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Travel YouTubers
Jun18

Can’t travel just yet? Spending your time bingeing YouTube and Netflix in the meantime? Why not combine your wanderlust with your vlogger addiction? Here are 12 travel YouTubers we are loving right now. 

1. Kold

Sam Kolder is a Canadian travel junkie armed with a 6K drone for stunning landscape shots and areal views of his destinations—when he doesn’t accidentally break it, that is! Some of his most popular videos include 5 Days in Bali and My Best Drone Clips (2019).

2. Lost LeBlanc

Canadain Christian LeBlanc did what many of us only dream about: quitting his day job to travel the world. His channel launched in 2015 and since then he has been creating a mix of inspiring content and how-to guides. 

3. Sailing La Vagabonde

Couple Elayna and Riley are Australian travel YouTubers with the dream of circumnavigating the globe by sailboat…initially having no clue of how to sail. They have now sailed over 90,000nm each across many oceans, making videos along the way. 

4. Wolter’s World

Mark and Jocelyn are a wife-husband team who travel with their kids and make all the big touristy mistakes and warn you about them so that you don’t have to. This channel is down-to-earth and filled with the best travel tips. 

5. Hey Nadine

Nadine Sykora’s charming and personable channel boasts videos on travel hacks, tips and advice, packing guides, destination ideas, videos about food, and more. Check out her Things to Inspire You series for the best binge-worthy travel content.

6. Sorelle Amore

Sorelle Amore is a fun and quirky travel guide with relatable content about everything from art, sustainability, being a digital nomadic, and even how to take the best selfies. Viewers love her honesty and ability to not take life too seriously. 

7. Fearless and Far 

YouTuber Mike Corey is an adventure travel specialist with videos about exploring abandoned places, attending the craziest festivals and celebrations around the globe, and observing isolated tribes. 

8. The Planet D

Married couple Dave and Deb produce a weekly video series about their adventures around the globe—they have visited 110 countries and counting. They were named a top travel influencer by Forbes magazine.

9. Mark Wiens

Mark is a food-centric traveller who offers his captivated audience cuisine reviews as well as general travel tips. Watch him hunt down the best Thailand seafood, sample Iranian street food, and meet the “pajama chef.”

10. Drew Binsky

Drew has been chronicling his journey to visit every country in the world (currently at 194/197!) with video content that is more like mini-documentaries than typical influencer stuff. He currently holds two world records: the most UNESCO Heritage sites visited within 24-hours and the fastest recorded suitcase packing. 

11. I Am Aileen

Aileen Adalid left her job at age 21 to become a full-time entrepreneur, blogger, and vlogger. This travel and adventure guru has even been featured on BBC, National Geographic, Business Insider, Cosmopolitan, and Lonely Planet.

12. Brooke Saward

Brooke lives out of her suitcase and makes her living as a writer and travel influencer. She started with a popular blog but has now broken into videos/vlogs on YouTube. She wrote and published World of Wanderlust with Penguin Random House in 2016.

Who are your favourite travel YouTubers? Ready to experience the joy of traveling yourself? Reach out to us at Breakaway Vacations and we can help you find the perfect vacation spot around beautiful British Columbia. 

Homemade Road Trip Snacks
Jun11

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as settling in for a summer road trip surrounded by your favourite treats. It’s easy to stock up on chips, candy, and pop but why not try a healthier route this year? These homemade road trip snacks are a better alternative to prepackaged junk. 

What are we looking for in homemade road trip snack ideas? 

Sure, anything can technically be a road trip snack so long as it doesn’t take up too much room. But we are specifically looking for road trip snacks that:

  • are easily portable 
  • don’t create much waste
  • non-messy and doesn’t leak  
  • don’t spoil quickly
  • no utensils needed 
  • Healthy (ish)! 

With saying that, let’s dive in! 

DIY Trail Mix 

This is one of the easiest and most filling options for a DIY road trip snack. Go to the bulk section at your grocery store and pick from their selection of nuts, pretzels, crackers, dried fruit, cereal, chocolate, candy, or anything else you want to add. You can make this snack as healthy as you want by adding more nuts and fruit and fewer sweets. You can also make each road trip guest’s baggy a bit different. If Jen loves M&Ms, add some extras to hers. If Bill hates pretzels, leave them out for him. Be sure to use reusable Tupperware or lunch baggies to keep this treat eco-friendly. 

