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A Note from Charles: December 2012 Newsletter

Christmas in Tofino has always been a wonderful time. When I was a kid growing up in this small, remote village, we always had family coming to visit. Our grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins would arrive from Edmonton, Toronto, California or New York, driving over a rough gravel logging road that suffered from occasional washouts. Though we rarely had snow, often as not, a southeast winter storm would arrive at the same time as our guests, taking the power out and leaving us all gathered around a crackling fire in the candlelit living room.

The official start to the Christmas season was the annual hunt for the Christmas tree. This was always a great family affair, a lengthy search among the surrounding forests to find the absolute perfect tree we could all agree on. Once we returned home, there would be hot chocolate for me and my brothers and hot buttered rums for Mom and Dad. I can still smell the spicy scent of rum mixed with the fresh fragrance of shore pine.

But Christmas morning was THE magical moment for us boys – we always had so many toys and gifts it was overwhelming. It was followed by a feast that Mom always did to the nines. Every year she’d produce an amazing turkey dinner ending with a special dessert: a log roll of dark, sweet, fluffy chocolate pastry filled with whipped cream and the most incredible caramel sauce to go with each slice.

That tradition continues today with the Inn’s elegant four-course holiday feast, which takes a delectable twist on classic dishes like roast turkey and plum pudding. Our other traditions continue, too. That old highway may be much improved and our guest list may be a bit bigger than it was back in the day, but the Inn still offers a warm welcome among the evergreens. And who knows? A blustery southeaster may still have us dining by the light of candles and warm wishes.

Happy holidays to you and yours, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best wishes for 2013,



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