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victorian hotel in Vancouver It’s the month of love. As the city hovers on the cusp of spring, the romance in the air is nearly as thick as the pollen. But don’t let that stop you. Vancouver caters to lovers of all ages and stages. This makes it the perfect destination for a spur-of-the-moment retreat. To help plan your getaway, the staff at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver has put together a list of recommendations for the romantically inclined.

Tea for Two

Located just blocks from the Victorian Hotel, the Fairmont’s tradition of afternoon tea has delighted guests from around the world for decades. The tearoom is tucked away in the back of Notch8. The hotel frequently switches up their themes (currently Silver Screen), but it’s always fresh and fabulous. Choose from an extensive list of teas before setting out on an explosive journey of the sweet and savoury.

Heat Up the Kitchen

For couples who love to cook, a session at The Dirty Apron is sure to spice things up. As a cooking school, you’ll have a chance to romp and stomp in one of Vancouver’s most extraordinary culinary playgrounds. After you’re done, you’ll have a chance to share your gourmet masterpiece at a communal table. The Dirty Apron is just a short trot into Gastown, but classes fill up fast, so reservations are recommended.

Spa Time

Today, relaxing together is a rare treat for many couples. If the thought of being lavishly pampered makes you sigh—then this is your opportunity. Located on Robson, Smile Thai Wellness offers relaxing Thai, oil, and deep tissue massages. Even better, they have a couples room, where you can indulge in a session of pampering with your partner. Talk, relax, and de-stress side by side.

After a day of discovery and romance, you’ll probably need to eat. For those who love dining, the Victorian Hotel shares retail space with Cinara, one of the most distinguished restaurants in the city. Enjoy Italian-inspired cuisine made with fine fresh ingredients.

As a special treat, the Victorian Hotel also offers a Luv-Affair package for couples who love the classics. With heady champagne and a duvet full of rose petals… well, let’s just say we’ll understand if you need to arrange for an extended checkout.

With its Euro-style heritage charm, the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver is a great destination for anyone visiting the city in the holiday season. For those who delight in glossy hardwood and soaring bay windows, the hotel’s vintage-y vibe makes it hard to beat in any season. However, Christmas affords Vancouver-bound holiday goers with a special opportunity. With the gourmet epicentres of Gastown, Robson, and Yaletown just 5-10 minutes away, this is the ideal base for exploring the local Christmas culinary scene.

Food and Christmas have always gone hand-in-hand. Think rich gingerbread, candied nuts, decadently spiced cider, thick holiday hams, thin crispy cookies, seductive chocolates  and, of course, that perennial North American favourite—turkey! Of course, in Vancouver many restaurants will put their own inspired Westcoast twists on classic dishes. With fresh ingredients and fresher ideas, there is an endless bounty of creations designed to delight your inner gastronome. So, if you’re ready to explore a bevvy of seasonal eats and treats, read on!

Forage

Located about 5-10 minutes away on 1300 Robson Street, Forage always puts the best of BC on your plate. This restaurant connects diners to local fishers, foragers, and farmers. They also offer the best from the local craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries. Every December, this restaurant trots out their rustic holiday decor, a nod to their sustainable dining approach, and serves up a four-course family-style lunch or dinner. Last year, this included grilled kale salad, a charcuterie board, a choice of roasted Fraser Valley turkey or hay-smoked pork rack roast, and a sticky toffee pudding. Stay tuned to see what’s being served up this year. Just remember, reservations are a must in this intimate space.

Le Crocodile

Located at 100-909 Burrard (about 10 minutes away), this restaurant puts a fancy French twist on its seasonal specialities. Be on the lookout for rare delicacies like smoked and candied salmon. For the main course, tuck into Roasted Fraser Valley Duck Breast served with Pan-Seared Foie Gras and an Apple Cider Reduction. Follow that up with a chocolate cake, featuring an orange reduction that lends a seasonal fruity flair to this traditional favourite. As a bonus, Le Crocodile will be offering a New Year’s Course this year, so make your reservations early.

West

Just a brief trot away at 2881 Granville Street, West offers a modern space bathed in natural light thanks to an assortment of skylights, perfect for holiday conviviality. Guests can choose from options ranging from a three-course meal to simple à la carte selections like West Coast oysters with elderflower mignonette or an albacore tuna salad. Don’t forget to follow up with a decadent chocolate parfait sandwich, featuring a white chocolate sour cream mousse, which works perfectly with its crisp hazelnut wafers and sour-sweet raspberry compote.

After all that food, you’ll be grateful for the luxurious pillow-top mattresses, raindrop showers, and flat-screen TVs that add dimension and comfort to your stay at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver. To top it off, the complimentary continental breakfast, which is included in your stay, will provide a light and refreshing start to the day next morning.

The Victorian Hotel in Vancouver boasts a long and illustrious history. But while keeping its vintage-y vibe intact for twenty-first century visitors, the centralized location also offers some unexpected perks for those who are keenly aware of Vancouver’s glitzy alter ego—aka Hollywood North!

For those who don’t know, the Victorian Hotel is comprised of two buildings. The first building at the went up in 1898 to house the explorers, prospectors, and newcomers who were compelled by the possibilities of life on the frontier. The second building, constructed 10 years later, was a reaction to the rapidly growing economy. Both these beautiful buildings offer a historic flavour, without sacrificing the amenities that are essential for modern day guests. Large flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and luxurious bedding that even Kate Rockwell, the queen of the Klondike gold rush, would envy.

As a hotel with a centralized location in the downtown core, The Victorian Hotel offers fans of the big and small screen alike unique opportunities to visit the locations of a number of famous movies and TV shows that are filmed all around Vancouver. For fans of the CW original show Riverdale, staying at the hotel just might afford you a peak at America’s most famous redhead, since the set of Veronica’s Lodge’s home is just next door at The Permanent Building.

For those interested in other sets and locations, Atlas of Wonders has a list of all the known shooting locations from Season One. Organize your own set location tour, starting with Veronica’s mansion and then work your way out. Atlas of Wonders also shares shooting locations for other movies and TV shows, so there’s no telling what (or who) you might find.