Dehydrated Fruit Pieces 

You can buy these pre-made or make them yourself. We’re a fan of homemade dehydrated fruit because you can use fresh, local produce and make more for your buck. Apples, strawberries, bananas, apricots, and cherries are all popular fruits for dehydrating. You can dehydrate your fruit with a variety of tools: specialty dehydrator appliances, an air fryer, or even your oven. You can even go all out and make dehydrated fruit leather snacks

Baked Kale or Potato Skin Chips

Potato chips and other salty fried snacks are a popular road trip treat. However, they are often over-salted and packed with bad fats. Making your own chips using kale or potato skins is a healthy alternative. Whichever you decide to use, kale or potato skins, making chips is as easy as coating them lightly in oil, adding a pinch of seasoning (salt or your choice), and popping them in the oven for a bit. Remember: these snacks might be brittle once prepared so packing them in a bag is ill-advised. Try a sturdy Tupperware container instead! A piece of paper towel at the bottom will soak up excess oil until you’re ready to eat them. 

Fun Flavoured Popcorn

Popcorn is a super easy pack-and-go snack but you can make it even better by experimenting with different flavours. Try Salty Spicy Popcorn, Cinnamon Honey Popcorn, or Cheddar Cheese Popcorn. Google search “popcorn + [your favourite flavour profile]” and something will probably pop up. If not, invent it yourself! If you aren’t feeling particularly crafty you can also buy flavour shakers for your popcorn. This works particularly well if your road trip crew can’t decide on one flavour—get a few of each! 

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Need help planning your BC road trip? Contact us at Breakaway Vacations and we’ll help you plan something perfect! 

Summer BBQ
Jun11

Use these tips to host the best BBQ party this summer. 

Summer is here and the outdoors are calling. Hopefully, most of you have got your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are anticipating your second (if applicable). In the coming months, we might even have the go-ahead to mingle with family and friends. 

As gatherings safely restart, you might be thinking of a few outdoor events with which to test the waters. And a BBQ party in your backyard or at a public park is a great place to start. 

Here are a few ideas to plan and host the best BBQ event of the season. 

Pick Guests Wisely

We’re just getting used to hanging out in crowds again. Let’s keep it simple for the first few attempts! Invite your family and a few close friends and keep it at that. A private Facebook group can be a good way to keep tabs on who has RSVP’d. 

Provide Dietary Options

Have meat- and plant-based options and ask your guests ahead of time if anyone needs a special menu (gluten intolerance, vegan, dairy allergy). The same applies to desserts. There’s nothing worse than being the only one who can’t partake in the cupcakes or brownies! 

Decide: BYOB?

Make sure your guests are crystal clear about whether the BBQ is a dry event, BYOB affair, or an open bar situation. Be sure to provide the basics, like a source for water and maybe some soda in a cooler. 

Weather Check

Obviously, you’ll want to aim for a sunny day. But sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t perform as promised. Email or text your guest list a day or two before with a weather update, letting them know what to expect and what to bring—be it sunscreen or umbrellas! 

Game Plan

Bring a few things for people to do, if they are so inclined. A deck of cards, a few sets of dice, or pen and paper for charades can go a long way. Keep it simple, as people may get caught up in socializing and not tap into them at all. Still, it’s nice to have for any lulls! 

Side Dishes

A build-your-own salad is always an easy side. Just chop some veggies and provide a few dressing options. Or, consider having people bring their own dish, salad, or snack while you provide the main course. 

Venue Rules

You’ll want to check any venue rules before you solidify your plans. Does the location have limitations on gathering sizes? Are fire bans in effect in your area? Is the site dog-friendly or not? Be aware of these for yourself—but don’t forget to inform your guests, too! 

DIY DJ

Have a game plan for playing some tunes while your guests mingle. A Bluetooth stereo will do the trick but be sure it has enough juice to get you through the evening. A battery pack, extension cord, or camping generator will do the trick in most circumstances. 

What are your best BBQ tips? Let us know in the comments.

If you’re staying with us at Breakaway Vacation, ask us which of our luxury vacation cottages have BBQ access! Our friendly travel advisors are always happy to help. 

Parksville and Qualicum Beach events
May28

Visiting Vancouver Island this spring? Be sure to check out these Parksville and Qualicum Beach events (+ some greater area stuff) for June 2021. Be sure to follow all COBID-19 safety protocols during your visit. And, as always, respect and honour the local community!

