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... rides, two swingers in the air, two haunted houses. Nothing too extreme or breath taking but still exciting!
And last but not least, on the actual Halloween day I had classes, but still found time to go and see some fireworks afterwards. Yes, they do celebrate it with loads of fireworks and lights in the sky!
I must say that one must experience American Halloween and how big it is here!
Well the 2nd October started with a sleepless pre-flight night with songs such as I'm leaving on a jet plane, lets go fly a kite and life, going through my head. An extremely weird mix! After not being able to sleep I decided to get up at 5.30 and continue the task of packing up the house. This has been a mega task which ended with me sticking post it notes on anything that didn't move with instructions of where it needed to go. After a quick shower & final check that I had ...
... lunch while looking out on the harbor watching the boats and a man performing on a giant unicycle in the square. After lunch we made our way back to the bus stop and continued on with the rest of the tour of the city. The tour wound its way through Vancouver’s streets highlighting the various spots including China Town, Robson Street (like Rodeo Drive), and the historic waterfront section. Before leaving downtown we made a couple ...
... soup. Memories served us well and it was just as good as we remembered. There was not much of a sunset so we headed back to the hotel for an earlyish night. This pretty much brings us up to the present, as we are sitting waiting for our next business class flight to Frankfurt before hitting up the South of France and the Pyrenees to watch some of Le Tour. Can't wait to tackle some of those mountains myself.
Until next time!
PS. Sorry for the excessively long ...
... to take our passports away and we had to trust that they would check things out and give our passports back when we disembarked. Luckily we did get our passports back, although we had a few little "escorted" detours at port in order to get it! We flew back to Vancouver via Dallas which was a nice little stop. We didn't leave the airport, but the airport was pretty big and nice in itself. Little did we know that in a weeks time Gavin would be back there for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Corkscrew Inn Vancouver
A Must Stay Place!
There are chain hotels like Best Western, Hilton, Sheraton etc. and there are the "Boutique' hotels that really stand out. In the world of B&B the Corkscrew Inn is certainly boutique. Not a spare room in someone's house but a five bedroom, five star experience at B&B prices. Totally renovated to provide all the luxurious comforts, essentials and so much more. Themed around a passion about wine and corkscrews, this is a lovingly restored Kitsilano heritage house with all the 21st Century must haves. Marnie, and her father Wayne, have achieved one of the two only five star accomodations in Vancouver (the other being a major Hotel). All the main downtown "must do's" are within walking diatance and there are so many fine eateries close by. Gourmet breakfasts cooked by Marnie and her father as well as all the help, advice and natural interest in your satisfaction leave you feeling pampered.
All in all, don't tell anyone about this place, otherwise you won't be able to get a room as they will more than likely be full!.
PS. The Art Deco room is to die for..........
The most gorgeous place to stay in Vancouver - we were so pleased with every aspect of the Corkscrew Inn.
Our room (British India) was delightful with the biggest bath I have ever seen in North America, plenty of storage space, fireplace, view of English Bay & extremely comfortable bed.
The sitting room & dining areas are wonderful. We were in Vancouver out of season, so were lucky enough to have the Inn to ourselves for a couple of nights. We spent a couple of evenings in front of the fire with a bottle of wine - it was a real home from home.
There is a little area set aside for guests to help themselves to tea, coffee, etc (huge selection provided) plus cookies & fruit. This was excellent for us as we were jet lagged & wandering around at strange hours for the first couple of nights.
I can't find ANY fault with the Corkscrew Inn. The restoration is superb (the stained glass windows are a sight to behold), the location is ace (lots of lovely Kitsilano neighbourhood restaurants & bars within spitting distance plus the beach). The breakfasts are WONDERFUL & the hosts are great. Marnie was excellent company on top of being a brilliant hostess & Wayne was extremely pleasant & very interesting.
A wonderful welcome to the West Coast - adjectives fail me. So much better than staying in some dreary chain hotel in a downtown area. This place has character, class & the real personal touch. Thanks for a great stay.
Would only stay here in Vancouver
We stayed here for 3 nights in the Art Deco room based on the Trip Advisor recommendation.
The stay was excellent - the hostess is fantastically cheerful, helpful, and breakfast was always an entertaining start to the day aside from the food.
The art deco room is large and spacious with its own balcony and a big bath to soak in after a day touring Vancouver.
They have thought of everything, and although on the pricey side for B&B's, compared to Vancouver hotels you get much better value for money, with personalised restaurant recommendations which you can't go wrong with.
