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Trip List by Kathleen.allen

Vancouver, Seattle, Whistler

20 Jul 2007  Romantic birthday week with fiance.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

HIking, great food, exploration and nice people!

  • 1. The Westin Seattle
    The Westin Seattle, Seattle, Washington

    Seattle Westin was nice and the bedding was EXCELLENT. Had a view of the skyline and the space needle. Vist the fish market and have breakfast at the bar and grill that over looks the market.

  • 2. Crystal's View Vancouver Bed and Breakfast
    Crystal's View Vancouver Bed and Breakfast, North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Crystals B and B was decorated nicely if not a little too eclectically. There was entirely too much stuff in the room. We could hardly see in the bathroom mirror do to the overly large flowers. Also, all the bath products were old and we had one bar of soap to share for the entire bathroom sinks, Jacuzzi tub and shower.. We stayed in the Vivaldi suite. Although room and Jacuzzi were smaller, they were very nicely decorated and the view was nice of the Vancouver harbor and skyline. Although, Crystal was very thoughtful and gave me a birthday card and small gift, she was way too chatty for our taste. Our room was in the main house, so we always had to walk by her and were peppered with questions about our day. She was VERY friendly, however, we like to just be by ourselves. Oddly enough, one day she had told us that she was putting a new bed in our room and asked if we could be gone all day to accommodate her.

    Crystal also was particular about the furniture and items in the room. The bed was awesome and we are very picky w our beds. It was a feather bed and duvet. Make sure you read the book by the Jacuzzi titled "Woman and Aromatherapy." Also, no candles were aloud and we brought candles and always use them. The breakfasts were good and she made every effort to accommodate us. The area around the B & B was mixed w some nice places and some a bit run down. The street sign to her street is missing so we got lost on the way in. It's the last right turn(without a sign) BEFORE you go up the hill. We were nervous as we pulled up that it was on of the somewhat run down ones. Overall, the place was beautiful and the flowers and yard were delightful. This was our first time in a B & B and it's a little to close for comfort for us. We like to go to your room and not talk to anyone. I am not sure if we will be back, but maybe. West Vancouver is a nicer, quieter area and not as commercialized as north Vancouver. I would recommend this place to anyone. We just like a little more privacy. Ask about the room downstairs that has its own entrance. Crystal did everything she could to make our trip special including making special reservations for my birthday at the EXCELLENT French restaurant Bistro La Regalade, telling us about the lumber jack and birds of prey show and the free suspension bridge.

  • 3. Bistro La Regalade
    http://www.laregalade.com/

    French Bistro in West Vancouver-Dinner at French Bistro La Regalade in w Vancouver. Everyone in Canada is very friendly including the folks at this rest. When we left the rest, 3 people wished us well including the owner and chef. Ask for Brigitte the owner and tell her if its a special occasion. www. Laregalade.com.

  • 4. Whistler
    Whistler, British Columbia

    You MUST go to whistler. There is major road construction but its worth it. You can take 99 or go by train. Head to whistler via 99(go over Lyons gate bridge toward west Vancouver turning left or continuing on Marine Drive, with a must stop a Shannon Falls on the right side about 45 min outside of Vancouver. STUNNING. Stop for lunch at Parkside rest about half way b/t Vancouver and Whistler. Take left on Cleveland on go almost to the end of town. On left. Get the salmon wrap.

    37996 Cleveland
    Squamish, BC, Canada
    (604) 892-2273
    Once in whistler, take the gondola to the top but don't miss the best part which is the open air chair lift to the very tip top of the mountain. Don't be scared coming back down as the young children will sense it on you and start crying. :-)

  • 5. Bavaria Restaurant
    http://www.bavaria-restaurant.com/

    Anyone looking for a taste of Germany in the middle of Whistler will be pleased to find Bavaria Restaurant. The eatery offers German and Austrian cuisine like veal and pork schnitzel, chocolate and cheese fondues, grilled game and more. There is also a selection of wine from the Alsace region, along with German and Bavarian beers and a variety of schnapps. The restaurant offers patio dining in the summer and holds and annual Oktoberfest celebration.

