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Red Celebrates the holidays!

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

The Red Chair spent the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in the Thompson Okanagan region 0f BC.  He shared Christmas celebrations with Sue and Dann and their family at A View to Remember in West Kelowna and then was handed over to innkeepers Tanya and Rocky at Pineacre on the Lake in Peachland to ring in the New Year.  With lots of snow on the ground in the Okanagan, Red had a wonderful White Christmas, and boy does he look good on white!

Outdoor ice hockey at Big White Ski Resort

Outdoor ice hockey at Big White Ski Resort

Red is contemplating how to get up the 60 ft. ice-climbing tower at Big White

Red is contemplating how to get up the 60 ft. ice-climbing tower at Big White

Handing over the Red Chair from West Kelowna to Peachland

Handing over the Red Chair from West Kelowna to Peachland

After the Christmas celebrations at A View to Remember B&B, Sue took Red to Big White Ski Resort for an awesome day of fresh air and Okanagan powder!  Red enjoyed a snowmobile tour and a horse drawn carriage ride, checked out the gondola and the ice climbing wall, and laced up a pair of skates to take part in that quintessential Canadian winter sport, outdoor ice hockey, his own version of the Winter Classic!  He showed a real aptitude for hockey, so maybe we’ve got another Wayne Gretzky in the making (with a little more practice)!

Red loved his week at A View to Remember and all the great things he saw in the West Kelowna area, but it was time to meet some new innkeepers at Pineacre on the Lake in Peachland.  Sue got together with Tanya for the handover.  Pineacre on the Lake B&B is located right on

Making many friends at the Peachland Polar Bear Swim on New Year's Day 2016

Making many friends at the Peachland Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day 2016

Lake Okanagan, and guests, including Red, staying in any of their three self-contained suites enjoy stunning views of the lake year round.  Their own private dock offers great opportunities for watersports and soaking up some of the great Okanagan sunshine. Peachland is a small and charming lakefront community with beautiful level beaches, great golf, vineyards, summer time Craft and Farmers Markets, and lots of water activities of course. Tanya took Red to check out the Peachland Museum, a unique 8-sided BC heritage building, and he was reminded of his school days.  Red and Tanya walked the Peachland waterfront and enjoyed the fabulous views of the lake and stopped by at the Peachland Bell Clock. Peachland’s other claim to fame is its bats. Yes, bats!  In fact, the town has one of the largest bat colonies in the province and they’ve found a home in a heritage school house.  As a result of the bats, Peachland has very few problems with mosquitoes, and their droppings, or guano, is sold locally as fertilizer.

Red visits the Peachland museum and is reminded of his school days.

Red visits the Peachland museum and is reminded of his school days.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

at the end of the dock in Peachland

at the end of the dock in Peachland

New Year’s Eve brought bubbly and hats and noisemakers and congenial company.  To celebrate New Year’s Day and the start of another great year of the Red Chair Travels, Red took a brave dip into Lake Okanagan at the Polar Bear Swim!  Now he’s a REAL Canadian!

Soon it was time to say goodbye again and Red hopped on another bus to travel through the snow covered mountains all the way to the Kootenay Rockies region in eastern BC. Here he’ll find his next “home away from home” at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke, just like regular B&B guests do when touring BC with B&B!

The Red Chair visits Port Moody and West Kelowna!

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The Red Chair Travels second stop on its first ever trip to Canada was in the Metro Vancouver community of Port Moody.  As innkeepers Mary Ellen and Barry at Port Moody’s Mainstay Oasis B&B welcomed him, Red was starting to get into the Christmas spirit.  From their waterfront dock on Burrard Inlet, Mainstay Oasis guests and Red were able to enjoy the carol ships.  Red also enjoyed one of Mainstay’s afternoon tea parties by the Christmas tree.  And of course Mary Ellen took Red to show him all the special places in her community: they walked the trails in the rainforest at Buntzen Lake and caught some sunshine and a break in the rain; they stopped at the Moody Station Museum and the Port Moody Arts Centre; they admired the engine sculpture at Port Moody City Hall and then returned to Mainstay to relax on the dock with a friend.

