Last month Tyler and I celebrated our 5th anniversary together. Every year he really out does me in the gift giving category, so I knew I wanted to give him something really special for such an important milestone in our relationship. My best (and honestly, only) idea was to try and get tickets to see his favorite hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, so when I found out they were playing the Vancouver Canucks only a month after our anniversary I knew it was fate. Since the NHL has so many teams, a visiting team may only come once per year and we got super lucky that it landed on a Saturday when we wouldn't have to take off work.
Since Vancouver is several hours away from our home in Seattle I knew I wanted to make a weekend of it, that way we could have a day spent at the game and another exploring the city. I had been following the Burrard on Instagram for several months and felt like it was the perfect place for our mini vacation. As a vintage-motel-turned-trendy-hotel the Burrard always looked so cute online, and I loved that it was walking distance from tons of restaurants and shops.
While the Burrard allows dogs, we decided that the drive would be too long for Noodle and that we would rather have the freedom to explore the city and take a break from potty training. Not to mention the fact that Noodle recently learned to bark - a fact that no doubt would irritate other guests. Luckily we were able to have a good friend watch our pup, so we grabbed some snacks and hit the road.
As soon as we arrived it was clear that the Burrard takes good service very seriously. The staff was incredibly friendly, welcoming us with genuine smiles and great recommendations of what to do with our spare time.
In our room we found some complimentary sweets and a great view of the city. The interior decor was pretty standard for hotels, but there was plenty of color to brighten the space. Unfortunately I spaced on getting any pics before Sunday, but you can see more on their site. For reference, we were in a queen +.
What really set the Burrard apart for me was the overall aesthetic, especially with the exterior design. All of the rooms face into a courtyard, with seating around a fire place and tons of palm trees. All of the doors are painted fun colors, and some walls and stairways are painted with really cool murals like the one I posed in front of above. I also loved that they provided free bike rentals, making it even easier to get around.
My only real complaint was that I felt the cost of parking was high, but we did feel at ease since our car was safe inside a locked garage rather then out on the street. We have a friend who had his passport stolen from a parking garage, so I know Tyler slept easier knowing his car was secure - even though we never leave our passports unprotected.
As for the rest of the weekend, one of the highlights for me was visiting Rodney's Oyster House. Tyler has only recently started eating seafood, and as a lifelong seafood lover (back in preschool I once told my grandma that I was craving lobster) I am ecstatic that we have been able to expand our list of places to try. Only a 10 minute walk from our hotel, this place did not disappoint. We got lucky that we beat the rush, since it seems most guests try to get reservations ahead of time. The prices were really reasonable since we arrived during their happy hour, so I got steamed clams and a cup of chowder. Tyler got lobster poutine, a combination I would not expect but was super impressed by. If you ever have the chance to try Rodney's, I would recommend ordering the poutine.
After dinner we headed over to Roger's Arena for the Penguins' game. Parking was a challenge without data for GPS, but after driving around for quite some time we were able to find a spot a few blocks away. Since I bought the tickets on a budget we were really far away from the ice - only 3 rows from the top. Luckily the ushers were right when they said there weren't really any bad spots in the arena, and our view ended up being just fine. While the Penguins lost, we had tons of fun. Tyler is always excited to see his team play, and I had never been to an NHL game before.
Sunday was definitely more mellow. We slept in for a bit, then headed over to Granville Island to walk around the shops and grab a bite to eat before driving back to Seattle. Since we had to check out of the hotel lot, we drove to the market, but there are also water taxis if you want to save on parking. The island market was a lot like Pike Place, but with a food court and a ton of boutiques. Our big purchases for the day were a jar of horseradish pickles and a stuffed moose for Noodle. Overall the trip was exactly what we needed. I am glad that we chose to take it easy and not try to do too much, since I've been desperate for relaxation lately.
If you have any recommendations for more short getaways let me know in the comments! I am always excited to plan trips, and even driving just a few hours away can really help you reset and unwind.
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