2nd Quadra Island Jaunt + Wine Tasting
The 2nd Quadra Island Jaunt + Wine Tasting, May 12 & 13, 2018 started at the Campbell River Ferry Terminal. When we arrived for the 11:15 ferry to Quadra Island, we were greeted by Al & Laurel, Campbell River, 2004 911 Cabriolet Turbo, Brad & Mila, Nanaimo, 2006 911 Carrera Cabriolet, and Gary & I, Courtenay 2002, Boxster. It was a beautiful sunny day, and after the 10 minute ferry trip, we drove to the Quadra Plaza, were greeted by, March 2018 new members, Gordon & Farah, Nanaimo, 2004 911 Carrera.
Ken Dinnadge, Sales & Leasing Consultant, Alfa, Victoria presented John, President with a $100. Starbucks Gift Certificate, at a recent Victoria Cars & Coffee, and requested it be shared with members in attendance at our 3 Cars & Coffee locations. Comox Valley was the first “stop”. I purchased some yummy Blueberry and Chocolate Bars which members enjoyed before the Driver’s Meeting, then we set off to our first stop. Brad was our Observer and Al our Sweep. When we arrived beautiful April Point Resort, where we were greeted by Larry, General Manager, and Patrick Braspenning, Director of Operations for North Coast Hotel Resort, April Point is one four of their Resorts. We saw 3 different rooms, all facing the ocean, plus their dining room. It turns out Patrick, is a Porsche lover, and has driven “The Ring”.
Next, a short drive to the other side of the island, for lunch at the historic Heriot Bay Inn. They had “reserved parking” for us, with milk cartons & flags, which was very considerate, thanks to Lois, General Manager. We all enjoyed a delicious lunch, followed by a short drive to Taku Resort, overlooking Drew Harbour and Rebecca Spit.
We had a brief stop at the Quadra Island Golf Course, which was built by members of the Q.I. Community and was opened about 5 years ago. Beautiful course, every time Gary and I visit, we can see improvements. The golfers in our group, were quite impressed with the course.
Next stop, Southend Farm Winery, with a wine tasting conducted by Jennifer, which was enjoyed by all. One couple managed to find room in their Porsche, for a box of wine. Next stop, Tsa Kwa Luten Resort where we would stay overnight. A “No Host Happy Hour” was in Gary & Wendy’s room, which the Resort calls “The Party Room”. Apparently this is provided, at the regular price, to anyone who hosts a group visit to the Resort. We then proceeded to their ocean view dining room. After dinner orders were placed, Wendy proceeded with draw prizes, using the letters in PORSCHE, as the way to win one of the draw prizes.
“P” Cap, Heriot Bay Inn, Mila, “O” Porsche Classic Fruhstucksbrettchen, Brad, “R” Cap & T Shirt, Tsa Kwa Luten Resort, Al, “S” VIR key fob, Farah, “C” VIR Writing folder, Gordon, “H” Porsche Racing Lanyard, Laurel, “E” Black, Porsche cap, Brad. All the men received a “PORSCHE sponge” and the ladies a “Modern 60’s Memo Book”, donated by Porsche Centre, Victoria. Dessert was a Black Forest cake, for Mother’s Day, provided by VIR.
Sunday, we met @ 10 a.m. for their Mother’s Day Brunch, with an amazing selection of delicious goodies. Next stop, Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park for a walk around northern tip of the park. We all enjoyed a leisurely walk around the Spit, including a little beach combing. We headed for the 3 p.m. ferry, and back to the real world of Vancouver Island. New friends were made, emails exchanged, and happy memories to hold.
Thank you all for joining Gary and Wendy, Up Island Director on another Porsche Adventure.