Sandman Inn & Suites Vernon Gets a Beautiful Renovation!

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Close to both Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes and minutes from Silver Star Ski Resort, Sandman Inn & Suites Vernon has 86 beautifully renovated guest rooms simply waiting for you to enjoy.

Perfectly situated between Kelowna and Kamloops and surrounded by natural mountain splendor, Vernon is a great location for road trip stopovers, scenic interior sightseeing and business travels alike. Centrally located, this Sandman features everything from a business centre, high speed Internet, meeting and banquet facilities to a relaxing indoor pool. Whether you’re looking to visit the nearby Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes, Silver Star Ski Resort, surrounding wineries, or you simply want a comfortable nights’ rest, conveniences like an on-site Denny’s 24 Hour Restaurant make this the ideal setting for all your needs.

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Stay Warm with Sandman This Winter

Stay warmThe cold winter months have very few redeeming qualities. Many animals find that the best thing to do is simply sleep through it while studies show that human beings sleep more during the winter months as well. One of the few redeeming qualities of winter is snow.

There are few things more magical than looking out the window from your house and discovering those first flurries gently falling to the ground. Then the snow builds up outside our houses and we know the time has come to put on warm slippers, a cozy blanket, and curl up with some hot chocolate.

If snow and cold weather aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Sandman is the perfect place to stay warm this winter.

This winter, the Sandman hotels across British Columbia have the perfect offers to keep you warm.

Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

CorpKingDon’t let the winter blues get you down…
Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel has the perfect warm-up package for you.

Experience British Columbia’s Friendliest City this winter with exclusive rates sure to keep you warm during the cold winter months. Simply book this offer before December 31, 2014 and save 25% off the Best Available Rate. There’s never been an easier way to stay warm and get away at the same time. Book Now

Sandman Hotel Revelstoke

SAND Revelstoke_Lobby 3It pays to plan ahead!

Reserve and pay for your winter getaway booking a minimum of 21 days in advance and save 15% off the Best Available Rate.

Now that’s savings made easy. Book Now

Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

SAND_Kelowna_TowerSuite02Get the royal treatment with Sandman Kelowna’s Suite Deal!

For a limited time you can book an Executive Tower King Suite for $159 (normally starts at $184)! You’ll also receive a $50 gift certificate to Chop per reservation.

With over $75 in savings, you don’t want to miss out on the suitest deal in town!  Book your reservation online today. Book Now

Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel & Resort

SIG_Vancouver Airport_ExteriorPlan your weekend getaway with Sandman signature Vancouver Airport Hotel & Resort and receive incredible savings.  Book the Weekend Best and save as much as $50 on your accommodations!

Make your reservation online or call us at 1-800-SANDMAN (726-3626).

Sandman Hotel Penticton

poolWant to save while you stay with Sandman? Sandman Penticton’s got the perfect package for you. Simply book 2 or more nights and receive 15% off the Best Available Rate for a room of your choice.

Home to some of BC’s most celebrated wineries and surrounded  by picturesque lakes, mountains and  scenery, you can experience all that Penticton has to offer while enjoying our wonderful accommodations. Book Now

See you this winter!

Congratulations Okanagan Valley!

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Their well-travelled expert nomination panel – a wine educator and a wine buyer – made the original selections and then readers voted daily during the contest’s four-week run.  While British Columbia’s Okananagan Valley enjoyed an early lead, fans of Portugal’s appealing Alentejo region eventually assured it took top honours.

The full list of winners in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for ‘Best Wine Region to Visit’ contest category is as follows:

  1. Alentejo, Portugal
  2. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
  3. Maipo, Chile
  4. Marlborough, New Zealand
  5. Croatia
  6. Napa Valley, California
  7. Tuscany, Italy
  8. Oregon, United States
  9. Hunter Valley, Australia
  10. Virginia, United States
Beautiful view from Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

Beautiful view from Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

With six hotels in the Okanagan – two in Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Princeton & Vernon – many of which offer amazing Wine Packages, Sandman Hotel Group is absolutely thrilled about the Okanagan Valley receiving this amazing recognition.

If you have ever had the pleasure of travelling through the Okanagan, you have experienced great wines from a world where the most skilled grape-growers and winemakers create absolute works of art.

The below is an excerpt from one lucky traveller’s journal.

