160 Upper Ganges Road, Ganges, Salt Spring Island
If you long for a luxurious getaway among the travelling elite, check out Hastings House Country House Hotel, a Forbes Four Star Award and AAA Four Diamond Award winner with 18 guest rooms nestled among 22 wooded acres overlooking Ganges Harbour. European-trained chef Marcel Kauer offers up three- and four-course meals in the Dining Room or the more open Verandah (both with Harbour views) featuring local Salt Spring meats, fish, and produce from the estate's gardens. An award-winning wine cellar offers a selection of BC wines, a luxury spa resort stands ready to pamper you, and guests are encouraged to mingle for drinks and conversation in the 11th century Sussex-style Manor House. 1-800-661-9255. www.hastingshouse.com
Overheard from a first-time arrival to Salt Spring Island, talking to a fellow passenger on the bus ride into Ganges village from the ferry terminal: "BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, eh! BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, eh! AMAZING--I could just die here! Oh, maybe I shouldn't say that, but you know what I mean...BEAUTIFUL, just BEAUTIFUL!"