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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!

Some of the Best in Canada

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

2012 Travellers' Choice Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Every year we sit around the television to watch the annual movie, music, television, and broadway awards being handed out to the stars we all admire. And being Canadian, we are always so proud to see one of our own up on stage giving a thank you speech. Well, this is true for the hospitality and tourism world as well. Even though we may not get to dress up in $1,000 gowns and tuxedos, it is still an honor to be recognized for all the hard work and determination that is put into providing a magical experience. And in the 2012 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, the BC Innkeepers Guild is proud to say that 9 members have been recognized in the top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Canada. We would like to congratulate and thank everyone for their passion and devotion in making British Columbia one of the World’s most desired destinations, and would like to devote this blog post to those who ranked in Canada’s top 25.

1) Abbeymoore Manor Bed & Breakfast and Inn: Located the historic Rockland district of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Abbeymoore is an exquisite 1912 Edwardian mansion offering comfortably elegant accommodation in five gorgeous heritage bedrooms. Spacious, self-contained private garden suites are also available.
 

7) Bostrom’s B&B on Little Beach Bay: Located in Ucluelet, Bostrom’s B&B boasts amazing ocean views from all rooms, hot tub, and decks. 3 levels of decks have barbeques and a teak dining suites. Luxury meets fun in the games room with snooker, darts, and so much more. Join fellow travelers for delicious gourmet breakfasts or dine in the privacy of your room.

8) Bee & Thistle Guest House: The Bee & Thistle is a perfect base for exploring the gorgeous city of Vancouver. Whether you are there for a vacation, visiting relatives or on business, you will love the warmth of this lovely heritage Bed & Breakfast, only minutes by car from the heart of the shopping & business district.

12) ThistleDown House: Located in North Vancouver, ThistleDown House’ internationally acclaimed heritage, style, comfort and fine hospitality make it a gem in the middle of a beautiful city. With six exquisite en-suite rooms to choose from, Afternoon Tea and deliciously creative multi-course breakfasts, you will love every minute of your stay.

16) West End Guest House: Located in Vancouver and built in 1906, this gracious lady has been transformed into a modern Bed & Breakfast with special emphasis on the amenities to make your stay smooth and comfortable. The inn itself is filled with antiques and a photo collection from the early days of Vancouver. Parking, Wi-Fi, and bikes to borrow are all included.

18) A View of the Lake Bed & Breakfast is located in West Kelowna, British Columbia.  Enjoy a unique experience with the resident Chef as he creates your three course breakfast from his demonstration kitchen using the freshest of local ingredients. The contemporary home offers an expansive lounge and patio area for all guests and is close to the Westside Wineries and only minutes from Kelowna.

20) Apple Blossom Bed & Breakfast: If you enjoy a view and gardens, you’ll love this West Kelowna Bed and Breakfast. All Bed and Breakfast rooms have a view of the lake and gardens. Wake up to the sound of local song birds after a good night’s rest on comfortable beds before enjoying your 3 course full country-style breakfast.

21) Albion Manor Bed & Breakfast: Welcome to Victoria’s Victorian Jewel just a 5 minute walk from the ferries, downtown and major attractions. Situated in a beautiful garden, Albion Manor features delightful architectural details. Enjoy gourmet breakfasts in a tastefully decorated ambiance with antique furnishings and art.

25) Long Lake Waterfront B&B: Located in Nanaimo, the Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast provides a romantic private lakeside lifestyle with reflections on the water in your canoe/kayaks. Hot tub, King size beds, wifi, float plane accessible. Your day trip center for Vancouver Island. Warm hospitality and hot breakfasts.

So what are you waiting for? Get out and book your next vacation at one of Canada’s top Bed & Breakfasts and Inns!

The Deal of a Lifetime

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Are you looking to escape the dreary weather of your home town, but still bogged down with the dreaded post Christmas debt? Then what better way to get refreshed than with an amazing deal to a British Columbia Bed and Breakfast for a weekend. There are many BC Innkeepers Guild Members who are offering specials and packages to entice the travelling spirits.

