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

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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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! 

Oh My, It’s Summer in Vernon!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

vernonLocated in the North Okanagan Valley and nestled between Swan, Kalamalka, and Okanagan lakes, lies the city of Vernon, the oldest community in British Columbia’s interior!

Vernon is known as one of British Columbia’s communities that combines a robust recreational and cultural activity base with an exceptional quality of life! Looking for summer fun? Vernon won’t let you down! Feeling outdoorsy? Vernon is home to several amazing golf courses and resorts including Hillview GolfSpallumcheen Golf and Country ClubPredator Ridge Resort, The Rise, and the Vernon Golf and Country Club. This community has an array of great places to hike during the summer and don’t miss Vernon’s most popular ride for mountainbikes at Spanky’s! Did you know that Vernon is becoming the TOP place to Mountain Bike in BC?! OH, and did we forget to mention, you can access over 100 lakes all within a one-our drive!

If you are looking for something a bit more cultural, Vernon has many galleries located throughout including the Ashpa Naira Art Gallery and the Headbones Gallery, or stroll downtown to view over twenty-five one-of-a-kind murals, some as large as 300 feet long and 40 feet high depicting the history and folklore that made Vernon what it is today.

Nearly three dozen quaint wineries set in lush vineyards operate in the Okanagan Valley, welcoming visitors to sample world class wines while enjoying the scenery of nearby lakes and mountains. Ask your Vernon Bed and Breakfast innkeepers about their favorite vintage!

O’Keefes Landing B & B
A luxury townhouse on the shores of Okanagan Lake with very good lake access and wonderful lake views that compete with the eagles fishing and the beautiful blue herons sailing by. Every morning enjoy fresh fruit, homemade granola and yogurt in addition to your hot entree.

Book your stay with O’Keefes Landing B&B soon, and experience Summer in Vernon!

Summer is just ‘peachy’ in Peachland

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

The name says it all!

Peachland, British Columbia is nestled among orchards on the shores of Okanagan Lake, in the BC Okanagan Valley. Summer is pretty popular in Peachland! Swimming,boating and fishing, OH MY! The main street – also known as the Peachland Promenade – runs along the lake, and provides access to 7 kilometres of sandy beaches. Sometimes the best vacations involve nothing more than lazing on the beach. Or head south to Summerland and hop aboard the historic Kettle Valley Railway, one of the last remaining steam railways in the country. The two-hour ride gives a taste of what travel was like, once upon a time.

Looking for maybe something a bit more family friendly, make sure you check out the ‘Dancin’ Barefoot‘ Music Festival, happening next weekend – July 20th. A full day line up features some amazing musicians and artists.

Peachland is also home to some amazing wineries! (most Okanagan cities are!) Visit gems like Hainle VineyardGreata Ranch Vineyard, or Working Horse Winery.

What pairs with great wine? A great place to stay! The local Peachland Bed and Breakfasts are just peachy too! Check out some of our great B&Bs, and book your stay when you visit Peachland!

A Day’s Dream B&BA Day's Dream Bed & Breakfast
Winner of the Business Excellence Award in Tourism and Hospitality 2012. A brand new B&B with Belgian themed suites located at the upper level. This air-conditioned B&B has stunning views of Lake Okanagan.

Pineacre On The Lake
A newly-built luxury house featuring three specially designed B&B suites: one with King Bed, one with Queen Bed and one with two Twins; all with private patios and unobstructed Lake Okanagan views.

Okanagan Oasis
Okanagan Oasis B&B, an adult oriented mini-resort, is not your typical B&B! Featuring amenities such as a heated outdoor salt water pool, hot tub, fire pit, pond & waterfall, lovely gardens and the fabulous lake view from all rooms, this B&B is truly a place to relax and unwind.

Ready to feel ‘peachy’? Book your B&B today and get on up to Peachland!

Bloggers, Bubbles and B&Bs, oh my!

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Penticton6704 British Columbia’s Okanagan region is well known for producing some of BC’s best wines. With over 65 wineries, the variety of wines is so diverse and includes many award winners and wine connoisseur favorites such as Hester Creek, Inniskillin, Mission Hill, Road13 and Quails Gate, just to name a few. The sun-drenched Okanagan hills are home to both world-renowned wineries and a vibrant wine community. So there is no better place than the Okanagan to host the Wine Bloggers Conference, June 6-8.

Intertwined between both blogging speakers and SEO chats, the guests will be experiencing many of BC’s amazing wines. A full flight of three days, including ice-wine tastings, an evening tasting tour to both Penticton and Oliver based wineries as well as an escape to tasting some of the Okanagan’s other wines.

The perfect pairing? A stay at one of the Okanagan’s perfect Bed and Breakfasts. Experience a home away from home when you stay at a B&B. Wonderful breakfast, small personal touches and amazing hosts await you. Choose from just a few of our B&Bs near you including:

Royal Bed and Breakfast

Blue Iris Bed and Breakfast

A Apples~n~Wine B&B

Or review more of the amazing B&Bs in the Okanagan Region of BC

From everyone at BC’s Bed & Breakfasts: Welcome everyone to the beautiful Okanagan region and we hope you enjoy your sips and stay!

