Friday, August 22, 2008
Hard to believe, but the Beijing Olympic Closing Ceremonies are set for Sunday. While we've adored watching Michael Phelps and his proud mom, cheering on Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh (They deserve another gold medal for not having a wardrobe malfunction playing hardcore beach volleyball in bikinis) and felt Nastia Liukin's pain at not getting the gold in the individual floor finals, we're the types to look forward, not back. Especially when we're looking at one of our all time favorite cities: Vancouver, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
First off, unlike Beijing, Vancouver is pristinely clean. You know Bliss's oxygen facial? Try that times 10. Not only is pollution low, they practically invented the idea of local and organic produce. We shopped at the Granville produce market where we bought cherries as big as peaches (actual photo below) and raspberries so wonderfully organic we were advised not to even rinse them.
We were first introduced to our all time fave Lululemon in Vancouver, before it hit the States. It was love at first site for their comfy and stylish yoga clothes and those oh-so-chic multi-purpose bags.
We stayed at the Pacific Palisades (a Kimpton hotel, of course!), which is handily situated on Robson Street near the shopping. The hotel is connected to the Art + Soul Gallery, which hosts the signature Kimpton complimentary wine hour.
We would also love to stay at the Opus Hotel. We had dinner at its Elixir restaurant, a modern French bistro that uses local ingredients and were suitably impressed. It has been on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List since 2005, so we're pretty confident their rooms pass muster, too.
Vancouver is the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, but don't wait two years to go check out all it has to offer! There's a reason it lands on every list of most livable cities world wide.
Michael Phelps photo courtesy of Hot Jocks of the Day.