Summer is the season for exploration and discovery. Often this takes the form of travel and in our desire to see the world, we sometimes forget about what’s in our backyard, or the special spots that lay just outside the main destinations.
Fort Langley is bejeweled with boutique wineries and artisan food shops and, what’s more, it’s a convenient outpost to Seattle, Vancouver, and even Tsawwassen when you’re catching one of the BC Ferries to the Gulf Islands or Victoria.
Langley is one of those places where, when you do stop, you are pleasantly surprised by the quality you find and you can’t help but reward yourself for being such a savvy traveler – perhaps with a chocolate from Euphoria Chocolates on Glover Rd. or maybe a sweet to accompany afternoon tea from Milsean Shoppe, specializing in traditional Irish sweets.
Planning a little bit ahead can give you a fuller experience. For example, Well Seasoned is both a gourmet food shop and cooking school so when you book in advance, you can spend your afternoon or early evening cooking up the fresh treasures you’ve found that day on your Farm Gate forage at, say Vista D’Oro Farms and Winery, JD Farms or Krause Berry Farms in Langley.
There’s also The Seasonal Experience that offers cooking classes followed by professional wait staff serving you a tasting of the demonstration menu. Their classes are designed to “give you the restaurant experience with the added value of a cooking demonstration.”
On the calendar for June is the Langley Children’s Festival and what better than to combine this with a few hours of strawberry picking and a stop at the B.C. Farm Museum?
May Day Parade
The parade on Monday, May 24 will commence at 11:00 AM and will start at Mavis and Glover. The parade will proceed down Glover Road to 88 Avenue then west on 88th Avenue to Trattle and north on Trattle to the Community Park behind the Fine Arts School.
There are a good many choices for accommodations in the area, but keeping the kids in mind, they are sure to love the two-storey water slide into the heated pool that Langley’s Super 8 Motel features. The hot tub, right next to the pool, is an easy place from which to keep your eyes on the kids while you relax away the day’s stresses.
This Super 8 sits right next to a Tim Horton’s but the kids might hardly even notice after they’ve filled up on the Motel’s complimentary breakfast of fresh-made waffles, yogurt, fruit and orange juice.
If you seek a Zagat-rated Bistro attached to a winery, look no further. Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery’s Bacchus Bistro fits the bill. Owners Claude and Inge Violet traversed the wine-growing regions of B.C. when they first migrated from France in the 70’s. They chose Langley in which to grow their vineyards because Claude Violet, whose family has been making wine since 1644, found that the area mimicked weather conditions in Northern France. Domaine de Chaberton offers winery tours daily, weather permitting.
For a more complete list of Langley Goodies, contact Tourism Langley www.tourism-langley.ca