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published in Beauty, Inspiration, Travel by Maryanne | June 13, 2019 | No Comment

Tofino Gem – Slack Tide Inn


“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.”

– Mark Black

If you’re heading to Tofino and are looking for a place to stay…

I found a real gem a few weeks ago: Slack Tide Inn. Relaxing, welcoming, peaceful…my friend’s daughter, Harleigh, and I absolutely loved it.

We stayed in the large upstairs suite, which had 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen…and an amazing deck for morning coffee:


The Inn opened in 2015 and is a cozy, family-run enterprise situated across from Cox Bay on the outskirts of Tofino, BC (on the west coast of Vancouver Island). Nestled in the rainforest bordering the UNESCO biosphere, about 20 minutes from the mudflats, this south-facing property is home to hummingbirds, bluejays, eagles and ravens. Slack Tide Inn provides easy foot-access to surfing, hiking, walking and beach time. This small, 6-person Inn, is animal, baby and child-friendly. It is extremely quiet (very important!), clean, cozy & comfortable.

There were magical touches throughout our suite…books, photos, artwork and quotes all placed in a way that made the Inn feel like a home away from home:


And then, of course, there was the natural beauty just across the way…



If you haven’t been to the rugged and stunningly beautiful West Coast of Vancouver Island before, it might be time to make the trek! And if you have been, now you know of another great place to stay when you go back.

For further information about the Slack Tide Inn, please visit their website. Or you can e-mail the owner, Rachel, at:

If you go, please say hi from Harleigh and me 🙂

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.”

– Henry Beston

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here

published in Beauty, Gratitude, Inspiration, Photos, Travel by Maryanne | January 30, 2019 | 8 Comments

Here Today, Gone To…


Maui, Hawaii

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”

– Mary Davis


I hope 2019 is off to a great start for you! I am so grateful to have been able to spend a week in Maui…relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing and much eating, of course. I had never been to the island before but was wowed at first sight. I went with my friend, Alison, and then my friend, Nina, came over from the Big Island to join us for a few days.

Here are some snaps from our adventures:

Alison & MA, Day One


Maui sunset on “Kam 2” beach


Cool shot of sharks at the Maui Ocean Centre


Waves crashing on rocks at edge of “Kam 2”


MA, Alison & Nina beachin’ it


Another stunning sunset

Check out the breaching whale on the far right!


Other sunset admirers

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, by brother, George, his wife, Donna, and their eldest daughter, Laura, were on Sadie-duty.

George giving Sadie a tummy scratch 🙂

Sadie injured her shoulder very badly in mid-January (in a big bark-off with dogs on the other side of a fence) and underwent “platelet replacement therapy” three days before I left for Maui. So no kennel for her! Thank goodness my family was able to care for her while I was away. Unfortunately, Sadie is still in pretty rough shape 🙁

We have now left Okotoks, AB and are heading back to Vancouver Island…very slowly!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life.

published in Beauty, Christmas, Greeting Cards, Inspiration, PGP Promotions, Small Business by Maryanne | November 21, 2018 | No Comment

Come Visit Us at the Calgary Christmas Market!


“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”

– George Bernard Shaw

Howdy! I hope you are doing well and have managed to stay clear of the cold & flu bugs this time of year. I have been sick for more than 3 weeks now with some sort of nasty cough. Ugh!

On a happier note, I will have a Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations table at the Calgary Farmers’ Christmas Market this year from Nov 29th to Dec 2nd. 

So if you live in the Calgary area, come on by and say hi!

At the market (510 – 77 Ave SE, Calgary, AB) you’ll find the very best from the regular market vendors, plus seasonal vendors – all offering Yuletide gifts, food, jewelry, décor and more. And be sure to stay for a snack…yum! There will be plenty of special events going on – from Santa, cookie decorating and live ice carving to viewing Santa’s Reindeer and more.

And there is no admission fee and free parking!

The Christmas market runs Thursdays to Sundays through till Dec 23rd. But I will be there just the one weekend (Thur Nov 29th to Sun Dec 2nd, 9 am to 5 pm).

Here’s a sampling of what we’ll have for sale at Pink Gazelle Cards & Creations:

Hand-painted sand dollar decorations ($5, $7 & $9):


A variety of inspirational quote cards sets ($8 for set of 30 cards):


Re-purposed Christmas Cards ($1 each) & Christmas gift tags (5 for $1): 


Photo Greeting Cards ($4 each or 3 for $10):


Wax & Tissue Prints by Melanie Pope ($8 each): 

For details on Melanie’s Wax & Tissue Prints, here is the link.


A Widow’s Awakening Novel by Maryanne Pope ($20 each, all proceeds to the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund):

For further information on the book, please click here.

Most of these products are also available through the PGP on-line store

But if you see something you may like to order (such as the sand dollars or wax & tissue prints) that isn’t in the store, just send us an e-mail!

“Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.”

– Twyla Tharp

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