Archive for September, 2012

Fall has arrived and there is plenty to do around the city….

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


The calender over the next few weeks has plenty for you all to see and do around Vancouver. Halloween as always will dominate the majority of the month, however there are quite the variety of events to partake in besides being consumed with Candy and being scared silly…

October is also a very good time to catch shows, films and music in the theaters around the city, as this is the time for the season to begin. As well as Theater, there will be plenty of comedy and improv down on Granville Island, and it is also a fantastic time to catch the Fall Colours in all their glory before the hibernation kicks in.

Here are our top picks for this coming October.

The Stanley Park Halloween GHOST TRAIN and Attractions
If you are brave enough, check out the annual ghost train in the dark deep forest that is Stanley Park – here the train will take you to the haunted Castle within the deep dark woods, here you will be told scary fairy tale stories….good luck!
The event runs from October 5th to October 31st. Sunday to Thursday 6 – 10pm and Friday and Saturday 6 – 11pm. Closed for Thanskgiving October 8th.

http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/ghost-train.aspx

FRIGHT NIGHTS @ The PNE
Fright Nights at The famous PNE park return again so that you can face your fear and phobias. Featuring 6 different scary houses, be prepared to be face some scary monsters and to fuel your adrenalin rush, there are 13 rides to enjoy.

http://www.pne.ca/fright-nights/

VanDusen Botanical Gardens
Check out the gardens as they come alive with the most amazing Fall colours the city has to offer, if you are a fan of Fall Foliage this is one of the better places to view the stunning foliage. Not only that, but if you have time, the Gardens have various other events to choose from as well as courses that encompass lectures on Conservation, Bees and general Gardening features and tips.
The gardens will have various other events for Halloween, please check their webpage below for further information.

http://vancouver.ca/vandusen/events/calendar.htm#oct

Vancouver International Film Festival
Running since 1982, this has been a major festival of the Vancouver Film scene. In the movie industry, Vancouver is known as the hollywood north and for good reason. Some of you may wander round the city and think this place looks really really familiar, well you may not be going crazy – there is a good chance that you saw the city in a mainstream movie…
The film festival is great as you will get to see some fantastic movies that you may never get the chance to see again, so please go there and enjoy.
Festival runs 27th September to October 12th.

http://www.viff.org/festival

September is the best month for late season hiking!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012


Vancouver is enjoying a fantastic end to the Summer Season, its hard to believe that come the weekend the official start of Autumn begins.

Now, lets not get too carried away with this, it seems likely that weather will hold out for us for the rest of the month, and at The Sunset Inn we all pretty much agree that the month of September is pretty awesome in the city.

So as the Sun still packs in some welcome warmth and the air has a beautiful crisp feel to it, this will be a good time to check out some hiking trails before its too late. We will recommend some easy and not so easy trails for you too enjoy.

The Grouse Grind.
One of the most challenging and famous of trails for people who are into hiking but are not the full deal, its a good beginners guide to people who are wanting to become more serious about hiking.
Every Wednesday there is the Grouse Grind Social, but you must hurry, the trail will soon be closed for the season as it gets a little too icy at the top.

Baden Powell Trail (North Shore).
This is a great tail that connects Deep Cove out towards Lynn Canyon and then onto Grouse Mountain, a very popular trail that hits the 3 major attractions of the North Shore. Deep Cove is a very beautiful small village that is a natural cove situated at the mouth of Indian arm, a very popular destination for kayaking. Lynn Canyon has its very own Suspension bridge, this is the locals favorite as it is free and not as crowded as Capilano, check it out!

Stanley Park/False Creek.
The majority of visitors that come to Vancouver will have heard of Stanley park, it is a huge park (same size as downtown) with amazing views of the North Shore districts of North and West Vancouver (where the trails above are situated) The Burrard Inlet and English Bay.
There are plenty of easy trails that criss cross their way through the park. If you are feeling energetic, you can even walk round the park, head towards False Creek and walk all along that area. A good tip is to hire bikes at English Bay Bike Rentals on Davie Street, this will get you around the park and the creek in no time.

So please make the most of it, as we now know we are on borrowed time, and with Vancouver being Vancouver, come October, the march of the Seasonal storms will be migrating from Alaska and knocking on our door….but this means something else…Ski Season!!!

