The Red Chair’s visit to the Cowichan Region was nearing an end but there were a few more stops to make before he departed for Victoria. Just down the road from his home away from home at Cobble House B&B, Red and innkeeper Ingrid stopped by for a tour and tasting at Unsworth Vineyards. Marketing […]

The Red Chair’s next day of exploring the Cowichan Valley included wine tasting, birds of prey and cider tasting. The day started with a visit to Blue Grouse Estate Winery with its beautiful new tasting room.  The sun peeked out as Office Manager Jenny showed Red around. He especially enjoyed the view from the upstairs […]

The Red Chair arrived at Cobble House Bed & Breakfast on February 26th.  Meeting up with previous hosts from Hawley Place Bed & Breakfast at the Cowichan Regional Visitor Centre by the Forest Discovery Centre (which is unfortunately not yet open for the season), we took Red into the Visitor Centre for some background information […]

Two weeks from today the Red Chair will check in at Cobble House B&B.  It’s on its way to Vancouver Island right now, to Cornerstones B&B in Qualicum Beach, from where it will head to Hawley Place in Ladysmith and then to Cobble House. Red (as it is affectionately known) arrived in Vancouver on December 4th, […]

We finally made it out to Saison Market Vineyard a couple of weekends ago.  I’d heard about it and wanted to go check it out, and had been talking to some friends about going, but it never seemed to work out.  As their bakery/café is only open on weekends from 9 am – 4 pm, […]

Lots of different kinds of music will be taking centre stage in the Cowichan Valley over the next month, at three very different music festivals. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Islands Folk Festival.  This long running event takes place at Providence Farm, a working organic farm with programs to help the physically and […]

A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of taking the new Genoa Bay Shuttle from Cowichan Bay to the Genoa Bay Marina.  Local B&B innkeepers were invited by Tim at Greylag Boat Tours and Stacey and Gord at the Genoa Bay Café to share an afternoon outing experiencing what they both have to offer.   […]

Last Sunday, in the rain, I visited The Raptors in Duncan again for a second time.  If you’re at all interested in birds, and specifically birds of prey, it really is worth a visit, especially because of the flying demonstrations and all the information on these birds they share at that time.  At the entrance where you […]

A couple of weeks ago owners Janet and Rick and the staff at Merridale Cidery hosted a special event for folks in the tourism industry to come and see what Merridale is all about.  Never having done the full tour at Merridale, even though we’re practically neighbours and many of our guests have visited the cidery, […]

While the weather did not exactly co-operate, Cherry Point Estate Wines celebrated the grand opening of Amuse at their vineyard on May 4th.  It rained off and on and was pretty cool, but a good crowd of people was present to check out the new location of Amuse on The Vineyard. Until recently located at Unsworth Vineyards, just down the road […]