Post # 1
My FI and I decided just tonight that we definitely want to go to Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver for our honeymoon. Neither of us have been to the NW part of the country or Canada so it seems nice, quirky, romantic and exotic enough for our California/Arizona sensibilities.
Are there any local bees here who can recommend some of their favorite "must do’s" in these cities? I would prefer cool, off-the-beaten track tips that only locals would really know/appreciate. THANK YOU!!!
Post # 3
For a romantic dinner in Seattle, you must visit the Pink Door.
Also, you may want to check out the Olympic Peninsula if you like the outdoors. You can take a ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria too. If you have any other questions you can pm me! I lived in Seattle for 7 years and now live in Port Angeles. 🙂
Post # 4
Not exactly off the beaten path, but my favorites:
Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle. An awesome five course dinner and a cirque/comedy show. I’ve been twice, and I can’t say enough about it. Plus if you let them know it’s your honeymoon, you might get a treat. 🙂 http://www.teatrozinzanni.org
Then for brunch, there’s Mitchellis on Yesler Way. They have a delicious french toast, omlettes, and pototoes. http://mitchellis.com/menus.htm
Don’t forget to stop by Magic Mouse Toys. Makes you feel like a kid again.
If you’re heading through Bellingham, I definitely have some recommendations.
Post # 5
Okay this is not even remotely a "hidden gem" but you MUST see Granville Island when you come to Vancouver! It’s just fabulous – have breakfast pastries at the bakery, take in some street busker performances, browse the public market. It is just cool and has a great energy about it. It’s busiest on Saturdays, so go on a weekday if you can.
If you like coffee, hit up a Delany’s coffee shop or a Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver – two great local coffee shop chains that only have locations in this city. Artigiano particularly has GREAT coffee.
Are you going up to Whistler at all? (It’s not just for skiers – I don’t ski but I love the village) And are you interested in adventurous activities at all? Whistler has great bungee jumping and also zipline and treetrek adventure companies:
There are also lots of cool shops to browse in Whistler Village and tons of great restaurants up there. Email me if you want any other suggestions: laurashannonsmart at hotmail dot com
Post # 6
Kerry Park in Queen Anne – this is the best park to go to here with the least amount of unobstructed views in Seattle. This is where all the photographers go to get the Seattle skyline shot. http://www.vrseattle.com/pages/browse.php?cat_id=146
Top of Queen Anne has really delish restaurants: Pasta Bella, Bricco (fun wine bar), Chinoise (yummy sushi), 5 spot (fun restuarant), Crow (really good food and wine)
Fremont – the whole area on Fremont Ave N. It’s a whole street of fun little boutiques and restuarants. A must stop in Fremont is Simply Desserts. The BEST CAKES EVER!! http://www.simplydessertsseattle.com/ Good boutiques in Fremont, Impulse, Flit, Les Amis, Ian. (you can google all those) Also, 35th Street Bistro has a really fantastic brunch.
Capitol Hill – Just go up to East Pike/Pine area and you can find lots of fun things around there. The best little creperie restaurant is 611 Supreme on E. Pine.
Belltown – which is most of 1st Ave. in Downtown also has great little bars/restaurants and a few boutiques.
I could go on and on. I live in Downtown Seattle and have for about 5 years. My FI and I like to try all the new restaurants and do all the things that we feel nobody else knows about. Feel free to message me for anything specific you are looking for.
Post # 7
In vancouver, you can take a walk/bikie/blade through Stanley park. Also check out the Vancouver Aquarium, and do some shopping on Robson street!
Post # 8
I love Vancouver! My FI and I go every year and thats where we got engaged so it will always have a special place in my heart.
Anywho, we always stay at the Four Seasons Vancouver because it is a block away from the Art Museum and Robson street which has the best shopping. Also, its a five minute car/taxi ride to Granville Island (as smartl mentioned above) and to Stanley Park. Stanley Park is where he proposed and there are a ton of hidden park pathways inbetween huge forest trees and a hidden lagoon. Its also where the Aquarium is located and where I like to visit the beluga whales.
If you love seafood, Vancouver has the best. I’m partial to Kamei Royale for sushi (also just off Robson) and Coast in Kitsilano for a very special meal of lobster gnocci (also a short car ride or walkable).
Hope that helps! Writing this make me want to go back very soon.
Post # 9
Tell us what type of food you like, vancouver has the best food!
For some great local designer shopping and vintage finds in Vancouver:
Main St -from East 6th, and all the way down south to East 20th
Gastown – great local designer stores and second hand/vintage shops
Post # 10
As long as you are on Fremont, stop and take a newlywed picture with the troll…
Post # 11
Here are two links to local newspapers…they have pretty good "what’s happening" guides:
Seattle PI: A&E
Seattle Times: Travel/Outdoors
Post # 12
when you’re in Vancouver… take a ferry out to Nanaimo and rent a car there. Drive to Coombs. It’s about 40 minutes away I believe… anyway, Coombs has got the best little craft market there. a lot of local artists… AND the most awesome farmer’s grocery store WITH GOATS ON THE ROOF!!!!
Old Country Market, Coombs BC
and then not too far from there is a pretty neat old forest that looks like something out of Lord of the Rings. It’s pretty cool 🙂
Post # 13
These are great ideas everyone! Thank you so much!
Post # 14
We did this exact trip as a Weddingmoon/trip to a friends wedding last year – so much fun!
Are you doing the ferry to Victoria? It’s really fun. There is an AMAZING and intimate Sushi restaurant in Victoria – It’s called Azuma off of Yates street… AHMAZING.
We really liked the museum in Victoria – even though its’ very touristy – we thought about doing tea at the big hotel, but wound up just walking around and enjoying the day.
Also second the bike ride around Stanley Park – that was GREAT!
Post # 15
Aha! I have been trying to find the business card of this place we went in Victoria one time that was SOOO GOOD, I cannot stress enough that you should eat there! It’s called The Tapa Bar and it is located in Trounce Alley in Victoria, and it is always really busy so it’s best to make a reservation. Trounce Alley, by the way, is full of cool little boutique shops – worth spending some time just browsing the whole area. It was a blast! I hope you enjoy it.
Post # 16
If you haven’t decided where you’re staying in Victoria, I can’t recommend the Magnolia Hotel highly enough. They are fabulous – prices are generally reasonable, they include a great breakfast (and if your FH is at all like mine, that is key), and they are within walking distance of most of the restaurants and museums. Also, I’m not sure what time of year you’re going, but the food at Il Terrazzo is fantastic. Call ahead and make reservations to sit on the terrace – it has about a half dozen fireplaces and is just gorgeous. If you’re there in the spring or summer, have the Blackberry Halibut – you won’t regret it!