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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.

 
 

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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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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