Posts Tagged ‘Granville Island’

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

A guide to the best Restaurants in the area Pt 2

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

As we are so spoiled for choice when it comes to dining, we had to spread this segment over a few blogs…so to continue the theme, please read on for some of the best restaurant choices in the area.

SEAFOOD
This is the Pacific Northwest, and this also means that we are incredibly lucky to be in an area that is literally swimming with delicious Seafood, most notably Pacific Northwest Salmon.

The majority of Restaurants, bars and cafes will have some sort of Fish Dish on the menu, but our pick for Seafood are the following..
The Boathouse – Located down on Beach Avenue/Burnaby St and overlooking the stunning English Bay, here you will find a fantastic menu that showcases a great and vast menu of seafood.

The Sandbar – A very popular establishment found on Granville Island, this is a real gem, and has an Asian infusion twist to the menu which sees Sushi and North American cuisine all together, so if one fancies Sushi, the other would rather go with traditional Fish and chips, and another needs a burger, try here and eat in style…its surprisingly affordable too!

Another alternative is The C Restaurant, wonderful creations and an expansive menu, ideally situated close to False Creek and Burrard Bridge.

GLUTEN FREE Restaurants and Awesome!
Quite often we are asked about the best Gluten free options in Vancouver, thankfully for those who need this there are a couple of great restaurants that will fulfill your needs and they are very good establishments too.
Lazziza which is located on Davie Street is fantastic, the menu is Mediterranean/Mid East style…it also boasts an excellent Wine and Beer list to perfectly compliment your meal.
Central Bisto, A great little place down on Denman Street, boasting the finest Organic ingredients and local produce with a seasonal menu to change things up, also a great place for Martini’s, craft beers and a little live Jazz if you fancy it!

Now, as we are an apartment hotel, you do know that you do have fully equipped kitchens at your disposal, (this includes an Oven and stove, Fridge, fully stocked with essential utensils, cutlery pots and pans – so please use them, and, for your convenience we have a few grocery stores that are in close proximity to the Sunset Inn and Suites.

Check out these stores, West Valley Market, Kins Market (good discounted produce at the back of the store) And then there is Largest Supermarket (formally known as Supavalu). If you are needing essentials there is also the Shoppers Drug Mart too.

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

On June 15th 2012 Vancouver will be hosting the 24th Annual Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.

This is a hugely popular event that has become something of an Institution down at False Creek and nearby Granville Island over the years.

Not only can you watch 100s of people taking part in the actual races themselves, there will be plenty of live music and vendors to really make this a fantastic occasion. The festivities will officially open up with an exciting opening ceremony that encompasses the Spiritual aspect of the occasion.

Vancouver has had a long history with Dragon Boat Racing, this is mainly due to the long standing relationship between Canada and China over the years. Since the 1940s where Vancouver was preparing for its 60th Jubilee anniversary, the idea was to create a Dragon Boat to commemorate the occasion, but it was also created to acknowledge that the City would be known as the Gateway to Asia, what better way to promote this than by having a dragon boat festival. Unfortunately the idea was temporarily shelved, it would finally come to fruition for the arrival of Expo 1986.

At Expo 1986, Vancouver would finally let the Dragon Boat festival see the light of day, and it was at this milestone in the history of Vancouver that the Festival was to be born.

So please head down False Creek and get immersed in this great festival, the designs of the boats (which traditionally are decorated colorfully with heads of dragons at the front of the boat and the back end showing the tail), you will likely get a sense of the cultural, spiritual and meaning behind the Dragon Boats.

http://dragonboatbc.ca/

International Childrens Festival and more….

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

The International Childrens festival will be underway this Monday, so if you have kids and want to please them, this is certainly the place to be!

The festival has been running since 1978 and is by far one of Canada’s largest festivals, its home is now on Granville Island (for many years the festival was located at Vanier Park) where the whole family can enjoy themselves as there is something for everyone.

The festival involves a great deal of Performance Art, Song and Dance, lots of storytelling, with some highlights that include a Bedtime Pajama Party, this wiil be really good fun for the kids, as they can get dressed up in their best PJ’s where they will be captivated with awesome Childrens Stories.

Not only is the festival there for the family to enjoy, there is also the Kids Market that has its permanent home on Granville Island, here the kids can run around at their leisure and play on a 2 story play pen and climbing frame, get creative and artsy with their Arts and Craft room, or just peruse the amazing toys, costumes and clothes.

The original home of the festival used to be at Vanier Park. This area is still worth a look as it is home to the Maritime Museum, The Macmillan Space Center and The Police Museum, it also sits at the foot of False Creek and English Bay, around the corner is Kitsilano Beach, which we boast is our little taste of California and an area of amazing scenery of the Mountains and City.

And why not really push the boat out, get down to False Creek and take either the Falsecreek Ferry or Aqua Bus along to Science world, here the whole family will be dazzled with Science, entertainment and some incredibly fun workshops all in the name of Science!!! The ferry ride along the creek is pretty awesome too, so make sure you have that camera ready.

http://www.childrensfestival.ca/

We have the perfect gift for Mothers Day at The Calixica Spa

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Here are some great suggestions for Mothers day

We have a great package set up with Calixica Spa on Granville Island.
As a special treat for Mothers day, you can treat Mum to a wonderful stay at the Sunset Inn and include our great Spa Package deal as a perfect gift for this special day.
At the Calixica , the Sunset Rose Bliss Massage engages all the senses. Your mother will be greeted at the door and offered tea in the Secret Garden Lounge. The healing touch of the Calixica spa practitioners instils trust, candles and quiet music transform the space, and the rose oil melts away tension, renewing a sense of harmony and balance. Since rose oil is also an aphrodisiac, the stage is set for the rest of the evening. Your Mum will return to the Sunset Inn with all the accoutrements for a fantastic evening infused with Calixica’s organic and wild crafted scents and oils.