  • 6. La Bocca
    http://labocca.moonfruit.com/

    Located in the heart of the Village Square with one of the best patios in town, La Bocca has it all. Great food, energetic people and a fabulous atmosphere.

    Our unique, fusion cuisine blends tastes from the East and the West. Your tastebuds will be tantalized with signature dishes such as our Mandarin Tiger Prawn Wok and our Savoyard Fondue with Emmenthal and Gruyere cheeses.

    The d?r in itself is worth a visit to La Bocca. The curved walls and bright colors create a funky atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else in Whistler.

    Great people watching.

  • 7. Parkside Restaurant

    The Parkside Restaurant
    36996 Cleveland
    Squamish, BC.
    (604) 892-2273


    Stop for lunch at Parkside rest about half way b/t Vancouver and Whistler. Take left on Cleveland on go almost to the end of town. On left. Get the salmon wrap.

  • 8. Shannon Falls Provincial Park
    Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Squamish, British Columbia

    STUNNING!!!!!

  • 9. Victoria
    Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District

    We took the ferry from horse bay to Victoria. Victoria Skip it. Overpriced, touristy and boring, but with lots of pretty flowers. Also, travel wastes the entire day to get there and back. This city is perfect for people that like to shop in touristy overpriced shops and eat decent food . After coming from Vancouver on the ferry for 1.5 hours then driving another 1.5 hours, through industrial, warehouse type communities that were mostly very unattractive, we expected to be blown away with the city. Unlike, say Solvang,ca., where the entire city is authentic and truly picturesque, Victoria was far from that. Besides the extremely touristy area right by the ferry port, its like any regular city except , I admit the most beautiful flowers.
    We ate at Nautical Nellie's on wharf St. The painkiller drink was good as well as the "tasting in a box." The museum seem lacking so we headed to the famed castle. Although pretty, believe me skip it. After returning from Europe and living in Washington, DC, I guess we are spoiled re museums and castles. We left early and took the scenic route to Swartz bay. It a was pretty drive, sadly it was not enough of a redeeming factor. We arrived at Swartz bay at 7pm and knew that we missed the 7pm trip, but FYI on sat they don't have an 8pm trip. The next one was 9pm. UUUGGGGHHHH 2 hours of waiting.
    No problem, we thought, we will have drinks and something to eat. We were sadly disappointed again, adding insult to injury, as they have only one small snack bar and they were sold out of vegetarian pizza options(nor a bar). Lucky, the ferry company sometimes adds additional trip if if scheduled ones fill up,so we got on the 8pm. Note take the Tawassen ferry out of Vancouver to Swartz Bay in Victoria then take the scenic route down into Victoria. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT take the Horseshow ferry to Departure Bay Victoria ferry. You have to drive 1.5 hours when you get there.

  • 10. C Restaurant
    http://www.crestaurant.com/

    Fine Dinning on the water-Seafood

  • 11. Granville Island
    Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Granville Island Walk is downtown under the bridge in a eclectic old revamped warehouse district. We took the little water taxi(not the rainbow one) from the beach side, Pacific st,I believe, easier parking then actually going to Granville Island, then taxied over to Grandville Island. Don't miss the Marketplace. It's AWESOME! We had lunch at a place called Sandbar. Get there early and you can have the upstairs outside corner seat with perfect view of the harbor and bridges. It was really nice and the food was great! We went to the Science Museum. Great for kids not for adults.

  • 12. Grouse Mountain
    Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver was one of our favorites. We hiked to the top of the mountain, almost 3000 feet in one hour. Crazy! Then ate at the restaurant on the top, sweaty and all, they didn't care. Then we checked out the lumber jack and birds of prey shows. They were a must see, we are older but still enjoyed them. Kids would LOVE them. There is also a open air chair that you can take up and down for free(you can't get to the bottom on it though). You must talk the gondola down the mountain.

  • 13. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and Ecology Centre - North Vancouver
    http://www.dnv.org/ecology/index.htm

    Suspension Bridge
    A suspension bridge hangs 20 stories above Lynn Creek, offering spectacular views of Lynn Canyon.

    Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
    Lynn Canyon Park
    3663 Park Road
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3G3
    Phone: 604-981-3103
    ecocentre@dnv.org