Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2014

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“It’s my favourite time of the year!”- Douglas Dohms, Vancouver Extended Stay Guest Services Manager.

It’s that time of the year when Spring Fever hits everyone in Vancouver and pulls them outside to join each other in celebration of the beautiful weather. Full-bloomed cherry blossom trees are a definite symbol of springtime in this city and you will catch locals and travelers snapping photos of the the pink trees that line up almost every street. Even though we all complain about the rain here on the west coast, we also love to celebrate the sunshine when we get the chance. What could be a better way to celebrate the season than to attend Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival events?

To access all the events during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, visit their official website.  You will find a variety of community events throughout different areas of the city. We will highlight a few that you will surely enjoy with friends and family.

Cherry Blossom Festival Vancouver Schedule

Some notable events include:

1) Sakura Days Japan Fair on April 5th and 6th | info here

For anyone wishing to experience Japanese lifestyle and culture, this event will be perfect for you. Here, you will get the chance to experience the ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, enjoy Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, watch classical Japanese dance, and listen to Haikus being read out loud. If you enjoy Richmond’s night market, then you will not want to miss out on this fun and festive weekend!
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Vancouver’s Winters Farmers Market 2014

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Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Market: Prepare to meet your maker.

Every Saturday from 10am – 2pm
November 2, 2013 – April 26, 2014

Why do we love farmers markets? It’s fun, it’s fresh, and it’s interactive. Get your ingredients for your next dish directly from the hands of the people who grow them! The prices of the farmers’ produces are also unbeatable. Paying one a visit is a must during your stay in Vancouver.

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Top 10 Cafes in Vancouver

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The battle for coffee supremacy in Vancouver continues between big names such as Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and even McDonalds but there is now more competition than ever. Coffee lovers in Vancouver are immigrating to new, independent cafes such as JJ Bean, Cafe Medina, and Revolver Cafe, to name a fewWithout much further ado, here is our list of:
 

The Top 10 Cafes in Vancouver.

Read more to learn about what makes them so special. 

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1. 49th Parallel

What makes this cafe so special? Just take a look at their Tiffany blue cups and try to resist the temptation to hold one in your hands. At this cafe’s Main Street location, their wonderful staff serves you top-notch coffee and patisseries. Their flaky butter croissants are out-of-this-world. This cafe attracts the most unique coffee-lovers in Vancouver so you will likely find yourself sitting there for hours, just people-watching.

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5 Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Vancouver

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February 14th is coming up and love is in the air! Vancouver is such a beautiful and romantic city and there are about a million things you could do to create a wonderful Valentine’s Day experience for your significant other. Do you want to be creative this year? Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Chocolate

Enjoy some artisanal desserts at Le Bel Café. We recommend trying their Peppermint Patty. If you order this and sit outside, you will for sure have women running up to you asking you what it is. What an adorable AND delicious treat. Le Bel Café is also a participating store of the 4th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival which will go on until February 14th. Price | Under $10

Peppermint Patty Le Bel Cafe

A mix of 70% Valrhona guanaja chocolate infused with organic peppermint, vanilla bean Chantilly, accompanied by a double fudge cookie.

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Free Activities in Vancouver: The Vancouver Art Gallery

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Travelling can be stressful sometimes, especially when you are on a budget but would like to get the most out of experiencing a new city. What would be a better way to see Vancouver than to explore the city’s most popular gathering place for festivities, flash mobs, and lunches? The steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery is known to be the gathering hot spot for Vancouverites. Continue reading

Dine Out Vancouver Festival: Jan 17 – Feb 2

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Dine Out Vancouver is back and ready to serve all of your palates in Vancouver and Metro Vancouver. If you love to dine out but are also on a budget, then this festival is perfect for you. For an extended period of time, high-end restaurants all around Vancouver are offering affordable, 3-course menus at a fixed price of either $18, $28, or $38! Restaurants participating include many talks-of-the-town such as Mosaic Bar & Grille, Minami Restaurant, Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant & Lounge, The Italian Kitchen, L’Abattoir, Salt Tasting Room, Twisted Fork Bistro, Hapa Izakaya, just to name a few! Continue reading

Robson Square Ice Rink Opens Friday, November 15th!

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A downtown Vancouver tradition is on the verge of opening for the season! The Robson Square Ice Rink is set to open on Friday, November 15th at 1pm.

Found right in the heart of Vancouver, the ice rink provides a classic winter downtown experience. Bring your own skates and it’s free!
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Othello Tunnels: Unique Day Trip from Vancouver

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If you’re hoping to take a unique day trip from Vancouver, the Othello Tunnels deservesyour attention. Most locals don’t even know about this gem of a place that is found just 2 short hours from Vancouver Extended Stay‘s suites!

The Othello Tunnels are a series of 5 tunnels built through the Coquihalla Gorge; a river that cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. They were built for the Canadian Pacific Railway as they needed to link the Kootenay region with the coast of BC. Built in 1914, the park highlights the breathtaking canyons and views along the river and through the tunnels.

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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