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Take Time to Smell the Flowers at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria

Publish Date: 28-Mar-2013

Victoria, British Columbia Thursday, March 28, 2013

Butchart Gardens and The Fairmont Empress Pair up for Flower Power of a Package
Two icons in Victoria, British Columbia have paired up to offer a blooming good deal that combines tickets to the renowned Butchart Gardens with afternoon tea and an overnight stay at the landmark Fairmont Empress.  The package, based on two adults, is priced from $329 per night.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-441-1414 or through the website
And, it’s not too early to plan a visit; the 37th annual blossom count just wrapped up with over 750,000 blooms and gives the capital bragging rights to its nickname, The City of Gardens.  Treasures tucked around the area include Abkhazi Garden, an enchanting, 50-year old heritage garden established by Prince and Princess Abkhazi; the home and garden where painter and writer Emily Carr grew up; and of course, Butchart Gardens, a former  limestone quarry that has been nurtured into not only one of Canada’s top attractions but one of the best examples of Victoria’s sightseeing destinations with 55 acres of floral displays.  
Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress, a beloved tradition since 1908, includes a special Empress blend tea, fresh fruit topped with cream, assorted tea sandwiches with local specialties like smoked BC salmon, English golden raisin scones with cream and strawberry preserves, and decadent bite-size pastries such as cherry chocolate cup truffle chocolate tulip cup with caramel chocolate, zesty lemon tarts, cheese cake and buttery shortbread made from scratch in the pastry shop. The Hotel’s famous rose gardens and apiaries can be toured, and the homegrown honey sampled over tea.  ##

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS:  Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of more than 65 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. Fairmont balances the company’s economic, environmental and social priorities and provides the framework for responsible hotel operations through the Sustainability Partnership program.  Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit  Become a fan of Fairmont. Join our online communities at,,, and

Nancie Hall
Regional Director, PR
Fairmont Hotels, PNW Region   

Angela Rafuse-Tahir
Director of Sales & Marketing
The Fairmont Empress

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