Port Moody Oktoberfest

Cheers to a good Fall ahead.  We’re excited to announce with the rise in the popularity of Port Moody Brewery Lane, there is a great Port Moody Oktoberfest event happening over at Newport Village just to give you more choice in your beer connoisseur palate.

This coming weekend as well as the weekend after there are two back to back jam packed weekends sure to bring fun for everyone.  To get your tickets to this local fun Tri City event visit:

http://oktoberfest2017.ca/
To responsibly visit our local Rocky Point Brewery Lane we highly encourage enlisting the help of Canadian Craft Tours.  They take you to local vineyards and breweries in various districts at your own leisure and you also get a safe ride while you do it.

https://www.canadiancrafttours.ca/

For more fun events in the area stay tuned and visit our events page to stay on top of what’s happening in and around Port Moody Oktoberfest.

Please enjoy touring responsibly and if you choose to drink, find a safe ride home.

Your local Port Moody Host

Mary Ellen

Port Moody Summer Update

Just to catch you all up on what a year we’ve been having we first want to thank all of you who came by, stayed in one of our three cozy en suites, partook in an interactive breakfast or a little solitude by the waterfront.

This year has been a hot one.  So hot in fact, there was an article about a local Vancouverite who has been cultivating a banana tree for the past three years and it finally produced this year.  What does that say about the kind of season we have been having?  Tropical plants are enjoying their stay here. It was something else, that’s for sure.

From far and wide we saw many visitors from the UK, France, Winnipeg Quebec and all sorts of places throughout the US.

Lots of our visitors created special memories over local weddings, family hang outs, reunions — it would seem we have a mini baby boom in the area with all the grandparents in from out of town to see their family.  On a side note, if you’ve stayed with us before and you happen to have a reason to visit us again, mention you’ve stayed before and you get to partake in our revisiting discount.  For more details on this option, please email me privately to discuss the terms of your upcoming stay to the area.

We continue to strive to offer the best service we can to those visiting the Port Moody area and we are eager to announce that along with being part of BC’s Best BnB Guild, we were also featured in the notable magazine Edible Vancouver’s BC Wine Touring Travel Kit for 2017.

From having one of our guests go into labour while out for dinner during her stay with us to going bear watching with some lovely European guests, there is rarely a dull moment around Mainstay Oasis and we’ve been glad to share in your adventures.  We always look forward to updates from our guests so when you have a moment send us an update!

Your Port Moody Host,
Mary Ellen

Shower With Flowers

20160925_123803~2_resized 20170109_184035~3_resizedWith spring right around the corner and celebrations such as anniversaries, birthdays, and honeymoon stays on the rise, we have collaborated with a local florist, Arlene Wiebe to bring you a welcome bouquet upon arrival. She truly has an eye for the art of floral design.

If you plan a designer flower bouquet by Inlet Floral Designs, let us know ahead of your stay so we can flower you for the right occasion and get in touch with Arlene. 20161208_081520~2_resized

A little about Arlene:

Her floral arranging services the Tri-Cities and the Greater Vancouver area. She has a background in drawing and painting as well as a diploma as a trained Florist to help put that finesse into your bouquet.

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All Sorts of New for a New Year 2017

We are pleased to announce that along with the New Year 2017, we are also ushering plenty of newness.  The 2016 year brought about a new family member to the Hagglund clan: our very first grandson.

Along with learning the ropes of being grandparents, all the renovation projects are complete. I will not miss the sifting, the sorting phase for sure. I had the pleasure of redecorating with a modern twist.  Now all of our bedrooms are suite-r than ever.   Okay, I’ll keep the bad puns to just that one.

Adjusting and redesigning has its place in our lives.  Now onto announcing the Grand Opening of the Evergreen Line Sky train expansion.  Its connections brings guests travelling from the Airport and all the many communities including Vancouver, to Port Moody and within 5 minutes from our B&B. Mainstay Oasis is now open for the busiest year ever!  We look forward to your bookings in 2017.

Don’t forget tea parties are still available too!
Warm wishes,

Mary Ellen

A New Go: The Evergreen Line

December 2nd, new commuters boarded the EVERGREEN Translink skytrains, for the first time.  A floral bouquet was presented to the first lady traveller to exit at the Inlet Center Station in Port Moody. This long awaited transportation expansion brought praise for the Grand Opening that now provides a continuous train from Vancouver Community College Vancouver to Douglas College in Coquitlam which includes 2 major shopping malls enroute.
The Lower Mainland Skytrain is the longest fully automated mass transit line in the world.

You can travel from the YVR airport via skytrain and arrive within minutes of Mainstay Oasis B&B which is helpful for people coming for a visit to the GVRD.
Buskers & musicians made this opening very lively & created a festive atmosphere for all opening day passengers.

In addition, to the music filtering through the platforms, were the local art pieces installed at the Port Moody Center Station featuring a beautiful red Canoe carved by local students in dedication to an aboriginal theme.