1. The 5K Foam Fest
Sat., Jun. 5, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Arbutus Meadows Event and Equestrian Centre
1515 Island Hwy E, Nanoose Bay, BC

5k Foam Fest has 22 of some of the best and most exciting Obstacles in the world including the worlds largest inflatable waterslide, slip and slides, and mucky mud pits. Combine these with 2.5 million cubic feet of foam that we pump out at each event and you are destined to have an awesome day!

2. Rollin’ With It at Qualicum Museum
Thu., Jun. 10, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Qualicum Beach Museum
587 Beach Rd, Qualicum Beach, BC

For adults who want to get outside and bring your preschooler – in a stroller, carrier, or walking. Rain or shine. Book your spot here.

3. BC Shellfish And Seafood Festival 2021
Jun. 11 – 20

Vancouver Island Conference Centre
101 Gordon St, Nanaimo, BC

BC Seafood Festival is one of the largest seafood industry trade events in the pacific northwest attracting suppliers, qualified domestic and international buyers. Seafood lovers will enjoy sampling the food and even packing some up to take back home.

4. Munchkinland at Storybook Village
Fri., Jun. 11, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Qualicum Commons
744 Primrose St, Qualicum Beach, BC

Munchkinland is a free program for children birth to kindergarten age and their adult. Oceanside BLT Munchkinland in Qualicum Beach is part of the BC StrongStart program.

5. Jett Auto Auction
Sat., Jun. 12, 11:30 a.m.

JETT Auction
861 Allsbrook Rd, Parksville, BC

We are a Wholesale Auto Auction Open to the Public! Over 100 vehicles for sale each week; chances are that you will find what you are looking for!

6. Saturday Breakfast Club at Family Place
Sat., Jun. 12, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Family Place (School District 69)
494 Bay Ave, Parksville, BC

Kids can come play at Parksville Muchkinalnd and the adults are given a breakfast-themed takeaway when they leave. Be sure to book ahead to secure a spot.

7. Topless Breakfast at Ricky’s
Sat., Jun. 12, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Ricky’s All Day Grill – Parksville
1480 Huntley Rd, Parksville, BC

Meetup for Breakfast with your convertible and some good conversation! After breakfast, for those interested, maybe go for drive to Cumberland. This is a local Meet Up event!

8. Art Bites ONLINE – Oil Pastels with Deborah Nicol
Sun., Jun. 13, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

McMillan Arts Centre
133 McMillan St, Parksville, BC

Try out this fun art medium with Deborah Nicol. Deb started her artistic endeavors with pencil portraits, quickly moving into Oil Pastels and Oils and expanding into landscapes and paintings of children. Deb also teaches Art Bites Acrylics classes.

9. Cruise Night – Parksville/Qualicum Beach
Fri., Jun. 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Parksville Community Park
193 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC

Kick-off  Father’s Day Weekend with a cruise; open to everyone driving a classic vehicle who wants to join 400 plus enthusiasts for a scenic cruise of the Parksville & Qualicum Beach area. Food vendors and merchandise sales on-site including T-shirts, hats, souvenirs, raffles, and lots more.

10. Poker Run
Sat., Jun. 19, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Parksville Community Park
193 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC

Open to 150 pre-registered vehicles only due to limited space at our host location. Merchandise sales on site including T-Shirts, hats, souvenirs, and raffle tickets. Learn more here.

Need somewhere to stay on Vancouver Island so that you can make it to these great events? Contact us at Breakaway Vacations and we’ll set you up with the luxury vacation rental of your dreams.

Pender Island Attractions
May21

There’s a lot to love about Pender Island. Here are some of our favourite Pender Island attractions, sites, and hot spots.   

The Beaches  

Pender Island is divided into the North and South islands and both have plenty of beaches to choose from. Try Beaumont Marine Park or Brooks Point Regional Park (south island) or Roe Lake, Medicine Beach Sanctuary, or Roesland Gulf National Park (north island). Waterfront hot spots vary across the island so you might find rocky shore, silky smooth sands, or winding marina docks. 

Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards  

If you know anything about B.C., you know that we love our vineyards and wineries. Pender Island has one of its own: Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards. Their tasting room is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 PM. They were featured by SIP Northwest as one of the “9 Wineries to Visit Before You Die”.