Port Moody at Sunset

Set on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Sooke is a wonderful spot to re-energize your battery and start the new year off on a positive note. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, lush green forests, and with plenty of trails and nature to explore, it is one of B.C.’s best kept secrets. And the Ocean Wilderness Inn is a fantastic spot to take it all in. Located along the beach of the Pacific Ocean, and just 15 minutes north of Sooke, the Ocean Wilderness Inn provides its guests with a quiet, relaxing vacation spot where your only neighbours will be eagles, deer, and the rest of the wildlife. If you book your BC getaway from now until April, you will receive 20% off your stay.

Right across the Straight of Georgia, discover your dream vacation at the Mainstay Oasis Bed & Breakfast. Nestled in the coastal town of Port Moody, and conveniently located on the stunning waterfront, Mainstay Oasis B&B provides its guests with a luxurious vacation spot year round. With each room offering a spacious ensuite, luxury linens, and an expansive view, it is no wonder it is one of the lower mainland’s top bed and breakfasts. And better yet, book your romantic vacation today and you will get 2 nights for only $200.

Other great Bed & Breakfasts which are currently offering winter packages include Reef Point Oceanfront in Ucluelet, Courthouse Inn in Revelstoke, Villa Marco Polo in Victoria, and the Chemanius Tudor Inn Bed & Breakfast in Chemanius.

So don’t sit around waiting for summer to arrive, book your vacation today and visit one of the many fascinating British Columbia Bed and Breakfasts.

 

BC Parks celebrates 100 years

Monday, May 30th, 2011

On March 1 of this year, BC Parks celebrated its 100th birthday.  The first provincial park created in British Columbia was Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island back in 1911, and since then BC Parks has grown to be one of the largest park systems in the world.  Throughout 2011, events, contests and celebrations will honor this milestone in our provincial history.

Spectacular Helmcken Falls

Strathcona Park on central Vancouver Island is more than 250,00 hectares of rugged wilderness dominated by mountain peaks, some of which are snow covered year round.  The landscape is laced with rivers, creeks and streams.  Buttle Lake and Forbidden Plateau offer visitor-oriented developments.  Hiking, backpacking and trout fishing are enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts.  Della Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada, is located in the southern part of the park and the Golden Hinde, the highest point on Vancouver Island, sits almost in the center of the park, west of Buttle Lake.  Three roadless tracts, including the Comox Glacier, are dedicated preservation areas.  Both our Campbell River Bed & Breakfast Susie’s on the Shore, and  Miracle Beach Bed & Breakfast as well as our Courtenay Bed & Breakfasts are great starting points for exploring the natural wonders of Strathcona Park.

On Salt Spring Island you will find several provincial parks but one of the most beautiful is Ruckle Park.  It has 7 km of shoreline and a mixture of forest, field and shore habitats.  From the rocky cliffs watch BC Ferries exit Active Pass, watch for orcas and sea lions, mink and river otters and tidepools rich in colorful creatures.  Divers visit Ruckle Park as well and enjoy marine life in its underwater caves or on the ocean floor.  Henry Ruckle first homesteaded in the area in 1872, and his descendants still raise sheep at the entrance to the park.   Anchor Point Bed & Breakfast Suite, Anne’s Oceanfront Hideaway and Quarrystone House Bed & Breakfast are close to all the attractions on Salt Spring Island, including Ruckle Park.

Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is situated in the northern Okanagan region, north of the Shuswap.  1076 hectares large, with 11 km along the Adams River, the park offers hiking and mountain biking in summer and cross-country skiing and snow shoeing in winter, but is most well known for its spectacular sockeye salmon run in early October.  One of the largest salmon runs in the world, every fourth year is a “dominant” year with millions of salmon making their way up stream.  2011 is a “sub-dominant” run, which, while not as big as the dominant run of 2010, is still of considerable size.  The Adams River squeezes through a narrow canyon to create spectacular rapids, much favored by river rafters and kayakers.  Your hosts at Mara Station Bed & Breakfast, A Rover’s Rest in Blind Bay and Artist’s House Heritage Bed & Breakfast in Sicamous will be able to give you all the inside information to get the most out of your visit to the Adams River area.

One of our Guild members is actually located right inside of one of BC’s largest parks, Wells Gray Provincial Park.  Blue Grouse Country Inn, a Clearwater Bed & Breakfast, is your ideal location for exploring the park. A little over an hour away is lakefront Sheridan Lake Bed & Breakfast, also a good starting point for a visit to Wells Gray Park.  There is excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities in the park, hiking for every level of ability, boating, canoeing and kayaking.  There are opportunities for guided horseback riding, river rafting, fishing and hiking, really something for every outdoor interest.  Helmcken Falls on the Murtle River, the fourth highest waterfall in Canada, was the original impetus for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park.  A short paved road from the main park road leads to a viewing platform on the rim of the canyon.

Where ever you go in British Columbia, you will find a provincial park not that far away. Near most BC Parks you will also find a British Columbia Bed & Breakfast as the perfect place to stay while exploring our spectacular natural environment.

The bigger word in “Bed & Breakfast”

Monday, May 16th, 2011

A large part of the attraction of staying at a British Columbia Bed & Breakfast concerns the bigger word in “Bed & Breakfast”, our breakfasts of course!  The BC Innkeepers Guild definition of what is a Bed & Breakfast includes the requirement that breakfast must be provided and included in the room rate.

So, what about breakfast?  As many different B&Bs as there are in our Guild, probably as many different kinds of breakfasts are provided.  Breakfast may be served at a communal table in the dining room, or individual tables, may be delivered to your room, may be set up as a buffet, may be served outside on the patio or deck, weather permitting, or may be provided for you to help yourself to at your convenience.  You may enjoy 5 courses or 3 courses or an expanded continental version, a breakfast menu or a choice of breakfast selections.  Always check when you’re deciding which Bed & Breakfast to stay at, so that you will know what to expect.

Innkeeper Sharon at Race View B&B , a Greater Victoria Bed & Breakfast in rural Metchosin, offering a single private suite, may start you off with home made banana icecream topped with maple blackberry “swoosh”, followed by smoked salmon and asparagus rouladen with rosemary roasted potatoes and whole grain toast made from locally grown red fife flour.  At the Bee & Thistle Guest House, a Vancouver Bed & Breakfast in a 1908 fully restored historic home in the Commercial Drive area, innkeepers Lynn & Michael offer fresh brandied strawberries in lace toffee cups, feta and scallion scones with whipped chive butter, creme brulee french toast with fresh banana slices and Canadian maple syrup accompanied by chorizo potato petals with sour cream and chives.  Yum, is your mouth watering yet?

Bed & Breakfasts can cater to special dietary restrictions, or specific activities that require flexible breakfast times, but please let them now in advance.  At St. Marys River B&B a Kootenay Bed & Breakfast in the small community of Wycliffe, British Columbia, innkeepers Dale & Doug Martin have devised a self-serve breakfast as they cater to a lot of fishermen and other early risers.  Hot and cold cereals, seasonal fruit and yoghurts, home baked goods or breads, and a quiche or french toast casserole that guests can pop into the oven whenever they are ready to eat.  Dale & Doug still find opportunities to host their guests as well.  A gluten and dairy-free menu served at La Pause B&B, a Courtenay Bed & Breakfast on Vancouver Island, starts with a super soy smoothie.  Innkeepers David & Lucille may then serve gluten and dairy-free lemon blueberry muffins and individual apple wood smoked bacon quiches.  There is no reason to sacrifice taste when dealing with diet restrictions.

