New year’s resolutions are as reliable as the turning of the calendar pages to a new year.  The question is how easy are they to sustain? Inns and B&Bs come to the rescue to help you fulfill your 2013 resolutions and make it as easy as a rhyme to take better care of yourself in the upcoming year.

Did your resolution for the new year resemble one of these? Here are some solutions for your resolution rescue.

Treat her like a queen in 2013

She’s the love of your life, but how often do you tell her that?  More importantly, how often do you treat her like the queen she is?  This year, give her the treat of a better way to stay.  Book a B&B getaway each quarter.  Return to some of your favorites or try a new one. Better yet, if you’ve never experienced an inn or B&B, make this the year you do.  She’ll feel like a queen and your resolution to pay closer attention to both her welfare and yours will be accomplished in some memorable travel.

Break the routine in 2013

If your resolution was to spice life up a bit, we’ve got the answer for you.  No cookie cutter, always-the-same-look lobbies at inns and B&Bs.  Each one offers a unique experience, with plenty of welcoming hospitality and everything from modern to traditional and local/sustainable to high cuisine.  Take a cooking class, try a couples massage, eat a good breakfast, get a good night’s sleep for once; all of these experiences will help you break out of the routine in 2013.

Try new cuisine in 2013

Dieting not only tops the list for the most popular resolutions, it also tops the list for the most broken one too.  Make 2013 the year you commit to trying new cuisine.  Start with a good breakfast, which you’ll find with a focus on locally sourced and homemade healthiness at inns and B&Bs throughout the country.  And while breakfast is the second half of the B&B’s name, good food doesn’t stop there.  You’ll find complimentary snacks, or afternoon teas and stocked guest pantries at the majority of inns and B&Bs throughout the country.

Article compliments of our friends at Better Way To Stay www.betterwaytostay.com

For a great B&B in Nanaimo BC , try Long Lake Waterfront B&B 

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The Bed & Breakfast Experience

 A recent meeting of Innkeeeprs was talking about the B&B experience.  The thing about Bed & Breakfasts that is both a plus and a minus is that each is unique.  Being  unique is a plus because each Bed & Breakfast is an adventure offering a different design, different style and furnishings, different ownership and all that goes along with it.  That uniqueness is perhaps a minus for those who like to know exactly what they’re getting and are afraid of being disappointed.

I want to tell you that you won’t be disappointed.  Bed & Breakfast hosts are proud of their homes and want to please you.  Bed & Breakfast innkeepers go the extra mile in the kitchen because they want to show off and hear “oohs and aahs” coming from the breakfast table.  And not only do they go the extra mile in the kitchen, but in every other aspect of their Bed & Breakfast with great attention to detail.  Getting acquainted with my colleagues made it crystal clear that each of us has cleanliness, comfort, dining, amenity and hospitality standards a hotel is unlikely to match.  The reason is simple — employees don’t love the place the way an owner does, nor does an employee have the same kind of investment.

Fine Food is served at our BC Bed & Breakfasts

Recent studies by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) and TripAdvisor have shown that the main reason, far beyond not being sure of what to expect, travelers don’t stay at a Bed & Breakfast is because they just don’t think “B&B” when thinking about accommodations.  Hotels and motel chains seem to be best known around the world and have the most visibility.  So dear readers, what can we do to get more people to think “B&B” in the first place?

Since you are reading this blog, you are likely already a Bed & Breakfast aficionado.  PAII has launched the Better Way to Stay campaign to increase the profile of Bed & Breakfasts in North America. The Better Way To Stay, is a grassroots campaign to help travelers discover today’s inns and B&B experience. Brought to you by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International and hundreds of B&B associations, directories, vendors and innkeepers, the Better Way To Stay campaign seeks to bust myths and build confidence in the B&B brand. While hotels and motels are one option, inns and B&Bs add amenities like complimentary breakfasts, free parking, afternoon or evening refreshments, free wi-fi adding up to $150 per two-night stay in extra value. Add a smile at check in and an innkeeper who remembers your name at the end of a long day, and the list of B&B bonuses becomes priceless. But it would be great to get your comments about what made you first choose a British Columbia Bed & Breakfast Inn.  We BC Innkeepers Guild members value your comments and suggestions and very much encourage you to share your thoughts with us.

