Since the Winter Olympic Games earlier this year, more and more Californians are heading north to our friendly neighbors in Vancouver, Canada.
If, like me, you were seduced by the commercial for British Columbia tourism, showing famous Canadian personalities frolicking at gorgeous locales, like the majestic wine country, snow covered mountains or towering pine forests, then why not add Canada’s stunning western most territory to your travel agenda?
Only a hop, skip and a jump north of Seattle, Vancouver is perfectly accessible and a joy to experience any season, all year long. Here’s a great boutique hotel we found in the heart of downtown, The Wedgewood.
Recommended Resort: Wedgewood Hotel and Spa. Cosmopolitan and conveniently located in Robson Square, one of Vancouver’s most fashionable area’s, this 83-room/suite hotel has long been a favorite of visitors and locals looking for chic accommodations and comfortable service and amenities.
Privately owned, the family-run property has garnered a respectable collection of awards, from national magazines and well-read travel guides. Recently accepted as a member of the Relais & Chateaux group of hotels and resorts, the Wedgewood charms guests with an elegant French ambiance and first-class hospitality.
Check In:845 Homby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 800-663-0666, www.wedgewoodhotel.com
Check Out: In addition to accolades for the hotel itself, the premier eatery, Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge has earned its own share of prestigious awards, including a Four Diamond rating from the CAA/AAA.
Beautifully appointed in upholstered furniture, a mix of wood accents and light fixtures imported from Venice, the interior is instantly warm and inviting.
A painting of Bacchus, god of wine and celebration, presides over the festivities and a brilliant wine list that includes offerings from California, France, Italy, South Africa and Australia. Executive Chef Lee Parsons creates modern French cuisine with the best ingredients on the West Coast. Stay for a cocktail and enjoy the tunes of the resident piano player.
Don’t Miss:Considered one of the best spas in Downtown Vancouver, the Spa at Wedgewood features a divine list of signature treatments and products from the Epicurean Skin Care line.
If you don’t melt from the Thai Fusion Massage, then get your sweet on with a the Chocolát Vanilla Decadent Body Treatment, an exfoliating, moisturizing body wrap experience like no other.
Photos courtesy of The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa.