Post # 1
I’m thinking about having my bachelorette/birthday party in Vancouver because it’s the closest city in Canada to me…and I LOVE Canada (my family is from Nova Scotia and Toronto). However, I’ve barely been to Vancouver outside of the airport. Anyone have any suggestions like where to stay? Where to eat? What to do?
My group is not huge partiers but we enjoy drinks with dinner. I’m really looking to find some fun and relaxation (maybe spa?!) for the 2 days, 1 night that we plan on being there.
Post # 3
Have you considered Whistler? It’s not too expensive in the summer time and there are a TON of bachelorette/bachelor parties there. Lots of hotels, easy to walk around the full village on foot, lots of bars/clubs/restaurants. I love it there!
Post # 4
Although I live in Vancouver, I agree that Whistler is also a great place for a bachelorette party. One of the biggest advantages is that if you stay in the village, everything is within walking distance. No worries about transportation or drinking an driving. Be aware the BC just lowered the threshold for drunk driving to .05.
If you do pick Vancouver, stay right downtown- Pacific Pallisades, Sutton Place, Hyatt,.are just a few hotels.. Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor. Many clubs are right downtown on Granville or in the Gastown area- walkable from downtown.
The advantage to staying downtown would be fitting in some shopping.
One event you might enjoy is the Celebration of Light fireworks competetion July 30, August 3 and August 6 in 2011.
If you wanted to stay in English Bay, you could book a room at the Coast Hotel at Stanley Park. Ask for a room with a water view. You would need to do that right away as they book up far in advance. You could watch the fireworks from your balcony then head out to the clubs.
Post # 5
Disclaimer: I haven’t gotten out much in Vancouver since I moved to the other side of the Fraser river, and when I DID live there, I was a poor university student…
I like Granville island, it’s an artsy kind of area with a farmer’s market and also has some theatres/out for dinner drinks kind of places.
You could always do the Stanley park seawall during the day if it’s nice out.
I would sign up for Vancouver Groupon, they have spa and restaurant coupons all the time. Since you have some time you could wait it out for good ones.
Any idea what hotel you would stay at?
Or, another thought would be Whistler. It’s cheaper in the non-ski season, and would be a fun dinner/drinks/spa getaway.
Post # 6
@julies1949: haha, we are not being very good advocates of our fair city, ladies! All of us tried to push the party up to Whistler 🙂
Post # 7
The best spa (in my opinion) is Spa Utopia. It’s so luxurious. You get a robe when you get there and can lounge around in the steam room, and they have a room where you wait for your spa service, there is some yummy tea, dried fruit and after your service you get a glass of wine. There is also a pool/jaccuzzi on the 8th floor which you can use and it over looks the mountains…it’s so nice 🙂
Coming during the celebration of light (fireworks competition) is a good idea, just make reservations (hotel, restaurant) now, because it gets super busy.
Post # 8
There is good shopping and tons of restaurants. There are also male strip clubs. But there are clubs for all types of parties. You can go to a salsa club, a lounge, upscale club and the list goes on.