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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.

 
 

Being treated like royalty on the Queen Mary II

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Pam Macdonald Pam MacDonald is a Travel Agent, Youth Probation Officer, Writer, Painter and overall life explorer. She has generously shared this story of her most recent cruise along with her paintings:

 

I have been back for less than a week from one of the most significant trips so far in my life. This week I was at work catching up, I am a youth probation officer in a custody center in British Columbia, Canada and have been in that profession for more than 26 years. (more…)

 

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What do Powerlines, Big Dogs and Alpacas have in Common?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

jaco powerlines logoOne of the best parts of my job as Sales Manager for Accent Inns on Vancouver Island is having the opportunity to visit many of our guests at their own work places. For most of these companies, the work place is not unusual – an office, a warehouse or a retail outlet. However, sometimes I come across work places that are just a wee bit different.

For instance, the first time I paid a visit to JACO Powerlines in Cobble Hill, I have to admit, I did have some expectations. I was expecting an operation similar to a B.C. Hydro operation with work areas, offices and a lot of vehicles. I was not prepared for what I found. In fact, I was pretty sure that my GPS had guided me to the wrong location. (more…)

 

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Been To Any Good Tea Parties Lately?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

tea setAlthough I am a dedicated coffee-drinker, I must admit I have been attending tea parties for a very long time. It all started when my sister received a blue and white china tea set for Christmas. We spent many hours sipping Kool-Aid from the delicate cups, always careful to crook our pinkie fingers and discuss the weather in a very genteel manner.

Unfortunately I don’t go to nearly as many tea parties as I used to but when I do, they are pretty spectacular.

 

For example, in 1990 I attended a tea party at Buckingham Palace. I had managed to get an invitation for myself and my husband to attend the Queen’s Garden Party and was quite thrilled to be picked out from the crowd of 6000 guests to be presented to the queen. After my private meeting with her majesty I sipped tea and nibbled cucumber sandwiches while strolling through the palace’s private gardens. (more…)

 

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Got the Winter Blues? Visit Victoria where there’s lots to do!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

After all the excitement of the Christmas season you might feel a little blue come January. So here’s some affordable and fun things to do in your own backyard – it’s just what the doctor ordered!

Be a Tourist In Your Own Town!   February 28 – March 3.  For a nominal cost, you can get into all the top attractions in Victoria, before the summer crowds come.

Visit the ever popular Miniature World and don’t forget The Bug Zoo
Dine Around and Stay in Town! 
Feb. 21-March 10 – Most of the local restaurants participate and they offer set menus from $20, $30 and $40.  It’s a great way to try out that hip new restaurant in town!  (more…)

 

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It’s Ski Bus Season again

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from Mount Washington Alpine Resort aboard one of Smith Transportation’s dedicated ski buses. Enjoy the views of the  rugged peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park  and the Strait of Georgia. Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts one of the most incredible and scenic alpine settings in North America; you’ve got to see it to believe it! Did you know that Mount Washington welcomed many athletes as they trained for the 2012 Vancouver BC Olympics. On several occasions  Mount Washington has boasted the highest base of any Ski resort in North America. (more…)

 

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It’s a matter of opinion

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

A few years ago some friends were planning a trip to the South of France. Some other friends offered a suggestion of a restaurant that was in their words “the best meal we have ever had!” Unfortunately for my friends it was “the worst meal they ever had!” A lot had changed in the three years since their friends had eaten at this restaurant.

These days that is a lot less likely to happen. A person can check the reviews on any hotel, restaurant or attraction anywhere in the world. While this is an amazing tool, it is also important that we keep it in perspective. After all, an online review is simply a matter of opinion. The secret, when reading these reviews is to determine which opinions are valid and reflect your own expectations.

I like to read at least 10 reviews of any hotel that I am planning to visit. I know full well that there will be at least one review among those 10 that is quite negative. After all, of every 10 people I meet, there is always at least one who can find fault with just about anything. Remember when you see the TV ads for toothpaste; it’s always 9 out of 10 dentists that recommend a certain product! (more…)

 

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BC is Truly Dog Friendly

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Dr FinniganDogs have become such an important part of our private lives – so much that many of us consider them a part of our families. They live with us. They play with us. They travel with us. And now, they even work with us.

I love going into businesses in Victoria that have an office dog. When I enter Marlin Travel on Oak Bay Avenue, Mickey gives me the best welcome I could imagine. I’ve been to a doctor’s office where I was welcomed by an adorable Westie . However, one of my favourites is Paisley, the dog in my dentist’s office. (more…)

 

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The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition—Canada’s Largest Private Collection

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

The following is a reprint from Friction Zone Magazine and we thank them.

Mr. Motorcycle. Nearly everyone in Canada knew Frederick Trevor (Trev) Deeley by that nickname. After all, by the time he passed away at age 82 in March of 2002, he had six solid and very successful decades behind him of racing, selling, collecting, customizing, designing, and well, just generally promoting all things motorcycle. Trev Deeley was one of those individuals who managed to combine his birthright with passion, shrewd business acumen, fearlessness, and intelligence so spectacularly that he left behind not only an empire, but also a hefty legacy. In his case, the empire he built rests on Fred Deeley Ltd., which is the sole Canadian distributor (and the only one in the world not partially or wholly owned by the factory) of Harley Davidson motorcycles and branded merchandise. On the legacy side, Deeley also left behind Canada’s largest private collection of motorcycles—a 280-strong (and still growing) dream garage of machines that ranges across 60 marques and illustrates the long history of the Deeley’s involvement in the industry.  (more…)

 

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Victoria BC, A Year Round Playground

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

kayakingOne of the wonderful things about Victoria BC is our moderate climate. This means that many of those wonderful outdoor activities that most folks in Canada think are only practical in the summer are actually available to “Victorians” year round.  Golfing is of course one of the more common or well advertised activities. You’ll even find folks golfing over the Christmas and New years holidays. Golfing is only one of many wonderful outdoor activities available in the region. The South Island has some of the most scenic and fun Mountain Biking trails anywhere and you won’t need spiked tires to ride in the winter. Sure you might deal with a little more mud but heh, are you a “real” mountain biker or what? (more…)

 

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September – beginning of fall or the end of summer.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

I guess it depends on how you look at it–many people might see it as the end of summer – but even though my favorite time of the year is summer – I see September as a time for new beginnings.   When we were young, it was an exciting time when you went back to school and saw all your old friends and showed off your new clothes and that great summer tan.  But it was also a stressful time when you started a new grade, perhaps went to a new school, had new teachers and had to meet  all the  new kids in your class.  I must say as an adult – I don’t miss those first few weeks in September.  (what I do miss however, is the previous 2 months of summer vacation!)(more…)

 

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