The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival Celebrates the Wakening of BC Wineries’ Vines

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
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Kelowna Wine and Cuisine This celebration of Okanagan Wines is considered one of the best small festivals in BC.

The 2013 Spring Okanagan Wine Festival runs from May 2-12 at over 100 wineries and vineyards, plus other venues located throughout the Central Okanagan and surrounding area of British Columbia.

Mid-spring is a wonderful time to visit BC’s Central Okanagan wine region.  The Okanagan vineyards grapes are in bud break and the wineries open their doors to welcome you to explore the season’s new debutante wines, sample gourmet local foods, enjoy their gracious hospitality and take pleasure in a wide variety of entertainment.

Wine tastings and pairings are the primary draw of this annual festival, but there is also plenty of music, art and other events to enjoy.  The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival is the annual home of the Best of Varietals Competition among BC wines.  Challenge your taste buds at the blind taste testing of wine and cheese.

Attendance of this festival is expected to be very high, so now is the time to make your plans for travel and accommodations.  We recommend you pair your Spring Okanagan Wine Festival with the luxuriant and individualized Central Okanagan lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns. (more…)

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Highlights Pacific Northwest Beer

Monday, March 11th, 2013
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Sample the Pacific Northwest’s premier beers at the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale in Penticton, BC.

The Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society’s annual beer festival will be held at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre April 5-6, 2013.  The brew-masters of over two dozen of the Pacific Northwest’s leading craft brewers are coming together in this beautiful spot in the Thompson Okanagan Region of British Columbia, Canada to present their finest selection of ales.

In addition to the beer tasting, the festival will also feature:

  • An eclectic assortment of seven local entertainment acts ranging from bands to belly dancing
  • Food vendors offering a wide variety of culinary delights to pair with your microwbrew beer tasting

Why not pair your microbrew beer tasting with the custom “craft accommodations” of Thompson Okanagan lodging available at our member bed & breakfast inns in the region?

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Participating Breweries

The breweries attending this year’s beer festival read like a who’s who in the world of Pacific Northwest craft brewing:
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Alpine Brewing Company

Oroville, WA

Barley Mill Brew Pub

Penticton, BC

Big Surf Beer Co

Kelowna, BC

Bravo Beer Co

Squamish, BC Belgian Beer Importer

Cannery Brewing Co.

Penticton, BC

Crannog Ales

Sorrento, BC

Creemore Springs

Creemore, ONT

Dead Frog Brewery

Aldergrove, BC

Driftwood Brewery

Victoria, BC

Fernie Brewing

Fernie, BC

Firehall Brewery

Oliver, BC

Granville Island Brewing

Vancouver, BC

Growers Cider

Vancouver, BC

Horizon Beers

Canmore, AB

Left Field Cider Co.

Logan Lake, BC

McClelland Premium Imports

Penticton, BC

Mill St. Brewery

Toronto, ONT

Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

Revelstoke, BC

Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

Saskatchewan, SK

Parallel 49 Brewing Company

Vancouver, BC

Phillips Brewing Company

Victoria, BC

Port Townsend Brewing Co

Port Townsend, WA

Steamworks Brewing Company

Vancouver, BC

Summerland Heritage Cider Company

Summerland, BC

The Tin Whistle Brewing Company

Penticton, BC

The Whistler Brewing Company

Vancouver, BC

Tree Brewing Co.

Kelowna, BC

Vancouver Island Brewery

Victoria, BC

Come sip and savour the best of the Pacific Northwest!

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Entertainment

Entertainment Schedule
FRIDAY, APRIL 5

4:30-5:30 PM

Get Bent Belly Dancing

5:30-6:30 PM

Roland Allen

6:30-7:30 PM

Joe’s Garage

7:30-8:45 PM

Fluxx

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

12:00-1:00 PM

Thursday Night Jazz Band

1:00-2:00 PM

Flashback

2:00-3:00 PM

The Dungbeatles

3:00-4:00 PM

Roland Allen

4:00-5:00 PM

Joe’s Garage

5:00-6:00 PM

Fluxx

Playing GuitarAs you taste the gourmet beers and delectable foods at the festival, there will be a great lineup of entertainment, including:

The Dungbeatles

An amusing, unothodox blend of pop, roots and world music

Flashback

Rock and roll of the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Fluxx

Purveyors of fine rock originals and coversBelly Dance

Get Bent Belly Dancers

Bollywood-style belly dancing by local dancers

Joe’s Garage

Vast and diverse reptoire of material ranging from Tom Jones to Bob Marley

Roland Allen

Classic and contemporary rock with a twist

Thursday Night Jazz Band

17 piece big band playing swing, plus funk and other modern styles

More information, including how to purchase tickets is available at the Okanagan Fest-of-Ale website.

