Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2020

Did you know, the first Valentine's Day was in the year 496? Having a particular Valentine's Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman festival. The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February - officially the start of their springtime.The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day.

In modern times, the day celebrates romantic love, making it a popular day for couples to spend together. Valentine's Day is traditionally associated with red hearts, romance, flowers, candy or other sweet things, and the exchange of cards, called valentines that express love.

Looking for a fun way to surprise your significant other? Try this recipe for a Chocolate Martini:


2 tbsp. chocolate syrup, plus more for drizzling
4 oz. Baileys
4 oz. chocolate liqueur
4 oz. Smirnoff vodka
Shaved chocolate (optional)


Pour chocolate syrup onto a shallow plate. Dip rim of martini glasses into chocolate syrup to coat rims. Drizzle the inside of each glass with chocolate syrup.Combine Baileys, chocolate liqueur, and vodka in a large cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 20 seconds. Divide evenly between glasses. If using, top with shaved chocolate. Serve and enjoy!

Or try this kid-friendly Valentine mocktail:


Simply Juice Drink Mixed Berry 1.75 liter bottle
Sprite 2-liter bottle
1/4 cup of Grenadine
Large pitcher
Simple syrup or corn syrup
Paper straws


Combine the entire bottle of Simply Mixed Berry juice and Sprite together in the large pitcher. Add 1/4 cup of Grenadine and mix again. Decoration:Use simple syrup or corn syrup and pour a small amount on a bread plate. Use sprinkles or sanding sugar and pour on a bread plate.Dip your glassware in the syrup then in the sprinkles shake off excess. Serve and enjoy!

Upcoming Events for you to enjoy:

Sooke Region Heritage Week Feb 17 - 23
Tues, February 18, 9am – 5pm, Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road.
Visit the Sooke Region Museum during this special week. Celebrate the Heritage of the Sooke Region. An interactive artifact kit will be available to look through.

Storytime around the hearth:
Sat, February 22, 10:30am – 11:00am, Sooke Region Museum, 2070 Phillips Road
Led by Vancouver Island Regional Library's Children & Youth Librarian. This is a family story time filled with songs, movements and stories! All youth welcome.250-642-3022 or Sooke@virl.bc.ca ... Bring blankets and pillows to cozy up around the fire place. 

We are still developing Phase 3. There are only 6 lots left in this phase for you to choose your Lily, Rose or Magnolia style home and join the gated adult oriented community. Phase 4 will be released this spring and has 20 lots to choose from. In Phase 4 we are excited to announce a new design of home will be available. The "Tulip" is a front entry 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home 1010 sq. ft. of livable space with a 240 sq. ft. single car garage backing onto beautiful green parkland. To be added to our Priority List and kept up to date on all of our exciting upcoming events and activities, contact the sales office (sales@sunriverestates.com) and we'll gladly keep you posted and up to date.

Our two show homes are available for viewing with some new interior changes. Our Sales Centre is located at 6325 Shambrook Drive, just off of Phillips Road in the community club house. We are open daily from 11am-4pm Closed on Fridays & Holidays.