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The Prior House

Victoria, BC

Lt. Governor’s Suite

“A Tudor-style manor enhanced by beautiful gardens"

   Ideally located in a residential neighborhood, Victoria’s highly acclaimed Prior House B&B provides an excellent base for a visit to scenic British Columbia. Restored in the early 1990s by the current owners, the Tudor-style home has received  both American and Canadian awards of distinction since opening as a B&B in 1989.
   I am especially drawn to the extensive English-style gardens embellished by colorful perennial borders. The gardens may be viewed and enjoyed from various points within the inn. Like the historic building, the gardens have also received numerous accolades.
   Breakfast at The Prior House is always a special treat with a different epicurean delight each morning. In the afternoon, an English-style tea is available to guests. Both breakfast and afternoon tea are elegantly served and delicious..

   I consider the Lt. Governor’s Suite the preferred accommodation at The Prior House. In addition to an ocean and garden view balcony, it adjoins a luxurious spa-style bathroom.
   At The Prior House, yesterday’s charm melds with today’s comforts

Strong Points

   Hospitality plus, location & setting, gardens, breakfast, private breakfast tables, fireplaces, English-style afternoon tea, historical significance, off-street parking, concierge service, high-speed Internet access, turndown w/choc- olates, whirlpools tubs available.




INN: The Prior House
LOCATION:  620 St. Charles St.  Victoria, BC V8S 3N7
TEL.: 1-877-924-3300
FAX:  250-592-8223
6 rooms w/pb
5 suites
BREAKFAST: Full gourmet
RATES: $225-$310
INNside Scoop’s Rating of Inn: *** 
Recommended Area Restaurants:
***  Camille’s
***  Marina Restaurant


The Wallow

Sapelo Island, GA


Geechee-Gullah Room

“An unique cultural experience”

   Accompanied by an assortment of “carry-ons,” my daughter Malyssa and I boarded the passenger ferry which would take us to our island adventure. After an enjoyable 30 minute ride through tidal marshlands, we exited the ferry and began an  educative journey back in time.
   Cornelia Bailey, who owns and operates The Wallow B&B with her husband Julius, was waiting for us when we arrived. After reading a book about life on Sapelo, written by Cornelia, I knew meeting her would be a highlight of our trip. I was right. Not only is she a master storyteller, but she is an amazing individual who seems to know a little bit about everything—especially things related to the people and rich heritage of Sapelo Island.
   The Wallow is located in the historic village of Hog Hammock, one of the few surviving sites of ethnic African-American culture 




 on the south Atlantic coast. The Wallow is not a "white glove" inn, and it is not a destination for the hoity-toity. Rather, it is a place where individuals can personally experience genuine Gullah culture in a comfortable setting with warm and knowledgeable hosts. Unlike a typical B&B, The Wallow is a self-service inn; breakfast in not included. However, unlike some barrier islands, telephone service is available.
   A visit to The Wallow provides a memorable and an unique cultural experience. Visit www.thewallow.com for more information about  the B&B and Sapelo.

Strong Points

   Warm hospitality, fully-equipped guest kitchen,  grill for outdoor cooking, ceiling fans in guest rooms, screened gazebo, bikes available,  close to historical points.




INN: The Wallow
Hog Hammock Community
Sapelo Island, GA
TEL.: 912-485-2206
FAX:  912-485-2174
(includes ferry information and FAQ)
4 guest rooms
w/pb; 2 rooms sharing a bath
BREAKFAST: By arrangement only
RATES: $55-$65 (includes transportation to/from ferry)
$400/day for rental of house
INNside Scoop’s Rating of Inn: *
Recommended Area Tours:
Spirit of Sapelo
The R. J. Reynolds Mansion