Monday, June 12, 2017

Vancouver Weekend Itinerary

A couple of weeks ago I got a text saying, "Had a crazy idea for a post semester trip. I'll run it by you tonight". I hate surprises and secrets. (To clarify secrets that I am not a part of) So this had me on the edge of my seat.  The surprise destination was none other than VERY VANCOUVER. To be honest I knew nothing about Vancouver. I have been trying to plan a trip to Ottawa for a couple of years now, so a Canada trip has been on the radar. 

Vancouver was one that never really crossed my mind, but once I started digging more into what the city had to offer it was  a no brainer.  This city was a city like no other. It was a world of its own. You had the hustle and bustle of a city and then a couple of blocks away you had the breathtaking parks and mountains. There was seriously never not a thing to do. I laid out everything I ended up doing. This is just a quick weekend, but you could have spent a week. These were just some of the big things that you can see there. So, lets jump into it. 

Friday// Touchdown and Drinks
- We actually stayed at this Airbnb. It was surprisingly a nice and cute place. It was pretty similar to what you would get with any hotel, and near a lot of great restaurants. 
-Drinks-We went to this brewery and it was the a pretty great hub for a Friday night spot. I was dead from the week (and the slight time change), but it was worth it to see the Vancouver night life. 

Saturday// Hikes and Bikes 
-Twisted Fork// Saturday was the outdoor day. We went to breakfast at the twisted fork. There was a little bit of a wait, so we went and grabbed coffee. Which is probably the best idea anyone can have for a brunch wait time. For breakfast, I got the Eggs Benedict, which was hands down amazing. It also had a ton of sides (which I am the biggest fan of). 
-Capilano Bridge//After brunch we took the free shuttle to the Capilano Bridge. We had heard mixed reviews on if this was worth it or not. It sooo was. Even if you just go on the shuttle out to the bridge, that was some of the best views of the city. (Did I mention Vancouver was a world of its own and the views were like no other?) The bridge was fun to walk around, and kept us busy for a couple of hours. 
- Bike Tour// First, we did not eat lunch, which was a bad move. Luckily on our bike tour, Quaker Oats was passing out some new granola bars... Anyways, we rented some bikes and rode around the harbor/bay. This was hands down my favorite part of the trip. It was such a nice day, where it was not too hot and the wind was blowing. Plus, taking our time and just looking at the views was such a great way to spend an afternoon.
-Dinner// So after the bike ride we went back to the Airbnb to get ready for dinner. We ended up choosing The Flying Pig in Gastown. The one in Yaletown (Yaletown and Gastown are neighborhoods in Vancouver) did not look as cool. Plus we wanted to get to a different part of Vancouver. The dinner was pretty great. We shared a meat and cheese plate. (Because is it even a meal without one?). Then we both got some sea food. If you are looking to just hang out at dinner, this probably is not the place to go. The place felt a little rushed (which it was prime dinner hours so I understand) Overall, it had some great food and cute cocktails.
-Gastown// After dinner  we walked around for a while. We saw the steam clock. Which is a Vancouver favorite, and did some window shopping. Which a good note is Vancouver is a city where pretty much everything closes pretty early. 

Sunday// Markets and  Craft Brews
-Market// Can we talk about the title... What more could you want in a day. Add a view of the mountains and that sounds like a perfect day to me. So we went to Granville Island Public Market. Which is an INDOOR market, you heard me right, air conditioning. We kind of jumped the gun on breakfast. Which we were starving (read dying). So if your whole day is not revolving around eating every two hours, you can kind of scope out the different places. 
So this market had some of the best flavors. Every booth had something lavender flavor, (which I was a big fan of). And soooo many pastries, this is not the city to continue your health kick. 
-Shops & Walks// So after we ate our way through the market, the rain cleared up. (Which we had the best luck for weather). We walked around the island. Which Vancouver as a whole is pretty small. It is about 3 miles wide, so we looked at the little shops and took in the views at a little park on the edge. 
-Lunch// For lunch we went to Granville Island Brewing.We had a flight and a personal pizza. It was fun to try the local brews and people watch. The place was pretty cute, you could take a tour of the brewery. I also liked how there was one big table for people to sit at. 
-Ferries// After lunch the weather became amazing, and we took the little ferries around. We did not really go any place specific. We did go to a dog beach for a minute and that took up a lot of  time, but it was worth it. The Ferries do take you around the full city and that was fun to go around to each stop. So we started at the farthest end of the island near Stanley park, then made our way to the science museum.  We mostly just walked around and took in the city. It is overall a very relaxing city. 
-Brewery on Brewery// It was late afternoon and we had already gotten all of that done! We went to Craft Beer Market after our walking around. I feel like I hyped this place up in my head, and it was mothers day rush, but it was not everything it was hyped up to be. We got a brew and it was nice to sit down for a minute. After dinner we went to Tap & Barrel. This was hands down one of my favorite parts. We sat outside, watch the sun set, and just took in the weekend. We seriously stayed there for forever. I think we got there during the early evening and I thought there was no way we would stay there an hour. Over all one of my favorite places in Vancouver. 
- Bad Hombre// Okay the place is actually called Banter Room. It was a new restaurant, but I loved it. I felt like it screamed Just Around the Neighborhood. The restaurant was super cute, but a laid back casual feel to it. We got a meat plate (naturally). We also got a side of veggies (Balance), and some onion rings (we were vacation, okay!) This meal is hands down my favorite, I love just getting a bunch of tapas and you can have a little of everything. This was not even the best part! I got a Lavender Mojito, which was probably the second best Lavender cocktail I have ever had. Then the name of this subtitle. There was a margarita with the name of Bad Hombre. We thought it was hilarious. 
 This was the bridge! It was was more shaky than you thought it would be. (little extra fun).
 So many great views in Vancouver. Also sorry I wore the same thing everyday, but the rain put a damper on outfit choices.
 There was so much going on in the city. This is from when we were just waling around.

 The steam clock!
 This was by the dog park. So stunning.
 This was from the bike ride.This was a popular icon from Vancouver.

Overall, it was such a spectacular trip. It was kind of one of those moments that you knew you would miss it even when you were living it. In those moments I feel that the way the sun shined is always engraved in my brain. It was a great weekend, in a great city, with great company. 


  1. Vancouver is such a fun city! I spent a day there a few years ago, and I can't wait to go back.

  2. I have always wanted to go! I love the view from the dog park. I wish my dog park was that pretty!

  3. Its pretty sad that I live in the PNW and have never been North. Sounds like a great weekend trip with the kids too!

  4. I've always wanted to try an Air BNB place. Did you like it better than staying in a regular hotel?


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