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Come On Out for the 2014 Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

2014 Kaslo Jazz Summer Music FestivalThe 23rd annual Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is scheduled for August 1st through the 3rd, 2014 and what a show it will be!

One of the best things about the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is the venue. Kaslo, BC’s natural green amphitheatre was named as one of the top 10 places in the world to hold a music festival – and we feel sure you’ll agree.

Between the stunning vistas serving as backdrop to all the great performances and the natural acoustics that warm and accentuate every note played, you’d be hard pressed to find a more perfect location for a music festival. Add the unique, floating main stage for the festival that rests just offshore Kootenay Lake’s welcoming, sandy beach and you can see why it garnered such an honor.

This year’s lineup for the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival is an amazing group of talented and diverse musicians:

MAZ – Jazz/World Fusion
Djabe – Jazz/World Fusion
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – Blues | British Columbia
George Leach – Blues/Rock
Current Swell – Folk/Rock
Hornography – Jazz/Groove
Kellylee Evans – Jazz/Soul
Matt Schofield – Blues
Wil Campa y su Gran Union – Cuban
Kootenay’s Best Singer – Jazz
Trespassers Will – Rock/Folk
Tofu Stravinsky – Indie-Jazz
Craig Korth and the Guilty Pleasures – Bluegrass
Rabnett 5 + Donnie Clark – Jazz
Jeff Lang – Blues/Roots
25 or 6 to 4 – Rock/Jazz
David Ward – Blues/Rock
Sound of the Sun – Progressive Folk Rock
The Kelly Fawcett Trio – Jazz/Blues

Other stages for the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival include the Front Street Concert Stage, the Maple Tree Stage, the Langham Cultural Center, and St. Andrews United Church.

Along with multiple stages of music throughout the festival’s three days, you can also count on great food, refreshments, and craft vendors selling unique and beautiful handmade items. What a great way to kick off your August!

Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival

August 1, 2014 to August 3, 2014
For a full schedule, tickets, and more info, be sure to visit: www.kaslojazzfest.com

Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival Lodging
Whatever brings you to the wild and beautiful Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia, be sure to further heighten the pleasure of your visit with a stay at one of our member, bed and breakfast inns. With five spectacular mountain ranges and four National Parks, plus events like the Kaslo Jazz Summer Music Festival, you’ll never run out of fun things to do in our neck of the woods. We dedicate ourselves to providing you the home away from home you deserve with comfortable guest rooms, delicious breakfasts, and those personal touches that leave you refreshed, relaxed, and ready for your next adventure in the Kootenay Rockies.

The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale

Friday, April 18th, 2014

2014, 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and SaleThe 2014, 13th annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show is almost here and you do not want to miss it!

In the 13 years that this juried stained glass show has been produced, it has only grown in size. Each year has been larger than the last and has displayed greater, more diverse works. This year’s Radium Hot Springs Art Glass show has gained so much momentum that it should prove to be the biggest and best one yet!

The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale brings together artists from all over western Canada to display their visions in stained glass. True stained glass works of art take careful planning and skills in many fields to successfully produce, and the end results should work whether they are hung to transform light or simply to receive it. (more…)

Let’s Hear it For Summer! and Our Updated Website!

Monday, August 26th, 2013

myra canyon Bed & Breakfast

Let’s hear it for this amazing summer season in beautiful British Columbia!

As we head into the last long weekend of the summer, we encourage everyone to take one last trip! Venture across the province, and stay at one of the many amazing BC Bed & Breakfasts! Or stay local, making it a bit more special with a fun getaway in your hometown.

Travel the Vancouver Coast and pair your stay with a beautiful morning hike – (maybe some last minute back to school shopping) – then unwind and relax with an amazing dinner at any one of the hundreds of amazing culinary restaurants located in the region.

Take a quick ferry ride over to Vancouver Island, and truly understand why Condé Nast Traveler magazine has ranked Vancouver Island as the number one island to visit in Canada in 2012. The eco-system is diverse and they have activities to match. Surf then storm watch in Tofino, or visit  blooming Butchart Gardens in Victoria, or go whale watching at anyone of the amazing communities on the Island.

Visit the Okanagan, the region of BC that truly has something for everyone! An early morning fishing trip, followed by a winery tour in the afternoon and cozying up at one of BC’s finest B&Bs to watch the sunset over the majestic mountain valley landscape. Sounds pretty blissful.

Ride up-north and find all the colors of summer in Northern British Columbia –  including warm-yellow sunsets, rich-green mountainsides and the clearest of turquoise waters. Go off road, and go on horseback or charter a plane or hike to some of the most  idyllic campsites! They may be in the wilderness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with modern amenities!

