Monday, June 2, 2014
Travel day today. We will be driving to Vancouver on what is supposed to be a scenic route. Rich rode his bicycle along part of our route during his 2011 Ride Across America and is eager to see it again from a car window.
We make it a lazy morning. I manage to fit in a workout in the fitness club and Rich claims he worked out in the room…
The Georgian Room is our breakfast spot again today and Hugo is our server. The room is decidedly quieter than yesterday’s Sunday Brunch spectacle. We have our peaceful spot almost all to ourselves. I tell Hugo that I would like to order almost the same as I had yesterday and he remembers (2 poached eggs, sauteed spinach, sliced tomatoes). I sneak in the addition of smoked salmon this morning. Rich opts for the French Toast.
Goodby to the Fairmont Olympic. We will be staying at another Fairmont property (they are popular in Canada) in Vancouver and can only hope it is as nice as this one has been. The drive up goes to Mukilteo, Washington where we catch the ferry for the crossing to Whidbey Island.
The ferry ride is a short and breezy 15 minutes or so. Then off we go on a scenic road through several island towns on Whidbey Island.
We make a stop where Rich and Jack rode their bikes on the very narrow pedestrian only lane of the Deception Pass bridge. It is a beautiful spot, but I can’t imagine riding a bike on it. There is barely room for two people to pass and the semis come roaring .
The drive is easy today and sooner than we know it we approach the Canadian border.
There is virtually no line today when we cross. When we get up to the booth our passports are shown and the agent asks the usual questions. Then she spies the large box (holding my beloved squirrels) and asks “What’s in the box?” My heart skips a beat when I picture trying to explain the taxidermed animals. Rich unflinchingly replies “An anniversary statue for my wife.” No problem – we sail on through.
We hit Vancouver right at pre-rush hour time. The skyline looks cool and we are headed straight into downtown. Our gps (Lexi) takes us on a kind of wild ride, but Rich cooly drives us right up to the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
The building is fantastically modern (especially for a Fairmont – they are sometimes stodgy). The lobby is bangin’ with lots of people, lobby bar and live music blaring. Cool. When we check in we are told that we have been upgraded to a Stanley Park Suite (Happy Anniversary)! We ride up to the 17th floor and are stunned when we see our suite.
It is drop dead gorgeous and HUGE. My mouth drop open when I see the view.
We have TWO full bathrooms. The first one is Rich’s (affectionately known as the “Pig Bath”):
Just when we think it can’t get any better, the bellman who has brought our luggage up then shows us all the “features” of this room. It is decked out with electronic switches that control the lights, temperature, sheers, drapes and probably flush the toilets for you. The room is furnished with its own iPad where you can control all of these functions, request housekeeping, valet, room service, etc. all with a swipe. OMG. We may never leave the room. (you think I am kidding?)
The real kicker? Both of our nights are complimentary. Really. This comes from signing up for the Fairmont credit card. We also get breakfast credits and dining/spa credits. Seriously.
Ok – we do decide to go downstairs to the Lobby Lounge for Happy Hour and sushi. Our bellman told us the best sushi in town is downstairs.
The specialty drink menu is very intriguing. I order the Absolut Beta and Rich has the Corpse Reviver (the name even scares you). I am so happy when my drink comes and it is a perfect compliment to my outfit!
Soon we migrate over to the sushi bar. I always think it is more fun at a sushi place to sit at the bar and watch the chef. We chat with the sushi chef about what is the freshest and then we order an assortment of sashimi.
The live musician has changed. When we take a look at who is playing I am taken in by the look of the gorgeous white piano. The underside of the top is a beautifully carved wood pattern. We are curious as to the maker.
Of course. This is one of the few Faziolis we have seen outside of our own. (We toured the Fazioli factory several years ago when we were in Italy.) This one has been signed by Mr. Fazioli. We definitely appreciate it.
Watching the chef create our sashimi platter is a treat.
The plan was to have an appetizer down in the lobby and then retire to our jacuzzi to order room service and a movie. (see I told you we couldn’t leave. Who cares if we never see Vancouver from the outside?)
When we arrive back in our room we are greeted with a chilled bottle of champagne and a Happy Anniversary note. Yes. Please.
This evening was perfect. This is totally out of our realm, but we don’t even feel bad about not getting out and about in Vancouver. We may not even leave here tomorrow…
We may venture out tomorrow. Or we may not.