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Girls Getaway in Vancouver
Whether you’re looking to plan a sensational stagette, a low-key ladies weekend, or a mother-daughter retreat, Vancouver offers exceptional girls getaway activities to satisfy any woman’s wanderlust.
Rise and grind on Day One with a strong coffee and hearty breakfast. Step into local favourite Café Medina and try one of their signature Liege-style waffles with your choice of decadent toppings such as chocolate lavender, white chocolate pistachio rosewater, fig orange marmalade, or opt for the traditional maple syrup.
Fuel up to visit some of the city’s best shopping areas like Main Street for unique vintage and antique shopping, Gastown with its trendy boutiques featuring local designers, or Granville Island for a real life Etsy experience with one-of-a-kind arts and crafts that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. For divas intent on discovering deals, hop on the Canada Line and visit MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet for a serious shopping spree.
Foodie friends can roll up their sleeves with an interactive cooking class at The Dirty Apron Cooking School. With demo and dine classes that include Mama Mia: The Original Italian Class or Bon Appetit – a class inspired by Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” For girls who aren’t work up an appetite before tucking in, take the Crab & Cruise gourmet sailing trip with Swallowtail Tours. The four hour tour includes catching your own Dungeness crab while sailing the waters of Howe Sound, feasting on a three course dinner and a sunset sail home.
Party girls can visit some of the trendiest and most innovative bars in the world. Raise a glass for girl power at Royal Dinette where bartender Kaitlyn Stewart took home the top spot at the World Class Bartender of the Year (2017) competition for creations like her Summertime Sadness with jalapeño-infused pisco, mescal, strawberry preserve, black pepper bitters and bubbles. Hop down to Botanist, located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim, and dine on dishes inspired by botany and seasonal Pacific Northwest ingredients. Top your evening off with a nightcap at The Emerald Supper Club; a speakeasy with an old-school Vegas vibe.
After an evening of imbibing and indulging, begin Day Two with a distinctly West Coast workout. Check out what’s SUP when you hop on a stand-up paddleboard for liquid yoga at the Westin Bayshore, take in the spectacular views atop the Grouse Grind, otherwise known as ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’, or see the city like a local with a run, hike, or bike tour from FitCity Tours and Travel.
After working up a sweat, pamper yourself at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La for a West Coast detox package featuring a sea kelp soak, seaweed body polish and a wild seaweed facial and massage. If you’re more sky than sea, take a quick trip up to Whistler – a short two hour drive away – and check out the serene Scandinave Spa. The spa features hot and cold pools along with wood burning saunas and eucalyptus steam baths. The best part? Guests can enjoy their time in the tranquility of silence.
Finish off your day of decadence with a slice of Chocolate Marquise Cake from Thierry, or a cheese and charcuterie board from Wildebeest or The Belgard Kitchen who share the historic Settlement Building in Railtown with Postmark Brewing and Vancouver Urban Winery.
❐ INSIDER TIP: Looking to stop and smell the roses? Visit the Bloedel Conservatory, the rose garden at Stanley Park, the UBC Botanical Garden, or the VanDusen Botanical Garden to experience an urban garden oasis.