Our first Destination: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Most of the other travelers were from the West Coast in California and Colorado. Being from Florida, I had the longest flight from one corner of the United States to the other and just a bit beyond. I actually trailed along the route with the tip of my finger on the large wall map in my office, making the same doodle doodle doop sound that I remember from the tv show Reading Rainbow. What can I say, far away adventures bring out the kid in me.
The flight was long, but so worth it. A connection in Denver and schlepping through TSA made my total travel time about 10 hours, so I was definitely looking forward to wrapping myself in the comfort of a Four Seasons bed. But the excitement of exploring a city I’d never visited and making new friends kept my energy high. I be-bopped through Vancouver Airport like I’d just had a couple of espressos. If you’ve never been to this airport, it’s amazingly beautiful and clean. Not only is it full of artwork, but the design pulls in all the natural features of BC with plants, waterfalls and totems. They even offer free wi-fi. I tweeted thanks for the wi-fi … they immediately tweeted back. Cool.
Canadians are about the friendliest people I’ve ever met. They always wear a smile and I love the way they’re constantly unnecessarily apologizing in the fun way they say “sowry.” Customs is the only exception to that friendliness. Even with my passport in hand, they had a way of making me feel like I was trying to sneak across the border. Though, I guess red-eyed with a delirious and goofy smile on my face, I probably did look a bit suspicious.
After meeting the other bloggers (who are all AMAZING – see the list below and follow them!) we traveled the short distance to downtown Vancouver and checked in at the Four Seasons. The lobby has a relaxing zen-like quality to it with a large Buddha greeting you at the door and a sort of eco-chic atmosphere that matches the city.
The evenings festivities included a pampering salon appointment and dinner, but we had a few quiet moments to relax and unpack. The room was no less than amazing. Let me give you a little photo tour …
The Room … (huge, isn’t it?)
The living area. Yes, that’s my bright pink ski jacket on the chair at the desk where all the tweeting magic happens. What I like about this suite is that it really is large enough to feel like a home away from home.
And, of course, the amazing view.
Famished from only eating airport food all day, I was thankful for the little snack waiting for us in our rooms. Olives and Italian meats and brie and crackers and local craft beer and … wait a minute … is that an egg???
I’m an adventurous foodie … but slimy raw egg makes me wrinkle my nose. While traveling, I do like to try everything at least once. Afraid of offending my gracious host, I opened up my laptop to tweet a photo and work up the nerve to swallow an egg. But then I saw the BLOG menu description. How clever!
B - Brie Farmhouse, Dried Fruit Toast, Aggasiz Hazelnuts (www.farmhousecheeses.com)
L - Liquid Mango Ravioli, Exotic Fruit Consomme (www.yewrestaurant.com)
O - Oyama & Moccia Charcuterie, YEW Duck Pate, Olives (www.oyamasausage.ca)
G - Granville Island Winter Ale (www.gib.ca)
It’s a liquid mango ravioli!!!! Well alrighty then! Why didn’t someone just shout at me that it was dessert! I love sweets … down the hatch! Apparently, this little mango concoction is well known at the Yew. Speaking of Yew … it was time to get ready for dinner so I headed down to my hair appointment at Blo. Yes, you read that correctly.
I’m actually surprised at how trendy it is for the Four Seasons. I imagined the Four Seasons to be a bit high brow and stuffy. Well, having a salon called “Blo” in the lobby, complete with buttons that say “blo me” … blew that notion right out of my mind. Four Seasons is definitely “kewl.”
Blo is a girlie girl’s place. Completely pinked-out with modern Jetson’s-like decor and stylists ready to make you look like you just walked the red carpet. They don’t do cuts. They don’t do color. They just style. Wash and blo. What a great way to get refreshed and ready for dinner. If you’d like to learn more, check out their website at: BloMeDry.com. Please misspell it. If you type in “blow” the correct way you’ll regret it. Trust me. It might be clever marketing on their part, but you’ll attract some computer viruses if ya know what I mean.
All primed and prettied up, we toured the hotel with the PR Director, Samantha Geer, and headed for dinner at Yew. What exactly is a Yew? No, it’s not a funny Canadian pronunciation of the word, “you.” It’s an evergreen tree that is common to see in Vancouver. They tie in those natural elements (wood, fire, stone) throughout the whole restaurant. Like I said … eco-chic.
When traveling, I love to go where the locals go and eat where the locals eat. Yew is definitely a local hang out with quite a fun happy hour at Wine Down Sundays. This isn’t your typical hotel restaurant food, Yew is a destination on it’s own.
So here’s the “Fam” at Yew …
Hmm. The normal hair styles and orange juice on the table tells me this is from breakfast the next morning. But look how happy and relaxed we look after a good night’s sleep in a Four Seasons Bed! Seriously, I think I’m going to order one for home.
Here’s me and Chef Oliver Beckert at Yew. He had some great recommendations for a travel foodie exploring Vancouver including Edible BC. Check it out. (I’ll have more about the Vancouver foodie scene in another post.)
My theme this month on the blog has been, “Inn Love,” and I have to confess, I’m now completely and totally head over heels for the Four Seasons. While I can be just as comfortable camping as I can be in a luxury hotel, for extended travel the Four Seasons is where I want to stay.
In my next few posts, find out what a “JapaDog” is, more about foodie adventures in Vancouver, how/why we stuffed a fighter pilot into our trunk (we were a feisty group) and our Sea – Sky – Snow – Spa experience in Whistler.
-Rachelle aka @TravelBlggr
FUN FACT: Did you know the Four Seasons was a Canadian Company?
CONFESSION: Did any of the other bloggers collect a life time supply of L’Occitane lotion from their rooms? Uh … em … yeah … I didn’t either. OKAY! OKAY! I admit. I love the stuff. And it’s in perfect travel carry-on size.
Deliciously Organic: @DelOrganic
Cool Mom Pics: @TheJulieMarsh
Annie Fitz: @AnnieFitz
Eric Ries: @ericries
Andrew Hyde: @AndrewHyde
Four Seasons Vancouver: @FSVancouver
Oh Yeah! Read my disclosure here … What’s Up My Apron.