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The Pine & Picket B&B
Ranked #1 of 34 Nanaimo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Port Dover, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“We were completely charmed”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

From the moment we arrived, we felt like we were staying with long-time friends. Both Ania and Ingvar were very friendly and welcoming. It's a great location. There are a couple of decent restaurants within a block or so, and the harbour-front walkway starts just a few blocks down the road. We stayed in the Provence Suite and enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching the BC Ferries come into the harbour over the roof tops. The bed was super comfortable, and there was a good selection of DVD's available to enjoy. Ania was extremely helpful with restaurant recommendations (we had an excellent meal) and advice for the next leg of our trip to Ucluelet/Tofino. Everything was great - but 2 things stood out: 1) how comfortable Ania and Ingvar made us feel to be in their home, and 2) BREAKFAST!!!! Ania is an amazing chef. We were spoiled with fresh berry parfaits (complete with edible flowers), home-made scones, and eggs benedict topped with saffron - all from scratch and all extremely delicious. No detail was overlooked. It might just have been the best breakfast we've ever had. We know where we'll stay if our path ever brings us to Nanaimo again!

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Long Beach
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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights as a part of our honeymoon vacation in Canada. We stayed in the Provence room and we loved it! Ania & Ingvar are wonderful hosts that make you feel like an extended part of their family. The room is great with one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept on and the breakfast was amazing! My husband was a little wary about staying at a B&B but he really enjoyed our time there. Ania and Ingvar really went above and beyond not only for us, but for the other guests as well. I wish every place we stayed was as wonderful as this. I want to go back to Nanaimo just to stay at the Pine and Picket again!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 May 2014

The Pine & Picket is the ideal place to stay in Nanaimo. It is centrally located, close to the Ferry and walking distance to down-town with restaurants close by and water views from the house. Ania and Ingvar are the perfect hosts, providing a very warm welcome and advice about the local attractions. The highlight is the food. Breakfast made by Ania is the best that can be found anywhere. Local dishes cooked to perfection with personal touches like home-made raspberry butter and flambéed bananas. I wouldn't stay anywhere else!

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 May 2014

We stayed in the Provence Suite for our anniversary and had an amazing time. The room itself was beautiful, bed was super comfy, and the little balcony was fantastic for relaxing with a cup of tea! Super close to the ferry- easy walking distance, and downtown is only another 20-30 minute walk away. Our hosts were so lovely and gracious. Ania's breakfasts were the BEST part of our stay! Every morning started off with a beautiful fruit parfait and tasty fresh baked scones that were followed by the main course- smoked salmon on croissants the first morning, eggs benedict the second. I am a pescatarian, and Ania took my concerns into account while making these delicious breakfasts. There was nothing too big or small for our hosts-- they truly went out of their way to make sure we had a great time in Nanaimo, and absolutely made our stay the wonderful experience it was. If you are looking for a gorgeous bed and breakfast with delicious breakfasts and a relaxing, enjoyable stay, look no further! The Pine & Picket is it!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver Island, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 27 April 2014

You must stay at the Pine and Picket on your next visit to Nanaimo. On a recent trip this month my husband and I we were lucky enough to find this gem of a bed and breakfast. Ania and Ingvar are friendly, knowledgeable and gracious hosts who made us feel totally comfortable and welcome in their home. Both guest rooms open onto a lovely shared sitting area where coffee and a great tea selection is available. The sitting room also has an outside deck with harbor views. We had an excellent sleep in a quiet, nicely decorated room with a super comfortable bed. Our breakfast was truly gourmet as Ania is a skilled chef - we started with homemade scones and jam, served with fresh fruit salad. This was followed by eggs benedict- eggs and hollandaise cooked to perfection. Ania checked with us the night before regarding diet restrictions and preferences so I am sure your breakfast needs would always be deliciously met. We also enjoyed visiting and sharing stories with Ingar during breakfast and with Ania, who was able to visit briefly before her next breakfast service. We highly recommend the Pine and Picket and hope to stay again soon.

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Sunshine Coast, BC
Level 4 Contributor
1 review
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We had a wonderful 3 night stay in the Madagascar Suite at the Pine and Picket. The hosts, Ingvar and Ania went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable, even driving us down to the harbour so we wouldn't have to worry about parking for the day. Breakfasts prepared by Ania were spectacular and the bed was so comfortable.

Wonderful hosts, great location, delicious breakfasts, and best bed ever. What more can I say.

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at the Pine and Picket. Our hosts, Ania and Ingvar, were wonderful people whose warm hospitality made us feel right at home. Ania is a fabulous cook, actually trained as a French chef, and our breakfast was delicious. Everything was homemade and organic if they could get it. Ania went out to her back yard to get fresh herbs to flavour and accent the meal. Ingvar made us feel most welcome and was happy to take the time to talk about Nanaimo and the surrounding area. Our room was sparkling clean and very comfortable. Overall, it's a cozy, warm, and inviting place to stay! We loved it! Thank you so much, Ania and Ingvar.

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Property: The Pine & Picket B&B
Address: 511 Drake St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 2S8, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Nanaimo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Nanaimo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A short walk from the Nanaimo ferry terminal with incredible views of Departure Bay & Newcastle Channel. 2 beautifully appointed rooms with private ensuite bathrooms, sundecks overlooking the waterfront, close to kayak rentals, seaplanes; one of your hosts is a French Chef! ... more   less 
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