Happy hump day chickadees!
Before we spoil you with some super cute stuff, we are dying to share our Canadian adventure with you. To say the least we had a horribly wonderful time. GM of Canada was so generous to fly us over the border to take some of their vehicles for a test spin, spoil us rotten and allow us to experience how fabulous BC is. Our whole trip was a dream and still hilariously funny... well at least to us.
We arrived in Canada, and to our surprise we where whisked away in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Sadly, they are not for sale quite yet and are being tested by everyday normal families. Fuel cells use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions other than water vapor. They're a sustainable technology for a better environment. They will ultimately reduce our dependence on petroleum. How wonderful is that? The car was as quiet as a mouse and currently being used by GM for VIP's at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Day 1: We arrived at the Sutton Place situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver. A boutique hotel with majestic views of the mountains and the ocean but, more importantly within walking distance of Robson Street. One of Canada's most popular shopping areas.
Amy and I dropped our bags and immediately went out and about to check out the shops. We were super impressed with all that they had to offer. We picked up some goodies from Lululemon, had the tastiest cupcakes at Cupckaes, which were delicious $3 bites of heaven. Highly recommend trying one of these if you are ever around that area.
After we had our sugary fill of treats, we then went on to meet our hosts along with the rest of the bloggers who were invited on the trip for a divine dinner at Cin Cin. OMG, the food was incredible and the company even more wonderful. If you were wondering Amy had the Nova Scotia Lobster Risotto and I had the queen Charlotte Sablefish. Both wonderful.
Before we share our adventure with you, please remember Amy and I have never been to Canada and aren't the best with directions. We are always getting lost, no matter where we are. Oops.
We awoke in the morning and had a briefing on the Buick LaCrosse. It was quite the luxury sedan complete with OnStar navigation, heated seats and a voice command. The seats were super comfy and wind shield wipers worked quite well. There was a bit of storm going on while were there. This car handled exceptionally well in the rain, snow, and on the icy roads. Amy did the driving since she is from Alaska and does well driving in these conditions. Sort of ...
We started the day by visiting Granville Island. It's a tiny little island in the middle of the city filled with art, culture and an amazing marketplace. A living, breathing urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theaters, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and the most spectacular fresh food market you've ever seen. We had the best time there. The inside market was filled with fresh food and goodies. We splurged on Chocolate Croissants and had the yummiest organic lentil soup ever. We sat on the bay, enjoyed our soup and enjoyed the scenery.
Then we were off to Harrison Hot Springs Resort For Spa, which from where we were, was supposed to be only an hour away but ended up taking us 4 hours. Not a big surprise. Did I mention that we are slightly directionally challenged? We got in a little fight with the On Star Navigation. Definitely USER ERROR on our part. Besides driving around in circles, and crossing the Vancouver Bridge three times, we have to throw a shout out to the Buick LaCrosse for keeping us warm, safe, and comfy. The rain was coming down in full effect and the LaCrosse was as smooth as silk.
You would think since we both sit at computers most of the day we would be able to figure out a simple navigation system. Yes, you would think that. Needless to say, we finally ended up at the resort and had a wonderful time. It is quite breath taking, surrounded by mountains and situated on the southern shore of spectacular Harrison Lake. The hot springs were amazing! They warmed us to the bone and it even snowed while we were hanging out in our bikinis.
After we had a fabulous night, enjoying the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and dining on delicious food, we had to drive back to the airport. Luckily we were able to drive back in style in the new 2010 Cadillac SRX. It features a dramatic design, inside and out. Super fancy with blue tooth, xm radio and all the vehicles are equipped with On Star. To our chagrin, we encountered a little more 'User Error'... if you will. The SRX handles like a dream, we were loving this SUV. Side note, I LOVE me some XM radio! We want to send a super special THANK YOU to Adria from GM, and Lisa and Gary our hosts and coordinators of this amazing trip .. scratch that .. vacation. This was definitely a mini-vacation of a lifetime. I also have to mention that every single soul we encountered was beyond cordial and made our stay in Canada an absolute pleasure.