Cabins and accomodation

Feb 3rd, 2004, 03:26 PM
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Cabins and accomodation

I have noticed a lot of posts about cabins in the Rockies lately and are also considering accomodation such as this for Banff and Jasper areas. Has anyone got any comments on Pacahontas cabins or Jasper House Bungalows?

Also to add variety we will be staying in hotels in Vancouver, cabins in the Rockies, with friends in Calgary and Edmonton - any suggestions in Kelowna for accomodation - only 2 of us coming from Australia late August/September(preferably under 150CAD or not more than 200CAD)
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 05:52 PM
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I haven't tried the Kelowna Accent Inn, but the Victoria one is quite nice. I think it would be well under your price range.
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 06:51 PM
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I have stayed twice at Jasper House Bungalows. It thrives on tour bus business, so don't delay if you want to stay there. Both times I was there we had a cabin type room with a kitchen.
The first time there were 3, the second time only 2 of us. The accommodations are pricey, as is everything in Jasper, but you get some space in one of the cabin types places. There was a separate sitting area from the bed room.

There are also motel type accommodations.

I don't know the other place.

Becker's Chalets, formerly Becker's Roaring River, is a good alternative.

Patricia Lake Bungalows are a good bargain, but my understanding is that the manager requires 3 nights at a minimum.

I don't know the other place at all, in fact, I don't recall seeing it.
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 07:03 PM
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Thanks for the responses - I was considering Beckers but just wanted to explore all options - Pocahontas Cabins is situated at the base of the Miette Hot Springs Road on the Yellowhead Highway 16 thirty minutes from the Jasper town site. They looked nice but may be a little far away??? Beckers seems to get such a good write up that my fear is that they are all going to be booked by the time we work out exact dates. Any suggestions for accomodation in Kelowna or Okanagan region - is Kelowna the best place to stay or perhaps Vernon or Penticton?
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 07:11 PM
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Pocahontas Cabins are near the junction of the Yellowhead Highway and the road leading to Miette Hot Springs (44 km or 27 miles to the east of Jasper townsite).
It's probably more convenient to stay closer to Jasper.

Have you considered staying at Bed and Breakfast places in Kelowna? There are plenty of choices there (check out http://www.bedsandbreakfasts.ca/the_okanagan.htm). These are easier on the pocketbook, the breakfasts are usually substantial enough to keep you going till late afternoon (!!), and the hosts will provide you with lots of personalized information of events and places to see in the area.
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 07:19 PM
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KA - must have leap-frogged you!!

We have stayed at Becker's very often over the past 20 or so years, and have also enjoyed our stay (even when it was raining!!). I think that if you are making reservations for summer in the next few weeks, you shouldn't have any problems. Don't wait too long though.
Bob Brown in his post above reminded me of something - you should check if there is a minimum stay required (this information may be available on the websites for each place). It seems to me that lately many of the cabin type places in the Rockies have minimum stays of 2 to 3 nights during the summer months.
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 07:23 PM
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Thanks Borealis I think you're right in staying closer to Jasper but its nice to have confirmation! I have thought about B&B's as something different for the Okanagan, I guess I am just lazy and have spent so much time jumping to and fro around websites trying to plan this holiday that if anyone had any hot tips I was certainly willing to listen.
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 07:56 PM
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I just re-read your original question KA and have noticed that you will be travelling at the end of August-beginning of September.
After the Labour Day long weekend (Sept 4 to 6th this year), it is usually a bit easier to find accommodation in the Rocky Mountain Parks. However, the long weekend itself is usually very busy - it's the last summer weekend and many Albertans take advantage of the extra time off work to travel to the mountains.

As for Kelowna, sorry I can't give you any specific recommendations for B&Bs, but it is a fruit and wine growing region, so any B&B with that as a theme might be worth trying. We have found that B&B owners are a very friendly helpful sort who will go out of their way to help you find something suitable, and since most now have websites and e-mail addresses, it's easy to write and inquire without initially making any reservations.

