My Planned Destination is a Vancouver Vacation

Editor’s note: I took this trip in 2013, and it’s now 2021. Yikes, not sure how so many years went by so quickly. Oh yeah…work, life and a pandemic in between. This year my planned destination is a Vancouver vacation…and I hope this inspires you to do the same. Seems like now, more than ever, everyone can use some beauty and peace. Vancouver, you’re on my mind!

From my travels to Vancouver

Oh Vancouver…how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…

1) Your scenery is always breath-taking but even more so during our August visit as the sun made the water sparkle…yes, like diamonds!  Made our kayaking and biking around Stanley Park just THAT much better.

2) Eating options were numerous and within a stone’s throw of our boutique hotel. Crazy-good ramen, down home Italian and fresh sushi made choosing a chore (but not really.)

3) Friendly people, easy navigation and that cute little “jaunty man” signal which tells you it’s time to cross the street. 

The burrata at La Buca
The lamb agnolotti – beautiful and delish at La Buca
A mouth-watering menu at La Buca

Finally, how can I forget the really great boutique hotel on Robson Street?  The Listel features comfortable rooms, helpful staff and great location for walking to most of what we wanted to see/do.  Less driving and parking meant more time to chill and enjoy the city.

We did take the car to North Vancouver with the intent of participating in the Grouse Grind before we left on Thursday.  My friend tells me it’s a straight up hike on the normally-wintery ski trail with a convenient tram to bring you down when finished.  An un-named person forgot their hiking shoes so we found solace in The Bakehouse and the many pastries on display.

I’m back to my usual routine – work and some play – and my summer fling with Vancouver seems so far away.  But I will be back, with hiking shoes in hand!

Places to eat

La Buca
4025 MacDonald Street
Vancouver BC  V6L 2N8

Ramen Santouka (amazing)
1690 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7
Neighborhood: West End
(604) 681-8121

 The Boathouse
1305 Arbutus Street
Vancouver BC  V6J 5N2

Eatery Takeout
3431 W Broadway 
Vancouver, BC V6R 2B4, Canada

The Bakehouse
1050 W Queens Ave
North Vancouver BC  V7R 1H7


The Listel Hotel
1300 Robson Street
Vancouver BC V6E 1C5

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I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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