Sunday, April 11, 2010

Adventures in Vancouver BC

We crossed the Peace Arch border with less than 5 minutes of wait time and minimal questions, Canada to me has ALWAYS seemed so clean. (Just a warning, picture overload)
We saw lots of these flower stands throughout the city, I guess it's no different than in the grocery store, it just is so beautiful when it is outside, on a corner!
After we checked in with JJ at Barclay House he handed us a map and sent us on our way to "follow the light" or dinner. Ha! He recommended 2 places by name, so we immediately took his suggestion and headed toward the light and Milestones. We had already driven through Stanley Park a few years ago, so we thought we would head directly there.
Uhmmm, honey, we don't want to cross the Lions Gate Bridge.... we wanted to turn left back there!

So we got turned around using a few illegal maneuvers, and headed back over the Lions Gate Bridge. Then the traffic came to an immediate HALT! Do you see the 2 geese up on the right? In the bike lane? Yes, they proceeded to cross the road as slowly as possible. We had to joke that had that been a person, the cars would have continued, but 2 geese, they stop until they cross the road! Ha ha!! Sad I know.

There's the light, that is where we need to go!

We double checked the map a second time, see honey we were at the smiley face and want to head to where is says Milestones.
We tried to find parking so we could take some pictures of these statues, but couldn't find any. :( I'm glad I snapped this picture as we drove by. And drove by Milestones across the street.
Unfortunately, we could not find parking anywhere near Milestones, so we headed to where the seaplanes were landing, and JJ's second recommendation Carderos. Fortunately, it was jam packed so we knew it was gonna be good!!! Boy was it! Then we went for a long stroll along the water. (I did not take pictures of my food, or the inside of Carderos, it embarrasses the hubby)
Sorry, I can't help myself when it comes to flowers!
Scott wanted to go sit with these guys on the grass! Ha!
The plaque said that it represented the first summit but the positions had no significance to anything other than artist interpretation?
Scott wanted me to snap this picture, do you see them?
Yep, that's them, the house boats. He has a fascination with them. I will just let you look at the next few pics, I think they are self explanatory.

This is Scott patiently waiting for me to finish snapping pics of the room so he can relax and get comfortable.
The fire place was electric, but still kept us toasty warm! See you in the morning!
We headed up to breakfast and were greeted with coffee, orange juice and fresh fruit!
Second course was a pancake. It was yummo!
Third course was a smoked salmon eggs benedict. It was delicious, the hubby, not a fan.
This is us enjoying our breakfast.

All done with breakfast, need to take a picture of the camellia, then we are outta here!
I'm a sucker for a flower :)
Before heading home we decided to take a drive around Stanley park. And take a walk on the beach.
We had a 70 minute wait at the border...
Ahh, home sweet home!
I'm thinking Key Lime for the kitchen, what do you think?

Barclay House B&B Vancouver BC

the front of Barclay House B&B

Friday Scott and I decided to spend Saturday night in Vancouver BC. We had a received a gift certificate to Barclay House B&B for our birthdays last year, and had not had the chance to use it. So I gave them a call and they had availability and said to come on up! My friend Andrea who watches the house and Koko for us happened to be available too! So after our spring photo shoot, and having lunch in Burlington with friends Amanda, Jeremy and their sweet son Danny, we headed North!
I had chosen to stay in the Garden Suite because it had a fireplace in it, the evenings are still pretty chilly! I'm soo glad I did! After a couple hours of walking around the water, I was needing the warmth from that fireplace!
This is the front door to our suite, it had a private entrance which is always nice. :)
This is our room. The proprietor, JJ was very sweet and offered to show us another room that was available also, the Forest Room. It had a King size bed, a large tub and a sitting area as well, it was gorgeous, but we really are used to a Queen size bed, and having the fireplace and the private entrance was perfect! The colors of this room are really different for me, but I truly LOVE it.
This is our sitting room. The yellow, with the red, and lime green is so refreshing! (the pictures were taken at night so they are making the room appear darker than they are)
This is our bathroom, I fell in love with the lime green walls and immediately upon returning to the states stopped at Home Depot to pick up paint swatches for lime green walls in the kitchen. I think it will make the kitchen cabinets pop! I actually got the okay from Scott too which is surprising!
The view from the window in the bedroom, just makes you want to take your coffee out to the garden and sit.
Unfortunately, we didn't have time for that. I did take a picture of the Camellia bush though.

This is the entry way, the blankets are for sitting out on the big porch out front.
This is the main sitting room of the house, I love the monogram pillow.
The view from the window in the sitting room.
One of the paintings in the house that reminded me of Scott's mom.

The fireplace in the main sitting room of the house.

We had a wonderful time, and would recommend to anyone headed to Vancouver to give Barclay House a call here is a link to their web site. Check it out for more pictures of the rooms, and history of the house too! And a HUGE {HUG} and THANKS to Jeanne and Gene for the wonderful gift!

I will be back with more pictures of our trip, hope you had an enjoyable weekend!