The Spa By Ivanka Trump is a new luxury spa that opened in Vancouver. It is located on the second floor within the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver on Georgia Street. The spa promises an intimate sanctuary that features beautiful treatment rooms, high tech fitness center,…
It’s been two months postpartum. My first 30 days with baby was the hardest! The learning curve was so steep – I was not mentally nor physically ready! To celebrate I took a well deserved day at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver. First…
During our roadtrip to Portland we stayed at the Hotel Pineapple Rose – a boutique hotel at 50 SW Morrision Street. It is part of Bellevue’s Pineapple Hospitality. It acquired ownership of Hotel Fifty in downtown Portland.
The 140 room hotel is renovated with a cute aesthetics featuring their signature pineapple logos and a plush husky. They are for sale for you to take home! The beds are comfortably firm for a restful night of sleep.
Roomy bathrooms and steps away from the heart of downtown Portland is a huge win. It is also located just across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Morning runs along the water and over the bridge was quite enjoyable.
One thing about the showers however they do not have a physical door that shuts. So it is easy to flood the floors if you are having too much fun in the hot showers.
Hotel Pineapple Rose offers the complimentary guest services and amenities like bicycle checkout program, hotel-wide WiFi internet access, free in room water bottles and coffee, pineapple cupcake at the guest service welcome desk.
Daily parking rates average $20 USD. However, I liked how we were able walk to Nike Town, Nordstrom and enjoy a nice meal at Departure by Top Chef Greggory Gourdet. The leisurely stroll back to the hotel room was safe.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in downtown Portland, Hotel Pineapple Rose is a great option for around $200 USD per night. Plus it is near bridges, so you can easily access between North-West and North-East of Portland.
Pineapple Hospitality Co. includes Hotel Five in downtown Seattle, the Maxwell Hotel in Seattle’s Queen Anne, Watertown Hotel and University Inn in the Seattle University District, and Hotel Rose in Portland.
Hotel Rose Portland
50 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204, United States
Book a Room and make reservations HERE
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Vancouver International Wine Festival is not one of those culinary events you can explore all in one day. This year between February 20 – 28, 2016 there are 155 Wineries and 14 Countries featuring Italia. Wine events includes International Festival Tastings, Wine Seminars, Wine Minglers, popular Vintners Brunch, and Winery Dinners liked Wines of Veneto & Sicily at Giovane Cafe at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
Winery dinners are the perfect way to experience wine pairing, the wine producers over a multi-course dinner. I’m so excited to be invited for an evening to learn and discuss the food pairings.
Wines of Veneto & Sicily
$175 all-in (includes wine, dinner, taxes, gratuity) per person.
The evening celebrates the richness of Italian wine culture Edoardo Montresor of Montresor and Stefano Maggini of Feudo Maccari. Six great wines (paired by wine director Jill Spoor) delicious food from Fairmont Pacific Rim executive Chef Nathan Brown.
Speck: mint, buffalo mozzarella
Montresor Rose Royal Spumante, Veneto NV
Starting the evening off is a pale pink color sparkling that is subtle and has persistent bubbles. I liked the elegant notes of ripe apples and cherries. An easy start to any evening.
Scallop Carpaccio: blood orange reduction, sweet basil oil, chive flowers
Feudo Maccari ‘Grillo’ IGT Sicilia 2014
Grillo is a variety is native to Sicily and vinified to a fresh, light white wine with fruity notes and lemon zest. High mineral and beautiful finish. Grillo is well matched with seafood and shellfish appetizers.
Veal Osso Buco: fresh pea risotto, apple mustard
Montresor Valpolicella DOC Ripasso Capitel della Crosara, Veneto 2013
This sultry ruby blend of cherry, musk, spices and wood has a rich long finish. Dry on the palate with a velvety taste paired with veal.
Salame Spianata: Burrata, roasted campari tomato, domenica fiore, fried basil, panela
Feudo Maccari ‘Saia’ IGT Sicilia 2013
Creamy and smokey aromatic with wild cherry, spices and black olives. This lush wine finishes long and has a nice compliment to the fresh burrata and tomatoes. It would also pair wonderfully matched with full flavored meats/game.