The Parks  

Pender Island offers many parks and natural areas for the wilderness loving traveler. Check out Greenburn Lake or Bridge Trail park on the south island; or, try Community Park or Roe Lake on the north island. You can also access many areas of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, which has touchpoints on both island halves and spand across 15 islands total!

Mount Norman  

Mount Norman Park spans over 100 hectares of land covered by plains, forests, and mountain slopes. Mt Norman is actually a part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, as well. You can trek to the mountain summit (44 metres/800 feet) for an unparalleled view of the vistas and waters.

Kayak Rentals   

Pender Island is a great tourist spot for water sports like kayaking and canoeing. Check out Pender Island Kayak Adventure or Dog Mermaid Eco Excursions. These venues offer hosted tours, day trips, or DIY equipment rentals. Any waterway adventure has the potential to expose you to B.C. wildlife like eagles, sea otters, and whales.

The Hiking Trails   

Pender Island has plenty of hiking trails to choose from with varying degrees of difficulty and length. Do some research on the paths before you depart. You can try Beaumont Trail, Greenburn Lake Look Out, William Walker Trail, as well as smaller local hidden gems.

Pender Island Golf & Country Club  

Pender Island Golf & Country Club is very close to Otter Bay and has been in operation since 1945. This 9 hole public golf course is open year round and the property includes access to a well stocked golf shop and the El Faro lounge. You can also book golf lessons with trainers on site.

The Coffee Shops  

Pender Island shirks big chain venues in favour of small, locally owned cafes like Vanilla Leaf Bakery Cafe and Slow Coast Coffee. Wherever you are staying will have its secret spots and local favourites. Be sure to ask around or do a bit of online searching to see what’s around.

The Summer Markets   

Both North Pender Island and South Pender Island have their own major farmers’ markets. Up north, keep a look out for the aptly-named Farmer’s Market on Pender Island; down south, look for Nighthawk Farm Farmers’ Market. Both have a wide variety of local goods.

Breakaway Vacations Cottages

Big, sterile hotel chains are so blah. As a tourist hub, Pender Island offers visitors a broad choice of where they want to say. For example, a luxury lakeside vacation cottage with access to a pool, BBQs, outdoor seating, and firepits. Contact us at Breakaway Vacations and ask about Pender Island vacation rental availability for summer.  

What Pender Island attractions are you most excited for? Let us know so we can help you plan the perfect getaway.

Vancouver Island Cabin Rentals
May14

Vancouver Island is a perfect vacation location in Canada. People from across Canada and around the world travel to British Columbia to enjoy the hot weather, expansive beaches, and vibrant wineries. You might be looking for Vancouver Island Cabin Rentals as an affordable and personable alternative to corporate hotel brands. If so, there are a few things you should consider before booking your cabin rental.  

What is Your Budget for the Trip?

Vacation budgets vary wildly and also depend on how long you’ll be staying and what type of activities you’ll be participating in while there. the Island is a great destination because there are plenty of free activities to partake in, like exploring the local parks.   

Sit down with a spreadsheet or checklist and brainstorm how much you are looking to spend on lodgings, food, activities, and travel expenses like gas or plane tickets. Remember: You’ll be spending a lot of time at your rental cottage and will want it to be comfortable, spacious, and safe. You can skimp on your food and drink budget but it’s best not to skimp on where you’ll be sleeping.   

Regardless, there are vacation cottages on Vancouver Island ranging from $100/night upward so you are sure to find something that fits within the range you set for yourself.  

How Many People Are Staying with You?

This will help you determine how many beds and rooms are needed within your vacation cottage of choice. More rooms tend to have a higher expense. Fewer rooms will allow you to save money. See if anyone in your group is willing to sleep on a couch or pullout bed—these tend to be located in the den area and don’t add much extra cost.   

1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom cottages are pretty reliably available, as they tend to be the more popular sizes. You can also consider splitting your group up into smaller, more manageable parties and booking separate rentals for each clan. For something like that, you might want to seek out a rental cottage community so that you are still in close proximity to one another. 

Are Pets Allowed at Your Cabin?

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Not every vacation property allows pets so be sure to call ahead and get a clear yes or no answer before you pack Fido up in her kennel!  

Are There Budget Vacation Deals Available?

Watch for booking deals for longer stays, last-minute rental discounts, or off-season specials to save a bit of money on your per-night rate. The best way to do this is to follow local Vancouver Island tourism companies on social media, where they are most likely to post and advertise these sorts of things. For example, you can find Breakaway Vacations on Facebook!

