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Take Me Back to Vancouver

Take Me Back to Vancouver

Take Me Back To Vancouver

Me in Vancouver Canada (Circa early 2000’s)

In the early 2000’s, we owned a homebrew shop and one of the perks was attending a yearly home beer & winemaking conference.  The trade association usually picked pretty cool cities to host the conference and one year it was held in Vancouver Canada.  This was one of our first international trips and our first exposure to the beauty of Canada.  When the Radisson hotels asked us to be a part of their Discover Your Canada campaign, I immediately started reminiscing about our fabulous trip and thinking about the reasons my husband needs to take me back to Vancouver Canada again!

Hint, Hint – Make sure to read to the bottom to enter to win a Radisson e-certificate giveaway good for one night stay from our sponsor Radisson Hotels!


The Scenery

Vancouver Canada Scenery

Image Courtesy Pixabay

From the downtown city skyline, miles of water views and the mountains surrounding Vancouver, there are picture perfect scenes everywhere you look!  Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy easy access to mountain biking, hiking, golfing, fishing, and tons of other outdoor activities.  In the winter, there are several snow skiing options within a 15-30 minute drive from Vancouver.  Whether you like fast paced nightlife or leisurely strolls by the water, we found Vancouver to be very walkable and enjoyed exploring neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Gastown (the original town site of Vancouver).  There is a neighborhood for everyone’s taste!   In fact, walk score has named Vancouver the most walkable large city in Canada.

Chinatown Vancouver

Chinatown Vancouver


The Food

Vancouver Canada Food

The one thing I remember most about our trip to Vancouver is picking up a love for Salmon.  Prior to our visit, I would have told you I didn’t like Salmon.  What I learned was, I didn’t like Midwest salmon.  There is nothing like enjoying fresh caught Salmon during Salmon Season in Vancouver.  We were dining at a wood fired restaurant on the waterfront one evening and our server talked me into trying their cedar plank grilled salmon special.  This meal was truly a turning point in my culinary life.  Before we left Vancouver, I enjoyed Salmon “100 different ways” and I highly recommend visiting Vancouver during Salmon season.

You don’t have to be a Salmon lover to enjoy the culinary scene in Vancouver.  There are hundreds of great restaurants, fresh seafood year around, breweries, brewery tours, food trucks, casual and upscale dining.  In Chinatown you can find some of the best dim sum around.  Vancouver is a foodie’s delight.


The HistoryGastown Vancouver

Vancouver is filled with historical sites and landmarks.  As mentioned above, Gastown is the original town site of Vancouver.  Here you’ll find cobblestone streets, historic brick buildings, and an antique steam clock.  This is one of the few functioning steam clocks in existence.  In the mid 1800’s the owner of a pub installed a steam clock to draw attention to his establishment.  The pub quickly became known as steam clock tavern.  Today a replica stands in the area with a steam driven whistle and electrical powered clock.

Vancouver also features many other historical sites and districts such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Library Square.  You’ll enjoy hundreds of old architectural buildings throughout the city with influences from various cultures and building styles.


Where to Stay

Radisson Vancouver Airport

The Radisson Hotel Vancouver  is conveniently located just 6 minutes from the airport.  The Radisson Vancouver offers free shuttle to and from the airport and features an indoor pool, Fresh Restaurant & lounge, and apartment suites for those looking for a longer stay.  Hop on the Canada line at the Aberdeen Station located across from the hotel and head into Vancouver.  With easy access to local transportation including bus, ferry, & train, you can explore on your own terms.  Or ask the hotel to set you up with a local tour.

We especially love Radisson’s flexible 6am check-in and 6pm check-out policiesThis makes a world of difference when arriving early at a destination with little kids.

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport

Radisson Vancouver Lobby



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Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Visit Branson and Be Inspired with the Beautiful Scenes

Guest Blogger April Yap tells us why we should Visit Branson and Be Inspired with Beautiful Scenes.

Visit Branson


For a state known as “The Show Me State”, you would expect to enjoy a lot of beautiful views and sights to see when you visit Branson, Missouri. And when you are able to explore this small town, you won’t be disappointed. There are as many beautiful scenes as there are attractions and activities for you to enjoy. If you enjoy sight-seeing, take note of the following so you can enjoy the best view that Branson has to offer.


Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

The Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is located just outside of Branson, Missouri. It is therefore worth the stop if you are traveling to Branson. Just like Branson, it is nestled on the foot of the majestic Ozark Mountains so you can enjoy the same gorgeous view. The rugged landscape in the nature park is left mostly untouched providing you with an authentic experience of the land.

Moreover, you will get the chance to spot some native Ozark wildlife prowling through the park. This makes Dogwood Canyon Nature Park a must-visit when you are traveling with kids or with your family. The kids will enjoy the sight of wild animals in their natural habitat. There are also several amenities in the park for those who want to make the most of what the area has to offer.


Waterfall Trail

Visit Branson

If you are an adventure traveler, then you need to explore the Waterfall Trail when you are traveling to Branson. You are guaranteed to get the most beautiful scenery and exciting views during the trail. Waterfall Trail is a fairly new development in the Branson Parks and Recreation industry. However, it has caught the attention of many tourists due to the promising views that await them.

The trail explores the tributary of Roark Creek wherein you will see beautiful rock formations, a dense forest canopy, and a waterfall. The trail lasts for 2/3 of a mile but it is worth every second of hiking as you explore the trail along a natural creek. Avoid visiting Branson during the rainy season though as the trail is closed that time for safety reasons.


Marvel Cave

Marvel Cave Missouri

This cave is a natural landmark in Branson, Missouri. Hence, that alone is reason enough to explore this long tunnel of natural caves. But the impressive rock formations inside the cave are a sight to behold. The cave is located under the Silver Dollar City theme park; hence, getting to this cave is relatively easy and a perfect stop for those who are already exploring the theme park. The tour through the cave is quite challenging though, and is therefore reserved for the kindred spirit. Those with weak knees, bad ankles or a pre-existing lung condition are not allowed to enter the cave due to health risks.


Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake

No list of must-see attractions in Branson is ever complete without Table Rock Lake. This is an icon in Branson not just because it provides the perfect venue for those who want to enjoy water sports. It is also a great spot for sight-seeing and to enjoy the sunset at the end of an idyllic day.



April is an online publisher for The Cabins at Grand Mountain in Branson, MO. She often writes about camping, Midwest traveling, and log cabin experiences.

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