How do you know a stay away from home is memorable? When you enjoy yourself so much despite the pouring rain and incessant cloud cover that you’d go back in a heartbeat. That’s how I feel about my time at the stunning Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino, British Columbia.
Disappointed but not deterred by the weather forecast, my fiancé Michael and I pulled off the highway up a long, paved driveway marked by a gorgeous wooden sign. Spotted with cute cottages tucked in between the lush growth, we knew we were pulling up to something special. The friendly front desk staff made check in smooth and easy and before we knew it, we were entering our beachfront king room greeted with a kind note and a pair of caramel chocolates. I always notice small touches like these and garbled them down no sooner than I’d spotted them.
The rooms at Long Beach Lodge Resort
The rooms are beautiful. As you walk in, you see the endless ocean staring back at you, beckoning you to surf or walk its shores. Our room had ample space to move about, featured a massive bathroom including a soaker tub tucked behind shutters (which open to look out to the sea) with complimentary bath salts. Lush robes hang for you to kick back and relax or to throw on for the short trek to the hot tub or sauna in the Surf Club. Our covered deck looked directly out at Cox Bay where we spent evening’s enjoying a glass of wine as we took in the enormity of the ocean and the playfulness and athleticism of the surfers. The rooms also come equipped with a mini fridge, a Keurig single brew coffee maker, a tea selection and kettle, both wine and water glasses, a cozy fireplace and lounge chairs to read in or just enjoy the view. And the king bed was almost too comfortable. But with too much to see and do, you must get out of bed!
As we set off to explore, donning the rain jackets and umbrellas provided for use during our stay (these came in handy!), it was evident the lodge and resort property were designed with great care. The Rip Tide Centre adjacent to the Surf Club offers coin laundry and a workout room while the Surf Club has a great gift shop and coffee bar. One of my favourite features is the patio which is spotted with fire pits and Adirondack chairs. One night, Mother Nature opened her skies for us to allow a perfect evening by the fire meeting other guests and their dogs (yes – Long Beach Lodge Resort is pet-friendly!) while enjoying snacks and drinks. The beach, a matter of steps away, curves with glorious rocky shores on one end, a small green hill worth a climb for the view on the other end and the most wonderful stretch of sand in between. At nearly any time of the day you will find guests strolling the shores, beach-combing and searching the tide pools for tiny sea creatures.
Eating at Long Beach Lodge
When your activity has built your appetite up too strong to ignore, you can pop into one of three amazing dining options: The Great Room, the café in the Surf Club or their casual beachfront café The SandBar Bistro. My favourite breakfast ended up being their Bagel & Lox – house-made bagels with whipped cream cheese and incredibly fresh smoked salmon offered the best start to the day. We also can’t stop raving about our dinner – slow roasted lamb shank with mustard-celery root puree & crispy polenta with natural jus for Michael and a smoked salmon & wild mushroom risotto for myself.
Between the rooms, the meals, the views and the abundance of activity (which I’ll go into on the next blog coming out this Fall), Long Beach Lodge Resort is a gem worth adventuring to. Rain or shine, a visit here will leave you with beautiful memories and an ache for more.
For more information check out their website.
This post was written by my daughter Kristen McAdam. She and Michael were guests of Long Beach Lodge Resort. I would concur with her opinions about the resort as my stay here many years ago was memorable and its location on the beach is fantastic.