Harvesting Memories: A Fall Getaway in Abbotsford

From Farm Tours to Fine Dining, Unearth the Charms of the Fraser Valley

Have you ever breezed through Abbotsford on your way to Vancouver or, one of our favourite BC destinations, Tofino? We sure have, and let me tell you, there’s much more to this city in the country than meets the eye. Abbotsford is a haven of handmade and homegrown experiences, waiting to be discovered.

Now, let’s talk fall. This is when Abbotsford truly dazzles. The town comes alive with a burst of colours, and the festive energy here is simply contagious. Picture pumpkin patches, charming farm tours, and cozy cider houses. But here’s the real magic – it’s the people. So many cool and creative folks are weaving their own brand of magic into Abbotsford’s culture. It’s a place where every smile is genuine and every story shared, a piece of the city’s soul. It’s a season we hold dear, and we’re pretty sure you’ll fall for it too. So, gear up for the perfect fall getaway in Abbotsford!

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Farm Tours

Embrace The Roots of Abbotsford

When it comes to discovering the heart of a place, few experiences can compare to a visit to the local farms. It’s a journey that goes beyond sightseeing; it fosters a deeper connection, a greater appreciation, and a profound awareness between a traveler, the land visited, and the people who call it home.

There’s something undeniably therapeutic about being outdoors, amidst the fields and orchards. The crisp air, the scent of earth, and the gentle rustle of leaves – it’s nature’s remedy for the soul. But farms are not just about tranquility and picturesque landscapes. They are a vital cornerstone of our world, providing not only sustenance but also playing a pivotal role in promoting and safeguarding regional food systems, contributing to the overall environmental quality.

Yet, let’s face it, the idea of day-to-day life on a farm might not be everyone’s cup of tea. With each passing day, the number of farmers dwindles. This is where you, the curious traveler, step in as a champion. Taking in a farm tour is not only an enriching experience for you, but it’s also a lifeline for hard-working farmers. Your visit provides them with a steady source of income, ensuring they can continue doing what they do best, preserving the land and cultivating the crops we so rely on. And let’s not forget, it’s a boost to the local economy as well.

But what truly sets a farm tour apart is the chance to connect with the farmers and their families. We often read success stories about farmers in glossy magazines and watch them on TV shows. But behind those stories are real people, with real families, and a genuine love for what they do. They’re individuals who deeply appreciate those who choose to support their farm, knowing that each purchase contributes to the livelihood of their family. With an unwavering commitment to making visitors feel at home, they’re always there to share their knowledge and answer every question, painting a vivid picture of their way of life.

So, get ready to roll up your sleeves and step into a world where the roots run deep, and the connection between land, farmer, and visitor is palpable. Join us on an unforgettable journey through Abbotsford’s bountiful farms, where every step is a step towards preserving a way of life and a legacy for generations to come.

Maans Family Farm

A Journey Through Generations, Vertical Greenhouses, and Authentic Farm Experiences

Maan Farms in Abbotsford, Canada, offers visitors a rich and immersive farm experience steeped in family history and agricultural innovation. Founded by Jawahar and Gurbachan Maan in the 1970s, this family-owned venture began with a modest berry stand. Today, it has evolved into a thriving hub of family fun. With activities like the Barnyard Adventureland, Jumping Pillow, Pedal Go Karts, Zipline, and even Goat Yoga, the farm provides a diverse range of entertainment for visitors of all ages. The Maan family’s resilience and the support of the local community have been instrumental in shaping the farm’s character, making it a testament to the power of community spirit in agriculture.

One of the farm’s most remarkable features is the pioneering vertical strawberry greenhouse introduced in 2021. This cutting-edge technology allows Maan Farms to cultivate an impressive ten acres of strawberries on just two acres of land. The greenhouse not only maximizes productivity but also embodies sustainability, employing natural pest control and ergonomic harvesting techniques. This innovative approach has significantly reduced the farm’s dependency on weather conditions, ensuring a consistent and bountiful harvest. The introduction of the greenhouse represents a significant leap in efficiency and sets a new standard for forward-thinking, sustainable agriculture.

