In my last post, I talked about taking my son to camp for the weekend, and rather than do all this driving for hours, I decided to look into staying at a bed and breakfast instead. I mean, to enjoy a new town by yourself, eating where you want and shopping wherever you please? What a chore, huh?
I was actually pretty excited about it! It would also be cool to discover some new junk haunts, and if lucky enough, even bring some new stuff home. WIN all around!
As luck would have it, I discovered Acacia Bed and Breakfast, located minutes from where my son was staying. Toooooo perfect!
I did look into hotels. But the town of Hope isn’t new. It’s small and quaint and most places have been there forever. My preference was just to stay off the main noisy drag and go where it was quiet, and hopefully in newer surroundings.
And Barbara didn’t disappoint me. Come on in for a lovely tour of one very lovely bed and breakfast!
That orange case? It drew me right in. This corner makes me so happy! I’m really getting a colourful vibe this summer… first it was the charming little cottage stay in Salmon Arm, and now this… hint taken, gals!
Barbara’s home is lovely! The home was built about 10 years ago to especially cater to guests so they’d have a private entrance. With 9 foot ceilings and transom windows, the place was light, bright and very spacious.
Barbara’s home was so photogenic, I couldn’t snap fast enough. Her decor is modern/traditional with a twist of funky. You can’t help but smile with the unexpected pops of colour, such as this eclectic mix of chairs.
Art form is appreciated here. Everything was there for a reason, and not a thing more was needed.
Barbara has many lovely old glass collections, including this framed… oh man, I wish I had asked her for the proper name for this. Glass joker doesn’t seem to cut it!
Lovely and simple! Yes, I do love me some rustic junk, but I can certainly appreciate and adore other styles. I was teaching Barbara how to shoot with a DSLR and she shot the above photo. Nice going, girl!
And then a little repurposing stepped into the picture and I felt like I was home again. This builder’s grade window was prettied up with another window placed overtop, and a plant stand attached. I adore the extra privacy, attention to detail and how charming the plants morphed this little space. Isn’t this beautiful?
And then there was my room upstairs. I’m crazy about this outdoor patio table and chairs indoors! It was very comfy too. And I’m happy to report, I spent very little time online. It was about magazine reading and a Neflix movie in the PM.
The ceilings were vaulted and the bed lower, which made the room feel even larger and lighter. Fantastic! Ohhhh I miss my little escape already…
So why show a bathroom? Well, I have a little pet peeve about hotel bathrooms. While I like things rusty and chippy, I don’t like them in a bathroom if you know what I mean. Spotless, new, clean, yes please. I was so delighted! THIS! THIS is why I love a B&B.
Did I mention how spotless this place was? It was spotless. And those shelves are a very good idea to have beside a pedestal sink. I’m taking notes.
Acacia House is located minutes from Kawkawa Lake, in Hope, BC Canada and while I’d highly recommend it, it’s for sale. But one never knows!
So, this little trip? The negative voice inside me tried to keep me at home. But I wouldn’t listen. It tried to tell me I should be staying home cleaning, or working, or DIYing, and that it would be too expensive. But I kicked it to the curb and said right out loud, “WHY NOT?! I’M GOING TO GO! I work hard and it’s ok to do this.” I truly did talk myself into it. And I’m so glad I did.
Isn’t it silly that we need permission to be good to ourselves? Well, here’s a little message to anyone out there that’s a little overwhelmed, overworked or stressed out. And it’s even for those that aren’t.
You deserve nice things to happen to you. But they won’t just knock on your door. First, you need to allow yourself to desire it, then you need to give yourself permission to allow it to happen.
You can do nice things like this for far less too. Why not delegate one full day to tour your own town or the town next door? Here’s what I did to make it special.
How to make an out of town experience special
I drove through every. single. road. in this small town, plus. Every single one, including up some mountain road. And wait till you see what I saw.
I intentionally got lost so I could discover new things. Yes, me, getting lost and being ok with it! Remember my fear of getting lost when I went to Salmon Arm this summer? I’m so over it! (said bravely behind a computer screen…)
I stopped to eat and drink when I was hungry and thirsty at a perfect little coffee shop. I selected one I wanted to sit and spend time in and found it immediately.
I stopped to have a nice dinner at a really nice place that was reasonable. I drove past every pub and every restaurant, but one new one stood out and that did it for me. And it was fab.
I shopped in a junk store that just wouldn’t quit. I went back there 3x because it was the best place in town and I couldn’t get enough! And found all the others in town too. More on that soon!
I didn’t look at the time. I took my time.
I found myself giggling at nothing. The giggle was because I was having THE TIME OF MY LIFE all by myself. It was one of the most fabulous days I can ever remember.
And all it took was booking a room, and going. That’s it.
Wanna know what the perfect gift is for someone that’s always busy? Downtime. Have them book a room somewhere and let them do their thing for a solid day. And watch them come home a new person.
Hey, maybe I just did your Christmas shopping for you! Santa will be so pleased…
Just like my little R&R at a B&B. Fabulous! Thank-me, for allowing me to go!
Disclosure: I paid for my room. I was not given a discount for this post. I just wanted to share how lovely it was. Thank-you Barbara! You made my little trip extra special!