Red relaxing on the dock at Mainstay Oasis after a day of touring the Port Moody area.

Red relaxing on the dock at Mainstay Oasis after a day of touring the Port Moody area.

Red enjoying a Christmas Tea Party

To get to his next friendly B&B destination, Red had to hop a bus to get through the Coastal mountains to West Kelowna, as there was quite a bit of snow on the roads to the BC interior.  Sue and Dann at West Kelowna’s A View to Remember B&B were Red’s next hosts and he would be staying with them through Christmas. And boy, did they have a busy schedule planned for Red!  West Kelowna is in the Thompson Okanagan region of BC, known for its many wineries and fruit orchards.  The southern Okanagan has Canada’s only true desert at Osoyoos.  Red ‘s first breakfast at A View to Remember included some local mapleapple syrup on his french toast!  Then they were off to explore the shores of Okanagan Lake, the old CPR Wharf, the Gellatly Heritage Nut Farm and the Fur Brigade Trail.  To celebrate the holidays Sue took Red to see the Christmas light display at Candy Cane Lane and they rode the famous Kettle Valley Steam Train Christmas Train.  Of course this being wine country, winery visits were not forgotten and fortunately Red (and the innkeepers!) had a designated driver when they visited Bottleneck Drive and the Westside Wine Trail!  To top off this visit in the Kelowna area Sue took Red to meet the folks at the Green Tourism Canada office, as a View to Remember is a Green Tourism designated property.

at the entrance to Mission Hill Winery

at the entrance to Mission Hill Winery

Red is the featured attraction at Little Straw Vineyard in West Kelowna

Red is the featured attraction at Little Straw Vineyard in West Kelowna

Kettle Valley Steam Railway Christmas Train - best seat on the train!

Kettle Valley Steam Railway Christmas Train – best seat on the train!

Even though winter travel is a bit of a challenge here in BC, especially in the interior where Red will be traveling most of the next two months, his innkeeper hosts will get Red safely from one Bed & Breakfast to the next. Not as many visitors to our province get to see BC in the winter time so the Red Chair Travels is getting a a pretty special tour!

Innkeeper Recommendations: Favorite Kelowna Area Restaurants

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

This month we asked some of our Kelowna innkeepers what their favorite Kelowna area restaurants are. Kelowna has grown tremendously over the last twenty years and with the many award-winning wineries in the region, great food just has to be part of that Okanagan experience.

Great food at Blue Saffron Bistro in West Kelowna

Great food at Blue Saffron Bistro in West Kelowna

West Kelowna innkeeper Sue at A View to Remember gives high praise to Blue Saffron Bistro at Volcanic Hill Estate Winery, saying it’s hands down the best dining in West Kelowna.  Another place a lot of their guests enjoy is Thai Fusion, with the best authentic Thai flavors, great value for money, and run by a lovely Thai family.  Two very different dining experiences, both great in their own way.

In Kelowna itself, innkeepers Jim and Deb at Willow Beach B&B most often recommend Waterfront Wines, Bouchons Bistro, Raudz and Micro Bites, and Mamma Rosa.  Waterfront Wines, “urban eats + drinks”, has been voted “Okanagan’s Best Restaurant” by Vancouver Magazine for six years in a row. That’s pretty impressive. Bouchons Bistro is a classic french bistro with an 800 bottle climate controlled wine seller and three certified sommeliers on site, and is a recipient of a Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence.  Guests at Willow Beach have also enjoyed the restaurants at Quail’s Gate Winery and Mission Hill Winery nearby.

authentic Thai flavors at Thai Fusion Restaurant

authentic Thai flavors at Thai Fusion Restaurant

So many choices!  Great wine, great food, great B&Bs = a great Okanagan get-away.  With the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival now over, it’s a great time to book a little Okanagan vacation at one of our great B&Bs. Our innkeepers will definitely help you make the most of your time with great food, great wine, the great outdoors, and exceptional accommodation and hospitality!