Live large in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast! No, we are not just talking about the Caribou, but also BC’s largest Provincial Park, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The Chilcotin Coast combines a rural culture with artistry and spirit! Take a long horseback ride through some amazing landscapes then eat lunch and tour art studios and historic sites.

Rock’n’Roll the Kootenays! Rock the many outdoor activities (The Kootenays are known for their epic outdoor activities). Hike, bike or go whitewater rafting! Or do all three! Then roll on down to the many hotsprings to relax!

Let’s all celebrate summer and also celebrate the best and most hospitable accommodations, The Bed & Breakfasts and Inns of BC! Search our listings today, check availability and book!

We would also like to celebrate the revamp of our website! We revamped the site to better serve you! Our new design and architecture is much more intuitive for you and aimed to make you find a great B&B quicker! Thank you for your patience during the change and of course, we would love to hear from you on how you think our revamped site is doing! Send us a note! 

2013 Freeride World Tour Starts in Revelstoke, BC for the Second Year in a Row

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Freeride World Tour Logo

Freeride Word Tour Freeskier at Revelstoke Revelstoke again hosts the opening of the Freeride World Tour.

The Swatch Freeride World Tour by The North Face (FWT) is the preeminent free snow skiing and boarding tournament in the world and will, for the second year running, start off at Revelstoke in the Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia, Canada.

The Freeride World Tour holds the records as both the largest and longest running mountain competition in the history of freeriding skiing and boarding.  Athletes from all corners of the globe will converge on Revelstoke to kickoff the competition for $100,000 in cash prizes.

The action is guaranteed to be thrilling.  Freeriding, whether on skis or a snowboard, combines Olympic-level athleticism with the untamed beauty of natural ski runs.  It’s been called “a vertical free-verse poem on the mountain” by FWT.  Without the use of man made obstacles or even ski run grooming, freeriding is snow sliding sport in its most natural state and is breathtaking to watch.

Attendance is expected to be high for this free admittance event.  It is recommended that you make your Kootenay Rockies lodging plans now and consider a stay in one of our member bed & breakfast inns to make the most of your FWT experience. (more…)

Kimberley Accordion Festival Brings Old Time Music to Kootenay Rockies

Saturday, June 16th, 2012
Accordion

The accordion music will ring of the hillsides of the Purcell & Rocky Mountains at the International Old Time Accordion Championships in Kimberley, BC.

The 2012 Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships (KIOTAC) will be held July 9-14, so now’s the time to make your travel and lodging plans for attending this charming event in the Kootenay Rockies region in the southeastern corner of British Columbia.

A world class line-up of accordionists and over $11,000 in cash prizes ensures that the competition and performances of this Kimberley accordion festival will be hot.

Accordion Competitions for Every Style & Age

The competition categories at KIOTAC include accordion solo, duet and band performers.  Styles of music include Jazz, Popular Music, Light Classical, Diatonic and Improvisational.

Each competitor in all old-time styles will perform dance tunes for each category entered, including a polka, a schottische and a waltz.  These performances will be scored on Phrasing & Old-Time Feeling (40%) Musical Correctness & Technique (30%) and Dance-ability (30%).

Special Guest Artists Concerts & Dances

As of June 12, 2012

CONCERTS

 

DANCES

Monday, July 9

Cowboy Bob

Made up of former members of roots/country band The Cruzeros, Country Bob performs “Golden Era” (1900 to early 1950s) music using accordion, acoustic guitars, upright bass and stirring vocals.

 

The Softones

Hailing from Brooks, Calgary, Seven Persons & Tilley, Alberta, The Softones have performed show, gospel and dance music since 1994 using accordion, guitar, keyboard, organ, stand-up bass fiddle, and rousing vocals.

Tuesday, July 10

Mario Pedone IMario Pedone

A “Professor of Accordion” graduate from the Academia de Acordeon Smith, Mario Pedone is a talented player of Classical, European and American Standards, Latin, Tango, and many other styles.

 

Edwin Erickson & Tight Squeeze

Edwin Erickson is a cofounder of and regular competitor at KIOTAC. Tight Squeeze mixes Nordic and swing styles with a strong sense of nostalgia for America from 1900 through 1920s.

Wednesday, July 11

Kerry Christensen

Virtuoso yodeler (and accordion player) Kerry Christensen is an internationally recognized performer who is equally adept at Alpine, Cajun, classical, Cowboy, Hawaiian, jazz, Jewish, Latin, and his own humorous forms of yodeling.

