Bowen Island: The Perfect Day Trip from Vancouver

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Bowen Island is only a short ferry ride form Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal and easily accessible from Vancouver by car or by transit. With mountain views, fresh local food, outdoor activities, and endless shorelines to explore; Bowen Island is a great adventure!

Even the 20-minute ferry ride over to Bowen Island is worth the trip. You can see the North Shore Mountains steeply meeting the shoreline of Howe Sound and gaze out to the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Island and other Gulf Islands.

The tiny town of Snug Cove is picture perfect. There are shops and cafes and a small park near the marina that is a perfect spot for a picnic. Beside the Ferry Terminal there are Kayaks that rent by the hour and are a great way to explore the beaches, coves and wild life around the Island. Kayaking is known as Bowen Island’s “Signature Activity.”  Hiking on Bowen Island is a popular pastime. You may want to hike the wetlands of Killarney Lake or up Mt. Gardener for a panoramic views. Catching the sunset on one of the rocky beaches on the west side of Bowen Island is the perfect way to end your day trip before heading back to Vancouver. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning Event

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Join us for the Spring Cleaning and Open House Event at The Residences on Georgia

Tuesday, April 23, from 12-6 p.m.
at the Vancouver Extended Stay office 101-1288 West Georgia St.

Come meet our staff, connect with neighbours, enjoy light refreshments, spring cleaning tips and prizes!
See you there!

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How To Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home

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Though you may be far from home, it doesn’t have to feel that way! Many of you stay with us for week or months (even years) at a time and we do our best to make these furnished suites feel more like a home than a hotel room. However, here are just a few ideas that you might want to consider to really make the space your own.

1. Bloom Where You are Planted

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A potted plant or fresh cult flowers can really brighten your stay. Both cost effective and easy to find in the Vancouver Extended Stay neighborhood, they are in instant pick-me-up in any room.

2. Warm Fuzzies

Your favourite slippers or throw blanket will keep your cozy and the soft familiar textures can be comforting especially in the cooler weather. Continue reading

Why to Choose a Vacation Rental

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By Dariusz Ciskal

At Vancouver Extended Stay we get so many first time vacation renters that are over the moon about the added benefits of choosing residential accommodations instead of a traditional hotel.  Vacation rentals have the benefits of a hotel, but they feel more like home.  At Vancouver Extended Stay we offer vacation accommodations for three nights to weeks, months and even years at time. Recently, we came across this blog post by Dwellable that highlights why vacation rentals beat out hotels nearly every time.

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Frugalbits Calls Us “A Suite Deal”

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Vancouver Extended Stay is featured today on Frugalbits.com—Vancouver’s online guide to spending smart. Frugabits places an emphasis on quality and value for you money. We are pleased to be considered as among Vancouver’s best accommodations for visitors by them.

A Suite Deal

Put your visitors in a beautiful high-rise apartment in downtown Vancouver for less than the price of a hotel.

TRAVEL ADVISORY | When guests are coming to town and a pullout couch won’t do, Vancouver Extended Stay offers fully equipped apartments that feel like home—but better! These suites give you far greater value for your money than a traditional hotel without compromising on quality. Read more…

For all the reasons that Frugalbits.com mentions (and more!) consider Vancouver Extended Stay for accommodation next time you are in Vancouver.

Vancouver Extended Stay’s Walk Score

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Photo — The Dale Chihuly art installation at The Residences on Georgia.

If you are someone who enjoys a daily walk as a part of a healthy lifestyle, the phrase “location, location, location,” translates into “walkable neighbourhood.” Walking is said to reduce the risk of heart disease, increase community involvement and extend one’s life. Communities are increasingly placing value on walkabiliy — the measure for how many services and amenities can be found within walking distance.

Walk Score is a free online service that measures just how walkable your neighbourhood is. It factors in elements such as how pedestrians-friendly the streets are, how accessible transit is and how many amenities are near by.  How walkable is your neighbourhood? Find your Walk Score here. Continue reading

Book with Vancouver Extended Stay for Davis Cup Tickets

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Thank you to all who booked with us and received the tickets. Enjoy the match! Please Note: This offer is no longer valid, but stay tuned for more special offers coming soon. 
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Canada will be facing off against Spain in the first round of the Davis Cup, February 1-3 at the Thunderbird Sports Centre, UBC.  Spain has been a dominating force at the Davis Cup for the last two decades, and with Canada’s emerging talent, this year’s 1st round promises thrilling action throughout the competition. Continue reading

Vancouver’s Favourite Holiday Traditions

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Vancouver truly lights up during December for the holidays and our city has a few festive traditions that are so spectacular you will not want to miss out. These holiday favourites can be great romantic outings or fun for the whole family.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

During this event, two million twinkling lights illuminate the park.

Enjoy a train ride through the magical forest including animated holiday scenes. This is a favourite holiday spot and tickets sell out early. Buy tickets in advance or at the event itself. Bright Lights in Stanley Park is on now, until January 1 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Continue reading

Holiday Open House

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You are cordially invited to Vancouver Extended Stay’s Holiday Open House:

Thursday, December 13, from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

We would like to celebrate this past year together and look forward to the new one with you! We will be serving snacks, eggnog and holiday cheer in our office beside the concierge desk on level 1 at 1288 West Georgia St. Come and meet our staff, say hello and enter our draw to win a $100 gift card to Urban Fare.

Join our Eggnog Open House on Facebook or just stop by. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

The Team at Vancouver Extended Stay