Premiere Suite’s Office Assistant, Tracy, has just returned from a trip to the Canary Islands! She has nothing but great things to say about this subtropical island oasis off the coast of Africa and has put together a list of her favourite things about this exotic destination. (All things that made travelling 22 hours with a 3 year old worthwhile!)
10 reasons to travel to the Canary Islands:
1. Beach Haven. Las Palmas on Gran Canaria is said to have one of the world’s best city beaches. Playa de Las Canteras’s sweeping golden sand stretches 3.5 km alongside the city’s promenade and is a popular vacation destination for travellers and locals alike.
2. Family Friendly. Spanish people adore kids, and they are welcome everywhere. You will never feel like a prouder parent, the way your children get doted over. With plenty of family-friendly activities offered on the islands (volcanoes, crocodile rescue parks, aquariums, etc), it is not hard to keep your little ones entertained. Although a bucket and a beach full of sand is an easy and inexpensive way to spend the days and a go-to in our family!
3. Endless tapas bar and quaint bistros. Where in many other parts of the world we eat to sustain, the Spanish make dining a lifestyle. Spain produces a pretty fine wine too!
4. Beautiful landscapes. From deserts to beaches, rich farmland to volcanic moonscapes, these islands see it all. I’ve always been a sucker for a good sunset picture!
5. Brush up on your travellers Spanish. Spain is a great place to practice your Spanish! Locals are happy to converse with you in their native tongue or in English, or a combination thereof. No need to feel lacking in your mastery of the language, people seem genuinely happy to accommodate you in any language and appreciate anyone trying, regardless of your skill level.
6. Gluten-free dining. Take it from a celiac who has done a lot of travelling and eaten a lot of salads on said trips. Some places are just easier than others to travel gluten-free. “Sin Gluten” is not only widely understood, but advertised in many restaurants on the Islands. It is not atypical to see a “Cucina Celiaca” and to find menus clearly marked with gluten-free options. Several gluten-free beers are on offer, including Mahou, Daura Damm, and San Miguel. Salud!
7. Great weather. The island’s geographic location, some 4* from the tropic of cancer and very close to the coast of Africa, means a consistently warm & sunny climate where the year-round temperatures only vary 6 degrees and the average temperature is between 18-24 degrees. Ahhhhh….
8. Architecture. More than just a beach destination, the Canary Islands is home to some architectural gems. The Spanish colonial period brought with it the European Gothic and Neoclassical architecture of the time. Traditional Canarian architecture
9. Manchego & more. Cured meats & cheese, and in abundance – what could be better? Manchego, made from sheep milk and Spain’s most famous cheese, is offered at nearly every tapa bar and restaurant. Majorero comes from the island of Fuerteventura and is reputed to be the best goats cheese in the world. It is even protected under European law with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status. Try it fresh or fried with fruit or honey.
10. Something for everyone. Whether you are interested in nature, history, architecture, finding nightlife, or just simply sunbathing on the beach, these islands have a little something for everyone to enjoy. Which is why we’ll be back.
A Christmas Lunch at Spinnakers Brewpub
We are so honoured to share a meal with Spinnakers Brewpub’s very own Paul Hadfield! What began as an unexpected drop-by to say hello and “Merry Christmas”, turned into a lovely afternoon shared with dear friends. We know what it takes to run a business and how just how quickly your days fill up, and that is why this impromptu luncheon was so incredible… not to mention the amazing food the talented chefs prepared for us! (Beat salad -YUM, and oysters-OMG). We very highly recommend this incredible gastro brewpub to any one of our friends, family, and guests – and that’s why we provide a beautiful craft beer and cider to welcome each and every one of our guests to their suites.
To this, we wish everyone who makes Spinnakers so great, a very, very, Merry Christmas!