IMG_6934(1)IMG_6936(1)The Aboriginal artists are featured throughout the Evergreen stations. There is a sculpture of a serpent named Sisuitl at Inlet station where the Westcoast Express and the skytrain meet. At the Inlet Station you can enjoy a decorative mosaic.

A portion of the train goes through a tunnel otherwise all the track is above ground.  All in all, the Evergreen Line Expansion’s popularity has increased immensely as in December we have experienced winter weather in all its fullness. Our favourite new feature to the line is that it announces how far away the train by displaying it on the screen overhead.
We welcome the expansion as a major transportation advantage to Port Moody and the other Tri-Cities.
Happy Holidays!

From Mary Ellen and her team

A Day in the Life of Burrard Inlet Explorers

How do you normally explore Burrard Inlet?  Have you considered the history of how Captain Vancouver scoured the coastline to settle the GVRD?  Did you know that Port Moody was an initial settlement area for the captain during his initial journeys up the coast?

Well, all of this you can find in the epic historical coffee table book on the 100th anniversary archive of our fair city.  We have a copy on a coffee table or two here at the bed and breakfast for you to peruse.

Instead of being arm chair travelers and recommend all things great to do in the area, we decided to go explore the open waters of the Burrard Inlet and do what we read about.

Tour with Burrard Inlet Tours.  Email us for groups of 8 or more to book and get picked up at the end of our dock for a glorious day of fun on the water.

Portmoodybnb.com/explore-port-moody-on-land-or-by-sea-with-some-of-the-best-guides-around

So our captain picked us up at the end of the dock and proceeded to give us a very thorough and knowledgeable tour of the seal booms, a research centre for sea lions, and all sorts of surprises along the water ways that our fair city is built around.

We managed to get to great look out points for the picturesque waterfalls along Indian Arm.  Our guide was well versed in a lot of the history and folklore that permeates the area.

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Our favourite little lookout was a stop along an island where we were shown ancient symbols from the first nations in the area who sent their boys on treks along the islands.  Researchers are still trying to recreate the original dyes from the symbols on the rocks and have yet to discover the secret sauce of natural ingredients.  The years of wear and tear have not washed away the dyes which is quite impressive.

The question remains in our minds, if they got it on, what did they use to get that early graffiti off of their hands if they accidentally spilled something?

The things you learn when you decide to get out of your arm chair and explore your very own backyard/front yard.  There is so much to see and do around here.  Stop in and we would love to send some recommendations.

Also, note, if you wish to choose a package for exploration along the Burrard Inlet, rates are subject to change based on availability, numbers and seasons.

 

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Until next adventure, your host and explorer,

Mary Ellen

Ribfest: Behold the Feast at RibFest

Summer.  The season for outdoor concerts, live music, ice cream, craft beer sampling and all sorts of ‘fun in the sun’.  Relish the Barbecue season at Rocky Point Park and a delicious sample of good ol’ fashion homemadeRocky Point Ice Creamery for both you and your pooch. Or swing by another savoury choice, Pajos outdoor fish stand and order fresh fish and chips.  Indoors book a spot overlooking the Burrard Inlet on the patio at the Boathouse. All of the above will leave lasting reminders of a Port Moody summer.
More recent memories to add to your local fun are the summer concert series every Sunday from 1-3 pm.

Tacked on to the live music is a more recent tradition that we scouted out which has become an all time overnight sensation which is RIBFEST.  For those of you not so familiar, Port Moody has joined the Rib Food Truck Competition circuit.  Award winning food trucks: Gator Barbecue, Boss Hog’s, Smoke and Bones, & Prairie Smoke and Spice dazzled the TriCities when they rolled into town July 23rd to 25th for the 2nd annual Port Moody Rib Fest to tantalize the local’s taste buds.  And boy did they smolder, smoke and deliver.From traditional, yummy cornbread and coleslaw to new kettle chips. You were not disappointed.

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The trick to the system, was to gain access to the beer garden.  With the fairly new staple across the street from Rocky Point – the brewery row, (See our review of our tour on the local brew pubs) you could sample beer while you waited for your ribs to arrive. The weather, the live music and the ambience were immensely enjoyed.  Four food trucks offered half and full rack options that ranged from $15 to $17.
Nothing but utter deliciousness! Our favourite was the Boss Hogs. (Look it up). We ran into our friends on the trail on our walk around the Burred Inlet. The trails are scenic and it solved the parking challenge at Rocky Point during the summer.  Going GREEN was a good choice.
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A huge extended warm thank you to all the volunteers and the Port Moody Rotary Club that helped make the 2nd annual Rib Festival a great success.  We can hardly wait for the 3rd annual RibFest to roll into town.  We would be more than happy to host you while you’re here.
Until next time,
Your Host,

Peachy Keen Confessions

Okay…so apparently I have a secret.  But it’s not a well kept secret, it’s just one that apparently got out recently. It’s something that I am apparently quite good at but always thought was quite easy.  And it’s canning.  I suppose I am one of the Port Moody Peach Canning Aficionados. It’s apparent that it’s a lost art form and we are after all, the city of the arts.  Also, note, the reviews are in, that my peaches are better than store bought.  Between taking new bookings and ordering new pillows and making breakfast for all you lovelies that drop into Port Moody throughout the summer months each year, I try to get the annual canned peaches done.

