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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.

 

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!

Canadian New Year, eh!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

New Year’s in Canada is great fun beginning with midnight parties, drinking bashes (hey, we’ve got the beer for it!), brilliant fireworks and of course sizzling foods. Many Canadians, like their American cousins, watch the ball drop in New York’s Times Square and spend New Year’s Day watching football games.

Various New Year celebrations here trace their origins back to time honored practiced traditions observed by the early Canadians.  The majority of new year traditions practiced in Canada are meant to bring good luck and fortune to the family in the ensuing year.

Since New Year is on the threshold and people are getting ready to celebrate the season let’s take a look at some interesting New Year traditions in Canada. There is a tradition in Canada to have a polar bear swim on New Year’s Day. People of all ages put on their bathing suits, or improvised ones, and plunge into icy cold water to welcome the New Year.  The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim started back in 1920.  Try this one out if you love frost bite and hypothermia!

Loud claps and cheers at the stroke of midnight are believed to ward off evil spirits and tax auditors. Kissing your date on New Year’s Eve precisely at midnight ensures that friendly ties will grace both the partners on each day of the New Year.  Don’t be late or your partner will likely end kissing somebody else…  I recommend starting that particular tradition early, although you may miss seeing the big ball drop.  Trust me, you won’t mind.

Gift giving and wishing Happy New Year on this special day is a popular tradition too. New Year gifts can be anything from theme based to something inspiring. One excellent New Year’s gift is to give a gift certificate for a stay at a BC Innkeepers Guild Bed and Breakfast where, rest assured, your kissing will be at its kissable best.

The Scottish custom of First Footing (visiting friends’ homes just after midnight and giving gifts of coals for the hearth or shortbread for the belly) was, and still is, a popular one in parts of Canada. Consuming a bowl of black-eyed pea soup along with a drink is another recognized New Year’s tradition in Canada.

Finally, everyone’s favorite song that nobody knows the words to, Auld Lang Syne, was made popular by Canadian Guy Lombardo who first heard it in his home town of London, Ontario.  The lyrics are printed below, so sing loud and Happy New Year!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne! 

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll take a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne! 

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne. 

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne. 

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll take a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Coldsnap In Prince George?

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Coldsnap” is the Prince George, B.C. winter music festival which is being held January 21-29, 2011.  This festival is known for its wide variety of music as well as excellent workshops. Out of town performers include the Adonis Puentis Band (some fine Cuban roots here),  Juno nominees the Sultans of String, The Good Lovelies and David Wilcox to name just a few.  The line up is really something special, and growing.  Tickets are on sale now, so check the website!

The Coldsnap Music Festival features alternative music and musicians who love what they do, are creative, vibrant and produce rich sounds.  The festival was begun as a tonic for the winter blues that can set in about half way through the season.   It has grown, in just three short years, to a major winter event attracting talent from all over Canada and the rest of North America.  The festival is among the BCAA’s Westworld magazine top ten things to do this winter.

Music venues will be located all around Prince George, especially the downtown core.  You’ll find great accommodation at a BC B&B Innkeepers Guild Bed & Breakfast, where you can ‘Rest Assured BC’.  Be sure to ask your Prince George Bed & Breakfast hosts for all the important details about Coldsnap and Prince George, and enjoy some beautiful music in BC’s north this winter.

Bald is Beautiful

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Wildlife aficionados will want to take in The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival being held November 20 and 21.  It is one of the largest gatherings of raptors in North America and showcases thousands of Bald Eagles that return to the Fraser Valley each fall.  The event features organized eagle viewing sites with expert speakers, river and nature tours, green businesses, environmental displays, First Nation’s arts and culture and the Vancouver Zoo.

photo from Picture BC

Some sites of interest include:

Leq’a:mel Hall, a First Nation’s Community Centre which is the venue for the festival’s Green Expo.

Kilby Historic Site, located at the confluence of the Harrison and Fraser Rivers, is the remains of the once thriving community of Harrison Mills.  It offers an amazing 1906 General Store Museum with many packaging artifacts from the 1920’s and 1930’s. You’ll also want to see the old Post Office and Manchester House Hotel.

