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Fairmont Vancouver Airport Keeps Guests Fit for Flight Throughout 2010

Fairmontair.aspxSwim and cycle like Canada’s top athletes with complimentary programs

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is focused on keeping guests fit for flight throughout 2010. Guests of the hotel, recently ranked #2 in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, will enjoy complimentary access to its state-of-the-art fitness facilities and bike paths – perfect for a last minute workout before departure.

The recently upgraded Health Club makes it easy for guests to stay in tip-top shape. With a mechanized three-lane lap pool featuring a self-adjusting current, even the most technical swimmers will be challenged.  No time to lap up the luxury overnight? Zone out before you zoom out and relax on the Quiet Zone floor after a quick workout. Guests can check in between 8am and 8pm on the lucky 8th floor where the hotel has created a quiet respite with complimentary eye masks, ear plugs and minimal disruptions from housekeeping.*

If guests would rather take land over sea, complimentary BMW Cruise Bikes will do the trick. A great way for getting around Vancouver during and after the Olympics, the ultra-modern bikes grant adventure seekers the opportunity to explore the myriad biking trails nearby including: Flight Path Park; McDonald Beach Park (Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s own adopted park); and Iona Beach Regional Park.

Starting in April 2010, visit the Richmond Oval to reenact your favourite Canadian moment at the Olympic skating arena turned health and wellness centre. Likened to the Netherlands, Richmond’s flat terrain provides the perfect conditions for a leisurely bike ride.

Both adult and child-size BMW Cruise Bikes are available, along with handy accessories including locks, helmets and backpacks.

For the ultimate healthy breakfast, guests can start their day with a Long Track smoothie from Globe@YVR. An all-natural frozen blended fruit drink, infused with B6, B12, green tea, marionberry and locally sourced organic bee pollen, the booster provides dynamic healing powers for endurance and optimum athletic performance.

* Quiet Zone not available during Games time.

** BMW Cruise Bikes available to Fairmont President’s Club members (free to join)

Escape to Whistler this May Long Weekend – With Adara Hotel

Introducing the Adara “Maycation” Package
Costly summer vacations are so pre-recession. Make a spring escape to Adara this May long weekend and enjoy all the perks of an expensive resort vacation, but for a fraction of the cost.

Your package includes:

– A spacious Superior Room in Whistler’s most stylish and contemporary hotel
– Your choice of either 1 round of golf per person (including cart rental!) or
– An $80 spa credit per person
– Complimentary valet parking, Internet, and local calls
– Late checkout of 12pm

Rates start from just $129* CAD per night, per person!
Dates available: May 15 – 18, 2009

Contact Adara Reservations directly to book this exclusive package
Email: reservations@adarahotel.com
Phone: 1.604.905.4009 or 1.866.502.3272

Seattle – Culinary Tidbits

I first fell for Seattle after watching the movie ‘Singles’ in my University days. I was charmed by the characters, and wanted to know more about the city where grunge and coffee culture ruled.  I’d go down to catch a band or shop, but recently my visits have begun to focus more on the culinary scene that Seattle is now known for.   While entire books have been devoted to the subject, I merely offer up a few suggestions for interested foodies on their next trip down.

To Tour

Pike Place Market is a pleasant stroll from your hotel and is full of everything fresh from fish to flowers.  Don’t miss the show the fish monger puts on, or a chance to enjoy a drink and the view from many of the markets restaurants.  www.pikeplacemarket.org

Chocolate fans can head to the Chocolate Box near Pike Place market for the “Tour de Chocolat”.  Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 am the 3 hour tour visits local chocolate shops.  $59 gets you a goodie bag to take home and chocolate samples at each stop. www.sschocolatebox.com or www.toursofseattle.com

Gray Line of Seattle culinary tours offers eight culinary tours this summer.  Meet at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and join a chef from a Seattle hotspot.  Head to the market to pick up that day’s fresh ingredients and then back to the chef’s restaurant for a cooking demonstration and tasting. Participating restaurants include Crush, El Gaucho and Sky City at the Space Needle.  Try to catch Chef Jason Wilson of Crush on July 13 and 27, or August 24 and 31.  The tour is lasts four hours for US$100 a person and begin at 1 p.m. To book, call 800-426-7532 or visit www.graylineofseattle.com

Learn all about Washington Wines with a Washington Wine Cruise offered by Holland America and AAA Washington.  Attend seminars, lectures, tastings and dinners with chefs and winemakers from Washington’s best wineries.  Spring 2009 dates will soon be posted at www.hollandamerica.com

To Eat

Brunch – Veil – On Saturdays and Sundays locals head to the Queen Edward Hotel for the city’s best brunch at Veil.  Old favourites and fresh takes on standards. Start with a glass of meadow (champagne with lavender infused honey) and try the Belgian style waffles with banana and nutella, or the duck confit hash.  Those in a lunch mood might want the mini lamb burgers or the mac and cheese. – NOW CLOSED – WATCH FOR UPDATE

Lunch – Salumi – Open Tuesdays from 11-4 pm this is home to the original Mr. Batali (Mario’s father Amandino).  Charcuterie, sandwiches, pastas and soups drawn lines from the minute the place opens. Take home cured meats to enjoy later. www.salumicuredmeats.com

Dinner – Tilth – Chef Maria Hines uses fresh, seasonal and local ingredients to create the divine dishes at newcomer Tilth.  In a quaint and charming house with superb service you’ll enjoy one of the freshest meals in town.  Absolutely delicious.  Menu changes seasonally, but if the tuna with avocado and wasabi mayo is on the menu don’t miss it. http://tilthblog.wordpress.com

Tulio – You’ll find contemporary Italian food at this delightful spot in the Hotel Vintage Park.  The three beet salad, grilled calamari with lavender sausage and the Dungeness crab tortelli are superb.  If Tonia is on hand to serve, make sure she is yours.  www.tulio.com

Drinks – Vessel – Ex-Vancouverite Jamie Boudreau is the genius behind the cocktail menu at this downtown hotspot.  A gorgeous room and small plates round out the experience.  www.vesselseattle.com  UPDATE – Jamie is now at Tini Bigs

Bottleneck – This casual neighbourhood spot is a great place to grab a beer and a panini or a plate of nachos.  Servers are genuine.  Ask for Erin. www.bottlenecklounge.com

Special Events

Taste of Washington – Each year hundreds of wineries and dozens of restaurants get together for this grand tasting.  March 31, April 1 2012. (Spokane June)www.tastewashington.org

Woodinville Wine Country Wine Notes – On July 26 and 27 music, top Woodinville wineries and regional restaurants come together for a 2 day festival of taste. Held in King County at Marymoor Park. www.winenotesconcerts.com


Northern Lands

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