Driving south from Okanagan Falls, with a quick stop at the famous Tickleberry’s for a double-scoop black cherry ice cream cone (irresistible, by the way), the Valley not only heats up to over 40C most of the summer, but flattens into a narrow, guarded valley.

The terroir of the South Okanagan begins at the McIntyre Bluff, which lies on the western side of Okanagan Valley, halfway between Oliver, the self-anointed Wine Capital of Canada, and Okanagan Falls. Vaseux Lake, part of the Okanagan River system, nearly abuts this prominent landmark. This cliff is the steepest and most dramatic in the Okanagan Valley, and the valley itself is the narrowest and most constricted in the Okanagan at this spot.  It is here that the soils and climate begin to define a truly southern region unlike any other in British Columbia, or Canada, for that matter.

This distinctive valley is actually the northern most tip of the transcontinental Sonoran Desert with an annual rainfall of 9 inches or less and some of hottest temperatures in Canada. Its latitude is similar to France with long daylight growing hours, clear unpolluted skies and a light intensity that rivals any wine growing region in the world.

Okanagan vineyards_86651131It is gorgeous here, as everywhere you look the stunning landscape of sunburned hills, sandy desert with its silver sage, antelope bush, and prickly pear cactus, is abutted to the lush greenery of vineyard after vineyard. It is a beautiful collision of raw natural splendor and intrepid winemaker, lured here by both the potential and the challenges of a region so unlike any other in the world.

The South Okanagan is made up of three distinct benches each with its own microclimates that define each appellation.

• The Black Sage Bench sits on top of sandy soil that can run up to 300 feet deep. Parts of this area are protected ecological habitats that preserve antelope-brush, bunchgrass, sage and prickly pear cactus.

• The Osoyoos Bench is comprised of soils such as Stepney, Trepanier and Trewitt. These soils have developed in deep gravel-free and stone-free sandy, coarse-textured fluvioglacial deposits and minor fluvial fan deposits. The soils are well to rapidly drained.

• The Golden Mile Bench soils vary from Ponderosa, Ratnip and Stemwinder. They have developed in gravelly, cobbly, stony and bouldery coarse to medium-textured fluvial fan deposits.

OkanaganEach of these areas bring distinct wine characteristics equal to any appellation found in Burgundy, Bordeaux or the Rhone Valley in France.

The South Okanagan is fertile ground for B.C.’s ripest grapes and is home to the best Bordeaux-style (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) and Rhone-style (Syrah) wines being made in Canada. On the white side, Pinot Gris is a specialty of the region along with Chardonnay and Gewuztraminer.

The area, collectively known as the South Okanagan Wine Association (formerly called Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country), is a region that includes 21 wineries, from McIntyre Bluff to the north to the U.S. border in the south. The stunning beauty of the South Okanagan combined with the near-perfect growing conditions for the major vinifera grapes make it an ideal location for touring, staying and tasting.

The region still has a rural feel to it and is unspoiled by major development, other than the rush by wineries to plant more vineyards, build larger tasting rooms and gorgeous hilltop winery restaurants.

Touring in this region is a wonderful mix of wine, pastoral beauty with creeks, lakes, the historic and aboriginal influences, and stunning lake-side resort relaxation in near-perfect weather conditions from spring to fall.

Romance. Love. Passion. Valentine’s Day is Back!

love_92877334“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” ~Judy Garland

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ~Charles M. Schulz

“There’s a long life ahead of you and it’s going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other.” ~Yoko Ono

“I love romance. I’m a sucker for it. I love it so much. It’s pathetic.” ~Drew Barrymore

“I like perfume and flowers.” ~Donatella Versace

february 14_93828682Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and whether you’re looking to spend quality time with your loved one, romance them, or both, Sandman Hotel Group has you covered. Give the perfect gift of a Sandman stay this February 14th.

A few of our hotels in British Columbia have embraced romance and assembled a variety of packages to suit every couple’s needs.

Sandman Suites Vancouver – Davie Street

Grab your loved one and spend Valentine’s in one of the amazing suites overlooking Vancouver.

Choose from one of two packages and create a night (or nights) to remember.

The Experience Package includes: a night’s accommodation in a one-bedroom suite, sparkling wine on ice in your room upon arrival, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petals scattered on your bed, breakfast for two at Moxie’s, and free parking.