Wild Boar Sausage: yukon gold potato gnocchi, piave truffle fonduta, shaved truffle
Montresor Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto 2012
One of my favorite wines of the evening. The intense ruby red color matches the refined full body smoothness of peach blossoms, violet, raspberry and mint. This wine pairs with spicy dishes, game and seasoned cheeses.
Marinated Loin of Lamb: confit fingerling potato, grilled eggplant caviar, roasted red pepper vinaigrette, preserved lemon, marinated nocellara olives
Feudo Maccari ‘Mahâris’ DOC Sicilia 2013
Maharis blends Mediterranean characters of balsamic notes and hints of cocoa and coffee. It is enjoyable with red meat and game because of its velvety tannins and spicy mouth feel.
Giovane Cafe at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
Cuisine: European Style Coffee Shop, Bakery, Italian Eatery
Mon 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Tue 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Wed 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Thu 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Fri 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sat 6:00 am – 7:30 pm
Sun 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9
It’s been a busy few months since we were last in Montreal. I’ve finally gotten around to sorting all my photos from the trip I took with the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference. The trip was valuable and I’ve a learnt a lot and hope you…
Watermark Beach Resort Osoyoos British Columbia is beautiful hotel right on Osoyoos Lake. The hotel is beach front and lake facing. The a beautiful sunny day, the view is quite spectacular. Too bad we came here while it was cloudy. I hope you have better luck than us. After reading the good reviews and found some pretty good deals on Bookings.com for Watermark Beach Resort Hotel.
We came to Osoyoos for a Bachelorette weekend. We liked that Watermark Beach Resort is pretty central to wineries we had on our list. It is only about 15 mins to Tinhorn Creek Winery Okanagan (Miradoro restaurant is voted best of BC and the best of the Okanagan Valley) and Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. Watermark Beach Resort is also about 45 mins drive to See Ya Later Ranch Winery.
Watermark Beach Resort has a nice pool with water-slides, hot tub, patio dining and also an in-house spa. We definitely took advantage of their therapeutic RMT Massage at Illumination Spa! I love a good deep tissue sports massage!
The rooms are spacious and clean. Beds are firm (not soft that breaks your backs). I love the patio space overlooking the pool and lake. It makes having a beer and wine brought back from the wineries enjoyable!
I’m looking forward to coming back here with Dave. It will definitely be a different experience as a couple than with the girls! If you ask what’s the number one hotel in Osoyoos? I would probably say Watermark Beach Resort Hotel.
Watermark Beach Resort Hotel
Watermark Beach Resort Hotel The Wine Bar & Patio
Cuisine: Resort Hotel, Spa, Pacific Northwest
15 Park Pl, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
The Lakeside Cafe is located on the second floor to the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa Hotel. The upside of this cafe is that it is inside the hotel with hot coffee. Miss Margaret’s downstairs brews fresh Starbucks coffee. At first glance there was a…
The Healing Springs Spa at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa is located inside the hotel. After our long afternoon lounging in mineral hot springs pools we headed to for a couples deep tissue massage. The Healing Springs Spa is tranquil and features various services in reflexology massage, spa facials, manicures and pedicures and leisurely spa lunch. For a complete list of services available visit their website.
We made an appointment for Time for Two Celebration $400 per couple. This included a romantic soak in the private Healing Springs Pool; followed by an energizing Moor Mud Treatment; a 25-minute Relaxation or Reflexology Massage; our delicious chocolate-coated fruit and a sparkling beverage.
After an enjoyable massage, head back to the hot springs for another session just before dinner time nostalgia at The Copper Room. Spend an evening dancing and listening to a live band.
The Healing Springs Spa at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Cuisine: Westcoast, American, Hotel and Spa
Sunday – Thursday 6 pm – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday 6 pm – 11 pm
100 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0
The Copper Room at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa is a revisit to the yester-years – Candlelight tables surround the dance floor and live entertainment from the Jones Boys. The Jones Boys has been playing old Elvis and Beatles oldies at The Copper Room for many moons.…
Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa is a short 1.5 hour drive away from Vancouver and just 3 hours from Seattle. We often don’t think about coming here and don’t realize that is actually quite convenient. We were invited by Harrison Hot Springs Resort…