How Well-Cared for are the Vancouver Island Cabin Rentals?

Check online ratings, look at photos (and ask how recent they are), and email the cottage owner about cleaning regulations between guests. You don’t want to be stuck in a place that looks like it’s falling apart, nor do you want to be deceived by interior images that are way out of date. Don’t be afraid to push a bit here and get all the information you need to make the best decision.  

Does it Come with Any Perks (pool access, WIFI)?

Not all cottage rentals will come with extras, nor should they, but it’s always a nice thing to have! Ask about:  

  • Free WIFI access   
  • Private yard space (with furniture?)   
  • Pool access   
  • Firepit access  
  • BBQ access  
  • Boardgames   
  • DVDs or Netflix login  
  • Any other perks you can think of 
  • How Long are You Staying? Is It During Busy Season?

If you are planning a longer trip or booking for the busy season (summertime, holidays, and so on) then be sure to start looking far, far in advance to make sure you get what you need before it sells out.   

Do You Need Some Expert Help Picking between Vancouver Island Cabin Rentals?  

Give us a call or email at Breakaway Vacations if you need help picking a cabin or cottage rental that works best for you. We have several luxury cottages available across the main Island, Pender Island, and more.    

4 Events Parksville Qualicum
Apr30

Will you be in the Parksville or Qualicum are this May? Here are a few local events to look forward to. Events in the Parksville Qualicum area are tailored to COVID-19 safety, either being outdoors, following strict distancing and mask guidelines, or moving entertainment online.  

1) Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

644 Veterans Way, Qualicum Beach, B.C. 

The Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8:30AM to 12PM. A variety of local vendors offer homemade souvenirs, baking, and fresh produce for your perusal. The Market is a way to support the community and the people who make it thrive. You will be able to meet various mid-Island producers of quality fruits, vegetables, berries, and other products.  We files this under “May Events in the Parksville Qualicum Area” but did you know the Market goes on all summer? Check their website for more details! 

Please note: The Market has been modified to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines set by the BCCDC in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. No pets are allowed at the Market.  

2) The Key to Organizing Your Family History by Qualicum Beach Family History Society
May 5 

Presentation on Zoom. 

Diana Elder, an Accredited Genealogist and & Author from Salt Lake City, will be hosting a Zoom presentation in partnership with the Qualicum Beach Family History Society. The presentation will focus on tips and tricks to organizing your own family history so that your legacy can be preserved for generations to come. Anyone can access the presentation so long as you have a reliable wifi connection; simply claim a spot by visiting www.qbfhs.ca 

3) The Lady With All The Answers at Village Theatre
May 7, 8, 9 

Streamed online by ECHO Players.  

ECHO Players is Oceanside’s very own community theatre troupe and after a year hiatus, they are coming back with an online presentation of The Lady With All The Answers by David Rambo. This play tells the story of writer Ann Landers, circa 1975, as she pulls an all-nighter crafting “the most difficult column of her career.” It’s a tale drawn from the historical life and preserved letters of real-life Ann Landers, who is played in this presentation by Qualicum Beach actress Karen Golden. 

Tickets are $22 for families and $15 for individuals. 

4) Oceanside Grandmothers Welcome Spring Plant Sale
May 15 

738 Gaetjen Street, Parksville, B.C. 

Oceanside Grandmothers, also known as G2G, is a group that hosts various local events around town throughout the year. They are Canadian grandmothers who raise funds on Vancouver Island to help grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa bring up their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. On Saturday, May 15th between 8AM and 1PM, they are having a “Welcome Spring” plant sale offering varied vegetable, flower, and indoor plants. All funds go to reliable grassroots projects through the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 

Visit us online at Breakaway Vacations to learn more about the Parksville Qualicum area as well as other spots across Vancouver Island and within the Okanagan Valley. Planning a future vacation? We can help!  

You might also like: The Best Staycation Ideas in British Columbia for 2021 

B.C. Vacation Rentals
Mar26

Everyone has different wants and needs when picking out which B.C. vacation rentals might be perfect for a long weekend stay or a whole week away. Whether you are on a budget, traveling with family, or planning a big event, we have a vacation property picked out for you.

Vacation Rentals on a Budget   

Who doesn’t love a great deal? These B.C. vacation rentals are budget-friendly.  

