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6 Things to do with your Daughter in Vancouver

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

P1030658This past Father’s Day weekend my daughter and I travelled to Vancouver to hang out together and play tourist. We chose the Accent Inn Burnaby as our home base which worked really well for all the places we had planned to visit. We arrived later on the Friday night and took advantage of the Ricky’s country restaurant offering takeout. We just hung out together in the room, eating dinner will watching a movie on TV. (more…)

 

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Local Beaches and Sunscreen

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Sunscreen-and-Sunglasses-on-the-BeachHere in BC we’re experiencing unbelievably good weather – the sun keeps shining and the record high temperatures continue to set record highs. (more…)

 

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Canadian National Cycling Championships Team Announced

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

accent hays bike teamThe Accent Inns/Russ Hay’s Cycling Team p/b Scotiabank announced its team for the 2015 Canadian National Cycling Championships to take place in St. Georges, Quebec from June 25-28. (more…)

 

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Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

aboriginal photoAccent Inns is pleased to see Tsawout First Nation and the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations elders from across BC, Alberta, the Yukon and Washington gathering in Victoria, BC in July to reconnect, socialize and celebrate their culture and history. We hope those attending enjoy Victoria and manage to explore our wonderful city and discover its many attractions. (more…)

 

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Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

photo 2I was at an Accent Inns hotel recently and saw some pretty skookum motorcycles parked outside; a Harley, a BMW and a Honda Gold Wing; it took me back more than 45-years to when I owned an AJS 250cc – a beast of a bike. (more…)

 

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5 Amazing Things To Do In BC This Spring

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Butchart-Gardens-springI was thinking the other day how great the weather was this year. That led me to consider the five things I’d like to do most close to home, here in British Columbia. My list surprised me and I’m pretty sure I won’t get the chance to do all five this year, but I’m determined to do at least one or two, and pick up the rest next year. Of course by then I’ll have another five, or more, to add to the list, after all BC is truly one of the most amazing and special places in the world. (more…)

 

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Chuck-A-Duck with Accent Inns and ALS Cycle of Hope

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 25, 2015

VICTORIA, B.C. – The tremendous people who own and operate the Accent Inns chain that is so well-known and respected around the province certainly know what sport Lou Gehrig played.

They also know what claimed Gehrig’s baseball career, and his life, far too soon – ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). (more…)

 

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Accent Inns loves bikes

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

(so much so that they bought you one to use)! All Accent Inns properties to offer free bike rentals for guests this summer

Accent Inn free rental bikes (1)May 20, 2015, Victoria, BC – Building upon their popular Bike Lover program, Accent Inns is showing their affection for all manner – and level – of cyclist by offering free bike rentals for guests at all properties starting this June. (more…)

 

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Wish You Were Here!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

postcard2When I was young, no seaside holiday in Britain was complete without a trip to a store selling a wonderful array of colourful postcards with scenes of beaches, parks, long piers and sailboats. Greetings from Bognor Regis, or Southend-on-Sea were hastily purchased in the first few days of our holiday and then we’d spend the afternoon writing short messages to our friends and family, “Wish you were here. Weather’s good, water’s cold, got Mum to ride a donkey – so funny. Off to buy ice cream now!” They were like long Tweets really. (more…)

 

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Planning a Road Trip and Involving the Kids

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

family friendly hotel great after a day in the car

My wife and I have always loved road trips, and when our kids were young we did an epic road trip from Victoria to the Okanagan – this was in the early 90s. We had recently emigrated from the U.K. and this was our first vacation in our new country. I remember lugging around this massive rented video camera; it took full-size VHS tapes and had to be hoisted on to your shoulder. It’s funny, I came across the tape the other day and we are considering getting it transferred to DVD. I remember that almost every other minute while taping I would utter the words, “Look at this view, it’s absolutely amazing” interspersed with “absolutely awesome.” It got very tired very quickly. My only excuse was that we had arrived in a country that far exceeded our expectations in terms of sheer beauty, and B.C. appeared to us like something out of a National Geographic magazine – something we only dreamed of ever seeing. (more…)

 

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