The innkeepers of the Pineacre on the Lake Bed and Breakfast in Peachland, BC, made sure to take the Red Chair to Gasthaus on the Lake Pub & Restaurant for a Medieval Fest. As Red approached the building it knew it was in for a treat! The decor was fantastic with its authentic feel and vintage touches. Inside Red found the massive fireplace and admired the holiday decorations. Red learned the innkeepers had coordinated a medieval fest for the arrival of the Red Chair, a reoccurring event this particular restaurant is known for in the winter months. Red had never been the guest of honor at a feast before, let alone a medieval one with costumes and decor to transport you back in time! Once the feast began it was an evening affair with pewter plates, dripping was candelabras, a stuffed boar's head, costumes and everyone speaking in the medieval tongue. Not to mention everything Red tasted was superb. The Gasthaus on the Lake Pub & Restaurant was a spectacular dining destination, and you should check it out no matter what time of year you visit!
While heading back towards the Hawley Place Bed & Breakfast the Innkeepers took Red down the Brenton Page road to take a peek at the log sorting operations. There were small boom boats, like the TV show in the 70's "Beachcombers", it was very interesting to see them bobbing up and down moving the logs around. Ladysmith and Chemainus have deep harbors and a little further on down the road the group saw a huge log barge that looked like it was tipping over. Red learned that it only goes do far and all those logs will just fall off the barge, right onto the ocean, it was quite an interesting process and sight to see!
While staying at the Cornerstone's Bed and Breakfast in Qualicum Beach, BC, the weather cooperated perfectly for Red's week-long stay. On the fourth day sun was shining so perfectly, Red wanted to take advantage and be out side to take in the sites starting with Cathedral Grove. It was amazed at the Douglas Fir trees that seemed to reach so high they touched the sky. Red questioned, coming across a tree of great stature, what if this was its northern roots? Early springtime in Qualicum Beach, Red learned, was perfect for exploring.
One of the many memorable moments for our Red Chair when it was visiting the Chesterfield Inn Bed and Breakfast in Kelowna, BC, back in February, was when the innkeepers took Red to the blue bear. This public art piece is fascinating! The Blue Bear typifies Ko-low-na, which means grizzly bear in the Salish Language. The closer you get the clearer these symbols become, it truly is a beautiful signature piece of this city. Be sure to add it to your must see list when heading to Kelowna, it is definitely worth the stop!
Since Red could not choose which room it wanted for the duration of its stay at the Myra Canyon Ranch Bed and Breakfast Inn (it was way to hard to pick just one!) the innkeepers let Red try each of them out. Rooms have access to decks with stunning views of the surrounding Valley, Okanagan lake and Kelowna, that offer unforgettable sunsets and serene sunrises, each room offers a unique view yet equally as special, we can see why it was so hard. Even after staying in all of the different rooms, when Red was asked which one was its favorite the reply was,"All of them".
Revelstoke was once famous as a ski-jumping center and boasts the first ski-jump in North America, established in 1915. Many Scandinavian families settles in Revelstoke and brought their winter sports with them. Local man Nels Nelsen was the world champion ski-jumper for several consecutive years in the 1920s. The ski-jump was uin use until the early 1970s and the international competitions attracted athletes and spectators from around the world. Red found that the winter sports in Revelstoke are the cream of the crop, boasting North America's greatest vertical at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, world class Snowmobiles trails blanketed with an average snowfall of 40-60 feet per year, 25+km of groomed Nordic trails including 5+km lit for night skiing, easy access to the best Backcountry Touring experience on earth, and more Helicopter and Cat Ski/Snowboard operations than you can count. Needless to say, Red LOVED staying at the Courthouse Inn Revelstoke nearby to all of these awesome activities!
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