 

Alex Meixner @ WMNF Heatwave 5.15.10 - 05Alex Meixner Band

Cutting edge accordionist Alex Meixner and his band specialize in crafting performances that encourage traditionalists to embrace new forms and new-schoolers to embrace the old.

Thursday, July 12: Best of the Platzl Dance

Friday, July 13

Baker Bridge Duet

This duet of talented accordionists is comprised of Michael Bridge, the 2011 Canadian Roland Digital Accordion Champion, and Alicia Baker, a three-time winner of the KIOTAC Happy Hans Open (2007, 2010 & 2011).

 

Austin Kawa Band

Steeped in and having a love for traditional music, the Austin Kawa Band performs in a broad range of musical styles, including old time, swing, country, and even rock ‘n’ roll of the sixties.

Saturday, July 14

AccordionsKimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships

Massed band performances, awards, and presentations highlight this final concert of KIOTAC.

 

Alex Meixner @ WMNF Heatwave 5.15.10 - 22Alex Meixner Band – Family Dance

The Alex Meixner Band returns Saturday night for a night of memorable music and dancing.

Accordion Music, Dancing…and Spectacular Mountain Views

Kimberley, BC

Downtown Kimberley, BC evokes Bavarian architecture.

Kimberley, BC, is located between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains and overlooks the Kootenay River Valley, so your music-listening and dancing will be surrounded by the beauty of nature on all sides.

Away from the event, you’ll also have access to a wide array of attractions and activities, including:

  • Over 100 kilometres of multi-use trails
  • Nature Park, one of the largest and most beautiful municipal parks in Canada
  • The Platzl (plaza) is pedestrian-only and features a picturesque setting, boutique shopping and dining
  • Marysville neighbourhood main street shops and restaurants
  • Area cycling, golfing, hiking, hot springs, mountain biking, river rafting and much more

For more information about this event and how to purchase tickets, please visit the Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships website.

Choose Kootenay Rockies Lodging as Individual as an Accordion Solo

Kootenay Rockies Bed and Breakfast Inns

Prepare to be pampered by the B&B inn of your choice during your stay for the Kimberley accordion festival in the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia

Our Kootenay Rockies bed and breakfast inns offer a personalized lodging experience as you enjoy the Kimberley accordion festival and all the activities and attractions the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia has to offer.

Enjoy a large variety of breakfast options, comfortable and luxuriant B&B guest rooms, and the personal service and area knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies region.

What’s Your Kimberley International Old Time Accordion Championships Expectation or Experience?

The Kimberley accordion festival has been celebrated in the Kootenay River Valley between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains for many years and has grown to become a major musical event in British Columbia, Canada.

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Kimberley accordion festivals.

In the Heart of the Kootenays

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Situated in the heart of the Slocan Valley, the small unincorporated Village of Winlaw is a place of history, uniqueness, and most importantly a strong sense of community. With a population of only 400 people, and named after local pioneer John Brown Winlaw, who built a sawmill on the railway line in 1900, Winlaw is home  to everything from golf shirts, dread locks, lumberjacks, outdoor enthusiasts, and even a couple Mercedes.

Frog Peak, Valhalla Provincial Park

Conveniently located close to popular tourist destinations like the Valhalla and Kootenay Provincial Parks, and the towns of Nelson, Castlegar and New Denver, Winlaw is the perfect getaway for the traveler seeking to ‘get away’. It is also the perfect destination for all mountain bikers as Winlaw is the starting point for the annual Shreddin’ the Loop mountain bike race. In addition to mountain biking, the Village of Winlaw and its surrounding area has much to offer its visitors. Scuba divers can even make the short drive up to Slocan Lake and search to discover the sunken Silverton Box Cars. This popular recreation destination offers hiking, fishing, camping, golfing, and a number of winter activities from skiing to ice fishing which attract visitors from all over British Columbia and Canada on a yearly basis.

The most important part of a holiday to a community such as Winlaw, is finding accommodations that provide a true representation of the culture and community. And when visiting Winlaw, Arica Gardens Bed & Breakfast does just that. A beautiful and luxurious timberframe home on ten acres of land, Arica Gardens is the perfect spot to seek your respite from city living. And with three rooms/suites available, all with great views, your stay at this wonderful Kootenay bed & breakfast will leave you wanting to come year after year!

