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Important Travel Tips *Read & Share!*

Earlier this summer we shared several #travel tips on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CGI.Penticton

I thought I would share my favourite 14 tips with you! Great food for thought when travelling!

Travel Tip #1: Choosing whether to stay in a bed and breakfast or hotel. Those who desire a “home away from home” experience may seek out a bed and breakfast. A B&B is usually family owned and operated & are often private homes. One guest compared staying at Casa Grande Inn, B&B on the Beach to staying at their favorite Aunt’s house!

Travel Tip # 2: It is always advisable to get travel insurance, or cancellation insurance. Look in to it the next time you book any getaway, whether it be for 2 days or 2 weeks!

Travel Tip # 3: Before you book on line, try calling the hotel directly. Chances are they have a special discount rate available when booking by phone. So the next time you travel to Penticton give us a call 250-276-3030

Travel Tip #4: Remember to respect other guests when travelling. We know you’re on vacation, and out to have a good time. But when you return to your hotel or B&B, remember, other guests might be trying to sleep. Some are here on business, others for medical reasons, not everyone is out to party. A simple respect for others will go a long way to make everyone’s stay more enjoyable.

Travel Tip # 5: Are you planning a special occasion alongside your visit to Casa Grande Inn! We can help you make your visit extra special! ask about custom gift baskets! — at Casa Grande Inn, B&B on the Beach.

Travel Tip # 6: Plan Ahead. Booking a weekend getaway whether it be with friends, family, or loved ones may sound like a good idea at the time, but what if you get there and the town it not what you expected or The cool attractions are closed, or worse, booked up. Plan ahead. Make reservations! It will save you loads of time, money and aggravation.

Travel Tip #7: If you are booking on line, always make sure you specify the correct # of people you expect to put in a room when booking. Many places have very specific occupancy restrictions, and if you show up with extra people, you could be turned away, without a refund. It’s a legal liability issue. Remember, Kids are people too! Unfortunately, Casa Grande Inn does not take kids under 10 years of age, and all of our rooms are double occupancy only. Happy Holidays!

Travel Tip # 8: Many Hotels, motels and B&B’s are pet friendly, and many also have pets living on premises. If you have allergies, you should take an extra minute to review the info supplied by the hotel to ensure you are not surprised by a 4 legged friend running around. Yes, Casa has a couple of pet friendly rooms, and non pet friendly and yes, we have Happy, a Yorkie living on site. We also post pics of her on all of our booking sites to make our future guests aware. Take a minute, check the pics, before you book. Or better yet call and chat with the front desk 250-276-3030

Travel Tip # 9 – Pack light! It doesn’t matter if you are travelling by car or by plane, packing light has its advantages. Also check with the hotel. It may provide in room soaps and shampoos. (we do) One less thing to pack.

Travel Tip # 10 Call your credit card company before you leave to put a travel alert on your card. Also make note of their international customer service number, just in case you lose your card.

Travel Tip # 11: At this time, Visa Debit Cards do not work when booking over the phone or over the internet at some Canadian locations. (us included) They only work in person. So make sure when booking on line you use an actual visa or mastercard or amex to guarantee your reservation and avoid frustration.

Travel Tip #12 – There are many advantages to travelling mid week, as opposed to weekends. Sometimes hotel rates can be cheaper. Some offer midweek specials. Attractions and restaurants are less busy. If you don’t have to travel on a weekend, consider a Sunday through Thursday getaway

Travel Tip # 13 – Don’t lie to your accommodation. If you are travelling with kids or pets, always let the hotel, motel, B&B know. Some places have age restrictions or occupancy maximums associated with their rooms. If you lied when booking, and say, you show up with 2 kids when you only put down 2 adults, you could be denied your room and lose your deposit and maybe even the cost of your whole reservation. Honesty is the best policy.

Travel Tip # 14…If you book on line with a credit card, you may be required to present that SAME credit card upon check in. Remember to bring it with you! :)

Happy Travels from your friends at Casa Grande Inn

Ask about the beach chairs we have for our guests!

Ask about the beach chairs we have for our guests!

We have free indoor bike storage!

We have free indoor bike storage!


sorry-no kids
Casa is small pet friendly upon request.

Casa is small pet friendly upon request.

The Bobblehead Boss at Casa Grande Inn

The Bobblehead Boss at Casa Grande Inn

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A Crazy Weekend Ahead

I cannot express to you how excited I am for this coming weekend.

