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At Accent Inns we are in the travel business. We thought it might be fun to provide stories about our travels, our guests travel experiences, tips and tricks. You never know what you might learn or where you might want to go.

 
 

Face-to-Face Time

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

I was in the Bin 4 Burger Lounge at the Accent Inn in Victoria recently waiting for a colleague to arrive for lunch and I watched a good-looking, young, well-dressed, professional couple engrossed on their smartphones. Looking around I saw they weren’t the only ones – people out with loved ones, business colleagues, friends – out for lunch, but not really present. I got to thinking; what are they doing? Texting each other? Searching for the dietary make-up of Bin 4’s Wild Mushroom burger? Why aren’t they talking to each other for goodness sake? (more…)

 

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A January Getaway to Recover From Holiday Madness

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

holidaymadness-2My wife and I had two-weeks off over Christmas and the New Year – it was fun and very busy. We were out every night the five days leading up to the big event, then had family staying with us for a few days, then went to friends for a few days leading up to the second big event; New Year’s Eve. Phew! Come January 2nd we were exhausted and had just one day to recover before heading back to work. I know we’re not alone; for many people the holiday season is crazy busy and leaves them feeling like they need a real break. (more…)

 

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Laughter – the Best Medicine

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

duck-group3Staying in an Accent Inn has always made me smile; the company’s sense of humour shows itself in lots of small ways, such as pens with messages such as “don’t forget to take me when you leave,” to rubber ducks in a variety of guises including a chef, a jazz dude duck, a biker and a cyclist, a lady duck in curlers, a skateboarder, a basketball player, a hockey player, a footballer, a pirate and even a snorkeler. (more…)

 

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Fat Boys and Cycling in the Snow

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

fat-bikeNo, I’m not being rude or insensitive, I’m talking about those bikes with big fat tires that are becoming increasingly popular – fat bikes, or fatties. I was looking out my office window the other day at snow, which is a little like hen’s teeth in Victoria – the last time we saw snow was two and a half years ago (just saying – sorry) – and wondered whether it would stop all those diehard cyclists and mountain bikers out there. It was then I remembered seeing a Fat Bike on the Russ Hay’s website when writing another post on new bikes and Accent Inns’ love of people who ride bikes. That got me thinking about what fun it would be to ride bikes in the snow – something I certainly have never done, and I doubt few of my readers have either! (more…)

 

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Hotels and the Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

sofa-bedEarlier this year I was thinking about Christmas and wondering whether this year we should invite people to stay with us, or go and visit friends and family who have invited us to spend the holiday season with them. Or even escape it altogether and fly off to somewhere hot and sunny. (more…)

 

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Spare room’ for Christmas

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

family-at-the-doorNo renovations necessary as Accent Inns offers ‘instant spare room’ for Christmas
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day rates offer affordable alternative for out-of-town visitors

Nov. 28, 2016, Victoria, BC – This Christmas, Accent Inns is providing an instant spare room for families, offering the perfect solution for those unexpected guests or the relatives that people may just want to keep apart.

This solution means that people don’t need to renovate, decorate or build, they simple just need to use Accent Inns as their “spare room” of convenience. (more…)

 

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My 5 Favourite Business Travel Apps

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

tripitTravel has become increasingly a pain in the rear end; just the other day some friends told me about their recent trip to Hawaii where just about everything went wrong. They thought they had planned everything perfectly, but all it took was two-hours trying to get through security in Seattle to throw a wrench into their well-laid plans. Missed flights ensued and they ended up having to make a detour to Maui before finally arriving a day late at their hotel on the Big Island.

This got me thinking about whether there are any good business travel apps – after all there always seems to be “an app for that” – lo and behold I discovered dozens and dozens of the little beggars! (more…)

 

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2016 Magic of Christmas Light-Up

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

header-imageThursday, December 1, 2016 – 5pm at The Rose Carousel.
It’s time to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. On December 1st, join us as the Christmas display lights up for the first time this year. There is so much to look forward to on this magical day.  Read details  (more…)

 

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Sports Games, Star Attractions and Disney – All in Vancouver

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

getaway_weekendI’m thinking of taking my wife away for a weekend trip sometime in the next six weeks or so, and Vancouver is calling me. Living here in Victoria, it’s nice to visit the big city occasionally and we haven’t been for awhile. If you live in Kamloops or Kelowna I’m sure you feel the same way. (more…)

 

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Travelling in BC’s Wild Weather

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

winter-driving2Well, winter is just round the corner and we can certainly expect a wet and windy November, with the possibility of snow in some areas of the province.

If you’re like me and try not to let the winter slow you down as far as travelling around the province, then I hope you are also as cautious as I am. I’ve driven the Coquihalla in a snowstorm, sat waiting in the freezing cold for emergency services to clear an accident, given up trying to get to my destination and hunkered down in a hotel an Accent Inns if I can), missed the last ferry – you name it, over the years it’s probably happened to me! (more…)

 

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