Vancouver is a perfect getaway for those living on the West Coast. It’s a world-class cosmopolitan city with a wealth of exciting opportunities and plethora of adventures to be had. For those of us from points south, now is the time to go. With an extremely attractive exchange rate and close proximity to Seattle and Portland the richness of Vancouver’s culinary tastes, cultural experiences and enticing nightlife are within easy reach.
With limited time available my girlfriend and I were looking for an opportunity to get out of Seattle and have a quick but opulent adventure. Given the proximity and the generous exchange rate we decided on a brief overnight trip to Vancouver to satisfy our desire to get out of town.
After settling on the destination we did some quick research and Opus Vancouver percolated to the top of the list for where to stay in Vancouver. Based on the location in Yaletown, free wifi, and the fact that it’s kind of different made it a perfect choice for us. Whenever we can find a cool design combined and some unique touches, we know that it’s probably going to be our kind of place to make our home base.
Great room at the Opus!
Upon arrival, we were offered a glass of sparkling wine, which of course we took advantage of while our luggage and care were taken care of! With the hospitality and welcome we felt immediately decompressed from the drive, and moved to enjoy the glorious early spring weather. The Opus had free cruiser bikes to use so we got a little ride along the the Yaletown Seawall. We’ve done Stanley Park before and we were ready for a little different sightseeing. The cruiser bikes were a fun way to get around!
Along the way, we took a cool little sea-bus to Granville Island where they have a market that was an assault on the senses but totally made our day. We did some light snacking on the freshest of foods and got back to our beautiful hotel in time for a little relaxation before dinner.
For dinner our concierge made an incredible recommendation and sent us to a Vancouver institution, Rodney’s Oyster House. The oysters, clams and crab rival anything we’ve tasted (and we’re spoiled by all the seafood we see in Seattle). There are so many varieties to select from we had a difficult time choosing, so we did a little bit of everything. They have fresh grated horseradish and a variety of pepper sauces and vinegars to accompany it all! It was a delicious, light meal that kept us moving for part two of the evening.
Afterward, we grabbed a quick nightcap at nearby West Oak (1035 Mainland Street). It had great energy and a chatty crowd at the bar. The light didn’t make for great pictures but we still recommend!
After a restful night at the Opus and its immeasurably comfortable accommodations we took advantage of a great service that the Opus offers. Actually, an incredible, awesome thing on a Sunday morning: car service in a beautiful Jaguar.
Our fine driver took us to a nearby brunch at the surprisingly scrumptious Medina Cafe. Admittedly, the wait was a bit long but our patience was richly rewarded with an absolutely wonderful meal. The waffles ARE as good as they look. It was a great way for us to start (albeit a bit late) our Sunday.
For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver is a quick, rewarding escape and now is the perfect time to take advantage of that proximity. Enjoy!
Whether it’s a girls getaway, a romantic night out for just two or your coming to enjoy a weekend in the city, OPUS Hotel has the best location, and the package to make your weekend escape a memorable experience. Perfectly situated, adjacent to picturesque False Creek waterfront and surrounded by the city’s best restaurants and lounges, we’re perched in the best location in downtown Vancouver. We’ll even throw in a welcome amenity including a half bottle of wine to get your stay started off right! Book now: Opus Hotel