To start, I plan on getting “All Shook Up” at the www.PentictonElvisFestival.com
Events run Thursday through Sunday at various locations around Penticton. Elvis fans and tribute artists from around the globe will be in Penticton for this incredible festival. It’s not all fun and jumpsuits though. It’s an Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) sanctioned competition. The professional winner of the festival will represent Penticton at the Ultimate Elvis in Memphis. This is a HUGE opportunity. You have to win to get in! Good luck to all the ETA’s performing in Penticton this weekend.

2011 Elvis Festival

2011 Elvis Festival

BUT…that’s not all. This weekend Penticton will also host over 700 classic cars and hot rods during the Peach City Beach Cruise. These amazing cars will be lined up for over a kilometer along Lakeshore drive from the Peach to the SS Sicamous, and also in Rotary and Lakawana Park. There will be Entertainment and vendors in Gyro Park. The most awesome part about staying at Casa grande Inn is that this event is right out front! We catch all the action from our patio, and love to watch the cruisers go by!

Peach City Beach Cruise

Peach City Beach Cruise

If that’s not enough, there’s a Mexican Flair Fair at the Shatford Centre. Lost of live music all around town, an art auction at the gallery, and many more events, that are easy to find by searching. Just too many to mention!

WARNING: A heat wave is expected. Bring your sunscreen, hats, shades, light clothing, bathing suits etc. Luckily Casa has AC! Beach chairs! And yes, even beer koozies!

So…want to experience this incredible weekend?
We just an one room open up. Call 250-276-3030 to reserve our Little Hideaway room. Queen bed, private patio, private entrance, stand up shower, breakfast, wifi and parking included.

OR – Book for 2016? We will be taking bookings on SUNDAY June 28 for 2016. Give us a call 250-276-3030 to book your stay in the heart of all the action. A Minimum 3 night stay is required!

I will be posting lots of pics from the weekend on
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/casapenticton
Twitter & Instagram @CasaGrandeInn
Follow us for all the highlights

Patio View of Cruisers

Patio View of Cruisers

The beach in front of Casa Grande Inn

The beach in front of Casa Grande Inn

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World’s Best Malbec!

If you are a Malbec lover, then then Okanagan has some great news for you.
Church and State Winery has just won the World’s Best Malbec Award.
Apparently out of 5000 wines submitted, this lovely little winery, in the south Okanagan took home the gold.

We just wanted to share this little bit of news with you.
Find all the details by following the link at the bottom of this post!

PS: Why not book a wine tour getaway to Casa Grande Inn. We can connect you with some wonderful wine tour companies that can take you to fabulous wineries all over the Okanagan, including Church and State.
Give us a call 250-276-3030 to book your getaway today!
Cheers

LINK: http://churchandstatewines.com/church-state-takes-worlds-best-malbec/

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Golf Getaway Special! Sept 7 – Oct 15 2015

If you love to golf, then you are going to love this golf getaway special to Casa Grande Inn, Penticton.

Casa Grande Inn, is Penticton’s ONLY Bed and Breakfast (B&B) across from Okanagan beach and the Penticton Rose Garden on Lakeshore Drive.
We are walking distance to restaurants, the river channel, rose garden, museum, downtown, the convention centre, event centre and much more.

All of our guests can take advantage of our fantastic front lake view patio. All the classic cars cruise by on Lakeshore drive, watch the boaters and swimmers in the lake, and just have fun socializing with other guests and the innkeeper.

THIS SPECIAL INCLUDES:
2 consecutive nights at Casa Grande Inn
2 rounds of golf (9 holes) at Skaha Meadows Golf Course
A bottle of wine in your room upon check in
+ Free WIFI * a Free breakfast each morning.

This special can ONLY be booked by phone. 250-276-3030
The savings are fantastic!
So call today and book your golf getaway to Casa Grande Inn.
Why not add a wine tour to your getaway, we can help you book that too!

Golf Specials 2015

Why pay full price when you don’t have to? Save $$ with this great golf getaway special! 250-276-3030

casa from boat

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Here for the Beer!

The annual Fest of Ale returns to Penticton April 4th and 5th 2014.


Fest of Ale

We still have some rooms available at Casa Grande Inn (Penticton’s ONLY B&B across from the Beach & Rose Garden on Lakeshore drive) Plus we are stumbling distance from the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, and the Fest of Ale Event.

If you have ever wanted to try before you buy, this is the beer sampling event you must not miss. In the past there have been up to 70 different beers to try, plus food and live music. It’s always a lot of fun, for beer lovers of all ages.

