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Binners' and beautiful Victoria
We have stayed at Binners'B&B several times now, and certainly hope to go again. Upon entering their home you get a warm,and friendly feeling. The rooms are spacious,and beautifully decorated with lovely fabrics to give them a comfortable feeling. The fire place in each room makes it especiall warm and cozy after a day of sight seeing. The beds are heavenly! We always have a good nights sleep there,with no road noises or other interferences. The bathroom has everything you need for you stay and have heated floors. Wow! We really enjoy that! The Breakfast they serve are wonderful. Certainly more that you expect. The decorations on the table and the dishes etc. each day are so lovely, we can hardly wait to see what they are serving each day. Good variety of food! Such good cooks! Can't tell you how much we enjoy them. Even if you don't eat breakfast you will when you are there.
Binners and Edward are most helpful in giving us ideas of where to go and what to see that day. They really know Victoria and area and helped us many times to find address. They can alway suggest a good place to eat.
We especially enjoy the location of their home.We can easily stroll over to Dalas road and walk along the shore-line walk way. It is also a short walk to the Park, which is most pleasant to visit. The Inner Harbour area is a short distance also, so we find it such a convenient place to stay.
All the comforts of home! It truly is a home away from home.
Best wishes; Ed and Fern P.
Luxurious Comfort, Victorian Style
Being greeted by the hosts of Binners B & B in Victoria, B.C., is the first tipoff that this is going to be a special experience. Edward, a charming former Brit, reminds one of the butler, Jeeves. Binners, his sunny wife and the residence's namesake, has a warmth and easy manner which instantly tells you: "This is going to be fun!"
The decor of our Fairfield Suite was so beautifully executed that I kept discovering delightful little touches all through our three night stay. Sophisticated, designed for total comfort and luxury, the suite provided for our every need. The fully equipped servery allowed us to prepare a small snack, and the elegant bathroom featured a Jacuzzi tub as well as an adjustable, fixed or handheld shower head, and an extravagance of lovely towels. A very comfortable sleighbed was made up with a summerweight duvet which, unlike most stays away from home, provided me with just enough warmth and yet no extra weight on my sensitive feet.
Breakfasts were lovely surprises, carefully prepared and attractively served with special attention to our dietary requests. Being able to see the lovely garden and pond through the dining room window was an added treat, as was the ability to walk or drive to the downtown area so easily. Binners' is located only a half block from the water, and it was such fun to watch the kite flyers and the frolicking dogs enjoying the springtime sunshine in the park along Dallas Road.
Our best recommendation of this excellent retreat is to say that we are already planning the next visit there, and though we certainly hope you will take our suggestion to try it yourself, we hope you won't reserve the suite when WE wish to have it!! (Although, we may decide to stay in one of the other two suites which are each, in their own way, just as inviting!) See you there.
The stay was brief but the memory lingers. Binners has the ideal location with easy walking to Beacon Hill Park, the downtown area or a stroll along the waterfront. The room was spacious, clean and bright. Very nicely furnished. Edward will do a great job of breakfast when Binners lets him have the kitchen. Very enjoyable stay.
Out of this world
Binner's B&B in Victoria is simply outstanding. Rooms with fireplaces, beautiful decor (every detail),heated bathroom floors, a balcony, and a block from the ocean! The hosts, Binners and Edward are extremely attentive but they respect your privacy in every way. The food is gourmet fare along with new china each morning. I could stay here forever....plus the cost is very reasonable. This a travelers dream come true.
This Is As Good As It Gets!
Binners B & B combines comfort, exquisite taste and convenient location with a fine balance of friendliness, plus respect for the privacy of the guests. Every aesthetic detail of the rooms and the breakfasts provided is well thought out by Edward and Binners, the owners and hosts. The food provided is so delicious and so exquisitely presented that I took photographs before we ate. Any time I go to Victoria I will return to this charming home away from home.
Excellent room, food and hosts
My husband & I have stayed at Binners B&B several times on short vacations and business trips. Most recently in May 2006 for the Victoria Day long weekend.
The Fairfield Suite is a very pleasant respite from our busy Vancouver home. A comfortable sitting area encourages a catch up on an old book or to plan the days excursion. And the luxurious bed room delivers a well deserved rest.
Binners & Edward provided their usual delightful breakfast including delicious light cuisine, coffee and juices.
Always providing needed tips and pointers on what to see and where to go Binners & Edward out do themselves each time we visit.
Truly a relaxing get-away.
Suzi & Peter
My boyfriend and I stayed at this fabulous B&B and absolutely loved every minute of it. We stayed in the Cascadia Suite, which was beautifully decorated and held a sense of comfort. The B&B is a 20 - 25 minute walk from downtown and 1/2 block from the water. The neighbourhood is quiet and peaceful.
When we first arrived, we were greeted by Edward who kindly gave us the tour and informed us that he would be more than willing to give us suggestions for things to do or go and see while we were there. He even said they would phone and set everything up for us!
Binners and Edward suggested whale watching, particularly with Eagle Wing Tours. Binners phoned ahead and got us in a tour. It was one of the best times we have ever had! We were out on the water for 3 1/2 hours in a really fast boat with a really great tour guide. We saw a baby orca, more and more orcas, sea lions, and listened to the orcas. Highly recommend.
