Ucluelet’s Whiskey Landing Lodge a great addition to west coast accommodation options

Whiskey Landing Lodge

Comfort and beauty combine to provide wonderful accommodation

Watch out Tofino and Long Beach! There is a new(er) accommodation option in Ucluelet that is up there with the best of them, especially if you prefer to stay somewhere where there is still a sense of community rather than a huge commercial rush to rake in every tourist dollar possible. Whiskey Landing Lodge is one of the newer kids on the block in the west coast accommodation sweepstakes, having only opened in July of 2013 but it has clearly won the hearts of travelers – and with good reason.

Soaker tubs and west coast décor combine to make even the bathrooms special

Soaker tubs and west coast décor combine to make even the bathrooms special

I have to admit that when we booked in Ucluelet I had some misgivings – I wanted our guests from England to experience the wild west coast of the Island at its best, and in my mind that has always meant staying right on one of the beaches that stretch away from Long Beach and Pacific Rim National Park. However after experiencing the tourist trap that Tofino has become and consuming a less-than-stellar lunch at one of its most revered restaurants I was happy to settle into our Ucluelet abode.  There is still a small-village feel there, and a slower pace of life.  And you can find parking during the height of the tourist season!

Kitchens are compact but complete

Kitchens are compact but complete

Whiskey Landing Lodge was a great surprise and a huge delight for us – with Ucluelet always having been the ‘poor cousin’ on the Island’s west coast my expectations weren’t very high. I am delighted to report that my attitude changed as soon as I walked in to our stunning suite, where a view of the inlet, soaring ceilings and big timbers took my breath away.

Gas fireplaces add to the 'cosy' factor
Gas fireplaces add to the ‘cosy’ factor

 

The lodge is constructed in what has become known as ‘west coast’ style – lots of natural wood is used, including on the bathroom counters.  A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows lets in plenty of natural light and enhances the beautiful views.  There are special small touches in every nook and cranny that add to the spectacular ambiance – decorative additions adorn the wall above the soaker tub, a west coast sunset tops the gas fireplace, two very comfortable easy chairs and an occasional table provide a comfy place to read or, as we did, enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the early morning parade of sport fishing boats heading out for the day.

The suites at Whiskey Landing include fully equipped kitchens, so if you feel inclined to do your own meals that works (not an option for me when we are on holiday – we only used the fridge to chill some wine). And what better way to greet the day than waking to the beautiful maritime ambiance outside our windows?

Early morning entertainment - the parade of sport fishing boats heading out for the day

Early morning entertainment – the parade of sport fishing boats heading out for the day

Added bonuses to staying at Whiskey Landing include some excellent restaurants in Ucluelet, close proximity to the stunning Wild Pacific Trail and the well-regarded Ucluelet Aquarium, great sport fishing and kayaking opportunities and a truly friendly attitude from everyone we met.  Service was above and beyond everywhere we went.  It seems that Ucluelet is finally coming of age – I just hope that the place manages to retain its small-town charm and doesn’t get gobbled up by the Gods of commerce.

Close proximity to the spectacular Wild Pacific Trail adds to the attraction of Whiskey Landing

Close proximity to the spectacular Wild Pacific Trail adds to the attraction of Whiskey Landing

Further information on Whiskey Landing Lodge can be found at the website:

http://whiskeylanding.com/

Whiskey Landing Lodge is located at 1645 Cedar Road, just above the Government Dock in Ucluelet.

GPS co-ordinates are:

Lat. 48.94336581017499  Long. -125.54604840619942

N 48 56.602  W 125 32.763

 

Shirley

About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers. In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.
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