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One of my kids’ friend’s recently almost cried with joy when she popped in for a swim to find out that I went a little over board last season and still had some left over for her to take home and enjoy.  I tend to send a few jars home with my kids and this particular roommate of my daughter can’t get enough of my canned peaches.  That’s right…It’s my canned peaches.

From day one as a kid mom taught me how to do it but I canned and process them, it comes naturally to me from having done it for so many years.  I am arriving at the realization that this is becoming a bit of a lost art form but people tell me, there is nothing like my canned peaches.  Not quite sure what makes mine any better than anyone’s, but I kind of suspect it’s just my magic touch.  Just like my holiday stuffing recipe that I have never actually used a real recipe for for years.  Eyeball all your measurements and with a dash of love and care, it always seems to end up tasting the same no matter if you alter the overall recipe.

Love your peaches and they’ll love you back.   I suspect that is the magic right there.  And also the aging process.  But I try and try again to explain it to my daughter who just asks me to do it.  Some day she’ll have to figure it out.  Until then, I guess I’ll have to be her peach supplier.

If you’re extra lucky, I might serve some up to you in your breakfast fruit parfait.  It’s such a delight to have things fresher. Fresher and local.  Like really local…like in house local. 😀

Your host,
~ Mary Ellen ~

Some Cab Franc with Your BC Uncorked Festival Tour?

BC’s Uncorked Wine & Food Festival has come and gone faster than we could begin to absorb. We had the opportunity of hosting a few guests during this time. We took a few hours to experience this awesome biannual event, held at nearby Heritage Mountain Secondary School in Port Moody.

We had the privilege of connecting with great local vendors as well as with one of the owners of Canadian Craft Tours on the way to the event. They were the official transportation for safe driving initiatives that evening around the Tri-Cities .
Canadian Craft Tours offer local tours for groups of local breweries and vineyards for those that are interested. We highly recommend you check into his services & include his tour on your itinerary while you pass through this area.   Let us know in advance so we can help accommodate your tour  plans.
We got to sweep the perimeter of the local eateries and see what wines and spirits pair well with some bite sized sample morsels of deliciousness. A lot of the local vendors seemed to be pulling out all the stops with Meritage and Cab Sav blends. Roses were also quite popular at most locations.
As for the locals that were represented, we had the opportunity to pop by these vintners and sample what they had to offer. We highly recommend you check them out, either on a Canadian Craft Tour of the area and/or by the barbecue this summer for sipping or adding flare to what’s for dinner.

As for what’s local:

Township 7 Vineyards and Winery

Township 7 prides itself on being Old World inspired but nestled in South Langley in the Fraser Valley.  Close to the city but nestled in the foothills of where wine country begins on the westcoast.  For those looking for a solid merlot packed with a punch of spiciness, you will come to expect  the flavors you find from this provider.  Why mess with a good thing right?  Once the science is perfected, it comes down to pulling some friends together and borrowing a patio preferably on a wine tour of this area.

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Chaberton Estate Winery

If you’re into white wines, this is your stop.   Local and devoted to fruity notes, this vineyard definitely has the formula down for fulfilling the sweet tooth palate.  Their Siegerrebe 2015 was enjoyed by all as it wasn’t too too sweet but still packed a passion fruit freshness that a quality white can only offer.

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Backyard Vineyards

Backyard lives up to their name in every way.  When it’s patio season, that’s where you want to hang out.  And what better way to do it with their sweet complimentary 2014 Riesling or 2013 Nosey Neighbor Red.  Known for their local and international recognition on the flavor front, Backyard has won over 50 medals for a variety of what they have in their backyard.  We highly recommend touring this vineyard if you plan to make a trip to our area.

As patio season heats up, we can almost guarantee you’ll want to reserve your spot in a local wine tour and refresh your palate with something from the Backyard, Chaberton, or Township 7 for a west coast vintage or two.IMG_3629

Please let us know in advance before your arrival to the area if you plan to partake and we can definitely help accommodate the set up of a personalized tour for you and your travel guests.

To connect more on your travel arrival dates and arrangements just send me a quick hello! 604.315.4919 or harbor@mainstayoasis.com

We look forward to enjoying your travel stories soon and we raise our glass of Cab Franc to you.

Bon Voyage!

Mary Ellen and Barry

 

 

A moment for Memorial Day

In honour of all the travelers who join us year round here at Mainstay Oasis Bedand Breakfast for life celebrations, we thought we would take a moment to reflect.

Did you know that Memorial Day that celebrates American veterans was originally called Decoration Day and has resurfaced as a day to remember the men and women who serve around the globe.

For those that need a break and a rest on this fair weekend, the history channel has a commemorative video that summarizes

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history