  1. West Kelowna Classic Lakeview Cottage 

From $100/night as of writing this (prices subject to change). Sweet and simple 1 bedroom plus loft cottage, beautifully furnished with 1.5, 2 queen-sized beds and pullout sofa. Fully equipped kitchen with washer and dryer in the unit. Private sun deck with a gas BBQ grill. Units have air conditioning. This cottage type is available on the lower resort.

  1. Bowser, Vancouver Island Seacroft Cabin 

From $89/night as of writing this (prices subject to change). Cozy 2-bedroom cottage in a serene location with easy beach access. West coast design with character wood ceiling, inviting wood stove, and front porch. Full kitchen, dining area, living room, 1 bathroom, and deck. The location is private and quiet and a short walk to the beautiful Vancouver Island waterfront. Great for the nature lover.  

Vacation Rentals for Families   

These properties have room for the whole family…and Fido, too!  

  1. West Kelowna Barona Beach Condo 

Comfortably sleeps 6 guests. 2-bedroom and den 4th-floor condo with 3 full bathrooms and fully stocked premium kitchen. High-end finish in this waterfront building. Great location in wine country, minutes to Kelowna’s best wineries such as Mission Hill, Quail’s Gate, and many more.  

  1. Pender Island Oceanfront Rental Home 

Comfortably sleeps 6 guests. 2-bedroom oceanfront home with a sleeping den. A comfortable, attractive, oceanfront bungalow featuring cedar siding, a shake roof, beamed ceiling. An appealing, 1640-square-foot house finished with Pender cedar and fir throughout and featuring many works of local artists. Pets okay!   

Vacation Rentals for Events or Large Groups   

Have a bridal shower, wedding, corporate event, family reunion, or other such plan coming up? These properties have room for everyone.  

  1. North Pender Island Ocean View Vacation Home 

Comfortably sleeps 8 guests. Great for “small” gatherings like birthdays or bachelorette parties. Beautiful oceanfront, 3-bedroom Pender Island vacation home, with 2-bathrooms and plenty of space. Equipped with all the amenities and sits right over the water. The marina and boat launch offer kayaks and other boats to rent. A heated swimming pool beckons you during the summer months.   

  1. La Casa Mirador Guest House 

The Guest House has everything: 6 large bedrooms, 1 master suite, and a bunkhouse level just for the kids. A large open kitchen, huge island, all new appliances, and two ovens. Expansive 2400-square-foot deck overlooking Lake Okanagan. The patio has a gas fireplace, lounge chairs, barbecue, darts, and outdoor seating. The games room has a pool table, fireplace, and plenty of board games. A movie theatre with a 10 x 20 ft screen and 15 surround sound speakers is available. Keg fridge with a tap (you bring the keg). Plus, a built-in sound system that connects right to your iPhone.  

Ready to book or continue to browse? Check out Breakaway Vacations’ full property catalogue with reservation forms on each page.   

Bachelorette Party
Mar19

We love weddings and all the fanfare around them. In fact, we love when happy couples consider La Casa Cottage Resorts for their celebrations, maybe even use La casa Mirador Guest House for the ceremony. But planning a wedding from start to finish is tough. So here are some tips and tricks to get the bachelorette party juuuuust right.  

DO: Ask the bride what type of party she wants.
DON’T: Hire strippers and buy penis hats for the lolz 

Every bride is different. Some people want a wild, crazy, go-all-out party weekend. On the other hand, some women prefer something quieter and more elegant. Be sure you are tailoring the bachelorette party to the specific preferences of the bride-to-be. Remember: this party is all for her.  

DO: Take care to respect budgetary concerns for all guests.
DON’T: Surprise people with last-minute expenses.  

Respect how much money people are able or willing to spend. If you are struggling to cover even the bare necessities, consider doing a fundraiser with the bride’s extended family to cover some of the expenses. However, the cost mainly falls upon the maid of honour and the bachelorette party guests. Consider saving money ideas, like picking an “out of season” weekend, making snacks rather than buying them, and implementing BYOB. Here’s a budget spreadsheet to get you started.

DO: Plan enough activities to keep people entertained. 
DON’T: Over-schedule every minute of the day.  

