In less than an hour for less than $50, you can be transported from
downtown desk to oceanfront deck at the
Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa on Vancouver Island. The only question
left is which weekend to go.
Notice the stunning Sea Shepherd artwork in the
lobby on your way out to stroll the seawall and charming little town,
Sidney-by-the-Sea. Then settle back on your sunny deck with that first
edition of Lady Chatterlys Lover you scored (the town is known
for its bookstores) and sip a little Road 13 Red.
Buy a fresh skate at the Fish Market on the dock
beside the hotel to cook in brown butter (with fries, of course) in your
fully equipped, modern kitchen.
Dont miss the Spa-in-Season treatments at the
Spa using Vancouver Island-grown ingredients such as the gentle
facials with local honey.
Airs daily $29, 20-minute flights from YVR South Terminal to
Victoria International, 10 minutes from the hotel. Bonus: Our dashing
young pilot was a dead ringer for Prince Harry and he carried
Sydney Pier Hotels and Spa (rooms from $159), www.sidneypier.com