Beyond the agricultural marvels, Maan Farms boasts Mama Maan’s Kitchen, where visitors can enjoy authentic, homemade Indian cuisine. After a fire in 2014, Mama Maan took the reins, preparing delectable dishes like samosas, butter chicken, and chickpea curry. This culinary venture has become a beloved staple for both locals and visitors, adding a touch of tradition and warmth to the farm experience. 

In every corner of Maan Farms, from the lively Barnyard Adventureland to the serene vertical strawberry greenhouse, the spirit of the farm comes alive, inviting families and friends to create cherished memories amidst the bounty of fall.

Taves Family Farms

Crafting Cherished Family Memories: Adventure, U-Pick, and Cider Delights

Tucked up against the US boarder in the Southlands of Abbotsford, Taves Family Farms stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of farming. For over three generations, this family has lovingly tended to their land, ensuring a bountiful harvest of apples, berries, and an array of seasonal crops.

As third-generation farmers, Loren and Corinne Taves hold a deep commitment to the future of their land, their children, and their community. This dedication is palpable when you step onto their farm, where farm-to-table foods are not just a buzzword, but a way of life. They take immense pride in sharing the taste of the country with visitors, inviting them to experience the rustic charm of the Southlands.

At the heart of the Taves’ offering is the Applebarn, a vibrant hub of summer and fall family fun. This is the place to unleash your inner child and create memories that will last a lifetime. From the thrill of zip track lines to the charm of the Petting Barn, there’s an adventure for every age. Get lost in the twists and turns of mazes, bounce to your heart’s content on the Jumping Pillows, or try your hand at a digital farm experience in FarmVille.

But the true gem of Taves Family Farms lies in their U-Pick experience. Wander through the picturesque orchards with your loved ones, savoring the stunning scenery as you gather your own apples, goji berries, strawberries, or pumpkins. It’s a truly authentic farm adventure that allows you to take home a piece of the countryside, creating cherished memories along the way.

Taves Cider with Goats

And the journey doesn’t end there. The Taves family warmly extends an invitation to explore their latest venture, Taves Estate Cidery. This inviting space boasts a charming tasting barn and a picturesque picnic area, where from April through December, you can indulge in growler fills, sampling flights, and a selection of uniquely bottled ciders.

In the barnyard, there’s a tale to tell about a mischievous character named Billy—a goat with a penchant for apples and a knack for crafting a special cider blend. Little did anyone know, the other animals joined in, adding their favourite fruits to the mix. Fortunately, Farmer Loren discovered this unique concoction and took it upon himself to bottle it up for all to enjoy. The result? The signature Barnyard Blend, standing proud amidst an array of seasonal ciders and craft cocktails, all awaiting to be savoured on their family and dog-friendly patio.

This new venture marks yet another chapter in the evolving story of Taves Family Farms, showcasing a journey from apples to soft cider, and now, venturing into the delightful world of hard cider.

So, whether you’re a family, a group of friends, or just a kid at heart, Taves Family Farms invites you to step into a world where joy knows no bounds. Join them for an unforgettable adventure, and leave with a little piece of the country nestled in your heart.

We fell in love with the family and the experience, we will be writing a full guide to Taves Family Farms for next season.

Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery

A Lesson in Beekeeping and Stewardship

At Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, the air buzzes with purpose. As we delved into their world, the passion for bees and honey was palpable. Our hours at the farm were an immersive education, a journey that left us eager to share what we’ve discovered.

Bees, those tiny but essential heroes, play a vital role in our food chain. From apples and blueberries to tomatoes, their pollination dance ensures the bounty of nature reaches our tables. Yet, with a heavy heart, we learned that bee populations are dwindling, a fact that strikes at the heart of the agricultural ecosystem.

In the capable hands of Mike, Judy, and Jenny Campbell, beekeeping is an art form elevated to an extraordinary level. Experts doesn’t quite cover it; their mastery of the craft is nothing short of awe-inspiring. This family embodies the spirit of environmental stewardship and learning, seamlessly blending their dedication to quality honey production with a diverse range of honey wines.

