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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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Stay Local BC! The Future is HERE! Update #2

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

FIHlogo_lowresTo celebrate Earth Day, Sierra Club BC and Accent Inns are running an exciting contest helping to highlight the localized green energy revolution happening across BC. Hidden within the blog below are some answers to questions for the Future is Here Contest that began Earth Day (April 22) and will end April 30. Every correct entry will enter you for the chance to win a prize pack of: (more…)

 

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We’re so proud of this Miracle!

Monday, April 27th, 2015

On Friday, April 24, Tourism Victoria honoured Mandy Farmer, President & CEO of Accent Inns and the creator of Victoria’s Hotel Zed – known to us as Bike Lover or Chief Rebel – with their Miracle Award.

BIKESTYLE_M70_MandyFarmer_Photo-Darren-Stone-webThe Miracle Award honours individuals or groups who have shown leadership in the development of tourism in Greater Victoria. The Miracle Award was established in 1982 and is named for Miracle, the young orca rescued by Sealand of the Pacific staff in 1977. (more…)

 

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Stay Local BC! The Future is HERE! Update #1

Friday, April 24th, 2015

alternative-with Sierra logoSierra Club BC and Accent Inns invite you to “go green” with The Future is HERE Contest!

To celebrate Earth Day, Sierra Club BC and Accent Inns are running an exciting contest helping to highlight the localized green energy revolution happening across BC. Hidden within the blog below are some answers to questions for the Future is Here Contest that began Earth Day (April 22) and will end April 30. Every correct entry will enter you for the chance to win a prize pack of:
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Earth Day – The Future is Here Contest

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

SCBC_vert_white_bg_black logo and letters_cs2_hi resTo celebrate Earth Day Accent Inns has joined with one of our wonderful community partners, Sierra Club BC, to highlight the green energy revolution that is happening in and around communities across BC. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize the exciting developments that are happening in clean, green, renewable energy, often right underneath our noses. (more…)

 

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My Earth Day Resolutions

Monday, April 20th, 2015

earth-dayI love all the hanging baskets that greet me every time I stay at an Accent Inns – dozens and dozens of colourful plants that lift my spirits no matter how tough a day I’ve had on the road or how bad the weather might be. No wonder Accent Inns is supporting Earth Day on April 22, the hundreds of baskets and thousands of plants surrounding each of their hotels demonstrates their love for natural beauty. (more…)

 

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Celebrating the 12th Annual National Volunteer Week

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Volunteer-Week-2015-637x176We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill.

This annual celebration of volunteers runs from April 12 – 18. It’s a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. But, what should you consider before jumping in as a volunteer and what unexpected benefits might you accrue from giving up your time and your expertise? (more…)

 

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Camosun Chargers Awards 2015

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Mira Lawrence - Awards MCThis is a re-post courtesy of the Camosun Chargers

Student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the Camosun College Chargers gathered April 9th to recognize the achievements of the College’s student-athletes at Camosun’s 21st Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony. (more…)

 

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