Posts Tagged ‘Bed and Breakfast’

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!

Peak of Christmas Returns to Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC

Saturday, December 1st, 2012
Grouse Mountain, Vancouver BC logo

View of Vancouver from Grouse Mountain Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC is a majestic setting for Christmas celebrations.

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain celebrates the holiday season in North Vancouver, BC with a variety of events that run through December 24.

The events at this year’s Peak of Christmas cover the spectrum of the coming winter holidays in this beautiful area of British Columbia.  From visits with Santa and real life reindeer, to sleigh rides, musical entertainment, ice skating lessons and sessions with a skate champion, holiday meals and more, you’re sure to have treasured memories of your time at Grouse Mountain.

To make the most of your time in the area, we recommend that you match your magical visit to Grouse Mountain with the unique North Vancouver lodging options of our member bed and breakfast inns. (more…)

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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Get Ready… Get Set… Taste!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival runs from April 30 to May 9 and promises to be the best ever.   If you love fabulous wine and fine food this is an experience to be savored and remembered.  What better way to welcome the new grape growing season than with a festival at its start?  Over 100 events throughout the Okanagan Wine Country are set to be enjoyed in the warm spring sunshine.  Culinary delights range from light lunches to sumptous dinners, with superb wine parings, at fine locations throughout the area.  The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is often described as “one of Canada’s best small festivals” and it is clear why it continues to grow.

When you plan your visit be sure to take adavantage of our local BC Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members for their expertise in choosing events and for the excellent accommodations offered.  Our members offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation throughout the Okanagan region in Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Summerland, Osoyoos, Pentiction and West Kelowna