I was recently surprised to find out there are a few lavender farms on Vancouver Island. I was expecting to find one, but not five! There are several in the Victoria area, one being Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm and the other is called Victoria Lavender, located in Sidney. Sacred Mountain Lavender is on Salt Spring Island and Island Lavender is further north, in Port Alberni.
While each farm offers a unique experience, my first choice is just north of Victoria:Damali Lavender Farm and Winery in Cobble Hill.The Damali Farm is kitty corner to Arbutus Ridge Golf and Country Club. Not only does it have the fields of lavender to take a tour of, it also has a U-pick time at harvesting, activities for kids, a mini lesson of essential oil distillation, and a tour of the labyrinth. I just love labyrinths…
The Lavender-themed Winery Features Unique Vancouver Island Wines
But let’s move on to the winery. Your hosts David and Marsha Stanley and co- partner Alison Philip have recently turned an old barn into a winery. The grapes are thriving on the property and the three entrepreneurs are now growing other delicious fruit to incorporate into their wine like blackberries, rhubarb, raspberries and black currants. For the signature wine collection, a note of lavender is added to give a special flavor. You can now find the Damali vineyard has been added to the Cowichan Wine Loop to plan a day of wine tasting.
For all the culinary queens and kings, you may want to buy a bottle of specially distilled wine vinegar for marinades and salad dressings. The unpasteurized vinegars offer a host of maximum health benefits and are infused with lavender and rosemary for maximum taste. You can find all the Farm’s signature products and all things lavender in their gift shop.
Spend an Enchanting Weekend at the French-Inspired Damali B&B
I’m a bit of a Francophile, so of course I’m very pleased to see that the Farm house B&B is French inspired both inside and out, lending a subtle French Mediterranean feel. The rooms are kept close to nature’s heart with wool filled duvets, wood floors, bamboo fibre towels, and enough room for two to soak in the bathtub or sweat it out in the wood lined sauna.
The Meadow room overlooks the meadow, gardens and courtyard while the lavender room has a view of the lavender fields and vineyard with Salt Spring Island in the back drop. Both rooms range from $149 to $199 a night, depending on the room and season.
Your breakfast is made with farm eggs and produce from the farm, or produce from a nearby farm! Enjoy it while viewing the gardens and fields. And when you come back home, you’ll probably notice that regular lemonade just isn’t as good without a touch of lavender in it!
Travelling from Victoria, Damali is a 40 minute drive over the Malahat highway. If you’re planning to visit the Buchart Gardens on your trip, you can take the scenic 25 minute ferry ride from Brentwood Bay on the Saanich peninsula.
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