Where we lose ourselves in Vancouver
The Sylvia Hotel, inexpensive, (604) 681-9321, www.sylviahotel.com. The rooms may be somewhat sparse, but the building is a historic one, dating back to 1912. More important, it straddles beautiful English Bay and is surrounded by Stanley Park, so the location is ideal. Tip: Just before dusk, head to the bar, order a blueberry martini, and watch the sun go down over the bay.
The Red Onion, inexpensive, (604) 263-0833. We love a good diner, and so, apparently, do a lot of Vancouverites, who flock here for some of the best burgers and hot dogs in town. And did we mention the yummy fries with white dill sauce (an extra buck or two but worth every penny)?
Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, (604) 822-5087, www.moa.ubc.ca. Sometimes you can judge a museum by its shop, and the ceramics, glassware, and other goodies at the MOA’s gift store do indeed hint at the endless wonders that make up one of the largest collections anywhere of Pacific Northwest art and archaeology. Particularly noteworthy is the assortment of towering totem poles, not to mention the museum’s own architecture and awesome views.