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At Accent Inns we are in the travel business. We thought it might be fun to provide stories about our travels, our guests travel experiences, tips and tricks. You never know what you might learn or where you might want to go.

 
 

Fly or Drive BC This Winter?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

FlyandDriveI’ve travelled extensively across this wonderful province both by car and by airplane and as winter approaches I got to thinking about the pros and cons of both alternatives. On the face of it flying is quicker but more expensive, and driving is slower and less expensive. But is that all there is to it? (more…)

 

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Thanksgiving – U.S. vs Canada

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Happy-ThanksgivingI was watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, recently and was struck by how important it was for these two completely different Americans to get home for Thanksgiving – more so I think than if they had been Canadians (I realize Candy was actually born in Canada). It made me wonder what other differences there are between the two special days. (more…)

 

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Free WiFi Rules – Or Does It?

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

wifiYou need to know some basic security guidelines.

I don’t know about you, but it really ticks me off when hotel’s charge for WiFi – what age are they living in for goodness sake? Being connected is a way of life these days, no matter what age we are we have all become used to being connected to our friends and family, and when it comes to business our office expects to be able to reach us, as do our customers. (more…)

 

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10 Business Trip Packing Tips

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

world mapI once did 99 airplane trips over an eighteen-month period. My kids were young and my wife encouraged them to put pins in a world map every day to track where I was every evening. It made them feel just a little closer to me and as a bonus doubled as a geography lesson. (more…)

 

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5 Team Travel Tips

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

chargers 2Accent Inns is proud to both sponsor several and welcome many teams as they travel around our province to compete in tournaments and championships. Many of the trips are planned and chaperoned by volunteer parents. This can seem like a huge job and overwhelming to some but there are planning ideas that can help. Here’s a few travel or organizing tips for those dedicated volunteer parents. (more…)

 

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Labour Day and Putting the ‘Accent’ on Sales

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

labour day 2Labour Day was declared a national holiday in 1894 by Prime Minister Sir John Thompson. The inspiration was initially a strike in the printing industry in Toronto two years earlier, where workers demanded a shorter working week. Marches, or parades, to support the strikers became an annual demonstration of solidarity in many cities across Canada, pressurizing the prime minister to recognize it as a national holiday. (more…)

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Travel in September

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

happy fallI think my favourite month of the year to travel in B.C. is September – it’s the perfect month and here’s why: (more…)

 

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Movies Near Accent Inn locations In British Columbia

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

hately castleI was thinking the other day about all the movies that have been made in B.C. At the time I was watching the Disney made-for-TV movie The Descendants, which was shot in Victoria and excited to see scenes shot inside and outside Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University, where I used to work. Hatley Castle has been used as a location for over 20 movies and television programs including recent Netflix favourites Witches of East End, and The Killing. (more…)

 

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It’s About How To Travel!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

planes train textI was writing a recent blog post on movies shot on location in B.C. and for some inexplicable reason the 1987 movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles came to mind. The one, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, where Martin, an advertising executive travelling home for Thanksgiving, gets bumped from first class to coach and has to sit next to and over-friendly, over-helpful, shower curtain ring salesmen played by Candy. Travel chaos ensues. (more…)

 

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World Class Wine Touring

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

wine-kelownaAs a food, wine and travel writer I’ve done my share of touring wineries, not just in North America but across Europe too and I can assure readers that the Okanagan Valley stacks up against the best in the world when it comes to a wine touring paradise. (more…)

 

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