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Valentines Day in and around Vancouver…..

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

BUY SOME YUMMY FOOD AND GROCERIES FOR A ROMANTIC MEAL AT THE GRANVILLE ISLAND MARKET
Granville Island public market has an amazing amount of variety of produce, fine artisan foods and delicacies for you to enjoy. If you want to do something special and romantic – head down to the Island where you can purchase some really amazing food items and you can prepare the meal here at The Sunset Inn using our fully equipped en-suite kitchen.

WINE AND DINE YOUR LOVED ONE
If you decide to make the small trip to Granville Island you should also check out Liberty Wine Merchants, here they have an excellent selection of Wines for you to splurge and enjoy with your loved one. Valentines day needs to have a nice tipple – so here you can find a yummy Champagne or Sparkling WINE, or how about a nice Rose to accompany your romantic meal together.

Liberty Wine Merchants – Granville Island http://libertywinemerchants.com/

Closer by to the hotel is MARQUIS WINE CELLARS – they have a very large selection of high End wines for you to enjoy. Website: http://www.marquis-wines.com/

JUMPING THE BROOM – GRANVILLE ISLAND BROOM SHOP
While you are down there – is there a chance that you may be popping the question to your loved one? You can always follow the tradition of Jumping The Broom, which, on a personal note is a tradition that is closely connected to my Welsh Roots – This is an old age custom that has its roots in the United Kingdom and more specifically in Wales where it would take place at the wedding ceremony. The term derives from the expression of a ‘Broomstick marriage’ it basically implies that the ceremony is being used for reasons that make the marriage seem illegitimate – so it is custom to ‘jump the broom’ as a way of expressing that the marriage is not null and void. If you were known to have performed a broomstick marriage it would likely mean that your wedding was not performed within the Anglican church and therefore classed as an illegitimate marriage – oh the Welsh!

So on that note, please check out this awesome cute Shop called The Granville Island Broom Company. They make their own brooms on site and come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and many of these cute artsy brooms have a very Pacific north West Vibe to them. A perfect and cute gift that may well be the biggest moment of the day…..if they get the hint that is!
Granville Island Broom Co http://broomcompany.com/

GO AND SEE A QUIRKY VALENTINES DAYS SHOW – THE TRUE HEROINES VALENTINES DAY CABARET
TWO NIGHTS ONLY.
FEBRUARY 13th & 14th 2014 @ 8 PM

IT’S THE SAME CABARET YOU KNOW AND LOVE, BUT SEXIER…
After playing to a sold-out house last March at The Rio Theatre & again in August at The Anza The True Heroines are back with a brand new show at a brand new venue.
In this episode of the True Heroines live cabaret; you’ll think you’ve taken a step back in time to Paris 1946. Immerse yourself into the secret lives of these wartime entertainers as they infiltrate the Corporation in order to save one of their own. The leggy ladies of this classic cabaret combine burlesque moves, Fosse-style choreography and story lines from their web-series, to put a shiny new coat of gloss on their classic romp.

FOR TICKETS TO THE FEBRUARY 13th SHOWhttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555750
FOR TICKETS TO THE FEBRUARY 14th SHOWhttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/560637

The True Heroines are best known for their online Podcast series, they do not do many performances live so it is something we highly recommend you see, check out their website for further information: http://thetrueheroines.com/

VALENTINES DINNER AND DANCE CRUISE
Enjoy the romance of the sea at this dinner and dance cruise, including a gourmet buffet and a complimentary glass of champagne. Sail the Pride of Vancouver, 450 Denman St $64.95/person, 604-687-5533, vancouvercharters.com

ROMANTIC STROLL IN AND AROUND STANLEY PARK
Stanley Park is a really nice place to visit for a romantic stroll, If you like, you can even get a tour using the Horse and carriage tours around Stanley park – and for an extra romantic vibe take a nice wee stroll down the Lovers Walk in the Park.

Horse and Carriage: http://www.stanleypark.com/

Who wants to go and watch some Contemporary theatrical comedy?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Do you fancy some Contemporary theater that is sure to leave you smiling from ear to ear? We know just the place and show for you to see.