Choose Thompson Okanagan, BC Lodging That Provides “Craft Accommodations” to Pair with the Microbrews of the Fest-of-Ales

Breakfast

Begin your day of beer tasting with a mouthwatering breakfast from our member Thompson Okanagan B&B inns

Our Thompson Okanagan bed and breakfast inns offer personalized lodging for your family vacation to match up with the unique beers of the Fest-of-Ales and all of the events and activities of the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia.

Enjoy a wide array of breakfast options and rest up before and after your tasting adventures in a comfortable guest room.  You’ll receive the expert service and area knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across the Thompson Okanagan region.

What’s Your Okanagan Fest-of-Ales Expectation or Experience?

The annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale event has been held since 2000.  Since then, it has grown significantly and emerged as a premier beer festival in the Pacific Northwest.

Please share your plans for and memories of the Okanagan Fest-of-Ales.

Vernon Winter Carnival Goes Prehistoric in BC’s North Okanagan

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
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Kalamalka Lake in Winter at Vernon, BC Vernon, BC makes a magical winter setting for the annual winter Carnival.

The 2013 Vernon Winter Carnival runs from February 1-10 and is a highlight of the cold season in the North Okanagan region of British Columbia.

Vernon has hosted this annual festival since 1961 and it has become the largest winter carnival in western Canada.  The theme for 2013 is “Prehistoric Carnival,” so you can expect dinosaurs and cavemen amongst the decorations, events, and parade floats this year.

Over 100 events, many of them free and ranging from snow sculptures to hot air balloon rides, are scheduled for this year’s carnival.  Some of the events are all ready sold out, so now is the time to secure your tickets and make reservations at the memorable North Okanagan lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns. (more…)

BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops Lights up Thompson Region with 15th Annual Wildlights Festival

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

BC Wildlife Park Wildlights BC Wildlife Park after dark celebrates the holiday season with displays of light.

A lovely corner of the beautiful Thompson region of British Columbia will be especially illuminated for the holiday season when BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops hosts it’s 15th Annual Wildlights Festival.  This festival runs daily at 5-9:00 p.m. from December 14th through January 6th.

Wildlights events and activities range from touring through nearly 400 light sculptures, to wagon & train rides, to visits from Santa Claus & an entertaining clown and much, much more.

Come to BC Wildlife Park for the wildlife viewing and stay late to enjoy the many events of the Wildlights Festival.  Match up your unique festival experience with a stay at the Thompson BC lodging offered by our member bed & breakfast inns.

Sculpting Nature with Light

380 rope-light sculptures featuring over 600,000 individual lights in a nature theme are the focus of the Wildlights Festival.  The artists use light and color to create displays that evoke both the majesty and whimsy of nature.  There are many ways for visitors to experience these displays, including illuminated wagon and miniature train rides around the park. (more…)

Kettle Valley Christmas Train Steams Through South Okanagan

Saturday, November 24th, 2012
Kettle Valley Christmas Train

The Kettle Valley Christmas Train steams through the scenic South Okanagan of British Columbia in this annual holiday event. Photo by Doug Campbell.

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway of Summerland, BC will celebrate the holidays with The Summerland Christmas Express, its annual Christmas Train ride.  The 2012 dates and times are:

  • Saturday, December 15th at 4 & 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 16th at 4 & 6 p.m.
  • Friday, December 21st at 5 & 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 22nd at 4 & 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23rd at 4 & 6 p.m.

These Christmas Train rides fill up fast, so it’s recommended that you book your reservations and secure your South Okanagan lodging soon.

A Uniquely South Okanagan Christmas Train Experience

The spirit of the holiday season is celebrated with this Christmas train experience.  Sparkling lights on the 3716 steam locomotive (built in 1912) & coaches, the Prairie Valley Station and homes along the route combine with the banjo music of Felix Possak, an appearance by Santa Claus, and the hospitality of the ride’s hosts to create Christmas magic for couples and families.  Children receive a bag full of Christmas goodies to take with them. (more…)

Organic Okanagan Festival Promotes BC Green Living at Summerhill Winery in Kelowna

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Okanagan Greens Society

The 7th Annual Organic Okanagan Festival will be held on September 23, 2012.  Organized by the Okanagan Greens Society, the Organic Okanagan Festival (or OOF) is dedicated to promoting sustainable green farming, products and trade in the Central Okanagan of British Columbia.

The overall message of this year’s festival is “Love the Apple – NO GMO”. In response to Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ recent request to Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to approve their “non-browning” Genetically Modified (GM) apple variety, the festival will celebrate organic apples with:

Organic Central Okanagan Apples

The 2012 Organic Orkanagan Festival celebrates the humble, but vital apple grown without chemical fertilizers or food additives, irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic pesticides.

  • Live organic apple juicing with Old Meadows Farm & the Mobile Juice Factory
  • Inspired organic apple culinary creations
  • Organic apple panel discussion
  • Organic apple art and more

Consider the Central Okanagan lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns to pair your festival experience with personalized accommodations. (more…)