Campbell’s Gold is a testament to innovation and sustainability. It’s a place where every jar of honey and every bottle of mead carries the weight of knowledge and care. From geothermal coils providing winter warmth to the delicate process of crafting honey wine, their practices harmonize with nature.

As we prepare to tell the full story of our time at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, we can’t help but be struck by the urgency of their mission. The decline of bee populations is a call to action, a reminder that the health of our environment is intimately entwined with our own.

In the midst of this beautiful farm, we found not only the essence of bees and honey but also a beacon of hope. The Campbells’ dedication serves as a shining example of how individuals can make a tangible difference. Through education, advocacy, and a deep respect for the natural world, they inspire us all to be stewards of our planet.

Stay tuned for our in-depth exploration of Campbell’s Gold, where we’ll unravel the intricacies of their craft and share the vital message they’re spreading. This is a story that deserves to be heard, a story that reminds us of the profound impact each of us can have on the world around us.

Wine Tasting

Abbotsford’s Alternative to the Okanagan, Just a Stone’s Throw from Vancouver

Held in the embrace of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford is the best-kept secret of wine enthusiasts seeking an alternative to the bustling Okanagan. Here, amidst the gentle undulations of the landscape, lies a wine destination waiting to be discovered. While Abbotsford may be an underrated gem in the world of wine, it proudly boasts a unique signature grape – the Siegerrebe (pronounced see-gah-REH-bay). This varietal, perfectly attuned to the cool, moist climate of the Fraser Valley, offers an exquisite expression of the region’s terroir.

But the Fraser Valley’s vinicultural offerings don’t stop there. Here, you’ll find wines that push beyond the traditional grape varieties. The fertile lands yield much more than the standard fare. Venture into the tasting rooms and you’ll discover a diverse array of wines. Maan Farms beckons with a selection of vibrant fruit wines, each bottle bursting with the essence of the Valley’s bountiful orchards. Meanwhile, at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, the golden ambrosia of mead, a specialty honey wine, awaits your palate. This ancient libation, with its rich history and complex flavors, offers a unique and captivating taste of the Fraser Valley’s diverse terroir.”

This is a wine destination where tradition and innovation converge, promising a tasting experience that transcends the ordinary. So, let’s raise our glasses and embark on a journey through Abbotsford’s rich and diverse wine landscape, where every sip is an invitation to explore the uncharted territories of the Fraser Valley’s flourishing vineyards.

Singletree Winery

A Grape-Stomping Affair: Unearthing Traditions at Singletree

Singletree Winery

In the heart of Mt. Lehman, Abbotsford, lies Singletree Winery, a cherished family-operated vineyard that embodies the very essence of British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. Its name, though not inspired by a singular tree, holds a profound connection to the pioneering spirit of early farmers across the province. “Singletree” pays homage to the indispensable single-harness yoke, an emblem of the tenacity and resourcefulness that characterized those who toiled the land in days gone by.

The Etsell family, stewards of this fertile vineyard, boast a lineage deeply rooted in the agricultural tapestry of the region. With meticulous care for their land, they are steadfast in their mission to showcase the very best of British Columbia. Three generations of the Etsell family labor alongside one another, and it is the skilled hands of second-generation family member, Andrew Etsell, that craft the wines which bear the Singletree name.

Garnet, Debbie, Andrew, Laura, and the entire family extend a warm invitation, beckoning you to partake in the quintessential experience of BC wine country.

Singletree Wine Tasting

Get Siggy With It

At Singletree Winery, the essence of BC’s wine country is bottled and ready for you to savour. The portfolio boasts an array of varietals, including the flagship Siggy™ Siegerrebe, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, Viognier, Rosé, Family Reserve Rosé, Wild Ferment Siegerrebe, and Harness—a Bordeaux-style red blend. For those seeking effervescence, the winery offers both Merryfield, a traditional method sparkling wine, and Victory, a sparkling delight.

While tasting these exceptional wines, visitors are treated to sweeping vistas of the expansive Fraser Valley. The option to pair the wines with an assortment of delectable snacks, or to procure a bottle for a leisurely picnic in the designated area, is also extended. For those seeking a heartier spread, locally smoked meats, cheeses, and seasonal selections are available in the wine shop. Of course, you’re also welcome to bring your own basket of goodies to enjoy amidst the vineyard’s beauty.

