Canada's coastal pride and joy, “Saltwater City” boasts the world-class gastronomy, unique arts scene and metropolitan mindset of a city with both firm roots and a welcoming approach to change. Set against a backdrop of stunning vistas – both coastal and mountainous – Vancouver is certainly a one-of-a-kind destination.
Marrying the elegance of the roaring twenties with modern contemporary design, The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a true gem. First opened in 1927, the hotel has been a treasured part of the city's history, having welcomed a long list of guests from Hollywood and royalty. The rooms are designed for outstanding comfort with sleek furnishings, large beds and spa-like bathrooms. Located in the heart of Vancouver, the hotel is a stone's throw away from art galleries, museums, boutiques and restaurants and is the perfect city retreat.
Inside a former steel warehouse in Vancouver's industrial-chic Railtown neighborhood, Urban Winery is an open concept space with a rustic tasting bar and cozy lounge area complete with bespoke tables. Once a foundry, the space has been given new life by Vancouver-based designer, Omer Arbel. Stop in to try one of the 36 different hand-crafted wines on tap. Sharing their space with Belgard Kitchen and Postmark Brewing, the venue offers delicious plates that are perfect for sharing over one (or more) glasses of wine.
Equinox is arguably Canada’s most influential gallery. When owner Andy Sylvester moved to a huge new space in The Flats, a previously industrial part of Vancouver, it became one of the trendiest places to hang out. Not only does Equinox represent remarkable contemporary artists, they are incredibly generous in offering their space and expertise in supporting charities and good causes. Showcasing 10 exhibitions a year, if you’re ever in town, be sure to check out what’s on.