Two weeks from today the Red Chair will check in at Cobble House B&B. It’s on its way to Vancouver Island right now, to Cornerstones B&B in Qualicum Beach, from where it will head to Hawley Place in Ladysmith and then to Cobble House.
Red (as it is affectionately known) arrived in Vancouver on December 4th, for its first ever trip to Canada. It’s had some grand adventures already, traveling from Vancouver to Port Moody to the Okanagan, Revelstoke, Pemberton and Whistler and back to the Okanagan. You can read all about his adventures on the BC Innkeepers Blog, as only BC Innkeepers members are hosting the Red Chair. Cobble House has been operating since July of 1994 and has been a member of BC Innkeepers, the only province-wide B&B association, since 1997.
The Red Chair Travels is part of a multi-year B&B awareness program, a movement that focuses on a traveling red chair to highlight the comfort, hospitality and friendliness of Bed and Breakfasts. Since its start in New England in 2012, B&Bs and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair to showcase their communities and their regions, and to have fun with it too! It’s also a journey connecting innkeepers around North America.
During his time in BC, Red has tried all kinds of winter sports, from skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, outdoor hockey and snowmobiling, to skeleton and bobsleigh at the Whistler Sliding Centre. He’s tasted many Okanagan wines, and vodka in the coldest tasting room in the world, the Ketel One Ice Room. He learned about bats in Peachland, had a private showing at the historic Roxy Theatre in Revelstoke, visited Stanley Park and Canada Place, rode the Kettle Valley Railway, and walked the trails around Buntzen Lake in Port Moody. Even though Red is visiting BC during the winter, he’s experienced and seen so much of our great province. With the winter road conditions he’s also had quite a few journeys on the bus, traveling from B&B to B&B.
We are excited to be showing Red the beautiful Cowichan Valley when he arrives on February 26th, (and are REALLY hoping for some decent weather). First impressions in the rain or on a sunny day do make a big difference! You may see us out and about with Red showing him such wonderful Cowichan attractions as the Kinsol Trestle, Cowichan Bay, some of the wineries, the Tea Farm and many other great places around the Valley. Bed & Breakfast innkeepers are great ambassadors for their communities, and we love sharing the Cowichan Valley with our guests and working together with other Valley businesses that bring visitors here from around the world.
Come and say hi to Red if you see us and check out our adventures on this blog and on our Facebook page!