Sip and Savour at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

While the Fall event is still the biggest Okanagan Wine Festival, the Spring Wine Festival keeps on growing. Now in its 21st year, this year’s event is taking place April 30 to May 9, 2015.  After a snowy winter, it’ll be great to get out and enjoy the many special events happening all around the Okanagan Wine Region. If you love wine, Okanagan wines now include many winners at international wine competitions, and interesting varietals available at spectacular wineries and venues.  Don’t miss some of the highlights of this year’s Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.

Okanagan grapes make great Okanagan wine

Okanagan grapes make great Okanagan wine

Sip Into Sunset” takes place every night during the Wine Festival at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.  A 3-course menu featuring local organic ingredients prepared by Summerhill’s Executive Chef is paired with wine selections by winemaker Eric Von Krosigk.  Contact bistro@summerhill.bc.ca for tickets and reservations.

The Spring Westjet Wine Tastings” at the Rotary Centre for the Arts allows you to taste up to 250 wines from 60 wineries all in the same location! Appetizers and specialty cheeses are also in the mix, and best of all, this is a Get Home Safe event. Purchase your tickets at selectyourtickets.com for either one night or an all inclusive weekend pass.

Iron Sommelier BC” is a brand new event at this year’s Spring Wine Festival, pitting three sommeliers who are experts on BC wines against each other in a competition to pair wines with local foods. They then try to convince you that their pairing is the best.  You vote via social media after each round and then the competition moves into the next round, with a total of 16 wines to be paired, hence the “iron” designation of this event!  This is also a Get Home Safe event, and you can purchase your tickets at selectyourtickets.com.

Naramata Bench wine region in the Okanagan

Naramata Bench wine region in the Okanagan

Many wineries have special dinners with wine pairings.  Many events are also free or by donation.  There are cooking classes at Hester Creek, skygazing at Rollingdale Winery, an all day tour of the Naramata Bench visiting artisans and a lavender farm, bocce ball at D’Angelo Estate Winery, or crafting your own Chardonnay at Township 7.

Check out all the information at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival website, and make your plans very soon.  And don’t forget to also book your Okanagan Bed & Breakfast as wine festivals and Bed & Breakfasts make for the perfect combination!

Bed & Breakfast for your BC Ski Vacation

Friday, December 12th, 2014

British Columbia has some fantastic ski areas and resorts.  Not only is North America’s #1 ski resort Whistler Blackcomb in BC, there are a total of 13 major ski resorts in the province with a wide variety of terrain. From Mount Washington on Vancouver Island, with breathtaking views and some of the deepest snow on the coast (Ski Canada magazine gave it the “biggest snow” award in 2012), to Panorama, with one of the largest verticals in North America and Canada’s largest on the hill “hot pools”, there is a ski resort to suit your tastes and provide all kinds of thrills.

Deep snow and great views at Mount Washington

Deep snow and great views at Mount Washington

Canada’s newest ski resort is Revelstoke, with the longest lift served vertical in North America. Revelstoke also offers heli-skiing, cat-skiing, lift skiing and backcountry skiing, the only resort to offer all these options in North America.  Great Bed & Breakfast accommodation for your ski vacation can be found in the town at several Revelstoke Bed & Breakfasts.  Auberge Kicking Horse in Golden is the B&B to stay if your ski vacation takes you to Kicking Horse, where you’ll find some of the highest peaks in the Rockies and endless opportunities for heli-skiing.

Thompson Okanagan ski resorts are known for great powder, family friendly resorts and some of the largest ski areas in the province, and in Canada.  Sun Peaks near Kamloops, Big White and Apex, as well as Silver Star, are popular resorts that offer all sorts of activities for the whole family.  Don’t want to stay on the hill?  Many Thompson Okanagan Bed & Breakfasts are not far away at all!

