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Escape to Vancouver

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A September 2004 trip to Vancouver by samepenny

Pacific Palisades Hotel Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Summer comes to Texas and I begin to plan an escape to Canada. Vancouver has my vote for the best (and easiest) big city to visit in the entire world. Nice people, easy transportation, beautiful scenery, great food and wonderful hotels in all price catagories.

Escape to Vancouver

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Overview

IGOUGO.com guide Dianne Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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I joined other IgoUgo guides for the annual get-together. An excellent excuse to leave the tail end of a nasty, hot Texas summer. I arrived early for the meeting and was one of the last to depart. I vote Vancouver the best big city to visit in the world, as it has wonderful people, fantastic scenery, and great food of all sorts. It is the sort of place where I love to prowl on my own as I seek out yet another view of the harbour (note the Canadian spelling) and yet another memory to save to be savored in the heat of Texas. Vancouver never disappoints me. We of IgoUgo.com came at the end of the cruise season, and so we had the last beautiful weekend of the more pleasant and mild season of the ...Read More

Pacific Palisades Hotel

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Hotel

Pacific Palisades Hotel Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Have you ever dreamed that you spent the night under the colorful tent of the Cirque du Soleil? Such is the feeling at this delightful hotel. I love a great hotel and thrive on great room service. I arrived for a dream long weekend and loved it all. You enter the hotel on Jervis just off the main shopping drag of Robson Street in Vancouver's west end with the entrance tucked far out of reach of wet weather. The greeting on the driveway is both cheerful and welcoming: feels like coming home, even if for your first visit. I had to giggle. My gosh, the colors! Orange, yellow, blue, red in art and decor.A fast check in and a question. Where would I like to stay in the hotel as there ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Pacific Palisades Hotel
1277 Robson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E1C4
(800) 663-1815

Pacific Palisades Hotel

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Restaurant | "Pacific Palisades Hotel, Room Service & etc."

Pacific Palisades Hotel Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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No need to run to the corner Starbucks when staying at the Pacific Palisades Hotel, said to be 'retro with a twist'. I believe the twist is that you get what you want! Both in your suite and in the lobby (mornings) there is free Starbucks coffee and high quality tea. Free wine at the Manager's reception most evenings is an extra treat. Let me get to the basic requirements for me of a fine hotel. Room Service. High quality Room Service with real silverware, china and everything as hot or cold as intended. It took me less than 30 minutes after check-in to order my first Room Service meal. Conversation about my order is about as follows. "I'm allergic to shellfish. What's in the soup?" The a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Pacific Palisades Hotel
1277 Robson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 688-0461

Prospect Point Restaurant

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Restaurant

Prospect Point Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Since the founding of the city of Vancouver, Prospect Point has been a very popular place to take in the view of the water and North Vancouver. At 66m (211 feet) above sea level, it is a fine lookout for views of Lion's Gate Bridge and cruise ships. The views are outstanding, with the option of outdoor seating in fair weather, and also indoor seating, mostly with good views. I selected a Japanese-style smoked salmon over rice that was served bowl style. Excellent! You may order wine and beer with your meal. Our waiter was cheerful but not overly friendly. There is a long list of daily specials during the summer season. Telephone ahead for hours and menu offerings after the free shuttle s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 10, 2004

Prospect Point Restaurant
5601 Stanley Park Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 669-2737

Vancouver Whale Watch

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Attraction

Vancouver Whale Watch Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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At Vancouver, I first boarded a ship for my trip to Alaska. I knew I wanted to get back on to the water. The usual time for this trip is 5 hours, but we were out nearly 7, as the seas were rough and the orkas were far south in the San Juan Islands. The boat, called an Explorathor, is a jet boat with a metal hull, large pontoons and has a substantial glass enclosed area. Seating about 40, not all windows slide open for camera positions. Although the naturalist on our boat advised people to share the camera positions, most people who grabbed one early didn't yield. Frustrating! How rough? Very! Risk of getting sea sick? Yes! Risk of falling down? Substantial! I held on with both hands. There i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2004

Vancouver Whale Watch
210-12240 2nd Avenue
Richmond, British Columbia
(604) 274-9565

Old Fishing Village, Steveston, BC

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Attraction

Old Fishing Village, Steveston, BC Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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I'm calling this a historic place to visit, but it is also a fine place to visit for shopping. The harbour is home to over 1,000 commercial fishing boats. Many days, the fisherman put their catches out for sale from their boats. You can't get any fresher than that. There is a bustle of shoppers going after the best deals on fish, prawns, and crabs. On the streets, the old buildings enclose many good shopping and eating opportunities, making a visit to Steveston a very good plan for anyone visiting Vancouver. You can drive out from downtown in about 35 minutes; take a bus (nos. 401, 406, or 407) or a taxi for about C$38. I arrived early for my whale-watching adventure and headed out to buy ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2004

Old Fishing Village, Steveston, BC
Steveston Historic District
Vancouver, British Columbia