How about one more to tickle your taste buds?  ThistleDown House, a North Vancouver Bed & Breakfast, is known for its unique breakfasts.  On Friday May 13th, this was the menu: ThistleDown porridge, pineapple poached in kirsch with crushed frozen raspberries, and a main course of wild British Columbia steelhead trout with sea asparagus.

Of course there are many more great breakfasts served by our BC  innkeepers.  All will be accompanied by delicious coffees and teas and a variety of fresh fruit juices, and are very often locally sourced and organic.  As we could not possibly include them all here, keep an eye on our Facebook page for further delectable offerings from our British Columbia Bed & Breakfasts!

The Bed & Breakfast Experience

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Local Bed & Breakfasts here in the Comox Valley had a get acquainted tour yesterday and it was fun and informative.  Your blogger saw the newest members’ homes for the first time and got his memory refreshed about the others.  The thing about Bed & Breakfasts that is both a plus and a minus is that each is unique.  Being  unique is a plus because each Bed & Breakfast is an adventure offering a different design, different style and furnishings, different ownership and all that goes along with it.  That uniqueness is perhaps a minus for those who like to know exactly what they’re getting and are afraid of being disappointed.

I want to tell you that you won’t be disappointed.  Bed & Breakfast hosts are proud of their homes and want to please you.  Bed & Breakfast innkeepers go the extra mile in the kitchen because they want to show off and hear “oohs and aahs” coming from the breakfast table.  And not only do they go the extra mile in the kitchen, but in every other aspect of their Bed & Breakfast with great attention to detail.  Getting acquainted with my colleagues made it crystal clear that each of us has cleanliness, comfort, dining, amenity and hospitality standards a hotel is unlikely to match.  The reason is simple — employees don’t love the place the way an owner does, nor does an employee have the same kind of investment.

Fine Food is served at our BC Bed & Breakfasts

Recent studies by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) and TripAdvisor have shown that the main reason, far beyond not being sure of what to expect, travelers don’t stay at a Bed & Breakfast is because they just don’t think “B&B” when thinking about accommodations.  Hotels and motel chains seem to be best known around the world and have the most visibility.  So dear readers, what can we do to get more people to think “B&B” in the first place?

Since you are reading this blog, you are likely already a Bed & Breakfast aficionado.  PAII has launched the Better Way to Stay campaign to increase the profile of Bed & Breakfasts in North America.  But it would be great to get your comments about what made you first choose a British Columbia Bed & Breakfast Inn.  We BC Innkeepers Guild members value your comments and suggestions and very much encourage you to share your thoughts with us.

Thank you!

Spring Break B.C. Style

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Ah, its that time of year again when the student population gets a week long reprieve from school and a bit of vacation, and parents go nuts thinking of fun things for the family to do.  We’ve muddled through January and February and are a bit winter weary, yet the ski slopes beckon and the days are getting longer every day!  If you’ve looked at heading for Florida or Honolulu but just can’t see spending all that money on air fares and don’t want the hassle of security checks and long lines for a one week getaway, why not be a tourist right here in B.C.?  There is fantastic skiing throughout the province; wonderful attractions everywhere you go; world class dining from Courtenay to Cranbrook, Vancouver Island to Prince George.  Why not be a tourist in your own town or another part of BC?

Here we live in the most beautiful place on earth so let’s explore it before the summer tourist season and the crowds arrive.

Downtown Vancouver and the local mountains

BC Ferries offers Coast Saver fare rates during spring break, so visit Victoria, the seat of our provincial government, and see where the politicians decide how best to pick your pocket.  While you’re there take in a 3D Imax movie, visit Miniature World or the Royal BC Museum.  If Vancouver is the place for you, take the family to Science World for a day of wonder and great memories or visit the aquarium and explore Stanley Park.  Visit Vancouver Island or Nelson, the wine region in the Okanagan or Hope and the Othello Tunnels, explore the Fraser Valley or the many lakes in the Kootenays, or go cross-country skiing in the Cariboo and the North.  There are so many fascinating places right in our backyard!

