Hemingways by the Sea Bed and Breakfast Victoria BC

Toll Free: 1-877-384-0862

Common Area
Guest Lounge - many great decisions have been made in here... (above)
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At Hemingway's we provide the following guest services
Dear Ilona:

We have enjoyed our stay immensely. Everything was beautiful down to the smallest detail - soft bed, softer pillows, crispy yummy snacks, bright flowers, etc. You are a wonderful cook! Thank you for the care and attention shown us. I will recommend your place to all those I know who will be coming this way.

Jim & Michele from Texas

Dear Ilona:
I still remember when I first asked you how far away from downtown Hemingway's was and you said a 5-6 minutes drive only. We where so blessed to stay away from all the hustle  bustle and traffic during the busy summer time.We enjoyed so much the breeze off the ocean ,your beautiful place with the elegance and peace. Your food and presentation is a delight -the whole atmosphere a must see.

Thanks again, Jeanie and Jack

Dear Ilona:

Thank you so much for making our stay in Victoria even better. Ilona, we loved your delicious crepes and your bagels with cream cheese, smoked salmon and your hors d'ovres. Your gracious loving always made us feel as we were saying good bye to family. Charming is not adequate to describe Hemingway's.
Victoria and Cliff

What a great pleasure to meet you and stay in your beautiful house. We enjoyed your wonderful hospitality and your gracious manner a a host. The food was outstanding, a delight! We loved our elegant Honeymoon Suite, the Champagne, the flowers and the privacy after the stressful weeks back home. We were totally relaxed and enjoyed the fireplace and the sauna. We will be back soon!
Mark & Sarah

Dear Ilona:
Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and your gracious manner as a hostess. Many clients from around the world will come as guests, but leave as friends. You made our stay so special with great information and delicious breakfasts. We enjoyed both so much and the fantastic atmosphere at Hemingway's.

Dear ilona and Hemingway Team:
We will return! Richards folks enjoyed their stay as we did too. You are a gracious hostess and gave us such excellent advice for our vacation. We enjoyed everything here. Our room was so cozy and clean. We slept so good and quiet. We woke up and got an outstanding breakfast everyday. In your house is atmosphere and a great spirit.
Julia and Sony

Dear ilona:

Thank you so very much for your gracious hospitality. We have been blessed to experience your home.This will be a treasured memory for us to carry with us from our 30th wedding Anniversary. May God bless you as you give of yourself to others. Our memory of our stay with you we will never forget.

Tom and Hazel  


Victoria Clipper - Seattle to Victoria Ferry Schedule
Phone: 1.800.888.2535
The Victoria Clipper provides high-speed transportation from Seattle to Victoria (2 hours).
The ferry takes passengers only.

M.V. Coho Ferry - Port Angeles to Victoria Schedule
Phone: 1.250.386.2202
The M.V. Coho provides transportation from Port Angeles to Victoria.
Crossing time is 1 hour 35 minutes.
The ferry takes passengers and cars.
7 minutes drive from ferry terminal downtown Victoria harbor to Hemingway's by the Sea.

Washington State Ferries
Anacortes WA Phone: 1.206.464.6400
Sidney BC Phone: 1.250.656.1531
The Washington State Ferries provide transportation from
Anacortes (North of Seattle) to Victoria (Sidney) and serve the American islands
around Vancouver Island. The ferry takes passengers and cars.

BC Ferries - Vancouver to Victoria Schedule
Phone: 1.250.386.3431 or 1.250.656.5571
BC Ferries provide transportation from the mainland of British Columbia
to Victoria and serve the Canadian islands around Vancouver Island.
The ferry takes passengers and cars.

