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Vancouver’s Main Street feels like a microcosm of the entire world with its resident population spanning social groups and cultures. The street itself is lengthy, slowly unfolding from the night markets of Chinatown to the hip digs of a nouveau-retro tiki bar.
To begin, the area from Mount Pleasant down to Broadway is rife with indie coffee shops, one-off clothing stores, watering holes and, increasingly, craft breweries like the Main Street Brewing Company and the soon-to-be open Brassneck Brewing.
Keep moving south and you enter what feels like the main drag of a small town in the 1960s. There are antique and thrift stores galore, hip eateries and specialty bakeries. This Main Street area is way off the beaten path, so tourists and solo travelers would be best to venture here with a progressive dinner-type tour with Off the Eaten Track.
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You may not be able to order a kegger of wine from this Railtown working winery, although restaurants can, but what you can order is a tasting of some really good B.C. wine that’s on tap.
The Vancouver Urban Winery is, first and foremost, a commercial winery that manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands (including their own Roaring Twenties label, which you can buy by the bottle from their on-site store). In addition, and this is where it gets interesting, the Winery takes in kegs of wine from B.C. wineries and packages it for distribution to restaurants and bars in big steel tanks and—ta dah!—this is how you get wine-on-tap.
But why should you, the visitor with a jam-packed schedule, take time out of your busy day to visit the winery? Well, first off, it’s a cool place to hang out. The owners and sommeliers are all around the 30-years-old mark and you can feel the unbridled enthusiasm yet laid-back vibe of the place. There are comfy chairs to chill in or you can set yourself up at the bar if you’d like some interaction with the hopping bartenders. When we were there, it was open mike night with some pretty good singers doing their thing.
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Ah, hotels. If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re already a believer in the power of hotels for good. In them, a conversation can be started between strangers from opposite ends of the world; an idea can be sparked over breakfast and a changing streetscape; a restless soul can be momentarily at peace during a detoxifying herbal wrap; and more visceral needs can be sated with a special someone in the privacy of a room of one’s own.
Happily, we’re not the only ones who think this way. The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened their Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life exhibition and you have until September 15 to check it out. It explores the hotel from the beginning –- when it was simply a utilitarian place to rest your head –- to what it is today: a center of design, a social hub and, sometimes, a destination unto itself.
The Grand Hotel exhibit is broken down into four themes: Travel, Social, Design, and Culture. Here’s our take on what these themes mean. It’s a bit esoteric but that’s art, right? (If you’d like to see how these themes play out in real life, check out our sister site HotelChatter.)
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Flying long-haul in First Class is a dream for many, a reality for only a few. Among first class cabins, Cathay Pacific’s suites are widely considered the sine qua non for comfort and serviceand as tickets can fetch $15,000 for a return between New York-JFK and Hong Kong, they’d better be.
We’ve previously taken you inside the Economy, Premium Economy, and brand new Business cabins on board Cathay, and now we can tell you first-hand what flying First is like. And no, we did not win the lottery; there are ways to make this work without maxing out your credit cards, even without leaving North America.
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This week marked the beginning of the end for the Twilight cast as they officially began promoting the final movie in the series, Breaking Dawn Part 2.
The cast was in San Diego yesterday for their last Comic-Con panel and press conference. And since the films are winding down they were eager to reminiscence about the movies, and the fun they had making them.
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Above: A scheduled stop in Blue River.
We already showed you where we slept and what we ate on the VIA Rail Canada journey from Vancouver to Jasper, but we still have so much more to show you. (Yes, we're clearly totally sold on train travel.)
To round out our coverage of the trip, we put together a gallery of highlightsa grab bag of views, glimpses of other parts of the train, and shots from Vancouver's Pacific Central Station.
If the Pacific Northwest foodie-ism of Portlandia has been stoking your appetite for locally-grown and harvested yumminess, put Vancouver's Granville Island Public Market on your to do list, stat.
The formerly industrial, now artsy neighborhood of Granville Island gets a lot of tourist traffic but it also draws locals shopping for anything pulled fresh from the ocean, the ground and the oven, thanks to the Public Market.
Of course, trawling through a market while traveling is one of life's greatest joys, even when you're not able to wrap up a whole salmon and shove it in your carry-on. We're not usually fans of guided tours but when a tour promises to introduce us to some of the best vendors of cheese, tea, bread, sausage and chocolate--and let us sample their wares--we're all over it.
Which is why we love the concept of Edible Canada's Granville Island Market Tour.
Things must be getting pretty serious between Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, considering he brought her to Vancouver to celebrate Christmas with his family.
The couple was spotted at the Original Cupcake Shop on Denman Street where they bought cupcakes and a small cake earlier this week. One of the store's employees told People, "They seemed like a really sweet couple."
world airport in 80 daysare you up for it? In a crazy move that kinda makes us wish we were Canadian, Vancouver Airport is looking for someone to live in the airport for 80 days from August 17-November 4, telling the airport's "story" through videos.
Have you ever read that small book on airport lifeA Week at the Airportby Alain de Botton? The author spent only a week at London-Heathrow's gleaming Terminal 5, interviewing behind-the-scenes staff, eavesdropping on farewell conversations, contemplating hotel service and physically sitting at a desk in the terminal, writing about it all. The Live@YVR 80-day project seems to be just like Alain's project, just way longer, done in video, and all by Canadians.
It's a weird quirk of today's interconnected world, but the moment that something happens - especially when that something is a riot - people's minds often leap to tourism. When massive protests swept through Greece, one of the big stories was about how the unrest created great travel opportunities. When the Arab Spring hit Egypt, among the iconic images were those now famous photos of protesters holding up a sign saying "Dear tourists don't leave, we'll protect you." And with Vancouver recovering from the rioting that broke out last week, people attention is again focused on, among other things, how the riots are affecting tourism.
Vancouver's local News 1130 reports on the collective effort of local citizens to "dispel that the night's negative energy." Organized as a Facebook Event that had over 20,000 Attending confirmations, the idea was to bring out Canadians who wanted to repair both the city and its image. The center of the violence has even become something of a tourist attraction, with people writing condolences on a "Citizen's Wall" that's been set up.
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Are you in Vancouver? Did you enjoy last year's Olympics? Does the idea of starting a huge, awesome fire appeal to you? Well, then tomorrow's your lucky day, as it's the one-year anniversary of the Vancouver Olympics Opening Day, and the slew of activities includes re-lighting the Olympic cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza.
Our Vancouver embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter was and still is on the scene in the city, reporting all through last year's events and now sharing that this weekend will be a huge party in town, with the cauldron lighting just one of the many events. Vancouver also happens to be celebrating the Lunar Fest, Arts and Winter Festivals as well, so despite the cold, right now is the time to head up to Van. But first, be sure to check out the full calendar of events here and relive the electric excitement of last year's Games with our excellent archive:
Katie Holmes has been keeping busy in Vancouver while Tom Cruise continues shooting Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. She's been spotted shopping, dining and seeing the sights with daughter Suri and step-daughter Isabella. Check out a few of their latest jaunts:
Yesterday Katie and Suri were joined by Tom for an afternoon of educational fun at the Vancouver's Science World. Suri was exhausted by the time they emerged from the museum, and she had to be carried back to the car by dad. Guess she must have had a good time!