Shared by members of British Columbia Innkeepers Guild   BCSBESTBNBS.com

Try one of our members in Nanaimo at Long Lake Waterfront B&B that received the Travellers Choice Award 2012 from TripAdvisor as one of the top 25 Bed and breakfast in Canada.

 

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 –  Sunday, July 22nd, 2012   

Nanaimo harbor was the scene of a bathtub race extravaganza at the first race in 1967 Canadas’ 100 birthday and its’ Centennial year.. As the City of Nanaimo’s “Centennial Event” that year, close to 200 tubbers (in every type of craft imaginable) entered the fun competition and amazingly, 47 completed the 36 mile course to Vancouver’s Fisherman’s Cove across the straits of Georgia.
Now the “Great RACE” finishes at Departure Bay in Nanaimo covering a very grueling course that leaves Nanaimo harbor circles Entrance Island and then up to and around Winchelsea Island and then back to Departure Bay in Nanaimo. In the early days it was indeed a challenge to just get past the starting line in the choppy confusion caused by an extra 785 small and large observation and escort boat in Nanaimo harbor.
From the confusion of a first time bathtub race 46 years ago, the Nanaimo to Nanaimo “Great” INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & 4 day Nanaimo Marine Festival has evolved. Where once a select band of tubbers were the highlight they now share the spotlight with many other land and water events which are interesting and often spectacular to watch.
Join us in Nanaimo, and take in the World’s Cleanest Sport, Bathtub Racing and the 46th running of the “Great” INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BATHTUB RACE & Nanaimo Marine Festival and another bonus most of the events and activities are FREE.  information courtesy of harbourliving.ca

When in Nanaimo, stay at Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast – Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award winners for 2012.

                                   

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Friday, July 6th, 2012 –  Sunday, July 8th, 2012   

The 2012 Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival promises to be the best and biggest ever – more teams, more festivities and more to celebrate in the 2012 version of Nanaimo’s most popular summer event.
Teams from all over BC and the US will take part in the 10th annual Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival — a weekend of competition, camaraderie and celebration on Nanaimo’s waterfront. The event is made that much more meaningful to the community because its purpose is to create awareness and raise money for the fight against cancer locally.
Recognized as Nanaimo’s most spectacular summer festival, the Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival will be a true celebration of our diverse and beautiful city, attracting over 30,000 people and more than 80 dragon boat teams from across North America. The 10th annual Festival takes place July 6-8, 2012.
Beginning on Friday afternoon with the colourful Awakening of the Dragon Ceremony and Chinese Lion Dance, the Festival will continue with two more days of non-stop entertainment on the Main Stage, fabulous food and shopping, and of course, Dragon Boat racing of the highest calibre.
Admission is free to the general public so what’s stopping you? Come on down to the waters of Nanaimo Harbour and celebrate with us!
This is truly Nanaimo’s finest festival….paddlers united in the fight to beat cancer.
The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society is unique as it donates 100% of the net proceeds to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation to assist in improving the diagnostic-treatment process of breast cancer patients. Since 2003, nearly $500,000 has been raised to purchase diagnostic equipment at NRGH.
For details, visit: http://www.nanaimodragonboat.com/

When enjoying Nanaimo activities, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B

Information courtesy of Harbourliving.ca

Innkeepers take a holiday

 

Did you ever wonder where B&B Innkeepers go to get away from it all?    They go to other B&Bs!  Even though we have to tie them to their chair so they don’t clear the table after breakfast, we love when our fellow innkeepers come for a visit. Gary and Judy came to Nanaimo for a couple of days for a getaway.   Gary is always on the water with his boat taking kayakers to the Broken Island group but when I ask him if he wanted a Sea Doo ride around the lake, he said yes and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.  There is always something wonderful to experience in every different B&B. We enjoyed sitting on their deck watching the waves crash , the otters enjoying the surf, and fresh crab and wine to top off the scene.  Ask Judy about the Wild Pacific Trail – one not to miss for sure.