Premiere Suites Proudly Supports the Victoria Hospitals Foundation at the Visions Gala
This year Premiere Suites Victoria had the pleasure of attending the Visions Gala in support of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. What an incredible event to attend and support! The Visions Gala has been running for 26 years to raise funds for purchasing equipment for Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals in Victoria. The aim this year was to raise $635,000 for leading edge cardiac equipment in seven areas of cardiac care.
More than 300 community and health care leaders attended this spectacular event at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, which raised an all-time high of $698,000. The night consisted of an exciting live auction where items up for bid included a nature expedition on Newfoundland, a luxury Hawaiian getaway, an Arizona golf vacation, groceries for a year, and so much more. The silent auction included even more travel, artwork, spa packages, and dining & entertainment. We took advantage of the tablets provided to do our bidding over the dinner hour whilst enjoying a gourmet meal. Although we did not take home any auction items, a couple teddy bears from the bear raffle did find loving homes with us! The bear raffle itself was a significant contributor to the event, collecting $16,000 for the cause!
Our fellow Victorian’s continue to give in a big way. Over the course of this 27 year event, $7.8 million has been raised for our two local hospitals. It is an honour to support an organization that works so hard to improve the health care in our community!
Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? You’re in luck, because there are tons of festive events happening right now and right through to the new year! We have put together a few of our favourite Christmas traditions in Victoria, with a couple few new ones this year! Kick start your holiday spirit with these festive events around Victoria.
The kick-off to the holiday season starts with the Festival of the Trees on November 15th. Vote for your favourite tree and support kids from your community who need the support and care of BC Children’s Hospital. This has become a family tradition for many families in Victoria and runs through the holiday season until January 2nd.
The Magic of Christmas season at Butchart Gardens extends from December 1st – January 6th, and includes traditions such as the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ display, Christmas carollers, ice skating, and festive brass bands to get you in the spirit. Make this family friendly, pet friendly event a Christmas tradition of your own.
Christmas at the Market” begins November 25th and runs daily from 11am – 4pm until Christmas Eve. Holiday festivities include gift wrapping and free pictures with Santa on Saturdays, and free cooking demos by Goodlife Fitness at 12pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Bring the kids to the Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade, Christmas Square activities, live performances & Christmas Tree Light-Up on SAT Nov 25! Enjoy free milk and Christmas cookies after the parade with Santa in Centenial Square. Dont’ forget to bring your donation for the Mustard Seed Food Bank!
This holiday market features over 80 vendors offering locally-made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewelry, household items, plus winter vegetables, apple cider and much more! December 9th & 10th from 10am – 4pm at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association buildings (1330 Fairfield Rd), the Garry Oak Room, and the Sir James Douglas School gym.
Feast your eyes on creative inspirations fashioned from gingerbread and other edible components. More than just houses, these are detailed sculptures and unique works of art crafted by professional and amateur chefs. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Canada”. Vote for your favourite with your donation to Habitat for Humanity Victoria. Displayed throughout the Parkside Hotel & Spa’s stunning atrium, this spirt-rousing experience is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit! Open to the public daily from November 18th to January 2nd from 9am-9pm.
Watch large commercial trucs festooned with lights parade through the streets of the capital district. Starting at Ogden Point at 5:45pm on December 2nd, the convoy weaves its way through Oak Bay and downtown Victoria before continuing on to View Royal and Langford. People are encouraged to drop off their food donations at designated sites along the route.
Together we are stronger: Simple donations bring a community together to make a difference
To uphold our 4 star quality standard in our suites, we are continually upgrading and improving our products and services. With nearly 50 suites in our portfolio undergoing updates, we do end up with a lot of perfectly good, usable items that are certainly not destined to fulfill their days in the landfill. Hence, our philosophy is that what we don’t use or need, we donate. Today was a day not unlike others, but what started out to be an ordinary donation drop off, turned into a heart-warming glimpse into the human spirit of our dear Victorian neighbours.