Good luck!!
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 08:51 PM
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Borealis thanks for the word of warning regarding the Labour Day weekend - makes me realise I need to make some quick decisions. You are right with the wealth of information available (sometimes too much) on accomodation - so I will keep tapping away on the Okanagan.
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Feb 3rd, 2004, 11:45 PM
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Are you locked into Kelowna? We really enjoyed staying in Naramata at Sandy Beach Resort last year, although we were there just before the busy season. Breakfast is included with the lodge accommodation ($155), in a main floor dining room with large windows facing the lake. I haven't seen the area since the big fire last year, but Naramata is a charming little spot with wineries where you can go for lunch.
http://www.sandybeachresort.com/accommodations.htm
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Feb 4th, 2004, 12:50 PM
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KA: Although I have never stayed at Pocahontas, I have heard some very unfavorable things about it. I completely agree with Borealis, Beckers Chalet is a wonderful place to stay, but try to book soon.
Also, just so you know in advance, Beckers (at least last year) did not begin taking reservations for the summer season until Spring (sometime in April or May). I did get a room for July 2003 by booking it in May 2003, but it was tight, very few left.
We always book ours a year in advance now, but give it a shot, you won't regret it.
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Feb 4th, 2004, 02:05 PM
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Thanks April - no we are not locked into Kelowna but thought this was the biggest central location to stay a few days breaking up the trip from Vancouver to Banff/Lake Louise so thanks for the option I will look into it.

Atilla thanks for the feedback on Pocahontas - websites can be quite deceiving (they look nice in the picture. Thanks also for the tip on Beckers.
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Feb 4th, 2004, 02:16 PM
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>>>>>>we are not locked into Kelowna but thought this was the biggest central location to stay a few days breaking up the trip from Vancouver to Banff/Lake Louise<<<<<<

KA, in my opinion the entire Okanagan Valley region is pleasant, and any of the towns in it might be suitable places to stay. To give you an Australian analogy, people on the Fodors Australia forum forever are asking, "Where should I stay? Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas?" Well, the answer (in my opinion) is that none of those places is bad. You almost can't go wrong staying in any one of them.

So, while I certainly do like Kelowna, there also are other nice places near it. If someone here knows of a particularly pleasant hotel or B&B or cabin somewhere in the general vicinity, and that property is not slap bang in the middle of Kelowna, well no problem.
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Feb 4th, 2004, 05:35 PM
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Personally - I can't explain why - I like the Kelowna/Summerland/Penticton/Naramata area better than Vernon. We also stayed at a less expensive B&B in Summerland, but much preferred being lakeside at the Sandy Beach Resort. If you would like to see a couple of photos I took of the beach and lodge email me at [email protected].

We had a very nice lunch at the Hillside Estate Winery (Naramata Road, Penticton). Lake Breeze Vineyards in Naramata overlooking the lake was recommended to us but we didn't get to try it.

You can tour a sternwheeler in Penticton and take a short steam train trip in Summerland.

Are you taking the Coquihalla or the Manning Park route to Vancouver? Either way, I recommend a brief but worthwhile stop in Hope to see the Othello-Quintette Tunnels. As with the Rockies, pictures don't do it justice.

http://www.hillsideestate.com/main.htm
http://www.lakebreezewinery.ca/
http://www.hopechamber.bc.ca/visitor-tunnels.php
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Feb 5th, 2004, 08:57 AM
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We used to take cabins in Pocahantas, but haven't been back in about 10 years. We found, at that time, that the clientele seemed to be of the "party your *** off" variety, and peace and quiet was nonexistent; as well, we had concerns about security with those types of guests staying there. Plus, it's about 30 minutes from the townsite.