Nakusp Hot Springs

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Mineral Pool at the Nakusp Hot Springs

Nestled deep within the natural beauty of the Kuskanax valley, locals and tourists alike have been flocking to the Nakusp Hot Springs to relax and revive their lives for decades. Offering over 200 acres of outdoor recreational opportunities from the mineral pools to hiking, biking, and fishing, the Nakusp Hot Springs, and the Arrow Lakes region is a gem in British Columbia’s Kooteneys.

Offering two outdoor pools, one hot and one warm, the Nakusp Hot Springs is the perfect place to rest your aching body and revitalize yourself when you are feeling weighed down with your day to day life. Not only do the pools provide a great excuse to relax, they are also known to provide many health benefits. Two years ago a Hungarian medical study by seven PhD scholars, showed that hot spring soaking is an effective treatment modality in elderly patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or with chronic low back pain, and its benefits lasted for at least 3 months after treatment. Say what? Relaxing in a pool of hot mineral water is good for my health? Sign me up!

And the mineral pools at the Nakusp Hot Springs are only the tip of the ice berg when visiting this region. The Arrow Lakes, which in essence are simply a widening of the Columbia River, offer great recreational opportunities including fishing and water sports. Stretching from Castlegar to Revelstoke, the lakes are surrounded by dense forests home to a great diversity of wildlife from Eagles to Grizzly Bears. The region is also well visited by ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts who can find great trails no matter where they look, and by winter activists who are looking for a spot to strap on their cross country skies and snowshoes.

Only a short drive away from four provincial parks and famous cities such as Revelstoke and Nelson, the Nakusp Hot Springs is a fantastic destination which should not be passed on. And with many great Kootenay Bed and Breakfasts in the region there really is no excuse to skip out on an opportunity to escape the city life and give your mind, body and soul a break while relaxing in the hot mineral pools.

Revelstoke, A Mountain Paradise

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Situated in the heart of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain Ranges, Revelstoke is one of British Columbia’s adventure gems.

An extremely popular destination for all types of recreation seekers, Revelstoke is able to offer an adventure experience for the whole family. Whether it is a leisurely stroll through historic downtown, an afternoon hike through the flower covered meadows on Mount Revelstoke, or a thrilling ride down Revelstoke Mountain Ski Resort’s 3,121 acres of skiable terrain, you are sure to find an activity that interests you.

When travelling to the Kootenay region, and specifically Revelstoke, vacationers typically arrive with one main purpose, outdoor adventure! In the summer time visitors can experience hiking, mountain biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, and much more. And the best part is that it only gets more exciting once the first snow fall comes. With activities such as downhill, cross-country and heli skiing along with snowshoeing, tobogganing and curling right outside your front door, it is no wonder Revelstoke has become one of the most popular winter vacation destinations in Canada. The fact that is has some of Canada’s most breathtaking scenery only adds to the beauty.

The majority of this scenery comes when visiting Mount Revelstoke National Park. Containing stands of old-growth forest, and housing a small protected herd of the threatened mountain caribou as well as providing a habitat for grizzly bears, Mount Revelstoke National Park is an excuse all in itself to visit the region. And with a quick trip down the Trans-Canada Highway, one can experience the many wonders of Glacier National Park which is home to Rogers Pass and the Hemlock Grove Boardwalk Trail.

In the heart of this quaint mountain city are three spectacular Revelstoke bed and breakfasts that are awaiting your arrival. No matter what your purpose may be while visiting Revelstoke, your accommodation needs are sure to be met while you are there.

 

Cruisin’ in the Queen City, that’s Nelson don’t ya know!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The Queen City Cruise, September 10 and 11, is a fairly new happening in historic Nelson in the Kootenay Rockies region, having begun in just 2003.  The Nelson Road Kings, and car collectors from all over, even the famous Dukes Car Club, America’s oldest established car club, find the appeal here to show off their cars.  Whether you think of Nelson as the “Queen City” or the “Heritage City”, it offers cosmopolitan dining, fascinating shopping and great BC Innkeepers’ Bed & Breakfast lodging, all on the shores of stunning Kootenay Lake.  It’s no wonder car buffs bring their eye popping best rides here for this good time event.   If you’ve a car you want to show you can register early at the Bogustown Pub on September 10th or at 9 AM on Saturday the 11th.  Friday afternoon there will be a soap box derby hosted by the Nelson Business Association and then a parade ending downtown.

Saturday morning is the big Show and Shine event on Baker Street.  Prizes and trophys will be awarded in the afternoon.  At 7 in the evening doors open for The Roof Top Dance at the Parkade, featuring Pauly and the Greaseballs.  Eat your heart out Bowser…