Our room rates start at just $95 per night plus tax, and include free wifi and a free breakfast!
Call 250-276-3030 to reserve your stay.
Fest of Ale Tickets are sold separately.

casa view

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Challenge Penticton Triathlon – 2014

Wow! What an exciting weekend we just had here in Penticton hosting our 1st annual Challenge Triathlon.
Penticton’s Jeff Symonds won the triathlon in a time of 8:29:57. Symonds won despite a crash on his bike!
Scott DeFilippis from the U.S.A. finished second and Jamie Whyte from New Zealand finished third.

On the women’s side, Carrie Lester from Australia was 1st (eighth overall) with a time of 9:27:26. Karen Thibodeau from Canmore, Alberta finished 2nd and Penticton’s Jenn Annett finished 3rd.

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This was the first Challenge race in North America. Now for those of you who don’t know. It is a Triathlon, just like Ironman, more commonly found in Europe, where the brand Ironman is more well known around here. Penticton hosted Ironman Canada for 30 years and made the switch to Challenge Triathlon after last years race.
The course is the same Ironman Course that all the Triathletes have come to love, we still have the popular underpants run, race expo, street dance, market, wine tour, plus many more fun events, throughout the week leading up to the race. It makes for a fabulous week long vacation for the racers, their families and friends.

If you are thinking about doing a Triathlon next year, I encourage you to give Challenge Penticton a try! Registration is now open for 2014.

Why stay at Casa Grande Inn:
We are so close to the start and finish line. We offer indoor bike storage. Free wifi and a complimentary breakfast, even at 4am on race day!
To reserve with us, just give us a call 250-276-3030

We hope to see you next year at the 2nd annual Challenge Penticton Triathlon.

http://challenge-penticton.com

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Are you up for the CHALLENGE?

The First ever Challenge Triathlon Race to be held in North America, is happening this August in Penticton BC!
Unlike the Ironman race that has been hosted in Penticton for the past 30 years, the Challenge Race also has a relay opportunity. So 1, swimmer, 1 biker, 1 runner – teams of 3! I know many people who have talked about doing the ironman but struggle with one portion of the event. Now they can accept the relay challenge and be able to participate.

Challenge isn’t just a 1 day event! Outside of the race, it’s almost a whole week of fun for not just the participant but for friends, fans, and family too!

Here is what we grabbed off their website!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
•Tribute to Sport & Athlete Parade – Lakeshore Drive to Gyro Park ◦3 p.m. marshal @Rose Garden & LocoLanding parking lots
◦4 p.m. Parade Start
((Yes – this is right across from Casa Grande Inn))

•Expo Open – Gyro Park & 100 Block Main Street (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
•Party in the Park – Gyro Park (5 p.m.)
•BBQ ($10/person;$25/family of 4)
•Beer Gardens – Gyro Park (5-10 p.m.)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
•Expo Open – Gyro Park & 100 Block Main Street (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
•Athlete Registration Check-In @Gyro Park (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
•Pro Meeting – 10 a.m. @ Lakeside Resort
•Media Conference – 11 a. m. @ Lakeside Resort
•Challenge Penticton Channel Float
•Wine Cycling Tours (hosted by Pros and Naramata Bench Wineries)
•Fun Run (1 km and 5 km) – OSNS Fundraiser [$5 per participant] ◦5 p.m. registration
◦6 p.m. race

•LocoLanding Special Event
•Landmark 7 Cinema Series
•Golf Package
•Beer Gardens – Gyro Park (2 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
•Underpants Run – Peach City Runners ◦8:30 a.m. Registration
◦9 a.m. start (This event is a must see!)

•Expo Open – Gyro Park & 100 Block Main Street (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
•Athlete Registration Check-In @ Gyro Park (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
•Skaha Beach Day ◦Paddle Regatta (12 Noon – 4 p.m.)
◦Walk a Mile in her Shoes R Challenge (11am Registration Check In – 12 Noon Race)

•Athletes Dinner & Race Meeting – PTCC (5:30 p.m.)
•Street Dance Festival – Main Street ◦5 p.m. road closed
◦6-10 p.m. street dance

•Beer Gardens – Gyro Park (2-10 p.m.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
•Bike Check-In (Time: TBC)
•Family Options ◦Winery Tours
◦Kids Day Camps – Community Centre & FitKidz Gymnastics
◦Downtown Markets
◦Last day of expo (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
◦Beer Gardens – Gyro Park (2 p.m – 5 p.m.)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
•Race Day!