In the cooler months, from fall through spring, Singletree unveils two seasonally-decorated Di Vine Domes, offering an intimate space for private tastings. Bookings for these enchanting domes open in the fall, promising a cozy and immersive experience amidst the wintry landscape.

Our visit to Singletree Winery was nothing short of a whimsical adventure, as we had the privilege of participating in their lively Grape Stomping event, a delightful feature of the Taste of Abby celebration. This annual event, a highlight of the local culinary calendar, invites guests to immerse themselves in the heart of harvest season. Taste of Abby offers a rich tapestry of unique culinary experiences, from diverse events to tantalizing tasting menus and limited-edition creations. It’s an opportunity to savour the essence of Abbotsford, celebrating its history, culture, and the bountiful cultivations that thrive in the picturesque Fraser Valley.

As we gathered around the barrels filled with grapes, there was a certain magic in the air. It’s important to note that the grapes we stomped were not the authentic wine grapes sourced from the property’s vineyard. Using those would prove to be a costly venture, potentially depriving us of the acclaimed siegerrebe grapes needed for their flagship Siggy™ wines.

The tradition of foot-treading, or “foot trodden” wine production, has endured through the ages and still finds its place in wineries across British Columbia today. This method, with roots reaching back centuries, involves the gentle crushing of grapes underfoot to extract their precious juice. Sometimes, it’s the winemakers themselves who wade into the vats, a labor of love that connects them intimately with their craft. In modern times, specialized tools designed for this purpose also play a role, ensuring that the process is as efficient as it is time-honoured. This age-old practice is a testament to the enduring artistry of winemaking, where tradition and innovation seamlessly intertwine. 

Cannon Estate Winery

Igniting the Wick of Ambition in Abbotsford

Cannon Estate Winery The Wick

In the heart of the Fraser Valley, Andi and Justin Manuel embarked on a transformative journey when they acquired 20 acres of fertile land. Their ambition? To craft a winery. This marked the inception of Cannon Estate Winery, a symbol of their unwavering determination.

Their choice of Fraser Valley over the conventional Okanagan was rooted in one word: microclimate. Nestled beneath the Monashee Mountains, the region’s warming temperatures presented an ideal grape-growing environment. Beyond climate, soil quality, grape varietals, and meticulous care of the crop were integral to their winemaking philosophy.

In seasoned French winemaker Patrick Blandin, the Manuels found a kindred spirit. His arrival in 2017 heralded a new phase for Cannon Winery. Simultaneously, insights from Okanagan winemakers enriched their understanding.

The name “Cannon” embodies the Manuels’ philosophy – a commitment to wholeheartedly invest in their ventures. Their determination is unwavering, a testament to their resolve to demonstrate that the Fraser Valley is an emerging jewel in the Canadian winemaking realm.

Cannon Estate Winery, located at 30523 Burgess Ave. in west Abbotsford, officially opened its doors on Nov. 16. For owners Andi and Justin Manuel, this venture is more than a winery; it’s a testament to their belief that the Fraser Valley is a hidden gem in the Canadian winemaking landscape.

Their journey was not without its moments of doubt and challenges. Andi recalls a pivotal moment when uncertainty loomed large, and Justin, in his characteristic boldness, declared, “It’s too late… the wick is lit!” This marked a solemn pact between them – a commitment to forge ahead, defy the skeptics, and unveil the Fraser Valley’s potential as a rising star in Canadian winemaking.

To bring their vision to life, the Manuels enlisted the expertise of Patrick Blandin, a seasoned viticulturist and winemaker, and sought guidance from esteemed winemakers in the Okanagan. After meticulous planning and dedicated effort, the first vines were planted in 2018, yielding their inaugural harvest in 2021. Today, approximately 12.4 acres of their 20-acre property are under vine, hosting 16 varietals across 23 distinct plots. From Chardonnay to Muscat, Petite Milo to Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir, the vineyard is a mosaic of diverse grapes.

