Eat, Stay and Play in Cowichan in November

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*

Blue Grouse Estate Winery in Cowichan, BC

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

View from Clipper Vacations enroute to Cowichan, BC

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.

View from Clipper Vacations enroute to Cowichan, BC

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

View of the Saanich Inlet at Villa Eyrie Resort in Cowichan, BC
photo credit: Villa Eyrie Resort Facebook

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.

View of the Sannich Inlet from Villa Eyrie Resort in Cowichan, BC
Savor the stunning views, beautiful wines and local flavors at Alpina Restaurant on site at the Villa Eyrie Resort.
Lunch at Villa Eyrie Resort in Cowichan, BC
German style potato salad with roasted tomatoes and a dill creme fraiche.
Lunch at Villa Eyrie Resort in Cowichan, BC
Spaetzel with wild mushrooms, chicken and cream sauce.
Lunch at Villa Eyrie Resort in Cowichan, BC
Pear crumble over caramel sauce and maple walnut gelato and cookie.

EXPERIENCE EMANDARE VINEYARD FOR $26

Emandare Vineyards in Cowichan, BC

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.

Emandare Vineyards in Cowichan, BC
The most adorable tasting room.
Emandare Vineyards in Cowichan, BC
We enjoyed an intimate wine tasting and tour with the owner/winemaker, and sipped some of the best Pinot Noir I’ve had.
Emandare Vineyards in Cowichan, BC
Your tasting here includes delicious local meats and cheeses to pair with your wine.
Emandare Vineyards in Cowichan, BC
Emandare Vineyards in Cowichan, BC
It’s the cutest place to sip wine.

DINNER FOR TWO AT THE FARM TABLE INN FOR $76

Dinner at Farm Table Inn in Cowichan, BC

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.

Dinner at Farm Table Inn in Cowichan, BC
Such a quaint dining room.
Dinner at Farm Table Inn in Cowichan, BC
The silkiest creme caramel for dessert.

CIDER AND CHARCUTERIE COMBO AT MERRIDALE CIDERy FOR $24

Merridale Cider in Cowichan, BC
Darling Merridale Cidery sits on a working orchard.
Charcuterie plate at Merridale Cider in Cowichan, BC

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.

Merridale Cider in Cowichan, BC
And you’ll definitely want to explore the grounds!
Merridale Cider in Cowichan, BC

TASTING PACKAGE FOR TWO AT BLUE GROUSE ESTATE WINERY FOR $24

Blue Grouse Estate Winery in Cowichan, BC

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.

Blue Grouse Estate Winery in Cowichan, BC
Blue Grouse Estate Winery in Cowichan, BC

FEATURED MENUS AT UNSWORTH Vineyards FOR $26 AND $34

Unsworth Vineyards in Cowichan, BC

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.

Dinner at Unsworth Vineyards in Cowichan, BC
Polenta fries with a garlic aioli.
Dinner at Unsworth Vineyards in Cowichan, BC
Dinner at Unsworth Vineyards in Cowichan, BC
Beautiful mussels.

AUTUMN INSPIRED MENU AT THE COW CAFE FOR $30

Cow Cafe in Cowichan Bay, BC

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.

Cow Cafe in Cowichan Bay, BC
Beautifully plated food, wonderful service, fresh + local flavors.
Cow Cafe in Cowichan Bay, BC
Close up on the beautiful vegetable breakfast hash at the Cow Cafe.

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).

Ocean Ecoventures in Cowichan Bay, BC
Ocean Ecoventures in Cowichan Bay, BC

SPEND A DAY IN VICTORIA!

Fan Tan Alley in Victoria, BC

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.

Finn's Seafood in Victoria, BC
We enjoyed a classic steak and lobster dinner at Finn’s Seafood on our night out in Victoria.
Finn's Seafood in Victoria, BC
China Town in Victoria, BC

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.

Fol Epi in Victoria, BC
Coffee and pastries at Fol Epi is a MUST.

BACK BY CLIPPER!

View from Clipper Vacations to Cowichan, BC
The boat ride back just adds to the fun!
photo provided by Clipper Vacations
It’s just an easy Clipper ride back to downtown Seattle! The trip is just under three hours. Visit this link for more info on the Clipper Vacations + Cowichan Wine Country Tour!

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