Representing the pet friendly hotel chain, Accent Inns, at this first annual Pet lovers show in Abbotsford, I was delighted to see how many people love animals! The show was very well attended; I think 13,000 or more came through the doors. There were some very interesting animals there to be seen, Woodchucks, Porcupine (which needed to be handled very carefully), Wallaby, reptiles, and a little petting zoo for kids of all ages. ... read more
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Two years ago I met Patricia Sims, a Victoria-based filmmaker that has been investigating the critical issues facing elephants through her two documentaries. Intrigued by her discoveries, I learned that although there are many people working hard to protect these endangered animals, there are many more that know nothing about what is happening to them. I wanted to be part of changing this and so I began to work with her and her team to raise awareness through the power of film and the online community. ..read more on Elephants
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! Read more about lots to do in Victoria
Eek! I’m so excited! This week, we officially launched our new brand and it’s so electrifying because it completely resonates with who we are. We are so pumped about it I wanted to share with you the story of how it came to be.
Late last year we were just finishing our massive exterior renovations at all 5 Accent Inns when it occurred to us that this was a much needed rebirth for our 26 year old company. Realizing this opportunity, we felt the time was right to take a look at how the marketplace viewed our brand, because if we ever were going to make any changes, this would be the time. ...read more on why?how?
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.” ...read more on what's changed
First of all, I need to make something perfectly clear. I DO NOT COOK! The only reason that I have a kitchen is that it came with the house. It is full of cooking machines that simply confuse me. So, given this information, you may wonder why I am telling you about the kitchenettes at Accent Inns.
Well – I actually like to book a room with a kitchenette when I travel. Not because I am planning to create gourmet meals in my room BUT because I like to have fresh milk for my coffee, yoghurt for my breakfast and occasionally I like to make toast and fry an egg. In fact, I prefer to drink my coffee and eat my breakfast in my room while still in my PJs. ...read more on the advantages of a kitchenette
Accent Inns is a proud supporter of the BC SPCA and happy to promote this great fundraising event.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the SPCA to help animals in need.
Sample award winning wines at five unique wineries on the Westside Wine Trail:
1:00 Kalala Organic Estate Winery– wine tastings
1:40 Mission Hill Family Estate Winery– wine tastings
2:15 Quails’ Gate Winery – wine tastings
2:50 Little Straw Vineyards– wine tastings
3:30 Rollingdale Winery – wine tastings
When I was a kid growing up on the East Coast one of my favourite winter activities was grabbing my brother’s wooden snowshoes, rounding up my uncle’s Springer Spaniel (Blueboy), and heading out into the woods. “Cousin Blue” and I spent many hours cutting new trails and following the ones we had previously created. Of course, things did not always go as planned…… ...read more about snowshoeing
Now that summer is well under way….at least it’s supposed to be. You may be wondering “just where can I stay with my troop.”
I’ve got the wagon or minivan loaded with children and buddy the family dog (or Sylvester the cat). We’ve got our really nice bikes on the back and more gear in our utility trailer behind. Who is gonna accept this bunch? Will it be somewhere I actually want my family to stay? (read more on where to stay...)
With the weather changing it’s time for all of us to not only put on our winter coats but let’s make sure to remember our pets. They to need to be protected against the elements. The story below talks a little about what we don’t want to see and what the dedicated people at the BCSPCA are forced to deal with.
The BC SPCA is the only animal welfare organization in B.C. with the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty and they responded to nearly 6,000 complaints of animal cruelty and abuse last year. Their investigations resulted in the rescue of 3,443 injured animals and the removal of 1,332 more animals from dangerous or neglectful situations. April was one of these animals. ...read April's story