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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.

 
 

Get your tourist hat and your walking shoes on!

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Stanley ParkVancouver is a fun city, there is always lots going on, and some of the free activities include Stanley Park, a stroll along the picturesque sea wall or a picnic in the park (just watch out for those sneaky squirrels). When in Vancouver, a must-see is Granville Island. There’s so many unique shops and you’ll want to visit the Public market for fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s also several delis and restaurants – slurp Japanese noodles, grab a slice of pizza, nosh on Greek gyros or sit on the wharf and enjoy Pajo’s Fish & Chips (the best). Oh and don’t get me started on all the many, many yummy sweet treats “to die for”. (more…)

 

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Hitting the Beach in Kelowna

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

“Hey” can you spot Ogopogo out there!

One wonderful thing about Kelowna B.C. (besides the fact that it has an Accent Inn) is that it’s located next to one of the most beautiful lakes in the Northwest. Okanagan Lake is approx. 110 kms long and when you visit Kelowna, you’re roughly in the middle. A lake of this size, in one of the warmest areas of B.C. is perfect for just about anything. Avoiding your mother in-law or that cousin that just won’t leave you alone… It evens hosts a lake “monster” Ogopogo. No really it does! I tried to get it to eat my cousin when I was little but alas, it must be a vegetarian. (more…)

 

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Wineries on Vancouver Island?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

When we talk about “experiencing local”  we want to take you beyond the usual, the expected and the traditional. When visiting Victoria B.C. we highly recommend taking in some of the more well-known attractions or activities such as visiting the Butchart Gardens, have an exhilarating ride with Eagle Wing whale watching tours or perhaps a wonderful kayak day tour with Ocean River Sports.  But then there’s the not so well known… Victoria and Vancouver Island have some award winning, scenic and downright tasty wineries. (more…)

 

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Motorcycle Friendly program meets biker touring needs

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Chance to Go Hog Wild for Accent Inns’ “Bike Love…All Revved Up” Program

Chris Knight at Motorcycle friendly hotel Accent Inns

Chris Knight at Motorcycle friendly hotel chain, Accent Inns

July 10, 2013, Victoria, BC – Accent Inns has launched a chain-wide Motorcycle Friendly hotel program catering to motorcyclists , with improved overnight storage, bike wash stations, secure lock ups and easy to access laundry facilities. Though the B.C. based hotel chain has always been popular with cyclists and the “Bike Love” program, the addition of the “Bike Love…All Revved Up” program was suggested by Victoria general manager (and avid rider) Chris Knight as a means to improve motorcyclist holidays throughout British Columbia. (more…)

 

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Travelling By RV in BC – A Sales Manager’s Perspective

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Accent Inns Sales Team – L-R Kim Jones, Donna Price, Helen Wright & Karen England

When you work for a hotel company you get used to customers coming to your place of business so it was a very nice change for the Accent Inns Sales Team to visit some of our customers at their place of business. We also had the chance to experience what many of our RV rental guests do as they leave our hotel at Vancouver Airport to take on the trip to northern BC and beyond.

On May 8th 4 of our Sales Team and 4 of our ducks took to the road in 2 campers from Fraserway RV Rentals.  We travelled from Vancouver to Whitehorse visiting a number of towns along the way.  What we discovered it that we live in a very big province filled with amazing scenery and incredibly friendly towns and villages.  (more…)

 

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Top 3 Things To Prepare For The Golf Season

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

golf imagesGolf is a sport that combines walking long distances with explosive movement of hitting a ball. This combination of endurance and accuracy requires training, and golf fitness training has proven to be effective in helping golfers improve their skills. When concentrating on fitness to improve your golf swing, you will need to focus on strengthening your wrists and forearms, increasing abdominal and lower back muscles, and keeping your hips and back flexible. (more…)

 

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The Plugged In Traveller

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

There was once a time when the only high-tech device in my suitcase was a travel alarm clock.  I rarely travelled outside North America with any other electronic devices as the difference in voltage and plug types made it a big hassle.  In those days I travelled pretty light.

Times have changed.   Now I can’t leave home (even for a weekend) without a whole suitcase full of gadgets that I somehow believe that I cannot live without.

The Travel Alarm Clock is no longer required as many of my other devices have that functionality and most hotels do offer wake-up calls so I have that base covered.  But why do I need all these other things?  Are they just toys or do I really need them for survival? (more…)

 

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Midnight Sun Golf Tournament

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Ok, so teeing off at 6:30 pm seems kinda late for most serious golfers, but if you are going to play in Air North’s “Midnight Sun” Golf Tournament, then your shot-gun start time is 6:30pm and don’t be late!

A few years ago,  my colleague Donna Price and myself were invited by Air North to play in their Midnight Sun Golf Tournament and represent our company Accent Inns.- We jumped at the opportunity, and  we both agreed “it’s a once in a lifetime experience to be coming off the golf course at 1:30am when it’s still light out!”  Usually held around summer solstice June 21st,  when dusk is sometime after 11 pm,  you can still see your score card (unfortunately).

They get a full turn out every year at Mountainview Golf Course,  just outside of Whitehorse where Jeff Wiggins (originally from Saskatchewan) is the CPGA Head Pro.  Jeff kindly warned us not to go too far into the bush looking for a ball because late in the evening is when the critters come out and some are friendly and some not The rules are fairly relaxed anyway with lots of the local beer (Chilkoot lager, Lead dog and Yukon gold) being consumed.   The party starts when everyone is off the course around 1:30am with prizes, a sumptuous buffet and … well yes….more beer.  We called for a taxi at 3:00am to go back into Whitehorse to our hotel and it was still light out. It felt strange going to bed when it was light out but I guess you get used to it when you live in the land of the Midnight Sun…as Robert Service said in one of his poems “there are strange things done in the midnight sun”.

Helen Wright Regional Sales Manager Accent Inns Burnaby

 

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Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo This Weekend

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo View from above

Join the fun and checkout the 2013 show!

March 20,2013

The 4th Annual Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo comes to Victoria at the Pearkes Recreation Centre this weekend on March 22, 23, 24, 2013. This three-day event features camping, kayaking, hiking, fishing, biking, outdoor getaways, travel, products and accessories – plus so much more!
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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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