My kid sister lives in Kelowna, so when I travel there solo I stay with her; however, the BF and I did a road trip to Nanaimo and back last fall and spent a few days in Kelowna - we stayed at the Days Inn on Hwy. 97 (Rutland) and found it quite nice. Clean, pleasant, basic accommodation, continental breakfast, on a good route to & from sis' place - suited our needs.
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Mar 16th, 2004, 06:36 PM
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We just did our booking for the summer and found that the cabin places seem to have all gone to two or three night minimums. I was told it is because the cabins resorts are more of a destination as opposed to a stop over. I guess that makes sense since most people don't need kitchens and seperate bedrooms for just a one night stay. WE only needed 2 nights in June and when we booked at Alpine Village, who has a three night minimum, they made an exception for the mid-week dates, so it doesn't hurt to ask. I would recommend Alpine Village as another alternative to Becker's Chalets. They can be pricey, but they have some really nice log cabins.
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Mar 16th, 2004, 07:34 PM
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I live in Kelowna, and have a few different options you might want to consider.
The Siesta Motor Inn is quite a nice moderate motel. they have rooms and kitchen suites. just a couple of blocks from the beach, and centrally located. www.siestamotorinn.com
The Lakeshore Inn might be another one to consider. www.lakeshoreinn.com
It is small and is right on the lake, right beside a nice public beach.
As far as B&B goes:
Abbott on the Lake is lakefront and really nice. Great area, can walk into downtown and city park. Friends of ours have own The Hitching Post B & B. It is a Log House in a mountain setting on the way to Big White.
www.hitchingpostbandb.com
www.bedsandbreakfasts.ca/kelowna
Those are just a few of the places I can suggest to you. I think the Grand Okanagan hotel and Manteo Resort would be above the price you are willing to pay in the summer, but check them out as well. Another website that might interest you is www.aboutkelowna.com
Personally I would not stay in Vernon.
It is too far north to take advantage of all the great wineries. Kelowna is great for a city style vacation in the Okanagan, but you might also want to check out Peachland and Summerland for more village type of atmosphere. Penticton is a great summer beach hang out as well and very central to the south Okanagan.
The outskirts of Naramata were hit hard by the fire last summer, and so I am not sure how scenic it still is there.
If I can answer any questions for you just ask.
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Mar 18th, 2004, 03:11 PM
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Thanks ghutton we planned to be in the area 3 nights anyway so we didn't have any problems and have made a booking at Beckers.

Lynette thanks also for the suggestions - the Okanagan is still the only part of our holiday that we still have not arranged any accomodation. We plan to spend 2 nights in the area so I will look into your suggestions.
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Mar 18th, 2004, 05:21 PM
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Hi Lynette

I have just had a look at the suggestions you have provided - they are great - thanks. The hitching post B&B looks gorgeous - how far away from water and wineries is it?

I am also tempted now by the Grand Okanagan or the Manteo - any preference?
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Mar 18th, 2004, 07:37 PM
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Hi KA
The Hitching Post B&B is located about 15 minutes out of town (the north end), but there are farms and acreages all along the way on Hwy 33. From my place which is in Kelowna South a couple of blocks from the lake it takes me about 25 minutes to get up to the Egan's place. You can get to most of the local wineries (Kelowna area) within 25- 45 minutes depending on traffic.
There are wineries north in Lake Country (like Gray Monk) and lots on the South slopes (Summerhill, Cedar Creek, and St. Hubertus to name a few) Calona Wines is right in town, and Mission Hill and Mission Ridge are on the Westside. You can also hit beaches by heading either North or South.
Now to compare the Grand and Manteo. I have stayed at both of them and love them both. Both are waterfront, the Grand has a convention center and Casino attatched. You can walk into the downtown core and the boardwalk and park surrounding the Grand is probably the most popular place for an evening stroll. We hang out there lots, as most summer outdoor events (like the Dragon boat races, outdoor theatre and concerts, and Canada Day events and fireworks all take place at Waterfront Park. The hotel itself has an indoor and outdoor pool, a fitness center and full service spa. Also a few shops and a gallery. It is more central, but also has more hustle and bustle.
Manteo also has a great waterfront local. It is not as close to downtown, but it is newer than the Grand. It has a cozier and more casual atmosphere in my opinion. It has a hotel section and a Condo/timeshare section. I have only stayed in the condos at Manteo, but the hotel tower is only about 3 years old. The Wild Apple Grill at Manteo is one of my fave restaurants to go to in the summer time, as they have a great patio right on the water. You are further from all the restaurants downtown, (about a 10 minute drive), but Kelowna is quite spread out and downtown is only a small part of it.
Any of your choices will be great, it just depends what you personally like best.
Let me know if you need me to check anything else out for you.
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