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Victoria Truck Light Parade – watch it, support it

Friday, December 6th, 2013

IMGP0322bBreaker breaker… looks like we got us a convoy

This Saturday night, December 7th, the annual IEOA (Equipment owners association) truck light parade will head through Victoria BC.  From 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm , main streets, side streets and even back streets will be lit up by some of the most colorful collection of vehicles ever seen. Cement trucks, dump trucks, slingers, crane trucks, fire trucks, buses and more will form into a convoy and pass before thousands of local families and visitors before ending up as an incredibly bright display at Western Speedway.  The truck owners and companies, their staff, family and friends all come together to pay for and create some incredible displays. These trucks take hours and hours of paid and volunteer time to complete. Every hour that one of these trucks is not “working” that’s money they are not earning for their owners. It’s a huge commitment by all the participants and we thank them so much. With the additional help of a few sponsors (Accent Inns is proud to be one), some great local media support and the generosity of our local municipalities and police departments this event finally comes together. But let’s remember why this started many years ago… to raise awareness and support for those in need. For many years now the Truck light parade has raised 10’s of thousands of pounds of food and $$ for Victoria’s local food banks. (more…)

 

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Diversity Summit Comes To Victoria BC

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Diversity summit banner
The Community Partnership Network (CPN) welcomes Accent Inns as a sponsor of the November 21 Diversity Summit taking place at Mary Winspear Centre. Accent Inns Victoria hotel will be providing the overnight lodging for the Summit’s exciting roster of speakers and workshop presenters.

Accent Inns is proud to be a long time member of the Community Partnership Network and is part of a network of more than 120 local agencies, businesses and institutions committed to building diverse, welcoming and inclusive communities in Greater Victoria. CPN members work to develop their capacity by sharing resources and information aimed at promoting and supporting our increasingly diverse region. (more…)

 

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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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Victoria Hotel Package – Your Solution to the Malahat

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Winding Road sign represents the malahatOne day last winter I had to make some sales calls in Campbell River and other Northern Vancouver Island communities.  I hit the road out of Victoria at 6:00 am in order to get there at the start of the business day.

My goal to avoid traffic and make good time was immediately challenged by torrential rains. As I crept over the Malahat,  I felt my shoulders rise and my body tense as I struggled with the wind, rain and darkness.  (more…)

 

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Back to School – Travel Without The Kids

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

back to schoolOK, the children are back in school. Parents are busy dealing with getting all the back to school items their children forgot to mention they needed, sorting out what it is they want in their lunches, counselling their off-spring as they complain about who’s sitting next to them in class or on the  bus and  realizing that they have to re-learn everything they thought they would never need to know,  just so  they can help their kids with homework!

Ah, but you are grandparents or perhaps folks that decided the above path wasn’t for you. Of course you love the little “rug-rats” but whichever category you fall into, this is a very special time for you too.  You’ve had your fun with the grand-kids all summer and now it’s time to focus on you. You’ve dealt with all the lines for the really cool things to see & do but now there are no children to be seen and access to attractions is suddenly easy (and quiet).  This is your time to travel. (more…)

 

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The End of Summer Vacation and Back to Work Confession

Friday, September 6th, 2013
accent inn inbox

What’s your inbox look like after a summer vacation

Without a doubt the worst part about summer vacations is that eventually you have to come back to work. This is coming from a woman who adores her job, loves coming to work on a daily basis, and is eager to get cracking even on Monday mornings… I just don’t like coming back from vacation.
I’m probably one of those people who’d be just fine not taking a vacation as I like my job so that I never feel that I need a break from it. Speaking of breaks, it’s vacations THAT actually seem to break my stride just when I’m on a roll! (more…)

 

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Ribfest, A Preview Worth Drooling Over

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Ribfest truck, one of the Ribfest & Car show coming to Esquimalt

Ribfest & Car show coming to Esquimalt

Victoria BC, September 9, 2013 – Have you heard about those wildly popular food trucks that use social media to announce when and where they’ll be each day and are then greeted by huge line-ups of hungry customers? Are you’re already salivating at the thought of Ribfest coming to Esquimalt’s Bullen Park for 3 days September 13 -15? Then you’re in luck. Monday September 9th, for only a few hours (11:30am -1:30pm), one of the very cool Ribfest food trucks will set-up in the parking lot of the Accent Inn Victoria (Blanshard & Cloverdale) for a special advance tasting. (more…)

 

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My Experience Local BC, a visual tour

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Accent Inn’s, Pam Chung likes to Experience Local and is not only known for her friendly smile but also for her keen eye.

Pam has kindly shared some of her visual experiences, captured on film (or sd card..) of her local travels around Victoria, Vancouver and more.

Remember to enter the Experience Local contest (Aug 5 – 31, 2013)  and add your own suggestions to the site.

Sit back, relax and Experience Local BC through Pam’s eyes.

 


 

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Wineries on Vancouver Island?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

When we talk about “experiencing local”  we want to take you beyond the usual, the expected and the traditional. When visiting Victoria B.C. we highly recommend taking in some of the more well-known attractions or activities such as visiting the Butchart Gardens, have an exhilarating ride with Eagle Wing whale watching tours or perhaps a wonderful kayak day tour with Ocean River Sports.  But then there’s the not so well known… Victoria and Vancouver Island have some award winning, scenic and downright tasty wineries. (more…)

 

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Motorcycle Friendly program meets biker touring needs

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Chance to Go Hog Wild for Accent Inns’ “Bike Love…All Revved Up” Program

Chris Knight at Motorcycle friendly hotel Accent Inns

Chris Knight at Motorcycle friendly hotel chain, Accent Inns

July 10, 2013, Victoria, BC – Accent Inns has launched a chain-wide Motorcycle Friendly hotel program catering to motorcyclists , with improved overnight storage, bike wash stations, secure lock ups and easy to access laundry facilities. Though the B.C. based hotel chain has always been popular with cyclists and the “Bike Love” program, the addition of the “Bike Love…All Revved Up” program was suggested by Victoria general manager (and avid rider) Chris Knight as a means to improve motorcyclist holidays throughout British Columbia. (more…)

 

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