Posts Tagged ‘BC Innkeepers Guild’

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!

Kiwi Cove Lodge featured

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

British Columbia Magazine is featuring the BC Innkeepers Guild’s own Kiwi Cove Lodge on the cover of  its fall issue and as part of a story on Vancouver Island’s exotic agriculture. ” Six varieties of Kiwi are grown at Kiwi Cove Lodge and the Agruta type are truly sensational” say hosts Peggy and Doug Kolosoff.  The Annual Kiwi Open House event is scheduled for Sunday, October 17 from 11AM to 4PM.  Everyone is welcome.

British Columbia Magazine is the premier geographic and travel magazine of British Columbia.  As it has for 50 years, it continues to  inform, entertain, surprise, and inspire a worldwide audience with award-winning profiles of Canada’s westernmost province. In quarterly issues it showcases the highest-quality photography alongside in-depth articles on British Columbia’s amazing diversity of people, places, animals and things.

One of BC’s Best Innkeepers Wins Victoria Hospitality Award

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Anne Mosher of  Abbeymoore Manor was just awarded the Victoria Hospitality Award for June 2010.   Anne’s partner, Ian MacPhee, says “Fourteen ambassadors from the City of Victoria descended on Abbeymoore and lavished gifts and praise upon her. It was fun watching her be speechless for a change!”

Anne’s act of incredible hospitality was to help out a visitor who was coming to town to assess her aging Godmother who was living on her own. The visitor had called Abbeymoore to inquire about staying there and Anne offered to provide a cot (delivered) at no charge so the lady could stay with her Godmother. The cot was delivered along with freshly baked scones and the visit went well.

Since 1994, the Victoria Hospitality Award Program (VHAP) has encouraged outstanding hospitality by recognizing individuals, companies and associations from the Greater Victoria area that go out of their way to make visitors, and locals, feel like there’s no better place to visit or live.   Anne and Ian have previously won the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild’s own Moyra Turner Hospitality Award.  Fellow innkeepers are not surprised that the city of Victoria has recognized Anne.   She is hospitable and caring and sets a high standard for us all.

Music + Art = The Sunshine Coast in August

Friday, August 13th, 2010

For those not familiar with the Sunshine Coast, it is that gorgeous part of the B.C. mainland coast accessible by ferry from Horseshoe Bay (to Langdale) or Comox (to Powell River).  It boasts over 2000 hours of sunshine annually and is home to many artists and musicians.

August 20-22 is a time when the Sunshine Coast really strutts its stuff. The Pender Harbour Music Festivalwill start things off with a celebration of the 200th anniversaries of Chopin and Schumann.   Performances by a lineup of superb musicians highlighting the two pivotal composers and others are sure to mesmerize and intrigue.   Come and enjoy chamber music played in the beautiful and intimate environs of the School of Music in Madeira Park.

Meanwhile, Arts Alive in the Park takes place in Powell River that same weekend, August 21 and 22.  “Arts Alive in the Park” is tons of summer fun and kicks off the annual Blackberry Festival (the kind you love to eat!).  This is an opportunity to view the work of established and emerging local artists in a beautiful outdoor setting. There is also dance, music, a poetry slam and workshops for both kids and adults.

For your Sunshine Coast Bed & Breakfast accommodation, be sure to check out the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild members.  Ask your B&B hosts about the many natural attractions of the Sunshine Coast.  Insiders know where to go.

Music at Milner Gardens— perfection just got better

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Milner Gardens is on the east coast of Vancouver Island between the communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach.  It is considered one of Canada’s 10 best public gardens by Canadian Geographic Travel.  Its blooms are legendary and now there is an expansion of its summer “Jazz in the Garden” to “Music in the Garden”, adding a second performance of classical music the day before Jazz.  Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, are the big days for getting both your eyes and ears dazzled. (more…)

Flyin’ High at the Boundary Bay Airshow

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Flying enthusiasts, lovers of aviation and those who just want to have a great time will love the Boundary Bay Airshow being held Saturday, June 19.  The Corporation of Delta, in partnership with Alpha Aviation, invites you to the 6th annual air show and it’s FREE for the entire family.  It all happens on the shores of beautiful Boundary Bay, a short 4 minute flight from YVR, and features aerobatic displays, exhibits of vintage and modern aircraft, and opportunities to meet the pilots and talk about aviation.  Over 7500 people attended last year’s airshow and discovered what “flying high” is all about.  (more…)

Sevilla Island Resort featured

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Calling it “The Promised Land” , B.C.’s upper Sunshine Coast, and Sevilla Island Resort are featured in the summer edition of BCAA’s Westworld magazine.  The article, by Cherie Thiessen, talks about  the village of Lund being the northern terminus of the Pacific Coast Highway, and the amazing eco-adventure packages available at Sevilla Island Resort just a short boat ride across the bay.  Ian Hobbs and Donna Kaye are the owners and builders of the resort— a 3,500 sq. ft. West Coast style dazzler!

Sevilla Island Resort is a Canada Select rated 4 star accommodation and a valued member of  the British Columbia Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper’s Guild.

Better Business Bureau Honors Guild Member

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Hearty congratulations to Two Eagles Lodge in Union Bay, near Courtenay, for earning the Vancouver Island Better Business Bureau’s 2010 Torch Award in the Hospitality category.  Carolyn Touhey owns and runs the Two Eagles Lodge B&B along with her husband Steve, who built much of the house.  The couple fell in love with Vancouver Island and made the move from the East Coast of the U.S. in 2006 to live their dream.  Their slogan is “where new friends and great memories are made in paradise.”   Carolyn and Steve were ecstatic when they learned about receiving the award, but colleagues say they exemplify the high integrity and business honesty that are the basis of the award. (more…)

A Victoria Spring (or Summer) Fling

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Question: What could be nicer than spending two relaxing spring days in beautiful Victoria, BC?

Answer: Enjoying those spring days knowing you’ll be spending your nights at one on the city’s eight marvelous Historic Inns AND that your package includes not only the finest accommodations and breakfasts but admission to three of the area’s most famous and beautiful gardens; Butchart Gardens, Glendale Gardens and Woodland (including peaceful Takata Japanese Garden), and the Abkhazi Garden.  Allow yourself to slow down and really smell the flowers.  Whether you visit this spring and delight in the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths or wait for the roses of summer, the season’s flowers await you as does the extraordinary hospitality of Victoria’s Historic Inns, all  of whom are BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members.  Guests will also take home a basket of “gardeners goodies”!

Gardens package at Victoria's Historic Inns

A taste of spring in Victoria

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Relive BC’s Gold Rush at Historic Barkerville

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

When Billy Barker “struck pay” on Williams Creek in 1862, British Columbia’s gold rush town was born.  Today, the Cariboo Gold Rush is in full swing and Barkerville is still teeming with fortune seekers from all over the world.  See the blacksmith and miners at work, ride the stagecoach, take in some live theatre, tour Barkerville’s main street and Chinatown……

Every spring,when the indian paintbrushes and pink fireweed began to bloom along the walls of the Valley of Flags, The Cariboo Sentinel Newspaper published a paper. Compiled from the archives of the original Cariboo Sentinel (published from 1865-75) and from other periodicals, manuscripts and relevant sources, the paper was designed to be a window into that period of our history to which Barkerville and the Cariboo Gold Rush were so important.  As part of your visit to amazing Barkerville you can study the archives of this old time newspaper and it’s photographs!

Visit historic Barkerville in British Columbia

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