Posts Tagged ‘BC Bed & Breakfast’

Red and the Olympic Rings

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

After his wonderful stay and the great adventures the Red Chair had in Revelstoke, his next bus trip took Red to the Whistler and Pemberton region.

red joincs the service Greenwood

Red joins the service in Pemberton

relaxing by the fire at Greenwood Country Inn in Pemberton

relaxing by the fire at Greenwood Country Inn in Pemberton

The innkeepers at the Courthouse Inn Revelstoke had shown Red such an awesome time trying everything from snowshoeing to dogsledding, that he needed to catch his breath for just a little bit.  Good thing he next arrived at the Greenwood Country Inn in Pemberton where innkeeper Margit was ready to spoil him and where the fire was so relaxing!  And, they had a hot tub and there are few things more wonderful than sitting in a hot tub with snow all around you.  So peaceful! He did venture out into the community to join a Sunday service and to check out the depth of the snow and the thickness of the ice.  The innkeeper lent him a Vancouver Canucks shirt to keep him warm.  A snowbound Greenwood Country Inn is the perfect place to relax in winter. Thank you Margit for looking after Red so well!

 

Fortunately the trip to Red’s next BC Bed & Breakfast was just a little bit down the road to Whistler BC. Whistler of course, was home to the skiing and sliding events at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, so another first for Red, an Olympic community.  He was welcomed to Whistler by innkeepers Jackie and Joern at the Cedar Springs Lodge.  Joern Rohde is also a photographer, so we were expecting great pictures and got them!  With Whistler’s reputation as a top ski resort in North America, plus its Olympic legacy, there was lots to see and do.  Red found a few more winter sports he hadn’t tried yet and they were all about speed, at the Whistler Sliding Centre.  Considered the fastest track in the world, Red took a big breath and threw himself down the track on the skeleton and in the 2-man bobsleigh.  What a rush!  His legs did feel a little shaky after that so he headed to the Bearfoot Bistro for a shot of vodka in the Ketel One Ice Room.  The Ice Room is the coldest tasting room in the world at -32 degrees centigrade (-25 F), so even vodka tasting is a winter sport in Whistler!  On the opposite side of the temperature scale, Red also enjoyed some margaritas and a little too much tequila at Mexican Corners in Whistler.

Of course Red had to visit Whistler Village, the hub and heart of Whistler, where you’ll find great shopping, dining and apres-ski and nightlife.  He was pretty awestruck by the Olympic rings and also took a spin on the free ice rink at Olympic Plaza.  He met some great folks and the Pride flag at the end of the Whistler Pride & Ski Festival, and of course Red fit right in with the Pride flag, and the Canadian flag too for that matter!  With so many adventures during the days he spent in Whistler he was also very happy to check into the Scandinave Spa and refresh in the hot baths and relaxing waterfalls and get a massage.  At the end of the day, his bright and comfortable room at Cedar Springs Lodge was waiting for him.  Over a delicious breakfast in the morning he was able to share his adventures with the other B&B guests at the lodge, and hear about theirs, always such a great part of the Bed & Breakfast experience.

Red was pretty awestruck by the Olympic rings in Whistler

Red was pretty awestruck by the Olympic rings in Whistler

Red goes sledding with a new friend in Whistler

Red goes sledding with a new friend in Whistler

The Ketel Once Ice Room at Bearfoot Bistro, the coldest tasting room in the world

The Ketel Once Ice Room at Bearfoot Bistro, the coldest tasting room in the world

Red loves the colors of the pride flag - Whistler Pride & Ski Festival

Red loves the colors of the pride flag – Whistler Pride & Ski Festival

 

 

 

The Red Chair Has Arrived in BC!

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Red Chair has arrived in BC and has started its journey around our beautiful province and some of our great BC Bed & Breakfasts.

Once travelers took pictures of “flat Stanley” in unusual places and situations, now it is the turn of The Red Chair.  This ordinary wooden chair has become a new celebrity and has traveled from Bed & Breakfast to Bed & Breakfast on the US East Coast, through southern states and up the West Coast, to here, its first appearance in Canada.

Canada Place at night

Canada Place at night

It’s all part of a multi-year B&B awareness program that focuses on a traveling red porch chair to highlight the comfort, uniqueness, hospitality and friendliness of Bed and Breakfasts. Since its start in New England in 2012, B&Bs and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair from beaches to bandstands.

