History of Traveller Bed and Breakfast in Vancouver
Our bed and breakfast guests often ask about the B&B history. The B&B started in year 2000 when a family friend suggested to Mom and Jenny to operate a bed and breakfast instead of having roommates. For a business name, the entire family liked the the word, Traveller, as everyone visits places and journeys through life.
The first Traveller bed and breakfast was in the family’s first home in Canada. It was a charming little house by Joyce skytrain station in Vancouver East Side. The top floor had two small bedrooms and a shared bath. The main floor had another bedroom with a private bathroom next to it. The breakfasts were served in the kitchen nook as the dining room was taken up by two pianos and book cases. I found some old receipts that showed the rooms were rented for $55 and $65 in the peak season - those were the days!
In 2006, we sold the first family home and bought an utterly enchanting house in Vancouver West Side. As old name did not apply anymore, we changed the name to Vancouver Traveller Bed and Breakfast. The house was full of idiosyncrasies, including a main entrance on the side of the house - which is almost unheard of in Vancouver. We renovated the house so that every guest room had its own private bathroom and we added a garden level suite. We also restored the original hardwood floor with intricate inlaid patterns, revealed the fir floor under the carpet and scratched our heads on how to paint the rounded ceilings. There was a raised garden with rhododendron, azaleas and peonies.
In 2014, Mom retired and Linda came back to run the bed and breakfast. Before her return, we came to realize that as the family grew, the house was big enough for the family or the bed and breakfast but not both. After more than two years of wavering between renovation or building from the ground-up, we made the difficult decision to tear down the beloved house to custom-built a house with the family, business and environment in mind. During the construction period in 2015-2016, we rented a house in the prestigious South Granville residential neighbourhood. It was a huge house with the master bedroom the size of an one-bedroom apartment and the living/dining space were similarly cavernous to the point there was almost an echo. It was not ‘charming’ in the classical way but we sure miss the space.
The construction began in early 2015. We had the most fabulous architect, many wonderful trades people and city inspectors who helped us along the way. Through mostly good times, and a few tear-my-hair-out and bang-the-head-on-the-brick-wall moments, the house was finished in early 2016 and we moved on April 1, 2016, April Fool’s day. It was an aptly chosen date because we were fools in moving into a house that wasn’t totally finished….but that’s another post.
So, this Vancouver bed and breakfast is run by 3 different generations and, including the rental house, has had 3 different addresses in three very distinct neighbourhoods and 4 different houses. The richness and the continuity of our bed and breakfast are quite unusual for a Vancouver bed and breakfast and we welcome the B&B guests to come to share their history with us.