9th Sep, 2009

It feels like fall – time for a vacation!

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It feels like autumn. The nights and mornings are colder, the day ends sooner, and the rain has returned. It’s a nice change, and makes one feel like curling up before the fire with a good book, a hot toddy or chocolate and watching the weather.  Summer was wonderful, and hot and sunny, but with the drawing down of the year, it reminds us of home, security and rest.

But while things slow down as the year draws nearer to its end, that doesn’t mean that we close the doors and roll up the sidewalks! Things are still going on in town, and Victoria has its own beauty and appeal in the fall of the year.

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The rough water starts now, and while it’s not much fun to be out in it, the wind and waves of the wild ocean, even in as protected an area as the Georgia Strait and the Straits of Juan de Fuca is an awesome exerience.

If it’s too cold and wet for you to enjoy the ocean storms, then perhaps you might like to visit the Luxton Fall Fair. Running September 18, 19 and 20, this popular event features The Luxton Tough Truck Challenge and the Redneck games. It also features first nations cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, blacksmithing and antique farm equipment. If your bent is to country and fairs, this is the place for you.

Or, if old English cars are more your style, then be sure to stop in at the old English Car Show, at Fort Rodd on September 13 from 11 am to 3 pm.

The Woman in Black is playing at the Chemanius Theatre festival – a massive success in London’s west end, playing for decades, this show will be sure to tingle your spine and make the hair on the back of your head stand tall!

Our musical season gets under way with the Victoria Symphony and Anton Kuerti, piano presenting the Sharman World Premiere of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 on Sept 13 and 14 at the MacPherson Theatre.

Also at the MacPherson, also music, is a tribute to Stan Rogers. Stan was one of (if not the) Canada’s foremost folk musicians and composers. His Barrett’s Privateers is known and loved the world over, and when he died, Canada lost a truly great talent. Come and listen to Valdy, one of Canada’s most established folk musicians; Tiller’s Folly, who have been captivating audiences for over a decade with their memorable blend of storytelling with a potent Celtic influence and Hank Cramer, one of the best-loved folksingers in the American West sing Stan’s songs and remind us that as long as the music lasts, the composer will never die.

And after your days and evenings enjoying the onset of fall’s quieter times, come back to the Admiral for some hot chocolate and conversation in our comfortable lounge. If it’s cold or rainy enough, we’ll even light the fire. For your autumn and winter vacation accommodation, the Admiral Inn is your best choice. We offer free wireless internet in the rooms, free parking, a complimentary continental breakfast and bicycles for getting around town. Located adjacent to the inner harbour, the downtown harbour accommodation is just what you need for your home away from home getaway.

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