As a little Irish Colleen growing up in Ireland, here’s some of the things I remember and was told about St Patrick’s Day; wearing green, pining some shamrock “the real stuff” to our jackets, painting our cheeks, heading out as a family to watch the “St Patrick’s Day parade,” having fun making noise (but not me, I’m a good girl NOT). After the parade we couldn’t wait to get home for that yummy Irish Stew. You could smell it as soon as you walked in the house and of course those green cupcakes for dessert. Mum made the best. Oh and watching the Darby O’Gill and the little people movie. (got to say that banshee was always scary) (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘pet friendly hotel’
So many folks tell us how thrilled they are that Accent Inns is a dog friendly hotel, but on occasion I get asked by some, “why would you welcome dogs in your hotels?” I can understand if someone isn’t a pet owner they might not understand. It’s simple really, our pets (dogs, cats, etc…) are living breathy mammals just like you and I and being so, it’s instinctual (in my opinion) for us to form tight bonds, love our pets. (more…)
Understanding Dogs. I once had a dog owner tell me that she had taught her dog over 100 words and that the dog fully understand the meaning of each word. A little later when I asked her why she didn’t let her dog run off-leash in a dog park, she told me because he wouldn’t come when he was called. It seemed strange to me that not one of those 100 words was the word “Come!”
But it did get me to wondering just what does go on in our dog’s heads? Do they understand our words or just the emotions they sense accompanying the words. Is it as the cartoon says – all they hear is Blah Blah Blah Blah Treat or Blah Blah Blah Blah Walk?
I suspect there is more to the dog brain than that but I don’t know for sure. That is why I am planning to attend the talk being given by Dr Stanley Coren in Victoria on November 6. The title of his presentation is “The key to Understanding Dogs” and Dr Coren plans to address such topics as: Just how intelligent are dogs? Do dogs dream? And the one that I am most interested in – How much language does a dog understand? (more…)
Vancouver is a fun city, there is always lots going on, and some of the free activities include Stanley Park, a stroll along the picturesque sea wall or a picnic in the park (just watch out for those sneaky squirrels). When in Vancouver, a must-see is Granville Island. There’s so many unique shops and you’ll want to visit the Public market for fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s also several delis and restaurants – slurp Japanese noodles, grab a slice of pizza, nosh on Greek gyros or sit on the wharf and enjoy Pajo’s Fish & Chips (the best). Oh and don’t get me started on all the many, many yummy sweet treats “to die for”. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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…)
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. (more…)
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…)
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. (more…)