Vancouver City Break
Related: Vancouver Travel Guide
Snowcapped mountains and expansive bays form the backdrop for the Northwest’s greatest boomtown—a city of diverse neighborhoods that embraces both outdoorsy culture and innovation. The 2010 Olympics sparked a major development frenzy, and along with new restaurants and boutiques came renovations of several landmark hotels.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Downtown’s 1927 landmark has been revamped with Art Deco–inspired rooms (in soothing palettes of ivory, chocolate, and light blue), a world-class spa, saltwater lap pool, and a slick, dark-wood-and-gold-paneled restaurant run by star chef David Hawksworth. Looking to branch out? Stanley Park, with its 14-mile Seawall Trail, is just a leisurely stroll away.
Hill’s Native Art
In the Victorian neighborhood of Gastown, this three-story Native American art gallery showcases ceremonial masks and totem poles, limited-edition prints, and bentwood boxes. The beaded moccasins and hand-carved “talking sticks” make for great souvenirs.
Jade Seafood Restaurant
Among the dim sum temples, noodle huts, and Korean barbecue joints that make up suburban Richmond’s Asian culinary scene, this one remains a local favorite. Don’t miss the mushroom dumplings and clay-pot chicken.
Front & Company
What started as a tiny consignment shop in the indie district around King Edward Avenue has grown into the neighborhood’s premiere boutique for all things antique and secondhand. Find vintage leather clutches and bags alongside baby toys, kitchenware, printed stationery, and more.