WELCOME TO “VANGROOVY:” A PERFECT VANCOUVER VACATION
Who says you can’t have it all?
You want breathtaking natural beauty? You want the “coolest of the cool” cosmopolitan cities? You want unlimited opportunities for outdoor fun? You want world-class shopping with items you can’t find anywhere else? You want a foodie’s paradise?
Welcome to Vancouver…aptly nicknamed “VanGroovy.”
Vancouver is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful places on Earth with its stunning big mountain panoramas and some of the bluest water you’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s green here year round, even when much of Canada is buried in snow or dried up with summer drought.
And look around, you’ll see that that Vancouverites are as beautiful as their surroundings! They’re a young, hip, laid-back multi-cultural population, where people appear fit and stylish. Greenpeace, the 100-Mile Diet and Botox were created here. It’s easy to see how to stay fit in Vancouver with abundant running, cycling and hiking opportunities.
And it’s easy to see how one can live the “good life” here…with the city’s incredible restaurants of every ethnic variety and fabulous shopping venues. It’s no wonder that Vancouver is routinely named one of the world’s most livable cities.
There’s so much to see and do, but if you have just a few days to enjoy a family vacation, here are some of my family’s favorites.
For our “farewell evening,” we did it up right! We headed to the ever-so-charming Gastown, the historic center of the city. We adored wandering the cobblestone streets and dropping into unique boutiques, trendy coffee shops, first-class restaurants and taking photos with the area’s iconic “Gassy” Steam Clock.
It was tough selecting our final dinner destination among all of the fabulous options, but we made a great choice! Our dinner at the chic, yet cozy Flying Pig was phenomenal!! This “nouveau Canadian Bistro” is super family-friendly and serves up truly gourmet dishes at a great value. You must try the Honey Mussels & Frites, the Lobster and Prawn Risotto, the Crispy Brussels Sprouts, the Maple and Mustard Crusted Port Rack, and the Pan Seared Halibut. And the desserts were spectacular, too!