Stacia ‘Soon to Be’ Kennedy and I recently got back from a great stay in Vancouver at The Westin Bayshore which was very enjoyable and recommended. If you haven’t been to Vancouver before or stayed at The Bayshore, you will definitely want to.
Here is the first part of the article that I wrote for Bellevue Business Journal:
The future Mrs. Kennedy and I just spent an epic few days in Vancouver, BC and stayed at the luxurious Westin Bayshore Vancouver while in town. It was a great, albeit short visit and we really did not want to leave. We both agreed that we are really looking forward to going back very soon.
Leaving from Bellevue, we made it to the Peace Arch at the Canadian border in just over 90 minutes. After a relatively short 15 minute wait at the border, in another 30 minutes or so we were in Vancouver and the crazy downtown traffic. Once we got to the Westin Bayshore it was like being in a quiet oasis on the edge of the busy metropolis.
We left the car with the valet, quickly checked in and headed to our deluxe guestroom on the 18th floor of the Westin Bayshore tower. After the porter dropped our luggage, we made the ‘mistake’ of laying down on the Heavenly Bed that is well known to everyone who has stayed at any Westin Hotel … Two hours later, after waking up from an unanticipated and super comfy afternoon nap, we made it down to the in house Seawall Bar & Grill for some dinner.
I was really looking forward to trying the famous Seawall Seafood Chowder and it was delicious! It was made with a cream base and had Manila clams, bay scallops, shrimp, some type of fish, corn, and potatoes. Definitely recommended – as well as the other appetizers of crab cakes and sesame crusted albacore tuna that we had to try.
As we continued on to dinner, I enjoyed the roasted wild pacific salmon, with a glass of Sandhill Cab Merlot, while Stacia really loved the seared scallops with a side of prawns, paired with a Dr. Loosen Riesling. For the wine aficionados out there, you may have noticed that I chose to pair a red with my salmon – but I prefer red wine and wanted to drink a local blend – and it was one of the better BC wines. Stacia is not big on wine, but does like a good Riesling – and I don’t think that she had ever had the opportunity to try one made in Germany, where Rieslings originated. Though the apps were probably as much as we should have ate, we took our time with the wine and dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Stacia finished up with a blueberry tart dessert, while I enjoyed a ‘Toasted Almond’ after dinner drink made with Disaronno Amaretto, Kahlua and milk.
After dinner, we stepped out onto the seawall boardwalk and took a nice long walk enjoying the peaceful evening and the views of downtown Vancouver’s skyline, the marinas and waterfront. We considered taking a late dip in the indoor pool at the Bayshore (the outdoor pool closes at dusk), but decided to retire back to the Heavenly bed and get up early the next morning.
After a really great night sleep in the king-sized Heavenly bed, Stacia ‘Soon to Be’ Kennedy and I were planning to get in a work out in the Westin Fitness Centre, but the weather was much nicer than forecast so we decided to try something different.
Just a few blocks away from the Westin are a plethora of bike rental shops who cater to tourists and local alike. They rent bikes by the hour or the day and most also provide helmets and bike locks as part of the rental fee. We decided to rent bicycles for a couple of hours and take a leisurely ride around the world famous Stanley Park, which is located adjacent to the marina in front of The Westin Bayshore. There are a few different possible routes to take around Stanley Park, but the main bike path travels in a counter clockwise direction and is about 9 km or 5 and a half miles. It took us just over an hour to complete the complete lap, with a couple of short water breaks.
With some time left on the bike rentals, we considered riding down the seawall path toward the convention centre, but Stacia needed to head to an online business workshop for our Awesome Lifestyle Design business and we wanted to grab breakfast first. After returning the rental bikes, we walked back to the hotel feeling great and well exercised after a great start to the day. It got even better when we reached the Westin and found that they had a full on buffet breakfast hot and ready for us (and quite a few other hungry guests).
To read the rest of the article go to BellevueBusinessJournal.com.