Cannon Estate Winery boasts two labels – Cannon and The Wick. While Cannon wines are crafted using refined French winemaking techniques, The Wick label is an exploration of both Old and New World methods. It’s a testament to the Manuels’ dedication to producing exceptional wines that bear the imprint of their unique approach and commitment to excellence.

Abbotsford Restaurants

Where to Eat in Abbotsford

Pictured: Melt In Your Mouth Braised Short Rib from The Table Bistro

Abbotsford isn’t just a feast for the eyes; it’s a paradise for food enthusiasts. From farm-to-table bistros to cozy eateries boasting local flavours, there’s a plate to please every palate. Join us as we explore the diverse culinary landscape that makes Abbotsford a destination for discerning diners.

The Table Bistro

Our journey into Abbotsford’s culinary landscape began at The Table Bistro, where we had the pleasure of being welcomed by none other than the founder himself, Jove Loewen. With over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, Jove’s illustrious career has seen him contribute to numerous successful restaurant ventures. 

At The Table, every dish is a testament to their commitment to freshness. Everything is meticulously prepared on-site, ensuring a dining experience that resonates with familiar, approachable flavours elevated to an artisanal level of execution and care.

The bistro’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the plate. With a meticulously curated wine selection, a fully operational cocktail bar, and a coffee program that rivals the finest cafés, The Table Bistro aspires to be more than a restaurant—it’s a gathering place, a space where the community of Abbotsford can come together to create lasting memories over exceptional food and drink.

Restaurant 62

In the heart of the Fraser Valley, Restaurant 62 reigns supreme as one of the region’s top-rated destinations for refined urban dining and contemporary regional cuisine. Led by Executive Chef Jeff Massey, a recognized luminary in the culinary world, the restaurant offers a dining experience that engages the senses and tantalizes the palate.

With a commitment to using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, they offer contemporary regional cuisine inspired by the vibrant flavours of the Mediterranean. This farm-to-table approach ensures that every plate is a celebration of the region’s agricultural bounty.

At Restaurant 62, the menu is a reflection of the seasons, with ingredients sourced directly from local farms. The result is a symphony of flavors that harmonize with the changing landscapes of the Fraser Valley. In addition to their stylish boutique dining room, the restaurant offers private seating areas, ideal for both intimate gatherings and corporate events. Their catering services extend beyond the restaurant, bringing their culinary expertise to any location in the Fraser Valley.

The restaurant’s commitment to excellence extends to its extensive wine selection, showcasing some of the finest local labels in the Lower Mainland. This, combined with the contemporary ambiance and impeccable service, sets Restaurant 62 apart as an unrivaled culinary destination.

For those seeking a dining experience that transcends the ordinary, Restaurant 62 stands as a beacon of culinary artistry in the Fraser Valley. Here, every meal is a testament to the region’s rich culinary heritage, and each visit is an invitation to savour the very essence of the Fraser Valley.

Bow & Stern

In the heart of Abbotsford, Bow & Stern invites diners on a culinary journey inspired by the bounty of the sea. With a name that pays homage to maritime traditions, this restaurant stands as a beacon of exceptional seafood dining in the Fraser Valley.

Here, the focus is on bringing the flavours of the ocean to the plate, with a menu curated to delight seafood enthusiasts and culinary connoisseurs alike. The talented kitchen team at Bow & Stern prides themselves on sourcing only the freshest catches, ensuring that every dish is a testament to the quality and flavor of the sea.

The maritime theme extends beyond the menu, with the restaurant’s décor echoing the ambiance of a coastal eatery. Nautical touches and a warm, inviting atmosphere create the perfect backdrop for a memorable dining experience.

In addition to its stellar seafood offerings, Bow & Stern also boasts a carefully curated wine selection, designed to complement the delicate and robust flavors of the ocean. From crisp whites to robust reds, every bottle is chosen with a discerning palate in mind.

Whether you’re a seafood aficionado or simply seeking a taste of the ocean’s bounty, Bow & Stern offers an unparalleled dining experience. With impeccable service and a commitment to culinary excellence, this restaurant invites diners to embark on a maritime adventure right in the heart of Abbotsford.