Last but not least, the breakfasts offered by the B&B were delicious and all homemade. We never had to eat lunch because we remained full from our morning meal! Fabulous!
We will definitely go back and stay there many many times over. I could not imagine staying anywhere else in Victoria but with Binners and Edward. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking to experience hospitality at its best!
We found Binners to be by far the best B&B at which we have ever stayed. The room (Fairfield Suite) was spacious, warm, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The owners / hosts (Edward and Binners) have paid incredible attention to detail, providing: chilled water / soda, in suite cofee and tea, candies, fruit, fluffy robes and luxury / crisp linens. The rooms are quiet and, although the house was full, we never heard a sound from anyone except at breakfast. The meals were fantastic, filing and unique (not your typical eggs and bacon!). Binners and Edward are fantastic hosts - they recommended (and booked!) restaurants and provided plenty of information / recommendations to keep guests busy. They go above and beyond to make their guests feel at home, respect their privacy, and assist with plans. It is simply a wonderful place to stay and we look forward to spending more time there in the future.
Fantastic B&B in a great city
We stayed in the suite on the first floor for three nights. The room was absolutely first class. Everything you could possibly want. Including the heated tile floor in the bathroom... a delight for those slightly chilly mornings in Victoria. A quick tour of the other two suites prior to guests arriving showed that all three suites are beautiful and up to the five stars I rated Binners.
The breakfast fare was fantastic. Fresh juices and fruit were great. Main courses were top notch, worthy of a five star restaurant. The last morning there, a British couple was there to celebrate their engagement announcement. The hosts being the type they are took the opportunity to provide a bubbly eye opener for those who wished to toast the couple. A great touch, a class act.
The garden is a great place to take a quiet moment from your sight seeing in Victoria.
Last, but certainly not least, the owners, Ed and Binner... well I'm at a loss of words to describe them. Warm, friendly, engaging, outstanding tour guides. They made our visit to Victoria an oustanding time.
We will return to Victoria again, and I'm certain we'll stay at Binners. Now if I could get them to franchise their B&B to next years vacation spot...
Great Victoria neighborhood and architectural style
We had a terrific stay at Binners' June 16-18. Lovely neighborhood for walks, close to paved waterfront path and beautiful Beacon Hill Park. Only 10 minutes from the inner harbour hubbub so neighborhood also provided convenient access to downtown restaurants..
House is a remodelled bungalow with wonderful architectural details. Clean contemporary style and furnishings combine beauty and comfort in perfect proportions. We loved returning to our room (Harmony). Excellent breakfasts too!
Hosts Edward and Binners were very warm and gracious with lots of helpful information about the area.
Soup, Veggie Sandwich, Brownie and Cider
"Gorge Waters" from Galloping Goose Trail
Craigdarroch Castle Main Staircase
Parliament of British Columbia on Inner Harbor
Seattle to Victoria
Wife and I are looking at flying into Seattle, then traveling to Victoria without a car. We are looking at three options:
1) Bus to Port Arthur, ferry to Victoria.
2) Ferry from Seattle to Victoria.
3) Ferry from Bellingham ( not sure how to get there yet )
Any opinions on which is better?
Are the odds of seeing whales different? Do the busses have lots of legroom? Are we correct in assuming that we can get around Victoria without a car? How long a wait can we expect at either ferry on a weekday in October? What is a cheap, easy way to get from Seattle airport to Bellingham?
Re: Seattle to Victoria
i went from seattle to victoria last year in october.
i went by bicycle and took the ferry from port angeles to victoria.
that was a very scenic ride and i think there should be bus links between seattle and port angeles.
Re: Seattle to Victoria
Without a car, going to Victoria from Seattle by the Victoria Clipper makes the most sense. It's the only downtown to downtown ferry service in the region. Everything else would be waste of time/hassle without a car.
Victoria's a tiny city with most of its main attractions located literally across the street from one another, all within a short 2-5 minute walking distance. A car would be a waste in Victoria. Butchart Gardens are really the only thing you can't walk to, as they're a 30 minute drive north of Victoria via the highway. But you can hop on a bus for as little as $3 a person and be there in an hour. Or you can pay whatever the fee is (probably closer to $15 a person) to take a Greyhound bus or some sort of shuttle to the gardens.
Spotting orcas by ferry is possible, but rare. The timing would have be impeccable - the whales would have to be in that exact location at the exact same time that your ferry is crossing. But the whales can be anywhere - they swim in gigantic circles, sometimes around Neah Bay at the mouth of the Juan de Fuca Strait. Sometimes they're by Victoria. Other times they're by the San Juan islands or the Gulf Islands. Sometimes they're near the mouth of the Fraser River off the coast of Tsawwassen/Delta near Vancouver. I wouldn't count on seeing whales from the ferry.
As far as I know, there are Alaska-bound ferries from Bellingham, but none to Seattle. Bellingham is about a 2 hour drive north of Seattle.
I don't know where Port Arthur is, but there is the Coho ferry leaving from Port Angeles which goes to Victoria. But Port Angeles is hours west of Seattle and would be a hassle to get to without a car.
Re: Seattle to Victoria
Ooops, that should have said, there are no ferries to Victoria from Bellingham.
Also, if you want to see whales, just go from one of the many whale watching companies based in Victoria. They'll know where the whales are usually within the first few hours of the morning and can then B-line exactly to where the whales are, guaranteeing your sightings.