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BC – The Perfect Place for Water Sports

Friday, July 17th, 2015
BC beaches

Enjoy the water this summer in BC

Spring and summer this year has been hot and dry and what that means to me is getting out on, or in the water. This year my wife and I are planning a vacation close to home, which means British Columbia. It got me thinking about what water sports activities we could do around the province, and close to an Accent Inns hotel.

My first thought was Kelowna and Lake Okanagan which has hundreds of beaches and places to swim. It was then that I thought about trying something a little different this year and came up with a few water sports I haven’t tried, or at least not here at home. (more…)


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Top Ten Tips For Taking Your Family On A Business Trip

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Family in car on road trip

Take your family on your next business trip

When my children were young, my job involved travelling extensively around Europe and North America and I was forever saying to a business colleague or client while in some strange foreign clime, “I wish my wife could see this” or, “My son Joshua, or Adam would have loved to play on that.” Looking back I don’t know why I never thought to take them, but it was probably because they all involved several expensive flights. (more…)


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It’s Movember in Kelowna

Monday, November 18th, 2013

November has become a very special month around many offices & businesses. Usual dress code standards tend to relax a bit as many gents around the globe take part in Movember.  Our team at the Accent Inn Kelowna has most definitely embraced this trend and we’re proud of them. Even though we have free razors available at our front desks, this is one time when we’re glad to see team members let their five o’clock shadows (at least above their lip) grow on for the cause.  If you’d like to help them raise money for the cause please click here to donate.

Accent Inn Kelowna Team Members "growing one" for Movember

Accent Inn Kelowna Team Members “growing one” for Movember


Here’s some background on Movember:

Movember is a fun play on November and men  across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Movember has become a very special way for men to draw attention to cancers like prostate and testicular cancer. Men who take part in Movember are affectionately called Mo Bros and start November clean shaven but then allow their mustaches to grow and grow as they fund raise for the cause. From 30 Mo Bros in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 to 1.1 million Mo’s in 2012, Movember has grown to a global movement that is changing the face or rather faces of men’s health.




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Social Media Bootcamps 2013

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Steve Dotto tech expert, social media camp speaker

Steve Dotto – Tech Expert & World Famous Speaker

Do you need a kick in your…..Social Media?         If you answered yes then you should attend one of the upcoming Social Media Bootcamps travelling around the province. Victoria BC is very lucky as every May brings not only incredible floral displays but the equally visually stimulating Social Media Camp. This has become the largest social media event in Canada! But wait, there’s more…..

The guys behind this great event (Chris & Paul – their country album will be released next summer) have also put together a number of one-day workshops in select cities during the fall.

Anyone and everyone who needs, likes or just has to use Social Media should try to make it to Social Media Camp in May. Of course the organizers realize that there are folks who just can’t attend the big conference because they must attend their mother in-laws’ birthday (been there). Well for all of you they have taken the show on the road and these one day bootcamps will give you access to some of the great knowledge and training that Social Media Camp offers. (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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Stop Bullying – Wear Pink

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Pink Shirt day okanagan Boys & Girls ClubOur Accent Inn Kelowna Hotel staff and other team members from around the province are showing support for the Anti Bullying movement by wearing Pink Shirts today!

We think the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club have done a good job explaining the event so here’s an excerpt from their site. (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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Family Support Institute Welcomes Accent Inns

Friday, December 7th, 2012



Accent Inns joins the Family Support Institute in supporting families in BC. New Westminster, BC, November 30, 2012 – The Family Support Institute (FSI) is excited to announce a new partnership that has developed between FSI and Accent Inns. This partnership will benefit thousands of families all over BC and speaks to the level of commitment both groups have for families and individuals living with disabilities in this province.


“Strong, healthy families lead to strong healthy communities”

Accent Inns has agreed to support the Family Support Institute in a variety of ways. They have donated several rooms to FSI for use by our families when needed throughout the year. They have also offered a special room rate to the Family Support Institute that is $5 below any advertised room rate with the Accent Inns. For every room booked, where individuals mention FSI and take advantage of this special rate, Accent Inns will also donate an additional $5 to FSI! This rate and donation are available to anyone who mentions FSI upon check in. The key is to remember to mention the Family Support Institute! (more…)


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Kelowna “It” Shopping Destination

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Shopping on Bernard St

I was recently in Kelowna on a cool November day with a few hours to kill and a looming deadline of my husband’s birthday fast approaching.  I headed for Bernard Street in the cute heritage downtown right by the lake (a short walk from my Accent Inn) and was soon embarrassed by the obscene number of shopping bags I was holding!

The shopkeeper in Blackfish Apparel assured me that all the bags was a very good thing, especially shopping local and supporting a vibrant downtown Kelowna.  Well, I sure did my part in her store which is unbelievable for ladies looking for funky but low priced dresses.  I walked out of there with 3 new little numbers all under $100.  The shop owner was so friendly and helpful when I guiltily explained that I was supposed to be looking for my husband’s birthday gift; she pointed me in the right direction down to X.10.Sion (yeah, I haven’t a clue how to pronounce it either, but it’s right below Earl’s at the end of Bernard across from the lake… speaking of Earls, what an awesome place to have lunch! A beautiful view of the water…. or try the Memphis Blues BBQ one block up on Bernard if you like ribs… wow, they are good). (more…)


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We’re New…. Well Kinda

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

Accent Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

For Immediate release

Taking a good look into the mirror

Travelling in British Columbia this summer never looked so good

 August  07, 2012, Victoria, BC – Accent Inns’ easy-to-spot, iconic blue roofs haven’t changed, but just about everything beneath them has– from the renovated exteriors, updates to the interiors of all five properties —  and a very cool change in the  brand  image and story.

Now sporting refreshed exteriors in shades of, taupe, grey and green, entrance pillars refinished in natural stone and glass balconies to open up the views, Accent Inns has a warmer, more welcoming West Coast feel and is working harder than ever to live their new “stay local, stay real” tag line.

“As we finished our renovations late last year, we felt it was time to check in and see what our potential customers thought of Accent Inns,” says Mandy Farmer, president of Accent Inns. “The focus group results were shocking. Going by our name and look, many people thought we were an American owned run of the mill chain. For a company that is owned and operated by a BC family, we were heart broken. It was time to become better at telling and living our brand story.” (more…)


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