MONDAY, AUGUST 26
•Breakfast in the Park in Gyro Park
•2014 Registration from 9 a.m.
•Merchandise Tent OPEN from 9 a.m.
•Athlete & Volunteer Banquet at the SOEC – 5 p.m.

OTHER OPTIONS
•Kayak Wine Tours ($75 + tax)
•Winery Tours (Various Options)

Casa Grande Inn, is Penticton’s Only B&B located across from Okanagan Beach and LocoLanding, and we have just reduced our rates for the Challenge event as we still have only a few rooms still available! Call 250-276-3030 to reserve now! We offer indoor bike lock up, rags and air for working on your bikes, free breakfast, even at 4am the day of the race, and free wifi! Plus we are within walking distance of everything!

Be a part of history, with the 1st annual Challenge Penticton
Call 250-276-3030 to reserve now!

For more information on Challenge Penticton: http://www.challenge-penticton.com/about-penticton/

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Revved up and ready to swap! 4/20/13

classic
Below is a press release by the South Okanagan Events Centre. If you love classic cars, motorcycles or antiques then this is one event you don’t want to miss.
On a side note, Casa Grande Inn is walking distance from this event, and we have one room available by calling 250-276-3030

REVVED UP AND SWAP MEET READY!
(SOEC press release)

The South Okanagan Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada (VCCC) is holding their 23rd Annual Automotive, Motorcycle and Antique Swap Meet on Saturday, April 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For the fifth consecutive year, vendors from all over the province will fill the parking spaces surrounding the South Okanagan Events Centre.

“There’s something for everyone, and everyone’s welcome at the 23rd annual swap meet. It’s great family fun. Last year, we had over 1,700 shoppers,” notes Ron Garay, Swap Meet Registration Coordinator and Past President of the Vintage Car Club of Canada. “It’s a surprise. You never know what you will see and what might be for sale.”

This year, 100 vendors will be featured outside with an additional 50 vendors located inside the Penticton Curling Club. Merchandise will include: vintage vehicles, motorcycles, manuals, custom and muscle car parts. Antiques and memorabilia, such as glassware, brand specific glassware, antique auto license plates, toys, badges, old stock glass car lenses and tail lights will also be for sale. Speaking from experience, Garay suggests “if you see something you like, buy it. Don’t hesitate because, before you know it, it will be gone.”

Admission to the swap meet is $2. To encourage family participation, children 12 and under are free. A concession will be on-site serving breakfast and lunch.

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September 6 – 9 2013

September is a lovely time to visit Penticton!
The weather is warm!
The Crowds are gone!
The Wineries are open!
And now there are 2 back to back events that are going to make for an awesome long weekend.
The Pentastic Jazz Fest is September 6 – 8 2013
www.pentasticjazz.com

It’s the 17th annual and it’s always a BLAST! There are various venues around town with performances all day long! And shuttles to get you there! They say it’s the best jazz party in the North West! PLUS when you stay at Casa Grande Inn for 2 or more days during the festival, we’ll adorn your room with all kinds of Jazzy party favours to make the Party that much more fun!

Then on all the way from Ireland, September 9th Celtic Thunder will be performing at the SOEC!

Come for BOTH and stay at Casa Grande Inn, we are walking distance from BOTH events, as we are located on Lakeshore Drive across from Okanagan Beach.
Plus we offer free wifi and a complimentary breakfast each morning, served indoors or on lour beautiful Lakeview patio!

These are 2 events that you don’t want to miss!

Sept 6 - 9 2013

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Elvis and Beer April 5 & 6

Elvis and Beer! Could be the perfect weekend!

Pete Paquette (Elvis Tribute Artist) is coming to Penticton April 5, 2013 at the Cleland Theatre.
Click the appearances tab on this link for all the details…
http://www.paquetteproductions.com

Yes April 5 and 6 is also the Fest of Ale Weekend! This year will be the 18th annual celebration of beer, featuring food, entertainment, and yes, BEER! Follow the link for details.
http://www.fest-of-ale.bc.ca/

2 events! One Weekend! It will be the perfect getaway!
Make sure to book your stay at Casa Grande Inn, walking distance from both events 250-276-3030!
Casa Grande inn is the only Bed and Breakfast (B&B) on Lakeshore drive located across from Okanagan beach, the SS Sicamous and the rose garden!

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