Ask TripFinder: Where to Stay in Vancouver with Kids?

ASK TRIPFINDER: Where to Stay in Vancouver BC with Kids?

Dear TripFinder, We have a 8 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. Where are good places to stay in Vancouver BC? We would like to not have to drive much–if not at all.  Thanks! Kris Dear Kris, My favorite spot to stay with kids in Vancouver is on the vibrant and lively West End […]

Where in the Northwest to Sip some Holiday Cheer

A sip of homemade eggnog, a shake of sleigh bells and even the soggiest Seattle day transforms into a winter wonderland. The essential word of course is homemade, as no amount of good bourbon can rescue the syrupy milk you buy in a carton at the store! I’ve whipped up homemade eggnog using Martha Stewart’s […]

Ten Essentials for Surviving the Northwest Rain

Drip, drip, drip. In autumn, we wait for the inevitable. We wait, patiently, for the rain to come and stay. The days on end of grey. The constant puddles to dodge. And once winter is here, it’s here for days on end. Months, even. And then we wait, patiently, for the rain to end. The sun will […]

Stressed Out? You Need a Holiday Getaway in the City

Have you experienced any of the following in the past week? Hives. Elevated blood pressure. Insomnia. Swearing like a sailor. Increased tolerance to caffeinated beverages. See, I knew it. What you need is a getaway. An emergency pre-holiday getaway. I know, I know. Who has time? The key is to just drop everything, right now, […]

EAT: Bella Gelateria in downtown Vancouver

According to our fellow travel bloggers at  DeliciousBaby, “Bella Gelateria hand churns some of the best gelato on the west coast.” Maybe it’s the wild, exotic flavors at downtown Vancouver’s Bella Gelateria (map) like black sesame and earl grey and lavender. For chocolate lovers, they make an intriguing array of different chocolate gelatos – one for every day of the week. And what goes […]

All About Vancouver

This week in Northwest travel, our Friday Five is all about Vancouver, British Columbia. Six hundred travel bloggers and travel industry peeps are converging on our beloved metropolis of Vancouver this weekend for Travel Blog Exchange. I regrettably cannot go (waaa!) – read about why, as well as my Ode to Travel Bloggers – right […]

Vancouver Getaway: The Manor Guest House

Not two minutes after settling into our room at the Manor Guest House in Vancouver  just south of downtown, we had a pleasant surprise.  Near the back of our room was a  second door, and right on the other side of that door was a fully-stocked kitchen, shared with a nearby room. “It’s a kitchen!” […]

Scenes of Vancouver

My passport expires in 79 days.  Its stamps are sparse. There’s Belize, the trip for which I got the passport in the first place. And Costa Rica. A few from Mexico. And, of course, there’s Canada. I’ll get a new passport, surely. But I’m not done with this one just yet. It needs one more […]

Getting Around Vancouver on Foot Ferries

Vancouver. Those of us just  south of the border know how lucky we are to have this fabulous cosmopolitan city just a short drive or train ride away. Vancouver is chock full of favorite things-– fabulous ethnic restaurants on Denman, the Museum of Vancouver, Stanley Park, the Granville Island Public Market… just to name a […]

Photo Friday: Granville Island Market

Granville Island’s Public Market in Vancouver is a fun place to get just a little bit lost. I always make sure I have plenty of cash in my pocket to get a little of everything… a tin of fine tea, a couple of crab cakes for dinner, fixings for a salad, a bouquet of fresh […]