The Painted Boat

I was fortunate enough to win an over night stay at The Painted Boat Resort in Pender Harbour on the beautiful sunshine coast of British Columbia.  My husband and I chose to spend our time at this lovely spot set amongst the fir trees, during the recent Thanksgiving weekend.

It was a wonderful get-away in a perfect setting.  Our spacious villa overlooked the tranquil marina.  We sat on our balcony enjoying a cup of tea and watching a heron as he sat on guard surveying the scene.

The resort has an infinity edge pool, a hot tub with a harbour view and a luxury spa with its own relaxation patio and waterfall.  Our dinner at The Restaurant at the Painted Boat was exquisite, both in quality and service.  A wonderful treat to top off our Thanksgiving.

There is something for everyone in the area; numerous fishing charters, hiking trails, boat rentals and golf clubs.  Well known for its community of artists, there are many art galleries and studios to visit.  We had breakfast at The Copper Sky Gallery and Caf? in nearby Madeira Park village where I met Cindy, the friendly owner and talented artist.  While my husband enjoyed his fair trade coffee and homemade muffin, I did some Christmas shopping.  Across the street I met Dale, owner of Bluewater Books, a delightful book store well stocked with local authors and best sellers.  Again I was made to feel most welcome, had a nice chat and found a few more Christmas gifts for the book lovers on my list. (I picked up a book for myself as well)   It was so refreshing to spend time in these smaller centres where you are made to feel like part of their world instead of intruding strangers.

We had a great time and look forward to returning soon.

To learn more about the Painted Boat and the Sunshine Coast.

Darlene Foster

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