The Sunset Inn is proud to accommodate the theatrical company Visible Fictions, the team will be staying with us in Vancouver whilst their production of Jason and the Argonauts will be playing at the Carousel Theater on Granville Island. Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, the Visible Fictions production team are touring the US and Canada and are getting some incredible reviews from The Times in the UK and The New York Times to name but a few.

http://www.carouseltheatre.ca/

http://www.visiblefictions.co.uk

Their show Jason and the Argonauts will be running until April 28th, this production is sure to bring you plenty of laughs and entertainment with this high energy and hugely physical performance.

Not only that we highly recommend that you make a day of it when you head down to the Island. So here are some suggestions…

Feeling hungry? Check out The Sandbar Restaurant, this is a very popular dining establishment with an extensive menu that encompasses a wide price range from regular pub food to higher end cuisine, whatever you fancy we are sure you will be satisfied.

Fancy some Wine? Go and grab a bottle at Liberty Wine Merchants and mention you are staying at the Sunset Inn, we have a customer number set up so you can receive a discount at this Wine Store, the staff there sure do know their wine and have extensive knowledge of their wide and varied selection of high end wines.

Need to unwind and reset, have some relaxing time at The Calixica Holistic Spa, check out our promotion on this webpage that we have set up with them.

http://calixica.com/

And finally, make sure you explore the Island, there are plenty of boutique shops and craft stores to peruse, as well as the very famous Granville Island Market, open daily between 9am and 7pm.

http://www.granvilleisland.com/

To get to Granville Island, we recommend taking the False Creek Ferries, its cute, quick and a moment where you can reach for the camara and snap some shots of False Creek and English Bay.

http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/

We do hope that you make it to the show, it will not disappoint.

Clip from the Visible Fictions production of Jason and the Argonauts

Visible Fictions production of Jason and the Argonauts

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

Gamboling on Granville Island!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Granville Island is a must see area whenever you are visiting Vancouver, even the locals cannot get enough of the place year round and for good reason too. The Island is notably home to the busy Granville Market (Vancouver’s answer to Seattle’s Pike Place Market) and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Before we explain in detail about what the Island has to offer, we will like to share with you a little piece of the history in the creation of the island.

Vancouver was originally to be named the city of Granville, however, in 1886 it was decided to be renamed as Vancouver after the Captain George Vancouver (Born, 22nd June 1757 and Died 10th May 1798) he was an English officer of the British-Royal Navy, his name has also been commemorated with Vancouver Island and a few other cities throughout the Pacific Northwest of Canada and the US. The names Granville were then decided to be used for the busy arterial street that runs through the heart of Downtown Vancouver from North to South, (including Granville Bridge which spans over False Creek and Granville Island) all the way to southern most point of the City towards the Fraser River.

The Island itself was born out of an Industry boom due to the Port of Vancouver’s increasing growth. The location itself was once a natural Sandbar within the Creek, with industry evolving and traffic increasing, action was taken to try and stabilize the Sandbar where it could be used for the overall purpose of Real Estate and Industry. Not an easy task, it was determined by the current government at the time that the Sandbar with the formation of a man made Island was more of hazard to maritime operations within the Creek.

Around the turn of the century the Sandbar was finally stabilized and the Island began to take the shape that we are familiar with today. Many of the buildings that were built within the early part of the 20th century are still standing today, this includes the building that is home to the Granville Island Public Market. At the northern end of the Market facing the Creek-side you have the well known restaurant called The Sandbar, named in homage to the original natural Sandbank on which the island has been built.

During the great depression and the Second World War there was a gradual decline in the Industrial operations that occurred on the Island, this led to massive decay and a decline to all manner of operations, the buildings and the area suffered somewhat until the 1970s. It was During the 70s that the Government at the time decided that a family friendly space for tourism in mind should be created here, with money well spent, it was to be the beginning of the transformation to what we have today.

To get a good idea of whats on offer to show its diversity.

1) Arts and Craft.
The Maritime and Duranleau Studios are found next to the unmistakably large Red Boat barn that is located to the Granville Bridge passing high overhead, here you will come across Painting shops, Jewelry stores and Print making shops among many other art and Craft boutique stores. Then East of the Granville Bridge you will come across the centrally located Railspur Alley this beutiful cobbled stone alley is the hub of the Arts and Craft with well over 16 shops at work along the alley, here you will find Canada’s very first of its kind Sake making brewery, crafts made from Leather Workshops, Silk making and more…!

