48 Hours in Vancouver for Luxury Vacationers

Rosewood Suite Private Patio. Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Suite Private Patio. Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on exquisitely luxurious vacation experiences for the sophisticated luxury traveler who loves the finer things in life.

What You’ll Need to Go on This Luxury Vacation:
• Sunscreen & sunglasses (to enjoy the sunshine)
• A set of golf clubs (rented or your own)
• Comfortable footwear (so you can enjoy walking around downtown)
• A good quality camera with a great zoom
• A sense of adventure!

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Luxury Vacationers

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites in Vancouver

Photo credit: Jasperdo | Flickr

Photo credit: Jasperdo | Flickr

It’s no secret that Vancouver is a city in transition.  Dozens of cranes dot the horizon and quaint older neighbourhoods are being reborn as hip urban centres.

But the price of those changes is lost heritage and history.  Heritage Vancouver just released its annual list of the top endangered sites in Vancouver.  The report warns that “heritage character homes are disappearing at an alarming rate,” while earthquake-readiness upgrades are being used as “an opportunity to demolish our heritage schools.”

Here are the Top 5 Endangered Sites in the city as identified by Heritage Vancouver. Each entry identifies a particular building under threat, a whole class of structures being lost or both. Continue reading:
Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites in Vancouver

A Vancouver First: The “Craft Brewing” of Publishing

What do craft beer and books have in common? Read on to find out.  Photo credit: Don LaVange | Flickr

What do craft beer and books have in common? Read on to find out. Photo credit: Don LaVange | Flickr

There’s a new craft brewer (of sorts) in Vancouver.  What they’re selling is robust, fair-trade and, apparently, “very quaffable.”

It’s not beer, however.  It’s books.  Vancouver has just become home to a one-of-a-kind experiment in artisan publishing. A brand new independent publishing house called Nonvella, which describes itself as “the craft brewing of publishing,” is aiming to go where no local book publisher has gone before.

Nonvella’s focus is a genre known as narrative nonfiction – timely works of journalism, adventure writing, essay and memoir taken from real life.  What’s unique about their model, however, is the length of these stories.  Their specialty is long-form nonfiction that’s much shorter than a book but longer than the average magazine article (i.e. stories that are roughly the length of a fictional novella, but in nonfiction form – hence the catchy name, Nonvella.)

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A Vancouver First: The “Craft Brewing” of Publishing

Best Scenic Cycling in Metro Vancouver? Riding Boundary Bay

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Vancouver cyclists know that on a sunny day downtown’s famous seawall can turn into a bit of a traffic jam.  Runners, walkers, rollerbladers and throngs of bikers make cycling the scenic route feel like a ride through rush-hour traffic.

For the path less traveled, head south to the Vancouver suburb of Tsawwassen and Boundary Bay Regional Park.  Boundary Bay – so named because it marks the border between British Columbia and Washington State – embraces dramatic mudflats, salt marshes and dunes and sandy beaches.  Best of all, it offers great biking, minus the crowds.

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Best Scenic Cycling in Metro Vancouver? Riding Boundary Bay

2014 Vancouver International Burlesque Festival announces guests

Perle Noire, from NYC, will be a special guest at this year's Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Photo courtesy VIBF.

Perle Noire, from NYC, will be a special guest at this year’s Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Photo courtesy VIBF.

The 9th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival is heading our way, with guests ranging from the woman crowned Miss Nude Universe two years running in the 1970s to the current King of Burlesque.

The three-night event (May 1-3) features a different lineup of local and international burlesque talent, live music and variety artists each night.

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2014 Vancouver International Burlesque Festival announces guests