The Valentine’s Indulgence Package includes: a night’s accommodation in a one-bedroom Jacuzzi suite on the penthouse floor, sparkling wine on ice in your room upon arrival, chocolate covered strawberries, an edible bouquet in a keepsake container, LUSH bath bomb and bubble bar, floating candles in your Jacuzzi tub, breakfast for two at Moxie’s, and free parking.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine’s weekend to remember. Indulge your passionate side with a night of decadence, sparkling wine and roses upon arrival, $100 Chop Steakhouse & Bar, and memories to last a lifetime.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Squamish

love_129289046Every day is Valentine’s Day in Squamish . With beautiful surroundings and an array of activities, all you have to do is add elegance and indulgence to your getaway. Spend a beautiful night in the mountains with a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolates, a rose on arrival, complimentary early check-in of 1pm and late check-out of 1pm, and complimentary upgrade to the next best room upon check-in (based on availability).

But BC is not the only province that knows how to spoil a loved one. Numerous Sandmans in Alberta have created beautiful packages sure to please your significant other.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary West

The perfect getaway gift for you and your sweetheart awaits you. We’ll make sure you experience pure romance from start to finish! Treat your significant other to a romantic night away from home with our complete Romance Package, including a bottle of sparkling wine, a box of chocolates, and 2 – $10 Denny’s gift cards.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Calgary South

Treat your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine’s weekend away from home with our complete Valentine’s Packages. Simply book before February 7, 2014 and choose between our 3 offers:

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  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine
  • chocolate covered strawberries
  • 1 $30 gift card to Denny’s

Package B: 2 Night Stay

  • Everything from Package A AND
  • 1 $75 gift card to Chinook Mall
  • 1 $30 gift card to Moxie’s Grill & Bar

Package C: 3 Night Stay

  • Everything from Package A & B AND
  • 25% off your 3rd night
  • 1 $30 gift card to Denny’s

No matter where you are or what you’re looking for, Sandman has the perfect amount of romance for you.

Rose Petals of Love

Interesting Canadian Road Side Attractions

With the fall weather slowly creeping in, it’s fair to say that a large majority of Canadians are desperately trying to cling on to the last vestiges of that summer spirit. That’s why this upcoming Labour Day weekend is among the most coveted dates for ‘last chance’ road trips before the brisk awakening of autumn.  With many of our hotel locations situated along major travel routes we decided to compile a list of the best road side attractions to visit in Canada, because, after all, who doesn’t love a drive through corn stand?

Must See in BC

When most visitors think of sights to see in BC, they usually seek them out on water (whale watching is popular) or on the mountains (the province is famed for its skiing).  Yet, there are some interesting roadside pit stops that are enticing too. Take for instance the Giant Dump Truck in Sparwood.

The appropriately named, Terex 33-19 “Titan” tandem-axle off-road dump truck is among the biggest in the world. While it used to be a working vehicle, it now stands as an iconic reminder of the town’s rich mining history. Approximately 7 metres tall and nearly 20 metres long this glorified version of your kid’s toy weighs 260 tons – something the tots are sure to love!

Everyone needs a pit stop for food during their on-road travels, but sometimes burgers and fries just don’t suffice. That’s why there’s ‘The Sparkes Corn Barn’ drive though. Sprinkled across Chilliwack highway areas, you can simply pull up, order a bundle of the town’s freshest, and be on your merry way. Renowned for having some of the sweetest corn around, the bright yellow and green barns are easy to spot with their cute and colourful displays. A ‘golden’ opportunity, you’ll want to stop by at least once for some homegrown goodness.

The Ogopogo Sculpture, Kelowna, BC

Much like the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, Kelowna’s mythical (or real, depending on your sources) water creature is the stuff great legends are made of. Old folklore tells of a beastly lake monster that ate men, yet, if you look at the monument created in Kelowna, you might get a different impression. A cute and cuddly looking thing, this road side statue looks more like the flying dragon from ‘The Never Ending Story’ rather than a scaly, scary creature – which is good because the lake is a great place for a summer swim and hasn’t seen any man-eating activity for centuries.

