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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day on October 13th

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The Canuck Thanksgiving occurs every second Monday during the Month of October it is the annual celebration of giving thanks to the celebration of Harvest and for many others there other blessings and meanings to what this celebration is to the individual. The Thanksgiving day in many respects is similar to the US Thanksgiving Day which occurs every November and was officially announced in Canada on January 31, 1957 by the Parliament of Canada.

Thanksgiving in Vancouver is a great place to be, it really puts into perspective at what we have around us and that many others around the world do not have the lifestyle that we are accustomed too, it is quite a humbling moment to really see that it is a gorgeous place to reside in. It is multicultural, it has amazing scenery and an environment that can be the envy of the world. It has food and festivals from all around the world at any given time of year and the lifestyle is generally more health conscious and holistic which cannot be a bad thing!

At the Sunset Inn hotel we see a major transition from from visitors of a more transient nature to more familiar faces from the years gone by who stay at the hotel on longer term basis. The Thanksgiving period really highlights the fact that we ourselves give thanks to all the guests that like to stay here and have been loyal to us over the years – it seems unbelievable but there are many guests that have been coming back to visit us for the past 30 odd years – which is incredible and very very touching. We are thankful and grateful that we do have such a loyal following and it is not lost on us that we are part of a bigger family – which is exactly what this hotel is all about!

Traditionally as many of you know Thanksgiving is not really Thanksgiving without enjoying a hearty meal with good friends and family and of course for many of us this is a Turkey Dinner much like at Christmas time. If you are coming to stay with us next week and would like to cook a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hotel there are lots of options of where you can buy the Turkey and all the fixtures for a perfect Thanksgiving meal.

On Davie street which is the main village behind us there is a wealth of Restaurants, Bars and Grocery Stores to choose from, here are a few choices if you wish to create your own meal or would rather dine out.

Grocery Stores.
The Independent Supermarket – 1255 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4
(604) 688-0911
These guys have great prices and are open from 7am till 3am in the morning, they are just a little over a 5 minute walk from us and have a great selection of grocery items that will surely work for a great meal.
Website: http://www.yourindependentgrocer.ca/en_CA.html

Safeway – 1641 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1W1
(604) 669-4229
A very popular Supermarket that is just a 15 minute walk away from the hotel heading West on Davie Street to English Bay, traditionally you can find some very very good deals here if you are buying a Turkey at the last minute.

Dining Out.
The Upper Deck Kitchen & Taphouse – 1239 Davie Street,Vancouver, BC. Canada V6E 1E4
604-685-5761
This is a popular bar that is located next door to the Independent and has a great Food and Drinks menu, on the Sunday and Monday of the Thanksgiving long weekend they will be offering this!
Roasted turkey breast with home made cranberry sauce, sausage and apple stuffing, celeriac and potato puree, maple glazed green beans…$16.95
Butternut squash lasagna…$12.95

It is highly recommended that you make reservations, we really hope you do as this place is great and has been frequented by our guests on a regular basis with very very good reviews.
Website: http://www.upperdeckondavie.com/

The Sandbar – Granville Island, 1535 Johnston Street #102, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
(604) 669-9030

If you are in Vancouver during this long weekend there is a high chance you will be visiting Granville Island, if so check out the Sandbar as well, a hugely popular restaurant to dine in and they will be doing a Turkey dinner on the Sunday and Monday.
Website:https://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

If you are wondering if anything shuts down over the long weekend the answer in short is not really! However as it is a Government holiday that means of course all that kind of business is shut down as are the banks, but take note, that also means the popular BC Liquor stores will be closed too – Oh the horror we hear you cry, well our advice is stock up a little earlier or ask the front desk where the Independent liquor stores are, all is not lost!

VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL IS BACK!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Get ready to be entertained down at Granville Island this week as the exciting, hilarious and most entertaining of all the alternative independent Festivals is about to begin…welcome back Vancouver Fringe Festival. The festival runs from September 5th to the 15th.

Website: http://www.vancouverfringe.com/

The Fringe is a fantastic way to explore Vancouver’s own Granville Island and to really make the most of its Arts culture that is spread all around the Island, and this is one of the best ways to see out the Vancouver summer with a bang.
This year promises to be quite the bonanza with over 80 performers taking part this year in just 11 days.

Here is a sneak peak of how the festival will unfold during the 11 days of fun!

FRINGE FOR ALL September 5th
It all opens with a fantastic opening sneak peak to all the acts that will be happening over the festival. Each act will entertain you with a 2 minute quick fire act, so you can decide just from this snippet alone on what you will like to see…Hosted by David C. Jones who will do his best to see how many artists he can cram in in one evening.

ST. AMBROISE FRINGE BAR
If you like to have a wee tipple before, during and after plays then you will not be upset to hear that there will be a permanent bar to wet your whistle.
There will be nightly entertainment here too, so check it out, the bar will be located in the cool area of Railspur Alley, you must be 19 and over to be able to attend the bar.

For further information on the programming guide, please click on the following link http://www.vancouverfringe.com/program-guide/

And of course, as it is located down at Granville Island, be sure to check out the whole area, it is full of regular entertainment all year round courtesy of the Buskers that like to entertain you.

Granville Island Website: http://granvilleisland.com/

The public market runs all year round from 9am till 7pm.

And if you want some awesome food, go to The Sandbar restaurant which is just to the east of the market under Granville Bridge……ask to be seated upstairs in the balcony area, you will be treated to some stunning views.

The Sandbar Website: http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

Sunset Inn Newsletter http://www.hebsmarketing.com/Sunset_Inn/07_July_2013/index.html

PuSh Festival @Granville Island…1 more week left

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you are visiting Vancouver this week be sure to visit Granville Island as the PuSh Festival is in its final week (ending on February 3rd).

This is the first major festival of the season and a very good excuse to check out what Granville Island has to offer – and it does offer a lot. From the famous Granville Island market, to artisan bakeries, stylish boutique shops. There is also no shortage of entertainment for all the family, the famous Granville Island Buskers which are a staple for entertainment and they are really really good, you will be very entertained.

For further reading and more in depth information on Granville Island…please take a look at this older blog entry…it should help navigate you as to what is on offer there… http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=64

www.granvilleislandbuskers.com

The Island is also a good spot for dining, you have plenty to choose from most notably The Sandbar which boasts a great balcony area where you can enjoy your meal with an excellent view…and check out Edible Canada too, they have a sweet location right in the hub of Granville Island…perfect to watch the people and the day go by…to reach Granville Island is very easy, roughly a 20 minute journey, you head down Thurlow St and catch the False Creek Ferry, its easy, its cute and its cash only! Ask the Front desk at the Sunset Inn & Suites for further details there…

SAD SACK @ PuSh FESTIVAL
We want to highlight this particular show as it involves Kris Elgstrand who is the husband of our very own Sunset Inn Front desk extraordinaire Arabella Bushnell!!!

The show is a pretty quirky melancholy take on living in Vancouver, it explores the city via the medium of drawings, writings, thoughts and libertations, it was conceived during Vancouver’s darkest and dreary months of fall and winter…hence the title of Sad Sack.

http://sadsack.ca/events/push-festival-sad-sack-by-night

If you like to look at further works from Kris Elgstrand, be sure to check out his own show call ‘Social Anxiety Hour’ which also features our very own Arabella!!! so please come out and support these guys – you will not be disappointed. http://www.legstand.com

Look at some of the reviews from the Georgia Straight

http://www.straight.com/arts/push-festival

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.

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/

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!