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“Perfectly Memorable | Memorably Perfect” 5 of 5 stars
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Simply Delicious Lodge
18 Renata Rd. | Renata, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 4V8, Canada   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Castlegar B&B and Inns
Gravenhurst, Canada
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“Perfectly Memorable | Memorably Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Shari & Ari are creating a beautiful home with all the amenities a traveller needs to enhance her stay: three delicious and different meals every day, comfortable beds, helpful information and history about Renata and the surrounding countryside, glorious views and an easy-going environment that invites de-stressing from the city. Sort of a mini-lodge without the pretensions and price of a "Lodge" - a B & B with meals - Simply Delicious Lodge is excellent for restoring your serenity and giving you what you need to unwind. Thanks for everything.

Katie

Room Tip: You'll see deer grazing at daybreak just outside the Sunrise Room.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

As an inveterate B & B'er and an executive who uses vacations to de-stress, I choose B & B "destinations" rather than stopovers. Consequently, I invariably stay at a B & B for a minimum of 2 nights, in order to get to know the area and my hosts. A "one night stand" just isn't satisfying. A facility that provides optional lunches (packed or sit-down) and dinners is a bonus. I visited Simply Delicious Lodge for 3 nights shortly after they opened in July 2011 and was honored to be featured in Shari & Ari's promo videos. My recorded reactions speak louder than words about the experience and underline why I returned for another 3 nights in July 2012. Their tagline "Accessible Remoteness" says it all. Only 39 kilometres from Castlegar Airport, yet the drive (and boat ride across Lower Arrow Lake) takes about 2 hours and is one of the most spectacular I've ever experienced (and is totally different yet equally memorable on the trip back to reality). The couple's handbuilt, off-the-grid residence is elegantly simple and tasteful, obviously a labor of love and their hospitality matches. I was graciously welcomed into their home and their life. They cooked for me - always imaginative, tasty and filling dishes - led me on phenomenal hikes and boat tours, let me pick their cherries, do some gardening and take Tyra (their friendly black lab) for walks. They respected my privacy when I needed quiet time and generously gave of themselves when I required company and activity. The video is accurate: It is just like escaping to a friend's island cottage retreat. The quirkiest -and highly appreciated- part of the whole experience was that even though each homestead in the tiny community of Renata runs on solar power and propane, they have high speed internet access, thanks to a forward-thinking provincial government. Kudos to B.C. and to Simply Delicious Lodge. I'll be back again in 2 years!

Room Tip: There are two rooms. Both have new, firm mattresses and lovely views of the property.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Simply Delicious Lodge

Address: 18 Renata Rd. | Renata, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 4V8, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Castlegar
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Castlegar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Accessible remoteness. Hospitality with great food. Simplicity & affordability. We're off the grid but have high speed Internet! It's like escaping to a friend's island cottage retreat, with 3 sumptuous meals per day included. Laze in a hammock, hike, bike, swim, or enjoy one of our focused educational retreats. And getting here (and back) is half the fun! Start with a magnificent, scenic drive for 39 tranquil kilometers NW of Castlegar, edging mountain forests and the Columbia River. Park (free), then Shari & Ari will motor you across Lower Arrow Lake and introduce you to our hand-build Renata homestead. We're also reachable through the back trails by all terrain vehicle. Then...Retreat. Relax. Refresh. Recharge. ... more   less 

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