To make certain the family is comfortable and gets a healthy breakfast you’ll want to book a great Bed & Breakfast in BC.  When you make your reservations with one or more of BC’s Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members, you can ‘Rest Assured’ your comfort is our first priority, plus we’ll be able to share with you all the great places to go and things to do right in our neighbourhood!

Cupid’s Coming, so get a move on Guys!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Valentine’s Day strikes on February 14 each year.  Most of us guys do not understand it, but know we’d better not forget it.  According to Wikipedia:

“Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day is an annual commemoration held on February 14, celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.  The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD.  It was removed from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul IV, but its religious observance is still permitted.  It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).  The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.”

What Wikipedia doesn’t say is that the man who forgets about Valentine’s Day will be sleeping in the garage!  It also doesn’t say that cards alone just don’t cut it.  Gentlemen, get packing!  Plan a romantic getaway– a couple of nights of pampering at one of the “Rest Assured BC” members of the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild will put a smile on your face and make your significant other feel loved, appreciated and prized.  Many of our BC Bed and Breakfast Guild members have specials for Valentine’s Day that will leave your wallet feeling fuller too.  Happy Valentine’s Day to lovers everywhere!

Relive the Magic

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Whistler Winter Arts Festival, held throughout February, will be especially exciting this year as Whistler prepares to celebrate the one year anniversary of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Rekindling the spirit and enthusiasm of the Games is this year’s theme.  If you have a favorite photograph from the Games feel free to submit it by visiting the Whistler Winter Arts Festival website and following the link there.  Photos will be on display in Millennium Place during the event.

Relive the Olympic magic!

The Celebrate Live weekend, February 11 to 13, is part of the larger Whistler Winter Arts Festival, which includes village animation such as snow sculpting, art and photography exhibitions and literary soirees taking place February 1 – 28, 2011. Former Olympic Volunteers are encouraged to don their red and white uniforms or Captain Canada costumes to show their Canadian pride.  Celebrate Live will be an exciting way for all ages to come out and experience all things Whistler – including live music, culture, food and drink, street entertainment and much more.

If you plan to visit, be sure to book a “Rest Assured” BC Bed & Breakfast from amongst the members of the BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild, At these Whistler accommodations you’re bound to find lots of Olympic Spirit and exceptional Canadian and BC hospitality!

2011Travelers’ Choice Awards

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The reviews are in for Trip Advisor’s 2011 Travelers Choice best Canadian B&Bs and 6 of the top 10 are BC Bed & Breakfasts, and 4 of the top 10 are Guild Members.  The hard working winners are ThistleDown House (North Vancouver), Abbeymoore Manor (Victoria), The West End Guest House (Vancouver) and Apple Blossom B&B (West Kelowna).   Trip Advisor awards mean a lot to B&B innkeepers because they are based solely on guest reviews and cannot be bought or self-nominated.  The fact that 40% of Canada’s top 10 voted Bed and Breakfasts are members of the British Columbia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild is a good indicator of the quality of our members and their dedication to providing guests with enjoyable and memorable stays.

West End Guest House

Each B&B is unique.  That is, for me,what makes staying at B&Bs particularly fun since I KNOW I can count on Guild members to be top quality in both accommodations and service and yet so very different in design, look and feel.

All BC Innkeepers members are also Tourism BC approved and many are also Canada Select rated.  The most important thing about great B&Bs is simple: we innkeepers love what we do, so we do it very well.

Speaking of owners, hearty congratulations to the Innkeepers: Anne, Ian and Michelle at Abbeymoore Manor; Ruth and Rex at ThistleDown House; Evan and Ron at The West End Guest House and Jeanette and John (pictured) at Apple Blossom B&B!

Where ever you go in British Columbia you can “rest assured” your BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members will make your stay a special one.