Driftwood Village Resort: An Idyllic Galiano Getaway
By Chris McBeath
The ferry to Galiano delivers you to a world idyllically removed from the urban hustle and bustle - and things city dwellers take for granted, such as streetlights.
Winding our way around Bluff Road, we were soon greeted by a colourful hand-crafted sign indicating we had reached our getaway, The Driftwood Village Resort. If you arrive after sunset like we did, the softly lit pathways will help guide you to your own private cottage. Simple, but quaint, each one is unique and inviting. Rattan furnishings, wood burning fireplaces, and original art works, done by the proprietor's son, gives a personal touch to the decor. We were pleased to find that the kitchen was equipped for cooking an intimate "dining out" experience on our private deck. Numbers eight and nine are the luxury units and have Jacuzzi tubs, romantically designed for two, although for us, the outdoor hot tub hit the spot for that desire. As soon as we settled in, we headed out... to enjoy it.
Situated in the center of the gardens, viewing Sturdies Bay, white twinkling lights decorate shrubs surrounding the hot tub. It was a great place to relax and enjoy the peace together, especially under a starry sky.
A lot of effort has gone into maintaining this property. Over the sloping well groomed lawns, ten secluded cottages are nestled privately by fruit trees and flowering shrubs. The units surround the hot tub, badminton court and a fish pond which are immaculately cared for. The cottages are not modern or new, but each one is filled with character. A few even have historical tidbits that the owner is willing to share. Some are studios, some one bedrooms, some two bedrooms, and most with some sort of a view.
We decided to explore the surrounding area, the next morning, by taking a short walk to Bluff Park view point. Sharing the outstanding sight of the neighboring islands was well worth the stroll. We enjoyed it so much, we decided to try the forty-five minute hike up Mount Galiano later in the day. From there, the view of The Gulf and San Juan Islands is spectacular. In addition to hiking, opportunities to try biking, kayaking, fishing and sailing are available on the island. An expensive, luxurious resort is not always a prerequisite to spark the romance on a weekend getaway. The Driftwood's quaint charm and natural beauty can definitely light the fire!
If You Go:
The Driftwood Village Resort
205 Bluff Road East
Galiano Island, British Columbia Canada, V0N 1P0
Toll free 1-888-240-1466
Web site: www.driftwoodcottages.com
Vancouver and other lower mainland travelers: B.C. Ferries accommodates travelers from Tsawwassen terminal. Reservations are highly recommended. General information for sailing schedule is 1-888-BCFERRY (604-223-3779)
For Vancouver Island Travelers: B.C. Ferries accommodates travelers from Swartz Bay terminal- General information for sailing schedule is 1-888-BCFERRY (604-223-3779)
For our State-side Neighbors: Either the Victoria Clipper, The Princess Marguerite, or the Washington State Ferries will meet your needs 206-464-6400
Other Gulf Island travelers: Inter-Island ferry service via B.C. Ferries- General information for sailing schedule is 1-888-BCFERRY (604-223-3779)
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