Today we made a trip to the Compassionate Resource Warehouse, or the CRW as they are known locally. The CRW is a registered charity that helps those in need by collecting, processing, packaging, and shipping a variety of donated goods and equipment to responsible charities around the globe. Walking into the Compassionate Resources Warehouse was like entering into a working beehive. Dozens of volunteers buzzed about between towering shelves stacked high to the ceiling. Rows upon rows of boxes stretched back into the shadowy depths of the huge warehouse. It was almost too much to take in at first; the vast quantity of supplies was dizzying. We were quickly greeted and welcomed a tour of the space and operations. What initially appeared to be complete chaos, soon took the form of a tightly organized, well-oiled machine of an operation.
Every body makes a difference.
I couldn’t believe how many people came together to make a difference. Everyone had a job to do, and everyone did it happily. Someone was assembling educational kits for a country in need, another was fixing sewing machines and replacing the electric components with a hand crank – so that anyone in any country could make use of the machine whether they had access to electricity or not. Dozens of wheelchairs were collected, disassembled, reassembled, fixed, and stored. Everything had a place in the warehouse, from sporting goods to educational materials, tools, toys, medical supplies, clothing, and housewares. Last year alone, the Compassionate Resource Warehouse shipped over 500 walkers overseas, 2956 sewing kits, 689 bikes, 4145 medical supply boxes, and 1267 hospital beds.
It stretched my mind and warmed my heart to think that this kind of compassion is coming from our fellow friends and neighbours, who freely give their time, skills, and resources to make a difference. The CRW is an all-volunteer organization and reflects the generosity and community spirit of Victorians, and we couldn’t be happier to donate our gently used goods to this charity. For drop off information, visit the CRW website here.
Join Premiere Suites and the Women’s Real Estate Network to find out if Corporate Rentals are right for you!
When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 to
Where: Premiere Suites, 834 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC
Price: CAD25.00 /per person (Refund policy)
Please come join us and be inspired by an amazing panel of Women real estate investors, business owners and educators. We have an incredible line up of speakers that will be sharing their knowledge, expertise and stories with all of us.
Does the thought of making extra money with a vacation or corporate rental locally or globally get you revved up? Are you confused about the regulations and the amount of work involved? Is a turnkey property that someone else manages for you they ticket for you?
Join Rachelle and Beverly as they give an overview of what to expect and how to prepare to enter this now global billion dollar economy.
President & Managing Partner
Rachelle was teaching French at the University of Victoria when she first heard about Premiere Executive Suites. She was intrigued by a hotel model that utilized fully furnished condos for accommodation, and after some investigating with her business partner they purchased the franchise for Victoria BC. 10 years ago they started with one apartment and $3000, which has now grown to nearly 50 apartments and a staff of 10. In her years of running the Victoria location, Rachelle has enjoyed meeting new guests and clients from all over the world. She enjoys traveling, particularly cycling trips through Europe, and is very fond of French white wines.
Owner and founder of the Magical Marketing Booth, Beverly combines twenty years of diverse experience with her passion and expertise in the tourism and hospitality industry. Bev has held senior sales and marketing roles in the hotel industry and has used her strategic alliances ability to garner exclusive, long-term business agreements with prestigious clients. Bev delights in using her creativity to offer clients unique insights, perspectives and relationships gained through consistent and proven successes.
Her “magical” ability is in her enthusiasm for matching a large network of suppliers and buyers in the leisure, luxury, corporate, incentive, and educational markets. Her strong community involvement spans tourism and chamber boards, chairing organizations such as Vancouver Island Meeting Planners & Suppliers, the Liaison Committee of CFB Esquimalt, Friends of Protecteur, VI South Film Commission, and the Victoria Hospital Foundation. Bev plays golf, is dedicated to her family and friends, and loves to travel and experience new adventures. Premiere Suites Victoria is thrilled to have Beverly join our team! Her warm, outgoing demeanor and drive for professional growth are an inspiration to us all.