The Enchanted Forest, Revelstoke BC (Roger’s Pass)

Perhaps one of the most curious sights you’ll see while travelling along the TransCanada Highway in BC, The Enchanted Forest is a real life …well, enchanted forest. Similar to what you’d envision for an Alice in Wonderland amusement park, this fantasy play ground was created way back in 1950s. Starting off as a lifelong passion for Doris Needham, she began creating her enchanted statues by hand using cement molds. Then, she and her husband found the ideal location near Revelstoke, BC and began turning their wide lot of land into a mythically charmed acreage. Clearing over 40 acres of land by hand with shovels, picks and saws, they were able to construct everything from candy cane houses to giant mushrooms for passersby to enjoy. Then, in 1960, they opened their pride and joy to the public, attracting a large number of highway travellers to their bright, colourful and curious forest. Now a local legend, this is the stuff dreams are made of – literally.

Giant Beaver, Beaverlodge, Alberta

Why did the beaver cross the road? To become a 3000-pound road side attraction of course. Perhaps the most fitting tribute to a town called ‘Beaverlodge’ this giant icon is truly Canadian in every sense of the word. Home of the Beaverloge Blades, a hockey team in the North West Junior Hockey Leauge (NWJHL), we’re pretty sure their proud of their wood-chipping mascot.

Giant Dinosaur, Drumheller, Alberta

There are 2 cool things about Drumheller’s famous road side attraction. One, the statue is a life-sized replica. Two, a long, long time ago, there was the real thing likely walking around the area. We’re talking about the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The king of all dinosaurs, this big guy is famed for being the largest T-Rex road side replica in the world. Standing at 26-plus metres (86 feet) tall, 145,000-pounds (65,770-kg) in weight this is the closest you can get to the ancient giant. By close, we mean really close, as in you can climb up inside its body for a mini-museum  tour all the way to the top where its mouth offers a stunning view of the surrounding area.

Big Cowboy Boot, Edmonton Alberta

Most folk passing through Edmonton get a big kick out of this roadside attraction. Perhaps the most carefully crafted footwear you’ll ever see, this statue was actually refurbished by a real shoe company, the Stallion Boot and Jean Company. An ode to the city’s prairie roots, you can go wrong with a good ol’ pair of cowboy boots.

World’s Biggest Wind Gauge, Lethbridge Alberta

With those strong Chinook winds, it makes sense that Lethbridge, Alberta would have a giant Wind Gauge in their city. Trouble is it doesn’t work! However, engineers can breathe a sigh of relief as the design is intentional to prevent unruly tourists from harming themselves by climbing or playing with it. Which is pretty smart if you think of it, because standing at 18 feet tall, you wouldn’t want to get hit in the head with its oversized ball bearing.

The Starship Enterprise, Vulcan, Alberta

Any Trekkie will love this one. There is a real place called Vulcan, and it lives in Alberta. Very aware of their kinship to the famed sci-fi series, the town decided to erect a giant statue of the starship Enterprise for every fan to enjoy. Near the statue is a visitor centre where onlookers can learn much about the Vulcan culture (the alien culture that is, not the actual culture of the town) in addition to many other Star Trek related facts. Maybe the town should adopt a new slogan – ‘live long and prosper’ perhaps?

The Second Largest Fire Hydrant, Elm Creek, Manitoba

Standing at over 30 feet tall, this mammoth statue was built by volunteer fire fighters as a tribute to their team. Seven months in the making, it is an impressive sight, and likely a huge beacon for tourists and dogs alike.

Very Big Van Gogh, Manitoba, Canada

Did you know that Altona, Manitoba is the ‘Sunflower Capital’ of Canada? If your answer was no, then you might want to take a drive out there where you can find a 76-foot tall easel with a giant hand-painted replica of Van Gogh’s classic ‘Sunflowers’. We’re glad they went creative on this one, because a giant bottle of sunflower oil wouldn’t have been as attractive.

A Giant Orange, Montreal, Quebec,

Yup, this one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a 3-storey tall orange. Yet, it has more functionality than most of the other road side attractions. It serves orange juice and has been doing so since 1942.

Easter Island Head , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

If you’re looking to play a good trick on your friends, you can head over to Tilley Endurables in Toronto where they have a giant Easter Islands head sculpture. Standing at 15 feet tall, the head looks like the real thing and with the help of some crafty camera work, could fool people into thinking that you took a wild vacation somewhere far, far away.

So, if you’re on the road this long weekend, and you’ve got a bit of time to spare, you might want to check out some of these quirky and fun pit stops. After all, they always make good photos opportunities and that long drive just a bit more exciting!

Of course, Sandman Hotels are ready to provide you with a good night’s sleep should you need a place to stay, so check out our locations along the way.