Viewing the Christmas lights at Canuck Place

Viewing the Christmas lights at Canuck Place

“Red” arrived in Vancouver from his adventures at the Camano Island Inn in Washington State (he went zip lining!) to Granville House B&B in Vancouver on December 4th.  The weather wasn’t very co-operative, but intrepid innkeepers Randy & Pam from Granville House took Red around their city.  You can’t visit Vancouver without visiting Stanley Park, so off they went to see the totem poles, the horsedrawn carriages, the mermaid, and the famous Lions Gate Bridge.

Red enjoys the view of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, even in the rain

Red enjoys the view of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, even in the rain

Being busy innkeepers, some of Pam and Randy and Red’s adventures took place in the evening, such as a visit to Canada Place, a landmark in Vancouver harbor and the original Canada Pavilion at Expo 86. Now it is home to the cruise ship terminal, World Trade Centre, FlyOver Canada and the Pan Pacific Hotel.  It being December, Red then enjoyed the Christmas lights at Canuck Place, North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice located in the historic Glen Brae Manor.  A major supporter of the facility is the NHL Vancouver Canucks hockey team.

Red has now checked out of Granville House B&B, its first Canadian and BC Bed & Breakfast host.  After visiting the great city of Vancouver, the rest of his trip will have a lot to live up to!

British Columbia’s other winter sports!

Monday, February 9th, 2015

While downhill skiing and snowboarding get most of the attention, British Columbia also has more than 50 cross-country skiing areas, plus opportunities for snowshoeing, dogsledding, and snowmobiling.

The Kimberly Alpine Resort and the Fernie Alpine Resort in the Kootenay Rockies region, Manning Provincial Park in southern BC, the Callahan Valley at Whistler Blackcomb, as well as the Cariboo Chilcotin region, offer networks of groomed cross-country trails. In Northern BC you’ll find great cross-country opportunities at Hudson Bay Mountain in Smithers, and in Northern BC’s biggest city Prince George, host of the Canada Winter Games this month, the Otway Nordic Ski Centre has a 45 km network of trails for your enjoyment.

BC cross-country skiing

BC cross-country skiing

Want to try something a little different while enjoying the outdoors?  Snowshoeing is becoming a very popular activity in BC and it’s a great workout!  These are not your grandmother’s snowshoes either, but much lighter and more easily maneuverable. Snowshoeing allows you to really enjoy the winter landscape you’re passing through, as you’re not going at the same speeds as skiing of course. Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain, Manning Park’s Lightning Lake Loop, and Yoho National Park are great choices, while Kimberly’s Alpine Resort offers an evening of snowshoeing and chocolate fondue at their Kootenay Fondue Tour!  Yum, that sounds like an awesome combination!

Is snowmobiling or dogsledding more your speed?  There are more than 70 snowmobiling clubs in British Columbia which maintain networks of trails for their members.  You can take groomed trails or if you’re a more experienced sledder find more powder and steeper areas, always keeping in mind that you’ve got to stay safe! If you’re an animal lover as well as an outdoors enthusiast, you might enjoy dogsledding.  Let a driver run the sled for you, or learn how to do it yourself.  What a great experience to glide through a silent and snow-covered landscape, disturbed only by the yapping of the dogs and your commands!

BC dogsledding through the snow!

BC dogsledding through the snow!

With winter snow around for a good part of the year, why not get out and about and enjoy it? Wherever you go and whatever activity you chose, book your stay at a BC Bed & Breakfast as your local innkeeper will have all the information you need, and will know all the best places to go, so you’ll get maximum enjoyment out of your BC winter vacation!

Do You Know Your Innkeepers?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

As guests at a BC Bed & Breakfast, do you know your innkeepers? Of course they introduce themselves when you arrive, but have you ever wondered how they came to be B&B Innkeepers and operate a Bed & Breakfast?  A Bed & Breakfast or Bed & Breakfast Inn provides accommodation in a private residence, so the accommodation style and hospitality very much reflect the personalities of the innkeepers.

Innkeeping is very often a second career for your hosts, maybe something they have always dreamed about doing, or have arrived at after a major change in career or lifestyle.  Maybe they’ve always wanted to be their own boss, or maybe they’ve wanted to leave the city behind and move to a quieter location.  Often innkeepers have a particular skill set that they want to use in a more meaningful and satisfying way.  Innkeepers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and not all include hospitality as a component of that previous life.  There are innkeepers who were teachers, IT professionals, historians, flight attendants, architects, professors, management professionals, chefs, advertising experts, lawyers, photographers, shopkeepers and the list goes on and on. Yet all seem to discover a passion for sharing their homes and their lives to enhance the lives of those who stay with them as guests.

