Downtown is where all the action is and The Loden Hotel couldn’t be more ideally located. Ranked first in the top 10 hotels in Vancouver, this luxury boutique hotel’s design is chic, warm and contemporary. Aside from the usual hotel amenities they also provide complimentary cruiser bikes and a local car service.
I wanted to see the famous aquarium but to get there we decided to walk along the Seawall in Stanley Park. It is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path and one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist spots. The path stretches over 17 miles and is busy with walkers, joggers, cyclists and inline skaters. The scenic views of the water and Lion’s Gate bridge were spectacular. The Aquarium is the largest in Canada and a draw for both children and adults. My favorite section were the jellyfish tanks. Watching these creatures constantly moving like they were dancing under water was mesmerizing. I could have watched them for hours.
Annelena was recommended to me via Instagram when one of my followers posted a comment that I should eat there and then tagged sous chef Mark Singson. Within minutes I had a reservation confirmation from Mark himself. Upon arrival we were told that we were having the tasting menu along with the wine pairing. Jeff Parr who is the general manager and sommelier chose all the wines to go superbly with the dishes. From beginning to end Chef Mike Robbins and Mark Singson pulled out all the stops wowing us with gorgeous plating and delicious dishes influenced by a mix of cultures, flavors and local ingredients. I couldn’t resist taking photos of each and every plate.
WHAT I LOVED MOST
Museum of Anthropology I’ve always been fascinated with Native American and First Nation’s culture so a visit to the Museum of Anthropology was at the top of my list. The architecture of the building itself, designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson was inspired by structures of First Nations people. Situated on the cliffs of Point Grey the museum offers spectacular vistas of the mountains and the sea. The great hall is awe inspiring filled with towering totem poles, carved figures and canoes from different tribes. The high glass walls brings the light in as well as a view of the outdoor space that includes two Haida structures and more totem poles.