Which hotel or which area should in Vancouver I stay given what I loved in Seattle?
Last year DH and I vacationed in Seattle for a week to escape the heat in Texas. I was thinking about repeating this year because I loved it so much, but I have never been to Vancouver. Reading some of the threads on this forum make me realize I must experience Vancouver. I am the vacation planner of the family, and find the research to be a relaxing diversion before a vacation.
Here are the first 6 things that I loved about Seattle that come to mind:
1. Stayed at Inn At the Market in a room with excellent water views
I could watch the Argosy cruise ships go back and forth, had a great view of the Port of Seattle barges go back and forth and be unloaded at Terminal 46,
, recreational sailboats in the sound, Coast Guard boats doing drills in prep for 9/11/11, and one boat behaving like a whale, shooting a ton of water up like a fountain.
2. Having great views turned out to be important because I have a healing fracture in my left foot that still gives me trouble when I walk long distances, which really annoys me because I enjoy exploring & walking. So I spent significant parts of the last couple days with foot up watching the activity roll by.
3. I loved how close the hotel was to the hustle and bustle of Pike’s Place Market, although if I went on a tour for the day, much of the market was closing by the time I returned. (Things in Seattle seemed to close so early! I needed to buy sunscreen – who would have thought that – and I remember the Walgreens nearest the hotel closing at something like 10:30pm. Shocking (to me) for a major city downtown!)
4. The nearby flower shops with their low cost and beautiful flowers amazed me. Inn at the Market readily provided a flower vase.
5. Macrina Bakery’s delicious “Oat Cakes”. The location had proximity to great restaurants, either walking or close taxi ride.
6. We LOVED the tour I took with Evergreen Escapes to Olympic National Park. http://www.evergreenescapes.com/index.html
This was even when my foot was hurting and we still had a fantastic time. The guide was completely knowledgeable and a true expert. Hurricane ridge was beautiful. The picnic basket was even special. I’m an urban girl, and experiencing a curated view of the beauty of nature was unforgettable.
Given all that, what do you recommend?