Victoria International Airport Information

Kenmore Air - Float Planes from Seattle to Victoria

Detailed Transportation information for Victoria

BC Ferry in Active Pass
The Coho Ferry to Port Angeles Anchoring in the Inner Harbour Victoria BC
I have noted that everyone's tastes are different. To that end, when you are staying at my B&B, please tell me what kind of food that you enjoy, and I will try to recommend a good restaurant to you. Here are some of the better and more consistent restaurants in Victoria:

Fine Dining
Paprika Bistro paprika-bistro.com

Cafe Brio *


Camiles * camillesrestaurant.com
Matisse restaurantmatisse.com
Brasserie L'Ecole lecole.ca
The Marina marinarestaurant.com
Pescatores pescatores.com
Nautical Nellies nauticalnelliesrestaurant.com
The Marina marinarestaurant.com
The Blue Crab* bluecrab.ca
Fish & Chips  
Haultains* 1127 Haultain 383-8332
Old British Fish & Chips 1507 Pandora 598-6112
Asian Food  
Sook Jai Thai * 893 Fort Street
Baan Thai 1117 Blanshard 383-0050
Shizen Sushi 1706 Government St 381-8228
Azuma Sushi azumasushi.com
The Noodle Box thenoodlebox.net
Fan Tan Café 549 Fisgard 598-0565
Afternoon Tea  
White Heather Tea House * 1885 Oak Bay Ave
Butchart Gardens butchartgardens.com
Murchies 1110 Government St.
The Empress www.fairmont.com/empress
Il Terazzo * ilterrazzo.com
Lucianos 515 Yates St. 388-5824
Zambri's 110-911 Yates 360-1171
Green Cuisine greencuisine.com
Re-Bar * rebarmodernfood.com
Adriana's Cocina * adrianascocina.com
Casual / Family  
Milestones * milestonesrestaurants.com
Med Grill 1063 Fort St. 381-3417
Pagliaccis 1011 Broad Street
reservations not accepted
Local Favourites  
Blighty's * bc-biz.com/blightys
Tapa bar 620 Trounce Alley 383-0013
5th Street Bar & Grill * ilterrazzo.com/5thstreet
The Reef thereefrestaurant.com
Ross Bay Pub rossbaypub.com
Canoe Club canoebrewpub.com
Swans Pub * swanshotel.com/pub
Spinnakers Brew Pub spinnakers.com
Christies Pub christiespub.com
The Beagle Pub in the Cook St. village 382-3301
Pennyfarthing Pub pennyfarthingpub.com
Irish Times Pub irishtimespub.ca
* First Choices  

The Blue Crab Bar and Grill
The Blue Crab Bar and Grill
The Noodle Box
The Noodle Box
Ferris' Oyster Bar
Ferris' Oyster Bar
Swan's Restaurant
Rebar Vegetarian Restaurant
Rebar Vegetarian Restaurant
Spa Services: I do not operate a spa at my B&B, however I would be happy to recommend a spa to you or I can recommend a massage therapist that can come and do massage at my B&B. If you are interested in Spa Services, just ask.
Weddings: We have the capacity to host small weddings. If you are interested, please let us know. There are a few other B&B's in close proximity and we have a nice garden and large lounge which could be used for your services. In addition, there is a large resort just up the street that could accommodate a wedding and banquet. If you would like to get married in Victoria and use our wedding services, please contact us early. We would be happy to help you plan your wedding using our B&B. We have had a number of weddings held here over the years.
Wedding at Hemingway's B&B
Jake and Amber rings
Wedding Party
Jake and Amber's Wedding Pictures
The Wedding Party
Jake & Amber at breakfast
Jake and Amber cutting their wedding cake
Jake and Amber at Breakfast
Cutting the Cake

Concierge Services: At Hemingways By the Sea you will be provided with Concierge services that will rival the best hotels. We have amassed a lot of information that we an provide to you that will enhance your visit to Victoria. For example: check out this Insider Guide to Southern Vancouver Island. I will provide you with as much information as I can to make your stay enjoyable.

Ilona, your concierge
What to Bring to Victoria:

Victoria, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island boasts Canada's mildest climate. This area is the sunniest spot in the province and the gentlest in Canada in terms of climate, environment, and lifestyle. There is an average of 2,183 hours of sunshine and 26.2 inches of rain per year.

Our summers are warm, dry and sunny during the day with sometimes a slight breeze so even when exerting energy you are comfortable. We do suggest packing a sweater and light windbreaker for cooler summer evenings. Temperatures seldom exceed 75°F or 24°C.

In the winter (Nov - Feb) remember your rain gear and warm sweaters. We will provide the umbrellas. If you are planning more adventurous excursions, we suggest bringing appropriate gear including rainproof jackets, hiking boots, binoculars, camera, day pack, swimsuit, water bottle, etc.

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