If you stay here, as it is a bit out of town we would recommend getting all day bus pass for $8 per person, and then you can travel about town easily.
Great Place to Stay in Vancouver
We found the corkscrew inn through a referral from another B&B which was full when we tried to reserve a few weeks in advance. The corkscrew turned out to be great and its Kitsalano location is close to good restaurants in the area and is convenient to downtown via public transportation or car. The home has been throughly refurbished in a quality manner. The rooms are a bit small but adequate. The breakfasts are very good and the hostess is a hoot! So is the corkscrew museum. We would stay here again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Corkscrew Inn. The beautiful refurbished house is located in a pleasant, quiet neighbourhood, near parks and beaches. Our room was very comfortable, with loads of extra amenities; and the food was fantastic. Our informative and gracious hostess made us feel welcome and at home. The wine museum is a must see. We will be back!
Corkscrews - and more
The corkscrew museum, the artwork and the authentic furniture at the Inn make it extraordinary and unforgettable. We fell immediately in love with this place. But this is not all: The quiet vicinity, the pool position to the beach, walks, shopping and first class dining places, the friendly reception and the small but tasteful rooms make it the ideal B&B for connoisseurs.
We found our way around with help of a clever, home made, information book on what to do and where to eat in Vancouver.
If you want to know more about the fascinating world of antique Corkscrews: just talk to the Owner, he is an expert.
In the room we found everything we needed from internet access to plenty of hangers and a really working hairdryer and of course.... a corkscrew.
Corkscrew pops the corks!
The Corkscrew Inn was fabulous. They do a fantastic job, nothing was left undone. The accommodations were impecable and the hosts were fun to be with. Would stay there in minute!!! Highly recommended. Great location and the book left in each of the rooms, didn't forget a thing that travelers would want to know.
Home Away From Home
We have been priviledged to experience 'The Inn' since it has opened. The Innkeepers call us the 'Frequent Flyer Residents' because we were there 3 times in 1 year and to date, have 1 room left to 'try out'..... they make us feel so very welcome with personal touches and it is a pleasure to see the Inn grow in character.
We feel 'blessed' and truly spoilt when we come to stay, which has often been on short notice and we have never been turned away. We don't live far away, but getting to Vancouver is a major treat for us and the luxury of the Inn adds to the 'event' no matter how short or long we stay.
Breakfasts are a 'treat'. Sitting on the balconies (there are many) with a glass of wine and enjoying the tranquility after a day of wandering or shopping is a bonus. Curling up in the living room, sharing conversations with other guests or enjoying the privacy of your own room..... is all a wonderful experience. Meeting returning guests such as ourselves has been an added bonus and something we look forward to in the future.
We do not consider any other location to book when coming to Vancouver. We feel like we are coming home when we visit The Corkscrew Inn. It is a gift to ourselves, that we look forward to, each time we think of Vancouver.
Awesome B & B
We (Joanne and I) are B & B addicts!! and this stay was one of our best and most memorable visits!
We fancy ourselves as wine enthusiasts and we met our match. Wayne gave us a personal tour of his wine cellar where we uncorked a 1978 bottle that I had brought from Atlanta. We enjoyed a great variety of cheeses and sampled some of Wayne's home made vintages...What fun!!
The Corkscrew Inn is totally refurbished (they spent beaucoup bucks) and our room was exceptionally nice. The jacuzzi tub hit the spot, especially after our walking tours of Vancouver. The breakfasts were totally yummy, the homemade breads were our favorites.
You couldn't do better anywhere!! If you don't like being treated like ROYALTY....then you'll hate your stay!!
Corkscrew Inn, Vancouver, B.C. ***** plus, Wow
We spent 5 days at the Corkscrew Inn, Kitsilano, B.C. WOW, from the moment we arrived we knew we had the "best" accomodations in B.C. Downtown Vancouver is HISTORY for us. The Innkeepers were "great". We were given fantastic restaurant recommendations, tips on local shopping, and breakfasts to "die for".
If you like walking, there are tons of unique shops just south of the Inn. The beach is just a block away. You can walk to the famous Grenville Island, and spend a leisurley day there.
Check out the website: ------------. This will help you decide which Art Deco room you prefer. Antique corkscrews are on display throughout the Inn. There is also a cozy wine museum/cellar. This is a great place to invite friends over for wine and cheese.
The Corkscrew Inn is definitley a five star plus......... ENJOY.