For further information, please see the links and video below

http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/tp/Great-Vancouver-Hikes.htm

http://www.vancouvertrails.com/regions/vancouver-city/

This video really shows off the beauty of the wilderness that is pretty close by

http://youtu.be/AtIGOeVL-aM

Information and news on changes to the hotel

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The Summer season of 2012 is now slowly but surely beginning to wind down to a close, however, that does not mean we the staff here are so quiet.

September for us is still a relatively busy month and seems to end our summer season with a bang, it is also a time where we huddle together and start to look around the hotel in finer detail. We start to seriously look at what work we need to do with regards to keeping the hotel in shape, and more specifically, renovations, where we need to work on in regards to touch ups.

We have an expectation that The Sunset Inn and Suites continually maintain the high standards that everyone expects from us and the establishment, and that it keeps the hotel atmosphere as comfortable and unique as it always has been.
So how do we do this? The staff are all involved in the process of what we feel will always improve this hotel and help it evolve in time. Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg, the work cannot be achieved without our dedicated team of specialists that are available to us as and when we need help.

The Fall and Winter Season is where the fun begins for us, as the hotel occupancy drops quite considerably this is the best time for us to do the hard work, and we all do chip in, which means the staff know this hotel inside and out.

These are the changes that we have made…

A few years ago the hotel went through some major renovations inside and out, many of the rooms have been fitted with a more modern and user friendly hard wood floors – the response from regular guests have been fantastic, so for all of you who are new to us, we are sure you will agree that the hotel looks pretty awesome!

In the last year we swapped the hotel TV’s with the more modern Flat-screen Plasma Screen TVs, with all the executive rooms fitted with High Definition programming.This coming fall, the whole hotel will be uniformly fitted with these Plasma TV’s.

Also last year, all the older furniture was replaced with brand new Dressers, Dining Tables, Coffee tables and Chairs. Last month, we replaced more of the comfortable cushion chairs that more resemble our style and colour scheme, with that extra comfort for your pleasure.

This coming fall, the next major project is to update all the new beds and mattresses. Although they are still in excellent shape, we believe that these can be donated to a charitable cause and we can get in brand new bedding, we really want to be sure that you have the maximum amount of comfort as we do not believe in waiting for the wear and tear to kick in before its too late, not cool.

Finally we will like to add that this hotel is very environmentally friendly, we have an excellent recycling scheme that we hope all the guests will be mindful of, we have also replaced all out environmentally friendly Fluorescent bulbs with LED light bulbs, these are the best of the best!!!

So there you have it, and we can assure you that this truly is a never ending project in the evolution of this pretty awesome hotel, it is why you call it a home away from home, we hope you enjoy the stay here!!!

Check out this Summers last Hurrah…West End Fest & Fringe Festival.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The final throes of Summer are now upon us, and it really does say goodbye with a bang!

This week, starting on September 6th is the Annual International Vancouver Fringe Festival…this is by far one of the most famous and popular festivals where the majority of its shows are to founds in on Granville Island.

This festival is truly huge, boasting 754 performances this year, this particular Fringe festival is North America’s largest and boy oh boy is it fun. Anyone who is into Theatre, Comedy and anything that is truly an alternative experience then this is for you, so come on down to Granville Island…hopefully you will be one of the expected 30,000 expected attendees for the 2012 season.

The Festival runs from September 6th through to September 16th.

http://www.vancouverfringe.com/

Also this weekend is the West End Business Association ‘West End Fest’ (Formerly known as Davie Day) and more specifically Davie Street will be host to the final car free day of the Summer Season.

These events are pretty awesome, they are a relatively new concept to the city and since their inception just a few years back the car free days are now becoming a major hit for families and festival lovers alike….it is truly a staple in the Vancouver calender all over the city, and a great way to discover new areas of the city with a different perspective on Culture, Entertainment and vibes that this vibrant and colorful city has to offer. We will personally like to thank The Vancouver West End Business Association for making this such a successful event for the West End and The Sunset Inn and Suites.

The Festivities begin at 12pm and run right through until 7pm, the areas that will be closed off to the traffic will be along Davie Street from Burrard St right down to Denman Street and Davie St at English Bay, close to the The Laughing Statues!

The highlights of the festival include, DJ’s, Live Music, Roller Disco, Drag Shows an Active Artist Gallery and much much more for all the family to enjoy.

www.westendbia.com