photo by Deddeda Stemler, Tourism Victoria New hotels appear every day. Restored grand hotels arrive only a couple of times in a lifetime. In Victoria, the reemergence of Oak Bay Beach Hotel not only returns the beloved Snug Pub to the locals, the 100-room property pronounces Oak Bay a legitimate, exclusive destination. Long considered one of the capital’s quieter municipalities, Oak Bay has moved to the forefront of Victoria’s great neighborhoods. And there are so many ways to explore it: you can bike, stroll, browse the shops, paddle, sip and eat. In fact, its thriving popularity as a destination is in part because of its booming, hyper-local food scene. The Penny Farthing Pub—this genteel neighborhood’s first—launched Oak Bay 2.0. The “Penny’s” dark stained woods and brass finishes fit the neighborhood as tautly as a tea cozy embraces a Brown Betty teapot. Once tucked behind Victoria’s old-guard “Tartan Curtain,” today’s Oak Bay shops take contemporary life and locavore culture to a refreshing, new level. For an insider’s view of what and who are putting the contemporary Oak Bay food scene on the culinary map, take the “Epicure in the Village” tour with local gastro-savant Karma Brophy. The Whole Beast cures award-winning meats provided by the Village Butcher, a separate business that shares the same roof. Breads emerge fresh from Ottavio, the Italian bakeryfromagerie-café,
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