Innkeepers gather at a regional meeting

Innkeepers gather at a regional meeting

Innkeepers are of course self-employed and work mostly on their own, especially at small two or three room B&Bs, so it’s particularly important to belong to their provincial and/or professional association.  This is where they network with their colleagues, the way most people network at their place of work, exchange ideas, products and practices that work for them and could be helpful to others in the business, or new innkeepers just starting out. Annual conferences or regional meetings provide these networking opportunities as well as a focus on continuing education.  As marketers of their own businesses, innkeepers need to stay current on the continuing changes in the online world of websites and social media for example, and their professional association can provide these opportunities.

So the next time you enjoy the hospitality of the innkeepers at a great B&B, whether you are there on a golfing holiday, a weekend get-away, a culinary or wine-tasting trip, or any other reason you’ve chosen a BC Bed & Breakfast, get to know your innkeeper a little bit!

Fall Travel to British Columbia

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

After a seemingly endless summer, fall has arrived in British Columbia.  We finally had some rain, and the grass is looking a little greener again, yet at the same time leaves are showing the first hint of fall colour.  Now that schools have started and things are just a little bit quieter on the roads, why not enjoy a little BC get-away?

One of the great things to check out in the fall is wine festivals in British Columbia.  From September 26 through October 5 Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley hosts the “Savour Cowichan” festival, featuring over 40 artisan producers of wines and cider and more than 50 tastings, dinners, cooking classes, bbq’s, charity fundraisers and other special events.  A detailed list of everything that’s happening in the Valley can be found at Savour Cowichan.

Savour Cowichan Festival

Savour Cowichan Festival

 

While BC’s main wine region, the Okanagan, has wine festivals every season of the year, the Fall Wine Festival is still the largest.  For 10 days during harvest time, more than 165 events throughout the entire Okanagan wine region will temp your palate, tickle your taste buds and offer you vineyard tours, dinners, tastings, arts and education.  For the list of events for this year’s Fall Wine Festival, running October 2 to October 12, 2014 check out their website .

While not all wine regions in the province have specific wine festivals, grape harvesting and events will also be taking place in wineries on the Gulf Islands, the Fraser Valley, the Similkameen Valley and emerging wine regions in the Kootenays, Lillooet and the Thompson and Shuswap regions.  Our BC climate is obviously conducive to growing many varieties of grapes, and there are people almost everywhere in the province with expertise and a passion for the business.   

One of the best places to find out about the local wineries in each area is at a BC Bed & Breakfast.  Bed & Breakfast hosts are well informed about many local attractions and events and they love to share the great places in their area.  Nothing gives innkeepers greater pleasure than seeing their guests having a wonderful experience!

Happy British Columbia Day! We Love BC

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Happy British Columbia Day to everyone across this beautiful province! We have to admit, BC is a pretty amazing place! To live, to work, to visit or to stay! There were so many celebrations this weekend in every region, we can’t even list them all!

On Vancouver Island, Victoria was host to another acclaimed and successful Symphony Splash as well as Celebrate BC Day where families gathered at beautiful St.Ann’s for a line up of very talented artists and musicians, and enjoyed food, fun, music and laughter!

Relax at a BC Bed & Breakfast

Relax at a BC Bed & Breakfast

Vancouver was proud to host Pride 2013, where hundreds of thousands of people took in the weekend full of activities including the main attraction: the Pride Parade – which nearly 600,000 people attend! Also this weekend wrapped up Honda Celebration of Light, an international spectacle of fireworks!

Not only is BC home to some amazing cities, events and people, but it is home to some great accomodations! Our BC Bed & Breakfast innkeepers are some of the most welcoming and fantastic hosts! Experience the unique inns of British Columbia and some of the best breakfasts you’ll get anywhere!

Explore an B&B in your hometown (for a little getaway) or choose to stay at a BC B&B when you travel throughout this amazing Province.

Find a B&B today!

From all of us at the Guild, and the members and welcoming Bed & Breakfast owners, we hope you had a wonderful BC Day!

Soak up the Sun..Shine Coast!

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

McCulloch_080708_3427On beautiful days like these, there is no better place than to soak up the sun than the Sunshine Coast!

