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What’s with Accent Inns’ Rubber Ducks?

Accent Inns - Rubber Ducky proofsI have to say I love the Accent Inns ducks – they are super cool and always bring a smile to my face when I first enter my room at any Accent Inns. I noticed a comment on TripAdvisor the other day, where a traveller said, “I was very tired when I checked in, so the cozy bed was much appreciated. I loved the rubber ducky with the accent inns logo :).” That’s what it’s all about, a little fun, something to take the edge off our travel stress. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

10 Quick Pet Care Tips

pet care tipsI was thinking about how well my best friend Finnegan was looking the other day – he’s an Australian Shepherd and we had a big scare a few months ago when we discovered he had blood clots throughout his bladder. Cancer was suspected, but it turned out to be a very bad infection. It took quite a few months to get him back to full health, but as I looked at him fresh from the groomer recently I reflected on how important it is to care for our pets. Poor Finnegan showed no outward signs of illness until one morning we discovered he’d had an ‘accident’ – several actually – overnight. This brought home to me the importance of ongoing good pet practice – prevention rather than cure is the way to go. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

It’s Grad Time!

high-school-gradIt’s that time again – graduation the moment of intense pride we feel when our children, or grandchildren, after years of hard work, and maybe hard play, graduate from university. Now many of them will be looking to start the next stage of their lives and enter the workforce. Others may be planning to spend some time volunteering and others travelling before they get a job. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

The Joy of Hanging Baskets

Hanging Basket at the Accent Inn Victoria BC

Hanging Basket at the Accent Inn Victoria BC

I love hanging baskets, they are so European. When the City of Victoria first started hanging flower-laden baskets from lamp posts throughout the downtown in 1937 it was rare to see these summer delights in North America. This year will be the 79th year visitors to this fine city will be treated to a floral display second to none – hanging baskets and Victoria are synonymous. This year 1,350 baskets will be hung up during the second week in June, each containing 25 plants and weighing around 20 kilograms. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Victoria Day and the Best Parade in Canada

Accent Inn Hotel Zed 2015 Parade float

Accent Inn Hotel Zed 2015 Parade float

Victoria Day is unique to Canada, nowhere else in the world do they celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. It was first declared the Queen’s official birthday in 1845 and became the public holiday known as Victoria Day after her death in 1901. The day actually celebrates two Queen’s birthdays (Victoria’s actual birthday on May 24th) and Elizabeth II (it is by legislation her official birthday in Canada). It is always celebrated on the Monday prior to May 24th. This year Victoria Day will be on Monday May, 23rd. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

ALS Cycle of Hope Frequent Flyer 10km

ALS Cycle of Hope poster 2016Decorate your bike and ride as a Superhero! 

We are inviting you and your family to join the ALS Cycle of Hope Frequent Flyer 10km on June 12th from 11am-2pm to help raise greater ALS awareness and inspire hope for families living with ALS.

Participants and their families can join us for exciting and fun activities after the ride; Bouncy Castle, facepainting, Red Barn-B-Que and live entertainement by Chikoro Marimba band!

Register online to ride the 10km before June 10th at www.cycleofhope.ca  Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Mother’s Day – Making it Special

 

Mothers day

Happy Mother’s Day

I’ve always loved Mother’s Day, it’s a time where we get to show our Mothers how much we value them, how much we appreciate what they do for us. In years gone by I always tried to make the day special for my Mum (English-speak for Mom) even though rarely in my adult life did we live close to each other.

After my children were born, making Mother’s Day special for my wife became just as important. When the boys were younger we always tried to make the day special. Even now they are adults I contact them a week or so before the big day to plan what we’ll do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Online Reviews – How Do We Measure Up?

Accent Inn recieives tripadvisor certificate of excellenceThe hotel industry has sure changed over the last decade. The early adoption of online reviews by our industry’s guests has not only taken the accommodation industry by storm but also restaurants, attractions and more.  How do we as a chain of hotels in B.C. feel about online reviews? Of course we cringe if we see someone complaining, but that’s to be expected. The key is to respond and learn from those complaints or concerns. More importantly is to make sure that we are succeeding by getting far more praise than not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Vancouver Island’s Endangered Old-growth Rainforest

P1290516B.C.’s coastal temperate rainforests are home to species that don’t exist anywhere else and form part of a globally rare ecosystem covering less than one per cent of the planet’s land base. Today the majority of the original old-growth rainforest has been logged.

Intact forests offer critical environmental services such as clean water, clean air and recreational and tourism values, upon which many communities depend.  Coastal temperate rainforests in particular are also one of the best carbon storehouses on the planet, with record high carbon storage per hectare, accumulated over thousands of years. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Take the Ferry to BC!

Anacortes mapOne way or another, many Accent Inns Victoria hotel guests arrive from the U.S. on one of the many ferries that ply the waters between our countries.; they travel by car, by bicycle or by motorcycle. For those already on the island, fabulous ferries are available to transport them between the mainland and Vancouver Island. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
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