Black Rock Resort
Earlier this year, we decided it was high time we returned to where we spent our honeymoon- Ucluelet, B.C. For our eleventh wedding anniversary we spent a relaxing four days at Black Rock Resort as we celebrated each other and the awesome life we have created together. Although many people have never heard of Ucluelet, it is a ruggedly beautiful place located on Vancouver Island about four hours west of Victoria, B.C.
We spent the majority of our time outdoors, but when we wanted to relax our comfortable digs at Black Rock Resort beckoned us.
To celebrate our special day Black Rock Resort had a lovely note and some sea inspired chocolates awaiting our arrival.
Black Rock Resort is located along the Wild Pacific Trail which makes it a great spot for day hiking and adventuring. Aside from gorgeous views of the Pacific from your room, within minutes you can be walking along the beach or beach combing.
The Pacific coast is so rugged and untouched on Vancouver Island, it reminds me so much of Alaska.
If you are not into hiking, there are many spots along the Wild Pacific Trail which are perfect places to rest your feet or for picture taking.
Sometimes hotel rooms can feel a bit cramped, so it was nice we were able to stay in a spacious one bedroom suite during our stay at Black Rock Resort. We thoroughly enjoyed having a separate spot to hang out during the day and sleep during the night.
Our room had a large deck off both the bedroom and the living room which was perfect for eating breakfast or just enjoying the fresh sea air.
Our living room had a cozy fireplace and a large flat screen television.
Black Rock Resort is conveniently located a short walk from downtown. In all my traveling, I have never visited a place so remote, yet with a myriad of walking and bike trails. One morning, we walked into town to grab a hearty breakfast and browse the local shops. Downtown Ucluelet was also the starting point of a very memorable kayak trip.
The view of Black Rock Resort from the beach.
While visiting Vancouver Island we were fortunate to eat at many spectacular restaurants and dine on many locally inspired dishes. We partook in our first seaweed salad and enjoyed having mounds of fresh seafood at our disposal to enjoy.
Surfing is a very popular sport of choice on Vancouver Island. Although we did not attempt it on this trip, we did get a kick out of others trying to catch the waves.
There are so many beautiful stretches of beach between Ucluelet and Tofino that we spent part of each day walking along the beach.
Fetch, one of two restaurants at Black Rock Resort served up inventive and tasty dishes like Ceasar salad topped with shrimp, capers and prosciutto and Halibut on a bed of chimchurri mashed potatoes.
Our time in Ucluelet was punctuated by the amazing sunsets. Each night they were decidedly different, but equally stunning. Much like each of our relationships.
There are many ways you can reach Vancouver Island from Seattle, but most require a combination of driving and taking a ferry. In order to make the journey there even more special we decided to take a seaplane with Kenmore Air. It was such a breeze to drive up to Kenmore, WA and then in a little over an hour be to our destination. To make it doubly exciting neither of us had been in a seaplane aside from a quick scenic flight I took with Kenmore Air last year. The flight in and out of Nanaimo was both breathtaking and exhilarating. For the first time in my life, I was truly in awe of the people who decide to become pilots so they can bring you to all these amazing places.
During our visit we had amazing weather. The only time it decided to pour was when we were out in our kayaks. I have never been caught in a rain storm in a kayak before, but I am convinced the dark clouds were laughing as they followed us around for a couple of hours.
Our time at Black Rock Resort was so lovely we did not want it to end. And Ucluelet is the type of place which lodges in your memory and has you dreaming about it for years to come. Without question, we want to make it an annual event to come back to where our love was young and hopeful. Upon our return, we were reminded that although time has moved forward our love is just as deserving of celebration as the day we were married.
This post was sponsored by Black Rock Resort.
All opinions stated here are my own and I was under no obligation to write anything other than my personal experience. I will never write about anything I did not enjoy or find to be a valuable experience.