The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, a 325 acre wetland located on the un-dyked flood plain of the Vedder River.  The reserve is a breeding ground for the great blue heron and other wildlife.

Xa:ytem Longhouse, the site of a 9,000 year old Salish village and transformer stone located in Mission, BC. This sacred site is used for healing ceremonies as well as cultural education.

Why not take a weekend to explore the Fraser Valley and check out the many interesting attractions and events.  For Fraser Valley accommodation, check out the Bed & Breakfasts of the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild Our members in the Valley will have all the best information at their finger tips!

Boo!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31 and is a terrific opportunity for adults, especially grandpas like me, to act like kids and carve a few jack-o-lanterns.  Historically Halloween is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic  and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and scarcity, and life and death, Halloween is a time for fun and superstition. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off any roaming ghosts.

The Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and the Roman festival of Feralia all influenced the modern holiday of Halloween.  Halloween began to lose its religious connotation in the 19th century and became today’s more secular community-based children’s holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding Halloween may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, children of all ages still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.

Many British Columbia communities have special Halloween events.  If you are traveling the province this All Hallows Eve, check with your local BC Innkeepers Guild members for events in the area.  Perhaps you’ll visit a corn maze with the kids or do the Monster Mash.  However you spend the spookiest of nights, have a seance on me.

Guild Members Featured

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

BC Innkeepers Guild members La Pause Bed and Breakfast and Belle Vue Bed and Breakfast, both located in the Comox Valley, are prominently featured in the October edition of Victoria Tourism Mall’s online magazine Vancouver Island Travel.  In an article about the Comox Valley, authors Ron and Linda Kirstein sampled accommodations, restaurants, explored various recreational opportunities and visited with business owners.  Ron took many fine photos which are posted on the magazine’s blog.  In conjunction with the story, La Pause is offering the following special for those who reference the article:  Stay 2 nights – Save 30 % on the second night – enjoy savings up to $45.  (effective October 1, 2010 to May 15, 2011 – Dec 15 to Jan 7 excluded).  Belle Vue is offering 3 night stays with 50% off the 3rd night or for those staying 4 nights, the 4th night free (valid until March 31, 2011).   For those who don’t already know, the Comox Valley is located about half way up the east coast of Vancouver Island.  It is an ideal base for Mt. Washington skiing and all manner of outdoor recreation.  The Comox Valley has gorgeous scenery, great golf (year round!), superb dining, and is centrally located for day trips to the rest of the Island, being about a 2 1/2 hours drive from Victoria to the south or Port Hardy to the north.

Three Guild Members Profiled

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Destinations Travel Magazine is featuring three BC Innkeepers Guild members in its October edition:  Miracle Beach Inn B&B, Two Eagles Lodge B&B and Belle Vue B&B, each located in the lovely Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and offering unique and beautiful accommodations. Miracle Beach Inn B&B, a brand new member of the Guild, is family friendly and boasts a country setting with swimming pool, tennis court and even a Plains Indian teepee.  It is one of the few B&Bs with covered areas for smokers.  Two Eagles Lodge B&B, also family friendly, is just four years old and offers a stunning panoramic view from Fanny Bay to Denman Island and beyond.  Belle Vue B&B caters to adults, is beachfront and looks directly out on the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) and across to the coastal mountains.

Destinations Travel Magazine is an online publication with a reader base of approximately 1/2 million domestic and international travel consumers.  Besides the magazine, Destinations uses a blog and a  Social Media Network, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Hubpages,  and many eZine websites.

27th Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Now through October 9, just before Thanksgiving, the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is in full swing.  It is the only wine festival on the continent that takes place during the height of the grape harvest.  The focus is on wonderful wine, fine food, education and the arts.  There are over 165 different events taking place throughout the valley.  So hurry on out to this viticulturalist’s paradise where you’ll enjoy warm desert days and cool nights— perfect for helping the grapes ripen.

Why not take a vineyard tour and dine among the vines? Perhaps a seminar on the fine art of wine making is an interest.  Whatever about the festival interests you, your Okanagan based BC Innkeepers Guild members will be able to guide you, offer you a great breakfast to start the day and provide the very best in comfort and hospitality.  Cheers!