Experienced Bylaw Officer
Eleven years in municipal government with five years focused on bylaw enforcement in two of Vancouver Island’s largest municipalities. In this general overview, Mia will highlight common enforcement matters to consider before buying a property and how to manage your way through the compliance process should a violation occur. The key is understanding the regulations and doing your due diligence.
6:15pm – Registration
6:30pm – Laurie & Liza welcome and real estate up-dates
7:00pm – Mia Frankl
7:30pm – Rachelle Keeley & Beverly Booth
8:00pm – Discussions, questions, roundtable
Your $25 Pre-Paid admission will include an evening of real estate knowledge, networking with like-minded women, a glass of wine and light snacks.
We look forward to seeing you there!
I’ve never been very good at good-byes.
In fact I think we all started to miss you the day you told us you were moving on. So it is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our lovely Dani. She has been a shinning star in our office for the better part of a year and we will all miss you greatly! What is Dani moving onto that is better than Premiere Suites you might ask? Well certainly not better (we’re a tough act to follow!), but in a very different direction… Dani is moving to Vancouver to follow her passion in the Film industry. With many industries and successes under her belt, we are sure she will flourish amid the creativity and craziness of the acting world! We wish you all the best in your new endeavours Dani! (sniff-sniff)
Please give a warm welcome to our newest, smallest, softest, cutest, team memebers:
Mr. Smith and Mrs. Lopez.
These two sweethearts are siblings and were rescued from the SPCA.
They have found their forever homes with Rachelle and love to cuddle and make mischief in turn!
Our family is growing and our hearts are too.
Over the years I’ve noticed the gluten free diet becoming not just a dietary necessity for those with gluten intolerance, but a lifestyle choice for many. A trend has started, and it’s one we hope will stick around because Celiacs are rejoicing in the vast array of products now available.
6 years ago it was a real challenge to eat out. I spent many dinners out grumpily forking my salad while my friends noshed into their mouth-watering, gluten laden dishes. I played it cool like it wasn’t a big deal, I was doing my body a favour and who needed all that bread anyway? But who was I kidding!
Fast forward to present day, where nearly anything can be made gluten-free. Pizza? No problem. Sandwiches? Everywhere. Pasta? Even the fancy Italian restaurants offer it! I’ve found chicken nuggets, empanadas, perogies, chicken pot pies, angel food cake, you name it. It has become a hobby if not an obsession to locate all the gluten free goodness available in the city. And there is a lot of goodness to be found!
Someone once asked if you could eat gluten again, what would be the first thing you would eat? Not too long ago I could spout off a list faster than you could blink an eye. But now I’d have to say I’m pretty satiated with all the options out there. Anything I can’t find, I make. But then one day it came to me. One thing that just doesn’t seem to exist is a freshly made, gluten-free donut. Yes, pre-packaged, frozen options are out there. But we’re talking about the real deal here. And so the hunt began. A few weeks of research and poking around town only led to dead ends, but I wasn’t about to give up so easily. I could already picture the tender pastry, and taste the honey sweet glaze on my tongue. Yet dedication and anticipation didn’t bake these donuts. My hopes were dashed.
Some say love will find you when you stop looking for it. This was certainly true for my search of a fresh baked gluten free donut. An unassuming stop into Discovery Coffee during a stroll through Oak Bay Village turned into a jubilant day. Sitting right there at the end of the bakery display was a row of fresh baked, perfectly formed French crullers, so fresh that you worried the pastry would collapse if you looked at it too long. They seemed so plump, so sticky, and oh so doughy – I had to double check they were in fact gluten free. (Yes!) I tried to contain my excitement as I ordered and rushed home to photograph this masterpiece before indulging. I kept sneaking peaks along the half our walk home. It looked too good to be true. I felt my four year old self returning, just like that time I found myself alone with the birthday cake. Needless to say, temptation won. And it was heavenly.
We love when our clients stop by! Especially with what we have all been looking for so long…
May we introduce to you, The Perfect Man.
Sweet and decadently rich… where to start? The head or the toes?
May February be filled with all things delightful. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day from us to you!