A Note From Charles - November 2023

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Charles McDiarmid
By Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director
Newsletters25 November 2023


As the vibrant hues of autumn foliage give way to mist-shrouded mornings and a more subdued palette, residents and visitors alike are invited to embrace a slower pace of Tofino Time.

In terms of the environment, as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing choices, and this time of year proves just that. For those willing to don a rain jacket and embrace the crisp November air and a raindrop or two, a visit to the ancient giants on our very own Rain Forest Beach loop trail or in Pacific Rim National Park is sure to inspire awe. The moss-covered trees and fern-lined trails come alive with the fall rains, making it a rather special time to soak in the mystic beauty of the local rainforest.

While the waning daylight hours shorten our time spent exploring outdoors, these earlier evenings present an ideal opportunity to savour a glass of wine or a favourite cocktail at the On the Rocks bar, or delve into our ever-evolving seasonal tasting menus, which come paired with or without wine. We recently held a wine tasting in Howard’s Wine Cellar, where renowned winemaker Shane Munn from Martin’s Lane paired Riesling and Pinot Noir with the culinary creations of Chef Clayton Fontaine. This sold-out event was met with great enthusiasm and has inspired us to host two more pairings in the spring. We look forward to coming together again soon to shine a spotlight on our incredible BC wineries.

A perfect cap to a satisfying meal, dessert lovers will surely delight in the delectable offering our pastry chef Carl Sanchez has crafted in celebration of our new tailor-made chocolate blend. ‘Coastal Dark’ features almond macaron, sponge cake, cocoa grue, and seabuckthorn – all brought together by our signature dark chocolate, a delicate blend of fruit and earth flavours, with a hint of smoke that evokes the scent of a Chesterman Beach bonfire. A popular pick for the chocolate enthusiasts among us!

We are honoured to showcase the work of incredibly talented local artists throughout the Inn. Currently showing in our gallery is Nanoose Bay artist Kelly Corbett, whose beautiful and realistic paintings capture the stunning landscapes and wildlife of Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley. We are also thrilled to welcome Alicia Larue, a Ucluelet artist, who will be joining us in the Beach Building Lobby on Saturdays from 11 am-4 pm. Should you be visiting the Inn, we invite you to stop by and see Alicia as she paints one of her stunning pieces.

Wishing you warmth through the weeks ahead as we lean into the holiday season soon to come,


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