Set along the northeast shores of the Strait of Georgia from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound, there’s plenty to explore and experience on the Sunshine Coast. Stretching 110 miles, visitors can experience a unique sense of place, from coastal mountain ranges, old growth forests, lakes and inlets, there is much to do! Immerse yourself in so many water activities including kayaking, beachcombing, swimming, sailing and windsurfing, canoeing, sport fishing, scuba diving, and more! The Sunshine Coast just isn’t all about the coast. Come unwind and relax at many spas and resorts, or take in some culture with restaurants, events and music festivals.

This section of the BC coast has been called many times “BC’s best kept secret”. Why? It’s all about the Hidden Gems. Hike the famous Sunshine Coast Trail or watch the supernatural spectacle of the Skookumchuck Narrows.

Even more hidden gems? The Bed and Breakfasts of the Sunshine Coast. Make your visit to the Coast even more unique and special by staying at a BC B&B.

Four Winds Beach House & Spa
Dangerously close to the ocean, on a private point overlooking Georgia Strait. Experience one of three Luxurious oceanfront rooms, Gourmet in-room breakfast, Swim Dock, Hot-tub, Registered Massage therapist.

Discovery Place Retreat and Cottage
Our newly created Estate was uniquely designed as an executive retreat. Our goal is to provide you with stylish comfort, attractive appointments and personable service. The property is situated on 2 acres of Fir and Cedar trees with a view of the ocean.

Our Bed & Breakfast member inns of the Sunshine Coast, invite you to experience the unique blend of coastal-mountains setting, natural attractions, heritage sites and boundless opportunities for recreation in this area of southwest British Columbia.

Soak up the sun, from sunrise to sunset at a BC Bed & Breakfast on the beautiful BC Sunshine Coast.

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!

‘Spring’-ing into Summer in British Columbia!

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

As we wind-up and ‘spring’ into summer, there are some amazing food-related events happening in British Columbia! Don’t miss these yummy and inspiring events!

Did someone say Spring…..Rolls? EAT Vancouver is back for another amazing year!
Join and celebrate the culinary world with unique food experiences from celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food & beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans and so much more at this three day public extravaganza at BC Place May 24 through May 26. To learn more, or ‘chew’ on your decision to go, check out all the information at EAT Vancouver. Looking for the perfect pairing? We recommend pairing your EAT Vancouver experience with an amazing stay at one of many Metro Vancouver B&Bs.

‘Spring’-ing to Tofino for some amazing food! 

Feast Tofino takes place all throughout May

Feast Tofino takes place all throughout May


FEAST Tofino is back for its third annual month-long series of culinary events, celebrating all that is West Coast Vancouver Island Boat-to-Table Cuisine during the month of May! Experience and witness acclaimed local and regional chefs teaming up to create “Fresh, Inspired & Real” Food! Tofino is not only known for these amazing feasts, but also for their amazing Bed & Breakfast accommodations.

Whichever culinary experience you’ll be celebrating around British Columbia, pair it with a BC Bed & Breakfast experience for the best of both worlds!

A Weekend in the City

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Vancouver in the Spring

The lights are bright, the streets are packed, and the restaurants are full…then you realize you are in the city of Vancouver on the weekend. Not just your average weekend holiday, but a trip to one of the world’s most beautiful cities in one of the most visited provinces in Canada. With winter coming to an end, and the spring flowers beginning to bloom, the city of Vancouver is one of the most spectacular places to visit. Whether you are looking to take in the arts and culture district on Commercial Street, or experience a Vancouver Canucks hockey game at Rogers Arena, Vancouver is a city that offers something for all tastes.

When you are on a vacation, the mornings are relaxing and the days are enjoyable, but the evening activites are most memorable. And Vancouver never leaves anything unexplored. With over ten theaters within minutes of downtown Vancouver, and professional hockey, baseball, football and soccer teams playing year round, there is always an activity to take part in when the sun goes down. The Orpheum, the Orpheum Annex, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the QET Plaza and the Arts Club Theatre are a great example of what the arts and culture community of Vancouver have to offer. Whether it be a ballet, rock show, or live theatre, the arts enthusiast will never be left to ponder what could have been.

But when the lights go down and the streets become vacant, your Vancouver accommodation is the more important part of your weekend get-away. With 16 Bed and Breakfasts within the city of Vancouver, and a number of other fantastic options available in the outlying communities, finding a comfortable and relaxing BC Innkeepers Bed & Breakfast to stay in will not be an issue. Not only are there many options available, but some of the best Bed and Breakfasts in Canada are just a walk away from the magical streets of down town Vancouver.