Check out  Bostrom’s Bed and Breakfast on Little Beach Bay in Ucluelet

 

 

Nanaimo Bar Shot Glass Desserts (Serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 3 graham cracker broken into smaller pieces
  • 6 tbsp marsh mellow fluff (jarred)
  • Chocolate mousse

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼  cup egg whites
  • 1/8th tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 shot glasses

Method:

  1. Divide broken graham crackers into bottom of shot glass
  2. Mousse: Microwave chocolate and butter for 45 seconds on high just until chocolate is soft. Mix until smooth. When cool add egg yolk and mix well.
  3. In clean glass bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar just until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff. Fold whites into chocolate until all incorporated.
  4. Divide marshmallow fluff between shot glasses. Top with mousse. Garnish with piece of graham cracker

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Friday, October 21st, 2011
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM   

Tickets are $12 in advance only, at all participating restaurants, at Tourism Nanaimo and at TheatreOne. Cash only at all outlets except TheatreOne.

$1 food and drink tickets are sold at the event in exchange for sample-sized ‘bites’ priced $1-5.

FEATURING:

A Wee Cupcakery
Acme Food Co.
Amrikko’s Indian Grill
Gabriel’s Café
Kelsey’s
Lighthouse Bistro
Markt Artisan Deli
Mix Restaurant
Montana’s Cookhouse
Rawmbas
Richardson Foods Group
Sandy’s Ukrainian Kitchen
Serious Coffee
The Keg Steakhouse
VIU Professional Baking Program
White Spot
Winston’s Tea Co.
Wolf Brewing Co.

Thanks to everyone who comes out to savour the flavours of our local restaurants and help raise funds so that TheatreOne can continue to offer our audience quality, live, professional entertainment.

For more information, visit:
http://www.theatreone.org/

Information courtesy of Harbourliving.ca
While visiting the Food Festival, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B

Nanaimo, the Harbour City is a stunning community centrally located on Vancouver Island.

See for yourself why Conde Naste has rated Vancouver Island the top island in the Americas for the past 9 years!

Stay in a great 4.5 star resort on the lake while visiting Vancouver Island BC Canada – Long Lake Waterfront B&B

Canada’s Own…the ‘Nanaimo Bar’

Canadian cuisine varies widely from region to region. A cross-country culinary tour from the west coast to the east represents these diverse origins. Canadian cuisine is the fusion of modern culinary techniques and uniquely Canadian ingredients. Each Province and Territory has something to offer that is exclusively Canadian.

Starting on the west coast in British Columbia, we find a diverse type of cookery. It is in Nanaimo, British Columbia we find the home of the famous and uniquely Canadian dessert called the ‘Nanaimo Bar’. The chocolate slice of heaven as it is referred to, first became known in the 1930’s. It consists of a crumb-based layer, covered with buttery custard and topped with a soft chocolate. In 1985, Major Graeme Roberts of the City of Nanaimo ran a contest to find the greatest ‘Nanaimo Bar’ recipe. Local resident Joyce Hardcastle’s recipe won and has now become the legendary ‘Nanaimo Bar’. You can read all about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaimo_bar . There are many versions of the recipe online but this is the official recipe courtesy of The Mayor’s Office, Nanaimo, BC http://www.nanaimo.ca/visitors/index_inside.asp?id=189

Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Bottom Layer
½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Second Layer
½ cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

