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Long Beach Laidback


NOVEMBER 4TH, 2010

Long Beach Laidback

Time to get your gale on—it’s storm-watching season in Tofino. Here are the only three things you need for relaxation with a side of rough seas.

stay
There’s nothing cozier than a Pacific Sands’ private two bedroom villa situated steps from the sand in Cox Bay (the top spot to storm watch in town). Specifically request villa 24, which has been redone to reflect its new design direction. Best part? There’s no need to leave your bed in the master suite for a front-row seat to 30 foot swells. Sleeps 4, from $400 a night, www.pacificsands.com

spa
Spend an afternoon at the Wickaninnish Inn’s Ancient Cedars Spa. Take a long steam in the wintergreen and eucalyptus-scented Rainforest Steam Room, then it’s a detoxifying foot soak with a cup of herbal tea before an Aromatic Massage with essential oils whisks you away to your happy place. www.wickinn.com

eat
Head into downtown Tofino and dine at the new Spotted Bear Bistro. The chef has a history working the kitchens of Pastis and Lumiere and his cuisine is West Coast with a twist done well. Succulent scallops the width of sand dollars anyone? www.spottedbearbistro.com

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