Its been a little under three years since we first opened in May 2013 with excitement and a little apprehension about what was going to happen. We decided to open on quite short notice and accomplished a ton of work to do so. Our first challenge after opening was the fridge dying within the first few weeks – so much for buying used. We had to quickly replace it with the only other type of full fridge that would fit in the space we had for it. Challenges like these continued as in any business but we were able to meet them and improve the space along the way. Over the years, guest feedback and our own travel experiences has had us enhance the space for guests. We have added kitchen items such as a crockpot, blender, etc. and other useful items such as spare sheets, hair dryer, more games and DVDs. We have added a screen on the patio door and created more privacy by adding a blind on the living room window and a privacy screen on the door.
But the real learning has been in discovering just how much fun it is to meet people from all over the world and share our beautiful little island community with them. Each year we have had a variety of guests from solos to couples to families and groups of friends. Some have been here for quiet and reflection, some to visit friends and relatives, and many are here to explore and experience island living. There have been many highlights including watching our daughter interact with Flemish speaking kids using google translate and mime, witnessing the enthusiasm of guests seeing starfish and other sealife for the first time, listening to kids playing happily in our backyard while their parents relaxed, chatting and sharing stories, and many many more.
The continued positive reviews from all of our guest is incredibly gratifying and definitely keeps us going. Check some of them out on our testimonials page.
We are looking forward to another great year!
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!
Protection Island is holding its annual ArtWalk on Saturday, December 7, 2013! With 13 stops and many more artists, this is a truly great way to get to know the island and meet friendly islanders. It is also an excellent source of locally made, creative Christmas gifts.
Come to Protection Island’s Art Walk!
Protection Island is busy right now with lots of Fall and Hallowe’en related events. So far, the community garden has held its annual pumpkin carving event with the Little Diggers kids program, the library sponsored story telling, and the 1st Annual Zombie Walk scared the island. Coming up are some fun gatherings for more pumpkin carving, treats, and costumes at the library and our local haunted house, as well as the big event: Hallowe’en on the island involves a fantastic haunted house, trick or treating with LOTS of booty to be had, and a community bonfire. What fun!
Cory installing curtains
Well the rains and storms are here and summer is well and truly over. It is time to take stock of the first four months hosting guests at Ahoy Guesthouse. We are very pleased that, despite the fact that we decided to open only a little more than a month before our June 1st opening, we managed to create a comfortable and fully stocked guest unit that was much appreciated. It is exciting to have been very busy over our first season; big thanks to islanders and friends who have helped us pass the word along. We certainly wouldn’t have been as successful without loads of support from neighbours, friends, and family.
Swimming with the grandkids
Guests have consistently given us very good reviews. Many have commented on how they felt right at home the moment they walked in. While we continued to add supplies – and a new fridge – in response to guest comments and our own observations, guests really seemed to feel that they had access to all the items and information that they needed. Each guest party wanted something slightly different from their experience. Some wanted a peaceful escape from “real life”, some just needed a bed to lie down on after attending weddings or other social activities with islanders, and others wanted to interact with us a little more and learn about island living. We did our best to meet these diverse needs and, judging by the reviews, it seems that Ahoy Guesthouse was able to be all of those things. We sure had fun meeting everyone and sharing our island with them.
In closing, thanks so much to everyone who helped make Ahoy Guesthouse a great place to stay at this summer, to friends and neighbours who referred people to us, and to our guests whose friendliness and enthusiasm were a pleasure.
Renowned musician and writer Rick Scott will perform at the Nanaimo Child Development Center Telethon, along with his grand-daughter Lilu Scott, the Kerplunks, and other performers. See http://www.nanaimocdc.com/events/telethon/ for the schedule.