Bow and Stern Abbotsford Restaurants

Revive Social House

As we explored Downtown Abbotsford, I snuck away from Steve (and his fancy camera!) for a moment only to discover a hidden gem- the Revive Social House. This place is a photographer’s dream, with an ambiance that transports you to a world of lush greenery, warm lighting, and inviting rattan furniture. I could only capture its magic with my trusty iPhone, but trust me, it’s a must-visit! I only wish we had more time to linger in this incredible space.

Revive Social House is more than just a restaurant—it’s a fusion of boutique and bistro, a place where every corner invites you to linger, explore, and savour. Upon entering, you’re greeted by the warm glow of basket lights, the verdant embrace of tropical plants, and an inviting gift area to your left. It’s an instant welcome to the world of Revive.

Seated in one of their beautifully appointed spaces, you’ll discover the heart of Revive’s vision. The semi-private rooms, with their cozy couches and coffee tables, were designed to create intimate moments of connection. It’s a departure from the conventional dining experience, a reminder that it’s not just about the food, but about cherishing the company you keep.

The menu at Revive defies convention, offering a refreshing departure from the ordinary. No eggs for breakfast, no soups, and a distinctive absence of hefty meat dishes. Instead, expect artfully presented meals on wooden boards, inviting you to share and savour. With a focus on wine-friendly pairings, cheese and bread become your culinary companions.

Ah, the wine! Revive is a haven for wine enthusiasts. Their curated selection boasts an array of sparkling, whites, roses, and reds. But what truly sets them apart is their Winery of the Month feature, showcasing hidden gems from BC’s boutique wineries. A wine tasting at the bar or a flight served at your table, the choice is yours.

But Revive doesn’t stop at culinary delights. It’s a boutique too! Nestled within this captivating space, you’ll find a carefully curated collection of home decor, accessories, boho-chic clothing, jewelry, and unique gifts. It’s an invitation to take a piece of Revive’s charm home with you.

Revive Social House is where moments turn into memories, where good food, good drinks, and good company converge. It’s a place to sip, shop, gather, graze, and ultimately, be revived. So whether you’re here for brunch, dinner, or a leisurely wine tasting, prepare to lose yourself in an experience that transcends the ordinary. Revive is not just a restaurant; it’s an oasis of soul-nourishing moments in the heart of Abbotsford.

Historic Downtown Abbotsford

A Tapestry of Timeless Charm and Modern Trends

In the heart of Abbotsford lies a hidden gem steeped in history and bustling with the vibrancy of over 225 businesses and services. Established in 1891, Downtown Abbotsford beautifully weaves together the old and the new, creating a tapestry of culture and commerce that invites visitors to take a step back in time or check out the latest trends.

The area’s character is a delightful fusion of heritage and modernity, offering a plethora of eateries to satisfy worldly tastes and a treasure trove of destination shops that promise unique finds.

Strolling through Downtown Abbotsford is a visual feast, with public art adorning benches and laneway buildings, and plaques narrating the rich heritage that permeates every corner. It’s a place where every step is an invitation to explore, discover, and enjoy the unique offerings that grace its streets.

Yes Chef! – Where Culinary Dreams Come True

Upon stepping into Yes Chef!, a haven for culinary enthusiasts, we immediately felt like we’d found our kindred spirits. Steve, a Red Seal Chef himself, was in his element amidst the array of kitchen gadgets and expertly curated tools of the trade. It was a place where hours could easily slip away, exploring the treasures that catered to every culinary dream. From novice cooks to seasoned chefs, Yes Chef! is a sanctuary for those who believe that the heart of any home lies in the kitchen.

Just look at all of these cool products! I could lose myself for days in these amazing shops.

Spruce Collective – Curated Collections with Heart

Spruce Collective, much like the treasures it houses, exudes an earthy, sustainable ethos. Rooted in a profound connection to nature, the collective celebrates the art of cherishing what you already possess and embracing only what truly resonates with your soul. Here, fleeting trends take a backseat to the enduring allure of classic style.