Sunset Inn Rose Bliss Spa Package includes:
One night in a Sunset Inn Executive Suite and Complimentary Parking
Rose Bliss Beyond Couples Massage – 90 minutes at Calixica Holistic Spa Boutique on Granville Island
Foot Reflexology
Calixica Treasure Vase filled with Rose Gemstone Massage Oil, Calixica Rose Essence Spray, Chakra Candle, Two Single Roses and ChocolaTas Rose Chocolates.
Package price starts at $458.00 plus taxes (based on double occupancy).
Calixica Holistic Spa Boutique on Granville Island

#109-1535 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
Telephone: 604.568.0086
Spa Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 10am ~ 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am ~ 6pm

http://calixica.com/

The location of the Spa is on Granville Island, and it is close to some very special restaurants in the area, notably, the fantastic Sandbar Restaurant and a relatively new spot Edible Canada. Both have great patios and some of the best food the city has to offer. What with the Spa package and great food, this will be a Mothers Day to remember for quite some time.

http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

http://www.ediblecanada.com/

April is the beginning of Whale watching season.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

As the spring season starts to warm up Vancouver, one thing that you will begin to notice is the breathtaking nature of the area coming alive before your eyes. It has been announced in the news that the first pods of Orca Whales (commonly known as Killer Whales) have been spotted swimming up through The Georgia Strait.

Whale watching season runs from April though to October each year, and if you do decide to venture out to the strait with a Whale Watching operator you may very well be lucky enough to be surrounded by a plentiful pod, as they migrate on their long journey north towards the Alaskan waters.

Not only are there Orca’s, the Strait also has other passing visitors such as Grey Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. In actual fact, last year, a lone grey whale decided that it wanted to come along and see what Vancouver is all about, the Whale decided to take a small trip through English Bay and take a look at False Creek much to the delight of onlookers lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, visitors along Granville Island and False Creek really were blessed with such a rare sight. The Whale decided to come back to False Creek a few days later, must have been tipped off that there were some above par buskers and yummy seafood on offer at Granville Island…and why not?

To see these Whales as they migrate up the Strait you need look no further than ‘Wild Whales Vancouver’ who are located on Granville Island. Wild Whales Vancouver have been operating since 2004, run by a former fisherman and Whaler, you will be in the capable hands of people who are passionate about Whales and really want you to experience the true wonder of these majestic mammals.

If you wish to book with Wild Whales, you can do this via their website at the bottom of this page….

Or better still, just simply book through us at The Sunset Inn front desk whilst you are staying with us at the hotel.

So go ahead, get adventurous and get your Whale on, you will not be disappointed.

Also check out the Orca Network, this is a fantastic site that has people writing in and letting us know what Whales and other sea mammals have been spotted throughout The Strait and the Gulf Islands of the US and Canada.

Visit the website here and keep up to date with the current migration of 2012.

www.whalesvancouver.com

www.orcanetwork.org

Sunset Inn suggestions for Valentines day.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

February 14th is Valentines day and it is fast approaching. So for all you lovebirds out there who are searching for ways to celebrate this romantic occasion, the Sunset Inn is proud to announce a new package that sees the hotel team up with the Calixica Holistic Spa on Granville Island. Calixica Holistic Spa opened in late 2011 and are located on Granville Island very close to the Granville Island Public Market. We strongly believe that this package will be perfect for such an occasion as Valentines day.

The Spa offers a transformative Spa experience which combines the earths natural healing energies, with a holistic approach to the spirit of personal Inner Health, wisdom and harmony. Please see the attachment to read further information of this exciting package.

http://www.sunsetinn.com/specials.php?cat=31&id=82

As this is a great time to be able to wine and dine our loved ones, not only will you find the Spa experience on Granville Island, there are more options to help make this the perfect ‘date night’ for you and your loved ones.

If you are looking to share a pretty awesome bottle of wine together, you have to look no further than Liberty Wine Merchants on Granville Island, located near the Market and the Spa, here you will find an excellent selection of the finest high end wines locally and world wide. The hotel has a customer number assigned for a 10% discount off any wine you may purchase there, please ask at the front desk for the customer discount number.

http://www.granvilleisland.com/directory?name=liberty&type=All&location=All

We are sure that you agree with us that chocolates are a must for Valentines day, at least we think so at the hotel…. as the majority of us here are addicted to the stuff, the amount of chocolate we consumed over Christmas was pretty obscene to say the least!!!! So to make us feel less guilty about this guilty pleasure, we recommend that you pay a visit to Roger’s Chocolate shop, which is conveniently located next to Calixica Spa and heartily indulge…you know you want too!

http://www.granvilleisland.com/directory/rogers-chocolates

A few tidbits on Valentines Day, the term Valentine is attributed to early Christian Martyrs. Many of these people were saints in ancient Rome and to be named a Valentine meant that you were ‘Worthy, Strong and Powerful’…some may say that the staff at the Sunset are worthy of the Valentines status as you will no doubt agree!!!

It is also debatable as to the origins of St Valentines day, was there even a Patron Saint of Lovers? Or was it associated with the Medieval Poet George Chaucer who encouraged Courtly Love in the middle ages, it seems that this would be the beginning of Valentines Day as we know it.

No matter what, it is a great day to sweep your loved ones off their feet and to enjoy the moment however you see fit, hopefully that includes our suggestions above.

Have a fantastic loved up Valentines day.

http://www.sunsetinn.com/reservations.php