Of course Whistler Blackcomb is one of the world’s great ski resorts with exciting dining and apres-ski once your day on the hill is over.  Nearby Pemberton as well as Whistler Village offer many accommodation choices, including some great Bed & Breakfasts!  Less than an hour and a half from Metro Vancouver, drive the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway up to some fabulous skiing.  And Metro Vancouver itself has three ski hills right on the North Shore, so if you want to combine your ski vacation with a little urban exploration, Vancouver area Bed & Breakfasts will provide a wonderful home away from home, only better!

Why come to BC for your ski vacation?  Because it has everything for a great time, and so much more!

 

Celebrate the 35th Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Kamloopa Pow Wow 2014The 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, held annually in Kamloops, British Columbia is a wonderful opportunity to witness and celebrate the vibrant culture of the First Nations.

Held August 1st through the 3rd, 2014, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is one of the biggest celebrations of First Nations’ heritage in Western Canada. Held alongside the South Thompson River in Kamloops at the Secwepemc Pow Wow Grounds, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is 3 exciting days of song, dance, and traditional regalia expressing years of stories and events of the First Nations’ people.

Around 20,000 attendees – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – are expected to attend this exciting three-day event. So … just what exactly is the Kamloopa Pow Wow?

In many ways, the Kamloopa Pow Wow is reminiscent of a fair or rodeo, with all the pageantry, stands of food and craft vendors, participants and their families readying for performances, all the dust, noise, excitement, and, of course, the beautiful First Nations regalia, dancing, and music.

For those thinking of attending their first Pow Wow, here are a few tips to make your experience the fun and pleasant one it should be:

Pow Wow dancers work very hard on their traditional regalia – and that’s what they prefer it to be called. “Costume” may roll off the tongue more easily but it also has a bit of an insulting ring, like they’re just playing around. They’re not.

Always ask before taking pictures outside of where the Pow Wow is occurring. Inside the Pow Wow, you will be told when using your camera is acceptable.

If you’re attending the Pow Wow, you’re also expected to participate – this doesn’t mean you have to dance (but hey, you can during the Inter-Tribal, so don’t be bashful) but when it is time to stand or take off your hat, please be respectful and follow along.

Finally, be sure to drink lots of water. The Kamloopa Pow Wow is happening in August, don’t forget, and toppling over with heat exhaustion would put a decided damper on your experience.

The 35th Annual Kamloopa Pow Wow

August 1st – 3rd, 2014
Special Events Facility
No. 5 Yellowhead Hwy., Kamloops BC
For further details on attending the 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, please visit the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc website.

Kamloopa Pow Wow Lodging
If you hope to attend the 2014 Kamloopa Pow Wow, do yourself a favor and stay in one of our member, Central Okanagan bed and breakfast inns – the amenities, delicious breakfasts, and personal service can’t be beat! The Central Okanagan area has over 40 world-renowned wineries, as well as numerous golf courses, ski resorts, galleries, museums, shopping destinations and more – not to mention acres of pristine sand beaches and lush farmland. Come on over and explore!

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre located in Canada’s only desert.

Although it is called Canada’s only desert or a “pocket desert”, you won’t see sand dunes or the large saguaro cacti here. There is some debate as to whether Osoyoos is a true desert or not because of occasional rainy and snowy spells. The climate here, however, is the same as that of Phoenix, Arizona and the area supports many desert dwellers; creatures such as scorpions, rattlesnakes, and plants like the prickly-pear cactus. (more…)

Take a Helicopter Wine Tour of BC!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Helicopter Wine Tour of BCCombine the thrill of a helicopter ride with the normally sedate experience of wine tasting by taking a Helicopter Wine Tour of BC!

If this sounds like just the combination for you, Valhalla Helicopters in West Kelowna, BC has two tour options and over 30 participating wineries from around the region to choose from!
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All Aboard the KVSR Christmas Train!

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

KVSR Christmas Train

Once a year, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway transforms itself from a living piece of history to a wonderful, family adventure ride to fantasy: the KVSR Christmas Train!
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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!