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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.

 
 

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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Another Kind of Attraction – Treasure Hunting in BC

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

garage sale

If you’ve ever fancied yourself to be a bit like Indiana Jones searching for ancient artifacts or Jacques Cousteau combing the ocean floor for pirate treasure, you may be interested in a slightly more modern version of these activities – the garage sale.

That’s right. Today’s garage and yard sales are the way that modern urbanites get an opportunity to study both the current and past lifestyles through the discarded treasures of their fellow man (and more often their fellow woman).

When visiting another city, there are plenty of opportunities to see the place as the city officials wish you to – tourist attractions, scenic walks, restaurants and hotels – but attending a garage sale gives you the opportunity to view those city dwellers (the locals)  in their natural habitat. You may even get a glimpse of their private gardens, their pets and their friends. (more…)

 

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SOS Children’s Village Johannesburg

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

New PictureBack in July, Donna Price ( Regional Sales Manager Sports and Groups for Accent Inns)  and a few friends had a special opportunity to visit the SOS Children’s Village, Ennerdale just outside of Johannesburg. This is a look at their trip and experiences….

 

It was a beautifully kept place for almost 200 children who come from different circumstances (orphaned or lack of family care). They integrate the children in the community in Schooling, projects and prepare the kids to be self sufficient once they leave the village. The children were well taken care of in a home-style setting. In addition to the children, they also have small homes for the retired house mothers or “aunties”. We met a couple of them – one 62 years and one 86 years old. (more…)

 

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Dog Friendly Kamloops

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

At Accent Inns we not only speak Kamloopsian, we also speak Pekinese and Boxer and Terrier.  And while Kamloops B.C. is a great city to visit for many reasons; one of the best is its dog-friendliness!

Activities ranging from kayaking, hiking and rock hounding to rollerblading, GeoCaching and beach walking are all possible with your four-legged family members.  Kamloops has 15 off-leash dog parks, 14 on-leash parks and 3 off-leash dog beaches.  If this isn’t doggie heaven, it’s certainly on the way!

The City of Kamloops is so dog-friendly Tourism Kamloops actually has a doggie mascot – a Golden retriever named “Kamloops Kooper”.  Kooper is especially fond of hiking in Kenna Cartwright Park and Peterson Creek, and wandering among the downtown sidewalk cafes where there are always doggie water bowls to help keep him cool on those hot and sunny Okanagan summer days. (more…)

 

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