The bachelorette party should be fun for everyone. Plan enough activities to occupy a few hours a day, if it’s a multi-day event. Leave room for relaxation and conversation. You’ll want to start with games and introductions and gifts. However, as the night goes on, the schedule should loosen up a bit. Give people something to look forward to but also plenty of time to socialize and kick back.  

DO: Have back-up plans in place.
DON’T: Ever assume things will go 100% according to plan.  

Always have a backup plan! You should always assume the best but plan for the worst. For example, maybe the restaurant you made reservations at floods unexpectedly. Seek out a few backup options (don’t book them, just know where they are and what they offer) so that you can bounce back quickly from unexpected hitches. 

DO: Reserve any venues or tables way ahead of time. 
DON’T: Overbook your rooms or surprise venues with extra guests. 

Make sure you have booked all appropriate accommodations, dinner reservations, limo pick-up or other transportation, and anything else that might need to be “held” for larger groups. Get RSVPs before booking and try not to surprise venues with additional guests. Restrictions to, say, room rental occupancy are there for a reason. You don’t want to end up with any unpleasant fines!  

BONUS: Thinking of hosting your bachelorette party in the Okanagan? These accommodations are perfect for 6 to 8 guests, making them a great option for small gatherings. 

Looking for the perfect venue for your wedding, family reunion, or corporate event? Try Breakaway Vacations! We host groups from 8 to 26. 

Simple Baking Ideas
Mar12

Here at Breakaway Vacations, all of our luxury vacation cottages have full-sized, well-equipped kitchens for your personal use. However, it can still be a challenge thinking up what to make in a kitchen that isn’t your own. What ingredients do you buy? Will you have time to use them all? That’s why these simple baking ideas are the perfect holiday vacation treat.   

Easy Chocolate Mug Cake  

  • 1 large egg  
  • ¼ cup half and half  
  • 2 T. butter  
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla  
  • ¼ cup white sugar  
  • ¼ cup flour  
  • 2 T. cocoa powder  
  • ½ tsp. espresso or Turkish coffee  
  • ½ tsp. baking powder  
  • ⅛ tsp. salt  
  • 2 T. white chocolate chips  
  • 2 T. toffee chips  

A mug cake is the perfect low hassle, no mess baking treat that doesn’t stick you with a bunch of leftovers. With this recipe, each makes just one serving so it’s the perfect bite-sized snack to sweeten up your vacation evenings. You can swap out “optional” ingredients like espresso, white chocolate chips, and toffee chips with whatever flavours you want. Try icing the top and decorating it with candy, like M&Ms.   

Learn how to make it at Hilda’s Kitchen Blog 

3-Ingredient Cookies  

  • 2 ripe bananas  
  • ½ cup oats  
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips  

What can be better than something SO easy to make that it only takes 3 ingredients? These chocolate oat cookies are the perfect weekend-away treat and they only take about 20 minutes to prepare. You can swap out chocolate pieces for raisins or other dried fruit if you like. Any extra oats, bananas, and chocolate can be used to make delicious breakfast oatmeal the next morning, too. Zero waste!   

Learn how to make it at All Recipes 

Brownies in a Jar  

Jar  

  • 2 1/4 cup Sugar  
  • 1 1/4 cup Flour  
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa  
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder  
  • 1 tsp Salt  

To Bake  

  • 3/4 cup butter  
  • 4 Eggs  

Brownies in a Jar, sometimes called “Mason Jar Brownies,” are a great way to pack your favourite dessert with you while you travel. Essentially, you pre-mix all of the dry brownie ingredients into a jar and throw the whole thing in your suitcase. Then, it only takes adding a few eggs and a bit of butter to get them oven ready.   

Learn how to make it at Apron Free Cooking.   

Easiest Jello Dessert Ever  

  • 3 Jello cups   
  • 1 TBS blueberries  
  • 1 TBS blackberries  
  • 1/2 TBS raspberries  
  • 2 strawberries large size and sliced  
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream (ready to use)  

This recipe is a bit of a “cheat”—there’s no baking involved and most of the ingredients just need to be mixed together. What makes it special, though, is that it calls for fresh fruit. If you are visiting one of our vacation properties in the Okanagan, fresh and local fruit will be a-plenty! Head to one of Kelowna’s farmer’s markets to hunt down the best-of-the-best produce.   

Learn how to make it at Adrian’s Best Recipes

Are you going to try any of these simple baking ideas next time you are on vacation? If you do, tag us on social media using  #BreakawayVacations.