Collaboration is at the heart of Spruce Collective. With a deep-seated passion for their community’s prosperity, they revel in witnessing others flourish. Fuelled by creativity and an insatiable curiosity, their inspiration sprouts from the rich tapestry of people and places around them. Always in pursuit of growth and transformation, they nurture an environment that fosters creativity and drives positive change. In this haven of thoughtful curation, each item tells a story, inviting you to become a part of the narrative.

Vintelier – Where Vintage Meets Modern

Vintelier is a treasure trove for fashion aficionados. Here, vintage aesthetics seamlessly blend with contemporary fashion, creating a curated collection that speaks to the modern-day trendsetter. The store’s dedication to uniting classic elegance with current style is evident in every carefully selected piece.

Banter Ice Cream – Where Conversations and Creaminess Collide

A sweet pause at Banter Ice Cream was nothing short of delightful. Owners Laura and Zach have transformed their love for light-hearted conversations and exceptional ice cream into a destination that delights the senses. Each scoop is a testament to their dedication, made in-house with as many Fraser Valley-sourced ingredients as possible. This is where the art of ice cream-making meets a genuine passion for quality.

Old Yale Brewing – A Craft Beer Experience in the Heart of the Fraser Valley

Hand-crafted in the outdoor adventure playground of the Fraser Valley, Old Yale Brewing is a celebration of craftsmanship and natural ingredients. Since its inception in 1999, the brewery has remained true to its roots, creating a lineup of award-winning beers that pay homage to the surrounding landscape. From the crisp Knotty Blonde Ale to the renowned Sasquatch Stout, each sip is a testament to the balance achieved by using the finest ingredients and Canada’s best drinking water.

In each of these unique establishments, we found a celebration of craftsmanship, a commitment to quality, and a dedication to creating experiences that linger in the memory. Our journey through Downtown Abbotsford’s shops was a testament to the power of passion and creativity, leaving us with a renewed appreciation for the artisans who call this vibrant community home.

Where To Stay

Brookside Inn
Boutique Hotel

As we stepped through the doors of Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel, I couldn’t help but feel like I had walked into the pages of a storybook. The air seemed to carry a lingering essence of Audrey Hepburn’s timeless elegance and grace, infusing every nook and cranny with an air of sophistication. Nestled in Abbotsford’s picturesque Fraser Valley, this charming inn pays tribute to the iconic actress, seamlessly weaving her allure into the very fabric of the retreat.

The suites, each inspired by Hollywood’s golden era, exude a classic charm that transports you to a bygone time. It’s as if Hepburn’s spirit graces every corner, inviting you into a world of romance and allure. The intimate gardens surrounding the inn provide a peaceful sanctuary, where moments of tranquility are found around every turn.

A stay at Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel is not just a getaway; it’s a journey back in time, a tribute to a Hollywood legend whose influence continues to captivate hearts. Here, every detail, every nuance, whispers of a time when elegance was paramount, and grace was celebrated. It’s an experience that transcends the ordinary, inviting you to embrace the magic of a bygone era.

We loved it so much we are going to be writing a full story on it to share more details with you soon. 

Thank you for the memories, Abbotsford!

As we ventured through the landscape of “handmade and homegrown experiences,” we found ourselves immersed in the warmth of the community. The city’s unique blend of urban sophistication and rural charm beckoned us, inviting exploration and discovery.

Our journey took us through the scenic roads that have long been familiar, yet never truly explored. With each turn, Abbotsford revealed its true essence—a city in the country, teeming with life and vibrancy.

The fall season painted Abbotsford in hues of gold and russet, casting a spell of enchantment over every corner. Festive activities and a bustling community added to the magic, making it a season to cherish.

Our fall getaway to Abbotsford was a tapestry woven with experiences that will forever hold a special place in our hearts. The city’s warmth, its culinary delights, and the rich tapestry of its history and culture left an indelible mark. In Abbotsford, we discovered not just a destination, but a home away from home—a place where memories are made, and moments are treasured.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Tourism Abbotsford for facilitating our stay, meals and experiences. All thoughts and opinions shared ours and not influenced in any way.