2) Family and Young Children.
Granville Island should be a family affair, and it really does not disappoint when it comes to keeping Children entertained, sometimes the adults can become more excited than the little ones! Aside from the Granville Market, there is also The Kids Market which is found under the Granville Bridge opposite the Granville Island Brewery. Here you can let your children wander around and search for great toys, games, clothes and be able to partake and enjoy themselves with Arts and Crafts that the Market has to offer, also included are the family Arcades, a two tier indoor playground and rooms on offer for Children’s parties and many more activities to keep everyone occupied and entertained.

3) Buskers.
Granville Island is very famous for its buskers that are dotted around the Island throughout the year, generally you will get to see and enjoy the majority of the buskers between May and September, however, you will be sure to fined, a handful of long term regulars entertaining the masses all year round.
The Island grants permits to roughly around 100 Buskers from Magicians to Musicians you will get to see it all!

4) Wine and Dine
If the Market is not enough for you, and you are in need of a good sit down meal and somewhere to drink, there are quite a few options for you to choose from all over the Island.
Among many, we at the Sunset do have some favorite spots to recommend. So we will offer our top picks for you to choose from….
The Sandbar…located next to the Public Market beneath the Granville Bridge, this is a very popular joint with excellent food, service and views. At the entrance is a Sushi Bar, on the 2nd Floor which is the main area of the Sandbar you will find the Bar and restaurant area, various evenings you can be entertained with their in-house regular Piano Guy to swoon you through the evening. The 3rd level is the balcony with excellent views of False Creek, at the restaurant you will be spoiled with an excellent choice of seafood and more…
Edible Canada… Brand new to Granville Island and is located at the central hub of the Island, showing off a great Patio where you can watch buskers, and the people milling around the Island all day…..Edible promotes local and Canadian artisan sustainable products from their venue and their Market Stall, and also offer a large variety of sauces, preserves and chutneys, cheeses, chocolates and specialty tools!!!
Go Fish…So you like Fish and Chips? You will like it even better if the Fish is fresh….even caught just a few hours before? Well this is the right place for you…located a few minutes walk South of the Island towards the southern Marina, this little blue open air shack IS the place to go for a real deal Fish and Chips experience!!! This Fish was literally fished and caught a mere few hours prior to it being a Fishy on your Dishy……enjoy, you will NOT be disappointed! Get there early as once the Food runs out on the day, that is it till the next catch…
Liberty Wine, High End Wine Store – Many of us after a long day will always like to just put our feet up with some good food, maybe a movie and an awesome wine to wash it down with, well luckily for you on Granville Island you have Liberty Wine Merchants! These guys know their wine and have an extensive selection of Wines, Ice wines, Ports, Vermouth’s and Ciders for you to enjoy, ALL Sunset Inn guests are entitled to 10% off…please ask at the front desk for the customer number.
Granville Island Brewery…Probably Vancouvers’ most well known Brewery, located in the center of the Island, here you can take a tour around the brewery and enjoy their samples of Beers they have on offer, with the range getting ever bigger overtime you can indulge and learn about the beer making process after your tour, you can also drop in for a quick drink during your Island visit, they also have a liquor and gift store on site. Another mention is the Artisan Sake Maker, this is truly a hidden gem on the Island, proud to boast that this is the first of its kind in Canada, like the GI brewery you can also enjoy a tour and sample the Sake made on site by the brilliant Sake Maker Masa Shiroki.

5) Seawall and Marina… The Seawall around the Island actually winds it way all around False Creek heading towards the east, and towards the West you can find yourself walking towards Kitsilano point and Vanier Park. You can easily walk pretty far along the Seawall which is something we highly recommend…..the Island is surrounded by a Marina, so if Boats and Yachts are your thing, you are going to be seriously spoiled.

6)Theatre Granville Island is home to plenty of theatrical entertainment…..lot and lots to choose from,  such as The Arts Club theater,  Carousel Theater and the Axis Theater to name a few.

 

To get to and from the Island there are various options, the easiest route of all is by walking from the Hotel South on Thurlow Street, in around 10 minutes you will find yourself at the seawall and The False Creek Ferry Jetty.
Further along beyond the Burrard Bridge, you will fine a similar service that is known as the Aquabus. Other alternatives are the Translink Bus No 50 from Granville Street, or if you feel energetic and fancy along scenic walk, try walking over the Iconic Burrard Street Bridge.

However you get there, we are sure you will have an unforgettable experience at the Island…..enjoy!