full list of delicious offers and adventures.
SEATTLE TO VICTORIA OVERNIGHT WITH COWICHAN WINE COUNTRY TOURS WITH CLIPPER VACATIONS FOR $248
We traveled by Victoria Clipper and it is so fun, y’all! It’s a gorgeous ride up and you get on the Clipper in downtown Seattle and get off right in downtown Victoria.
This month for Eat Stay Play, you can book a round trip ferry on the Clipper to Victoria from Seattle with a Cowichan Wine Country Tour for $248 USD per person. It’s super easy; it’s super fun; and Cowichan is just a half hour drive from Victoria once you arrive.
THE COWICHAN GOURMET GETAWAY SPECIAL FOR $323
The stunning Villa Eyrie Resort and their Alpina Restaurant is offering a Cowichan Gourmet Getaway Special for $425 ($323.45 USD). This luxurious package includes a one night stay in a deluxe room, the chef’s three course tasting menu for two with wine pairings that evening at Alpina Restaurant, breakfast for two the following morning, and some housemade snacks upon departure.
EXPERIENCE EMANDARE VINEYARD FOR $26
A visit to Emandare Vineyard is a must on your visit to Cowichan. During Eat Stay Play, you can score a private tour of the property and tasting with the winemaker for just $35( $26.64 $USD) per person.
DINNER FOR TWO AT THE FARM TABLE INN FOR $76
For $100 ($76 USD), you and a loved one will each enjoy an appetizer, entree, and dessert from this lovely farm to table bed and breakfast in the most serene setting.
CIDER AND CHARCUTERIE COMBO AT MERRIDALE CIDERy FOR $24
Enjoy this fantastic charcuterie and cider combo for just $32 (or $24.35 USD) per person this month for Eat Stay Play! This yummy board is filled with local meats, cheeses and house-made pickles and preserves.
TASTING PACKAGE FOR TWO AT BLUE GROUSE ESTATE WINERY FOR $24
During Eat, Stay, Play, enjoy a tasting package for two at Blue Grouse Estate Winery for Two for just $31.76 (or about $24 USD). This wine by the glass tasting includes a cheese and charcuterie board and you can walk through the vineyard.
FEATURED MENUS AT UNSWORTH Vineyards FOR $26 AND $34
Stop by stunning Unsworth Vineyards in Cowichan for wonderful food and wine. $35 ($26.64 USD) for two courses or enjoy three for $45 ($34.25 USD) at their charming restaurant. We had an absolutely exquisite dining experience here.
AUTUMN INSPIRED MENU AT THE COW CAFE FOR $30
Enjoy an autumn inspired, three course menu at the Cow Cafe for just $40 ($30.44 USD) a person at the Cow Cafe on lovely Cowichan Bay during Eat Stay Play. We brunched here, but they’ll be doing a three course dinner. Full menu available here.
ONE NIGHT STAY & ECOTOUR with OCeanfront Suites and Ocean Ecoventures FOR $235
We were so stoked for our ecotour of Cowichan Bay and we saw so much cool wild life like bald eagles, seals and tons of sea lions (who will be hanging around Cowichan until Mid November)! Our guide was fantastic, I would absolutely recommend this tour company to anyone. You can book a one night stay in an oceanfront king suite at the Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay and a 90 minute EcoTour of the bay with Ocean Ecoventures for $309 ($235.17 USD).
SPEND A DAY IN VICTORIA!
We couldn’t resist spending a night in Victoria on our trip to Cowichan and I recommend you do the same! Exploring Fan Tan Alley is a must during your visit here! It’s lined with super cute shops and you’ll find delicious local ice cream at Kid Sister.
We did morning walks in China town for juice and cool photos both mornings we were here. This is where Fan Tan Alley is and if you get there early in the morning, you can photograph it empty which looks super cool.