Chelsea Barr, Media Relations & Travel Trade Destination Nanaimo was extremely helpful with providing me with more current information regarding a new brochure titled the Nanaimo Bar Trail, that let’s the visitor indulge in a self-guided sugary adventure throughout Nanaimo where you can taste many versions of the Nanaimo Bar. The first stop is at the local Nanaimo Museum where you can learn first hand all about the bar’s history. Along the way are a series of stops that serve the Traditional Nanaimo Bar. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy what about; The Peanut Butter Nanaimo bar, Deep Fried Nanaimo Bar, Nanaimo Bar ice-cream, fudge or cheesecake. There is a bar for everyone including a Gluten Free Nanaimo Bar as well as a Vegan version. The brochures are available at the Tourism visitor centres

By the end of your tour you might be thirsty so why not sit down at the Modern Café http://www.themoderncafe.ca/ for a Nanaimo Bar Martini. Owner Scott Cooper says that, “I cannot take credit for the invention of the Nanaimo Bar Martini. The honour would go to one of the bartenders that work here; however, as the Nanaimo Bar Martini is a closely guarded secret, we cannot even divulge any history or give any credit to whom it is so richly deserved.” He did however tell me what the ingredients were in the Nanaimo Bar Martini: Vanilla Vodka, Crème de Cacao, Espresso and Coconut Syrup laced with Chocolate.

The Nanaimo Bar is truly a unique Canadian dessert and deserves a place as part of our culinary heritage. TREASURED RECIPES

Many thanks to: Chelsea Barr, Elizabeth Williams, Jan Kemp, & Scott Cooper for their help with this article and the photographs.

courtesy – Tempt Every Palate blog

I refer to Nanaimo BC as Vancouver Island’s “front door” because it opens up to a variety of diving activities to suit any­one’s needs. There are 8 to 12 excellent boat dives and several good shore dives to pick from.

Winking seal

Popular wrecks include the retired naval ships Saskatchewan (111m/366f) and Cape Breton (122m/400f) scuttled as artificial reefs in 1997 and 2001 by the local dive community and the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC). The latest edition is a 47m/157ft North Sea Rescue Tug Rivtow Lion scut­tled in 2005. Technical and extended range divers like to practice their skills in and on the two larger wrecks while photographers and naturalists enjoy them all. Maximum depth on the Saskatchewan is 36m/120ft, the Cape Breton – 43m/142ft and the Rivtow Lion – 24m/80ft.

If wall diving is your pleasure, huge deep walls can be found at Snake Island and Orlebar, on Gabriola Island. The Snake Island wall has enormous white plumose anemones cascading down sandstone formations, dotted with bright pink snakelock anemones, red blood stars and orange finger sponge. I have also seen wolf eels out in the open at 12m/40ft and clusters of cloud sponge at depth. In between dives, snorkeling with resident harbour seals is always an option. Orlebar is steeper, hosting an array of odd shaped chimney sponge (boot sponge), tiger and quillback rockfish and an assortment of crustaceans. This is also a shore-accessible site utilized by technical divers.

As for drift diving, there are two narrow pas­sageways where the currents reach 8 knots at full flow. This in turn provides a nutrient-rich environ­ment for a multitude of invertebrate life to flour­ish. Both are divable during slack times (when the water stops to change direction). Dodd Narrows is located southeast of town between Nanaimo and Mudge Island.

Brilliant giant green anemones and aggregat­ing green anemones with pink tips line the shore of Mudge in the shallows, along with yellow zoanthids, orange cup corals, and metridium anemones on the boulders below. Patches of orange colonial tunicates, burrowing sea cucumbers and several species of rockfish can also be found at depth.

Gabriola Passage is equally as picturesque, hosting a population array similar to Dodd. In addition I have found red sea urchins, gray encrusting lobed ascidians, cabezon fish, grunt sculpins hiding in empty giant barnacle shells and the ever brave little painted greenlings. Small healthy aquarium-like kelp forests are located at both ends of both channels.

Long Lake Waterfront B&B offers qulaity private accomadations and is an excellent day trip center to all activities on Vancouver Island.

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Text by Barb Roy

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